We speak with René Rojas about the rise of the “Pink” left in Latin America from the late 1990s to the present. We discuss how this movement differs from the socialism of the 1960s and 1970s, what limitations the “Pink Tide” faced, and what the future holds for the Latin American left. René Rojas teaches sociology and political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. His research is on neoliberal development and politics in Latin America, where he spent years as an activist.
We speak with Professor Jack Rasmus about the 2008 financial crisis and the upcoming mid-term elections. Dr. Rasmus teaches economics and politics at St. Mary’s College in California. He is the author of various books, including ‘Obama’s Economy: Recovery for the Few‘. Rasmus is the host of the weekly radio show, Alternative Visions, on the Progressive Radio Network, and has written articles for various magazines, including ‘Z‘ magazine, ‘Against the Current‘, ‘In These Times‘ and others.
We speak with novelist Teddy Wayne about the economics of writing. We discuss where to live and how to pay rent, the death of reading, and how to get your kids into books. Teddy Wayne is author of Loner, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, and Kapitoil. He is the winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award and an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship.
We speak with William S. Cossen about the history and importance of Labor Schools. William S. Cossen is online book review editor for the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. He is currently working on his first book, Making Catholic America: Religious Nationalism in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. He is a high school teacher in Georgia (and three-time Jeopardy champion).
We speak with Basav Sen about energy insecurity, the ways in which climate change disproportionately hurts poor people, and why we may need to abandon capitalism if we want to save the world. Basav Sen is the Climate Justice Project Director for the Institute for Policy Studies. His work focuses on climate solutions at the national, state, and local level that address racial, economic, gender and other forms of inequality.
We speak with Netfa Freeman about Fidel Castro’s impact on Africa. We talk about the origins of the relationship, the development of the Pan-African movement, and the reasons why America remains fixated on overthrowing Cuba’s socialist government. Netfa Freeman was Director of the Institute for Policy Studies Social Action & Leadership School for Activists (SALSA) from 2000 to 2010 and is now the coordinator for events of the other IPS projects. His writings have been published in Black Star News, Black Commentator, and Black Agenda Report, Pambazuka News, Global Research, and beyond.
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Intro/Outro music by Podington Bear
We speak with Lindsay Koshgarian about all of the things we could have if we cut the military budget (and why it’s so big in the first place). Lindsay Koshgarian is the program director of the National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies.
We speak with Darren Baxter about Universal Basic Income. We discuss the costs and benefits of UBI, who supports it, and under what circumstances it might lead to a more equal society. Darren Baxter is a researcher at the Institute for Public Policy Research, the UK's leading progressive think tank.
Tobias Campbell has created a short video for our interview with Vito Laterza on Italy’s new government. He has done an outstanding job, we hope you enjoy this.