KPFA: Economic Update [Program Feed]

  • Capitalism: Changed by its Contradictions
    Updates on poverty in California, childhood obesity in US, economic fallout from (real meaning of) Trump steel tariff. Prof Wolff responds to questions by explaining how US politics has sustained US capitalism and what the politics of change will require. With Economics Professor Richard D. Wolff.
  • Capitalism: Problems and Pushback
    Updates on social costs of criminalizing marijuana, US food outlets taken over by foreign conglomerates, capital labor conflict in India, Trump’s Signature Bank swamp, New Zealand makes 10-days paid domestic violence leave mandatory. Interview with Matt Christman and Will Menaker of the Chapo Trap House podcast phenomenon: how and why its mix of comedy and sharp social criticism grew to be so popular. With Host Richard D. Wolff.
  • Hiding Capitalism’s Failures
    Updates on Europe’s higher labor force participation; Cuomo campaign fakes “small donations”; US restaurants decline as pinched incomes switch to food delivery; “market” housing system causes homelessness; education fails to overcome black-white wealth gap. Interview with Dr. Harriet Fraad on causes and consequences of US declining fertility rate. With Host Richard D. Wolff.
  • Doing Better Than Capitalism
    Updates on New Zealand firm succeeds with 4 day workweek; Vienna’s public housing successes; Fordham adjuncts’ union wins big; Burberry destroys $ millions in new clothes; precarious US jobs worsen alcoholism among young; US airlines raise profits by shrinking toilets. Interview on collapse of Toys-R-Us chain (causes and consequences) with worker Cheryl Claude and organizer Charles Khan. With Host Richard D. Wolff.
  • Millennials for Revolution
    Updates on Trump’s tariffs cost Americans jobs, shifting capitalist alliances don’t change the system, Irish parliament stops investing in fossil fuels, Washington state forced fast food employers to stop rigging labor market against employees, why Germany’s “dependence” on Russia is less that the US dependence on China, and why China does not “steal” US technology. Interview with Moumita Ahmed, co-founder of Millennials for Revolution. With Host Richard D. Wolff.
  • Historic Lessons
    Updates on Nissan emissions cheating, Americans value labor unions, 2017 corp tax cuts boost share prices, worsened inequality, Trump/GOP trade war reality vs fakery. Interview Elizabeth Marciano, West Va. teacher on state’s successful, historic 2018 public school teacher strikes. With Host Richard D. Wolff.
  • Labor Versus Capitalism
    Updates on the Left victory in Mexico’s election, SCOTUS’s Janus decision, Foxconn fakery in Wisconsin, forced labor for Medicaid beneficiaries, and scapegoating of immigrants exposed. Interview with Dr. Harriet Fraad on the personal, psychological effects of a dying US empire.
  • Criticizing Capitalism
    Updates on Colorado’s laws favoring coops, capitalism and suicide, rent control on California ballot, foreign trade controls, French govt vs GE, Ford buys station it helped wreck. Interview with David Harvey on Marx’s contribution to understanding capitalism now. Hosted by Richard D. Wolff.
  • Contradictions Coming Home
    Updates on the exploding suicide rate in the US, irrational home-building reflects and worsens inequality, VA nurses sue because of overwork required but not paid for, Uihlein family gives extreme right wing candidates (including Roy Moore), mocking claims that this is a one-person-one-vote democracy, Interview with Eli Campbell on the exploding student debt issue and the campaign to boycott its repayment. With Host Richard D. Wolff.
  • Tariffs in an Unraveling Economy
    Updates on tariffs as political fiction, Irish state apologizes for the gross exploitation of girls and women, illegal toxic vehicle emissions continue, Senator Gillibrand seeks to cut restrictions on worker coops. Interview with reporter Bob Hennelly on the US housing crisis as a sign of an unraveling economy. With Host Richard D. Wolff.
  • Standing Up
    Updates on China’s life expectancy, Ireland’s vote, US unemployment, Amazon’s quitting bonus, Johnson and Johnson put profits before public health, die-ins at Publix succeed, Macron gets union backlash, Poor People’s Campaign exposes US poverty, Canada races to the bottom, super-rich spend wildly. Interview with Dr Harriet Fraad on metoo# movement and its economic and social effects.
  • Capitalism Makes Few Winners, Many Losers
    Updates on Armenia’s Political Spring, banks big profits, Harley-Davidson fires hundreds, unjust criminal penalties, US households’ financial distress, Germany bans diesels, US drug companies put profits above health again, and huge wealth increase among world’s 2,754 billionaires. Interview with Roderick Prude (union worker) and Dyln Namm (student) on successful student-worker alliance at New School University’s cafeteria struggles.
  • An Unsustainable System
    Updates on decline of cities/private cities, freelancers’ economy, why legalize sports betting now, Fiat-Chrysler-Porsche added to emissions cheating scandal, new federal jobs guarantee, Catholic University attacks tenure. Interview with Chris Hedges on unsustainable US system.
  • Another ‘Gilded Age
    Updates on Theranos bankruptcy and workers’ risks, our second “gilded age,” mortgage lenders turn to rich borrowers, Trump on drug prices is just rhetoric, economic effects of breaking Iran treaty. Interview with Prof Miguel Robles-Duran on gentrification and crisis of cities.
  • Capitalism Provokes Workers
    Updates on Univ of California workers’ strikes, privatizing fire departments, big money buys academia, fast-food workers unionize, the capitalism-loneliness-scapegoating links, Hillary Clinton pro-capitalist/anti-socialist, VW CEO is not the problem: system is. Interview with Dr. Harriet Fraad on capitalism’s destruction of the family and “family values”.

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