“We’ve created a narrative around food that says that food will always be there, and that we can take food for granted,” says Kevin D. Walker, professor at Michigan State University and author of The Grand Food Bargain and the Mindless Drive for More. He argues that we have forgotten what food scarcity is like […]
Alissa Quart’s new book Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America has been compared to Barbara Ehrenreich’s seminal work Nickled and Dimed. It offers an important account of the economic hardship of everyday Americans trying to afford housing, healthcare, and the soaring costs of raising children. Today on the podcast, we feature Tuesday host Carousel Bayrd’s interview […]
On October 28, 2018, Brazil elected far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro as president. He assumed office on January 1, 2019. What has been happening in Brazil during the first few weeks of his presidency? On today’s episode, we get the updates from Victor Pougy, a journalist based in Rio de Janeiro. He and Esty discuss the […]
On this segment, host Allen Ruff and guest Nomi Prins take a deep dive into the current state of the global economy. Prins clarifies the difference between the economy, the financial system, and the monetary system and gives an insider’s look into the world of banking and finance. Topics include the increasing risks banks are […]
You’d think there would be enough news about climate change. I mean, the Perpetual Notion Machine has done their fair share of programs covering the topic, from water and lakes to a land ethic to endangered species to a People’s Climate March. So, in this episode we have TWO stories. PNM’s Will Cushman talks with […]
Unemployment may be down in Wisconsin, but is the economy up? Not according to Blue Jean Nation’s Mike McCabe. This week on our Democracy Check Up, McCabe talks about income inequality, underemployment, and the increasing reality of a jobless economy, which threatens democracy.