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Economic Update – “Follow the Money

Updates on profits-vs-science and weedkiller “roundup,” most Americans not better off than in 2016, WHO reports bans on corporal punishment of kids and how doing so saves money too, Janet Yellen warns huge corporate debts risk another major economic crash. Interview with Riva Enteen, editor of Follow the Money, a collection of KPFA interviews.   Download Here

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Economic Update – Virginia Elects a Socialist

Updates on political economy of Trump/GOP attacks on China and their long term costs; parallel analysis of attacks on immigrants;  Michelle Alexander on who today is “The Resistance;” and record funds pouring into US midterm elections. Interview with Lee Carter, a socialist elected to Virginia House of Delegates on why and how he won.   Download Here

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Economic Update – A Deepening Crisis of Capitalism – 10.20.18

Updates on IMF prediction of slowing global growth, Bank of England warnings on accumulation of sub-prime debt, Nordhaus Nobel prize and market ideology, Dutch unions and others against corporate tax evasion, and signs of labor militancy in Marriott strike and profit-sharing demands of steelworkers. Interview Chris Hedges on his latest book: America: The Farewell Tour.   Download Here20

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Economic Update – The ‘Immigration Issue’ and Capitalism – 10.13.18

Updates on UK’s Liberal Democrats advocating serious reduction of wealth and income inequality, Sears CEO blames pensions for Sears’ problems, JP Morgan predicts next financial collapse in 2020, failure to deal with opioid crisis, G-20 meeting in Argentina evades real issues, Europeans clash with US over trade with Iran, trivial SEC fine for Citigroup dishonesty with investors. Major discussion: political …

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Economic Update – Public Policy, Private Pain – 10.06.18

Updates on Bloomberg finds US “among least efficient” providers of health care, Poland’s unions demand wealth sharing role, money corrupts US politics in new way, Trump tariffs bad for many US corporations. Interview: Dr. Harriet Fraad on how public policies, past and present, serve corporate profits but undermine families, households and personal relationships. Download this episode (right click and save) …

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Economic Update – Black Socialists of America (BSA)

Updates on Chicago hotel workers strike and Philadelphia parking lot attendants organizing, Cuomo’s centrist, money-dependent  campaign, another socialist (Julia Salazar) wins election, McDonald’s workers strike in 10 cities against employer’s failure to stop sexual harassment. Interview: Z and Sean, two leaders of new BSA.   Download this episode (right click and save)

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Economic Update – “Launching a New University” – 09.24.18

Updates on Tenth Anniversary of Lehman Brothers Bank collapse, assisting Ocasio-Cortez show how to finance socialist projects, Colin Kaepernick’s ad for Nike and contradictions of capitalism.  Interview with Michael Pelias on launching a new Left University in New York: rationale and goals.   Download this episode (right click and save)

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Economic Update – Keynesian Vs. Marxian and Neoclassical Economics – 09.15.18

This week’s special edition of Economic Update deals with Keynesian economics as a theory that clashes with both the mainstream economics (“neoclassical”) that celebrates private capitalism and with critical theories such as Marxian economics that are opposed to capitalism.   Download this episode (right click and save)

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Economic Update – Capitalism Invites Deepening Criticism – 09.02.18

Updates on new approach to Labor Day, DNC accepts fossil fuel donations, Turkey’s crisis as typical capitalist instability, collapse of Genoa toll bridge, exploding gap between CEO and average worker pay, Gallup Poll on capitalism vs socialism in US.Interview with Dr. Harriet Fraad on why US workers don’t rebel more against systemic deprivations.   Download this episode (right click and …