Alternative economics

Locus Focus

Program: 
Locus Focus
Air date: 
Wed, 02/18/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
A look at the political and psychological as well as economic implications of the new economic stimu

President Obama has just signed an 787 billion dollar stimulus package into law. So what does it all mean and what can we hope for? Locus Focus Resident Economist Chuck Collins joins Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein to discuss the political and psychological implications - as well as economic - of the struggle to get this package enacted. Is it big enough to really have any impact? What else is needed to turn the economy around?

Chuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy (IPS) and directs IPS’s Program on Inequality and the Common Good. He is an expert on U.S. inequality and author of several books, including Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality and Insecurity (New Press, 2005). He coordinates a national effort to preserve the federal estate tax, our nation’s only tax on inherited wealth. He co-authored with Bill Gates Sr., Wealth and Our Commonwealth, a case for taxing inherited fortunes.

In 1995, he co-founded United for a Fair Economy (UFE) to raise the profile of the inequality issue and support popular education and organizing efforts to address inequality. In 1997, he co-founded Responsible Wealth, a project of UFE to bring together business leaders and investors to publicly speak out against economic policies and corporate practices that worsen economic inequality. He was Executive Director of UFE from 1995-2001 and Program Director until 2005.

Positively Revolting on 02/20/09

Air date: 
Fri, 02/20/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Marty Hart-Landsberg on the Economy, Part Two. Host Melodie Silverwolf.

Marty Hart-Landsberg is Professor of Economics and Director of the Political Economy Program at Lewis and Clark College. His books include Marxist Perspectives on South Korea in the Global Economy, which he edited with Richard Westra and Seongjin Jeong.                                                                                                                                                                    

Radiozine on 02/17/09

Program: 
Radiozine
Air date: 
Tue, 02/17/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Kyle Burris speaks with two local anarchists about the current economic crisis. Part 2 of 2.

Bullshit bailout

program: 
Presswatch
program date: 
Wed, 02/11/2009

Tim Geithner, true to form, has proposed that another Treasury looting go down.  Meanwhile, Afghanistan stands ready to defend its sovereignty, and Obama stands ready to extinguish lives there, and in Iraq and Iran.  A caller asks:  what did the banksters do, specifically, that was criminal?  The answer in one word...

 

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27:56 minutes (25.57 MB)

Radiozine on 02/13/09

Program: 
Radiozine
Air date: 
Fri, 02/13/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Kyle Burris interviews two local anarchists about how they view the economic crisis, Part 1. Part 2 will air on Tuesday, February 17th, at 9:30AM.

Voices from the Edge on 02/12/09

Air date: 
Thu, 02/12/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Host Jo Ann Bowman talks about winners & losers in the final Economic Stimulus Package.

 

Interview with the creators of "We've Got Time To Help"

program: 
Bread and Roses
program date: 
Thu, 02/05/2009

Are you one of the estimated 400,000 people unemployed in Oregon who has some extra time on your imagehands?

46:17 minutes (42.38 MB)

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 9, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 02/08/2009

Hosted by Bill Resnick, this show features Afrobeat music by Fela Kuti and a conversation about Kuti's life and work.  The show leads off with a critique of the economic stimulus plan: "insufficient, ineffective, ill-conceived" are the words of economist Michael Perlman.  Well-read Red Frann Michel reviews how people of color and immigrants are faring in, and even being blamed for, the economic crisis.  We hear from another economist about urban agriculture in Havana and other Cuban cities.  To hear the whole show, use the arrow above.  To hear individual pieces, and for more information and links, follow the links below.

1.  The understimulating economic stimulus.

51:00 minutes (29.19 MB)

Urban Agriculture in Havana

program date: 
Sun, 02/08/2009

Cuba is now self-sufficient in vegetables and eating a healthier diet thanks to urban garden plots in all its cities.  Sinan Koont, who teaches economics at Dickenson College and has studied city agriculture in Cuba, talks with Bill Resnick.  Here is his article on the topic in Monthly Review

15:59 minutes (9.15 MB)

Racism and the Economic Crisis

program date: 
Mon, 02/09/2009

People of color and especially immigrants have faced attempts to blame them for the economic crisis and to shift even more of the suffering onto their backs. Well-read Red Frann Michel  exposes these attacks in this commentary.  You can read it and find many links to her sources here

7:08 minutes (4.09 MB)
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