KPFA: Economic Update [Program Feed]

  • 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”.
  • Socialism: Past, Present, Future
    [1]Updates on critique of Uber and gig economy; WI Sen Johnson endorses inequality; Norway to pay male and female athletes same; corporations buy back their own shares; deaths of overworked Japanese; 10% NY school kids homeless; and majority of major US corporations already pay much below official 35% tax rate. Major discussion of changing economics of socialism. [1] https://kpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/26094517575_879c67ab66_b.jpg
  • Economic Update – April 27, 2018
    Economics Professor Richard D. Wolff and guests discuss the current state of the economy, locally and globally. The program explores alternative ways to organize, markets, and government policies.
  • Why People Struggle With The System
    Updates on teachers’ strikes, capitalism abuses Facebook, colleges reward privilege and reproduce it, Shell Oil knew about fossil fuels and global warming for last 50 years, UK housing size shrinks, Sinclair Broadcasting traps employees, US anti-depressant epidemic. Interview Rob Robinson: continuing discussion of water as human right vs for profit: how people fight and win.
  • Distorting Economic Truths
    Updates on labor strikes at Disney, home sales and prices drop sharply, Nestle profits by privatizing water, hurting the post office profits UPS and FedEx, Larry Summers wrong on taxing soda, more costs of the VW emissions scandal, the economic costs of sexual harassment. Interview with Julianna Forlano, journalist and comedian on ‘being funny in times like these’.
  • Winds of System Change
    Updates on big French strikes protect workers’ gains; rising sub-prime loans, students pay more as states do less for public tuition costs; West Virginia teachers strikes inspire same in Oklahoma, Arizona and Kentucky; US poverty worse than other nations, Prof. Perotin finds worker coops superior to capitalist enterprises; and high tariffs on imported trucks created high prices, profits of US truck industry. Interview Dr. Harriet Fraad on Stormy Daniels as part of “winds of change” rising in America.
  • Resistance Economics
    Updates on NRA economics, anti-Chinese tariffs, BMW emissions cheating, Brexit’s lesson, IBM dumps older workers, Tennessee teachers fight and win, CBO reports US income inequality deepening even counting welfare etc. Interview Prof. Ian Seda-Irizarry on “heterodox” economics at City University of New York. Hosted by Economics Professor Richard D. Wolff.
  • System Broken
    Updates on doctors prescribing fentanyl for pay, why deficits are not the issue, how tobacco companies dont solve the cigarette problem, big corps battle over net neutrality, German city denies food to non-German hungry, Trump vs Stormy Daniels, pay discrimination against women. Interview with Ken Byrne on the successful Conway School transition to one run by its teachers.
  • Economic Update – March 16, 2018
    Economics Professor Richard D. Wolff and guests discuss the current state of the economy, locally and globally. The program explores alternative ways to organize, markets, and government policies.

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