#1523 Pocketbook Pain and Corporate Profits

Air Date: 11–1-2022

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Today, we take a look at the corporate price-gouging and massive profits happening under the cover of widespread inflation, all in the run-up to the midterm elections in which the GOP is running cover for corporations and blaming Democrats for price hikes.

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Ch. 1: Why corporations are reaping record profits with inflation on the rise - PBS NewsHour - Air Date 4-12-22

Despite rising inflation, major U.S. corporations are reporting record profits, as companies pass rising supply-chain costs onto consumers. Economics correspondent Paul Solman explores whether concentrated market power is contributing to inflation.

Ch. 2: Why Gas Prices Are So High Right Now | Ft. Jessica Burbank - More Perfect Union - Air Date 10-30-22

What explains the oil industry's historically massive profits? A price gouging scheme that oil companies freely acknowledge. Jessica Burbank breaks it down.

Ch. 3: Variety in the price of life: inflation and the midterms - The Intelligence from The Economist - Air Date 10-19-22

In the next installment of our American midterms series we visit Rhode Island to see how inflation—at its highest since the early Reagan era—is affecting people’s lives, and their voting intentions.

Ch. 4: Katie Porter EXPOSES Corporate Greed Causing Inflation - The Majority Report w/ Sam Seder - Air Date 10-21-22

Rep Katie Porter brings attention to statistics revealing the huge role corporate greed has on inflation. Porter brings attention to wage and utility inflation remaining the same despite corporate profits being significantly much higher historically.

Ch. 5: Katie Porter TORCHES Corporate Oil Profits In Brilliant Lesson - The Damage Report - Air Date 10-21-22

Katie Porter brings the heat with a brilliant breakdown of corporate price gouging concerning big oil companies and inflation. John Iadarola and Jessica Burbank break it down on The Damage Report.

Ch. 6: AOC And Raskin On Stakes Of Midterms: We Are 'Facing An Environment Of Fascism' - All In with Chris Hayes - Air Date 10-28-22

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Rep. Jamie Raskin join Chris Hayes to discuss what’s at stake ahead of the midterm elections. “We are really truly facing an environment of fascism in the United States of America."

Ch. 7: Ralph Nader Throws Support to Democrats Ahead of Midterms But Warns the Party's Message is Failing - Democracy Now! - Air Date 10-25-22

With U.S. midterm elections less than two weeks away, Democrats hoping to keep control of Congress and make gains in state governments are facing significant political headwinds — even in supposedly safe blue states like New York

Ch. 8: Liberal Redneck - Inflation and the GOP - Trae Crowder - Air Date 10-27-22

Republicans harp on and on about inflation, but what are they actually going to DO about it? Not much, prolly. I holler bout it herein.


Ch. 9: Republicans embrace last-ditch dangerous tactic ahead of midterms - No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen - Air Date 10-30-22

The Democratic congressman for one of the closest races in the country, Mike Levin, joins to discuss what the Inflation Reduction Act actually does for climate


Ch. 10: UK could well go fascist - Anonymous


Ch. 11: Final comments on the quickness with which anger can turn to fascism



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- Jay's final comments from episode #1365 (Transcript) on using your vote as a theory of change tool.

- "Ask the Experts: How to Inspire People to Vote for Their Values" (ACLU)

- "This is How to Convince Your Friends to Vote" (Lemonade.com)

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MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Activism Music: This Fickle World by Theo Bard (https://theobard.bandcamp.com/track/this-fickle-world)
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent


Description: Photo of a long shopping receipt that lays across a background of various groceries. 

Credit: “Shopping spending till slip” by Stevepb, Pixabay


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