#1346 Pandemic Economics and the Reverse Robin Hood Bailout

Air Date: 4–4-2020

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Today we take a look at many of the economic angles of the COVID-19 pandemic including the role of the shock doctrine in the wake of the coronavirus, calls for a socially just economic recovery, calls for the elderly to be turned into Soylent Green and the biggest Reverse Robin Hood bailout of all time.


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Ch. 1: “Coronavirus Capitalism” Naomi Klein’s Case for Transformative Change Amid Coronavirus Pandemic - Democracy Now - Air Date 3-19-20

Author, activist and journalist Naomi Klein says the coronavirus crisis, like earlier ones, could be a catalyst to shower aid on the wealthiest interests in society, including those most responsible for our current vulnerabilities.

Ch. 2: Prof. Richard Wolff on Pandemic Economics - The Zero Hour - Air Date 3-20-20

Prof. Richard Wolff explains the failure of capitalism to prepare or respond to the pandemic

Ch. 3: Janine Jackson takes a quick look at recent coverage of the coronavirus and retail workers - CounterSpin - Air Date 3-20-20


Ch. 4: AOC on a Socially Just Pandemic Response - Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 3-31-20

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talks about the federal relief package which is to include cash payments to everyone, as well as rent and mortgage relief

Ch. 5: An economic crisis like we’ve never seen - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 3-23-20

Annie Lowrey on the coronavirus depression

Ch. 6: Jim Naureckas on COVID-19 - CounterSpin - Air Date 3-20-20

The coronavirus is highlighting existing faults and fissures in US society. Stark evidence of government priorities and their impact is coming fast and furious.

Ch. 7: Is the cure worse than the disease? - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 3-26-20

Are we overreacting to coronavirus? An economist and a bioethicist weigh in.

Ch. 8: The Cyanide for Septuagenarians Movement - The Bugle - Air Date 3-27-20

A look at the growing movement to ritually sacrifice the elderly and otherwise vulnerable

Ch. 9: The Economic Impact of COVID-19 - Deep Background with Noah Feldman - Air Date 3-16-20

Stefanie Stantcheva, Professor of Economics at Harvard, discusses the economic harms of COVID-19.

Ch. 10: Trump Shows How Woefully Unprepared He Is For Coronavirus - The Majority Report - Air Date 2-26-20

Commenting on an article from Matt Stoller on the changing nature of our economy

Ch. 11: Stephanie Kelton MMT, the Crisis, and the Real Economy - The Zero Hour - Air Date 3-28-20

Stephanie Kelton explains the role of Modern Monetary Theory in the governmental response to the pandemic and economic collapse

Ch. 12: Joseph Stiglitz Trump’s “Trickle-Down” Economic Plans Are Not Enough to Meet Coronavirus Challenge - Democracy Now - Air Date 3-19-20

For more on those bailouts and who benefits, we speak with Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize-winning economist, Columbia University professor and chief economist for the Roosevelt Institute.

Ch. 13: US news update! - The Last Post - Air Date 3-23-20

Explaining the brutal nature of American individualism in an age of pandemic

Ch. 14: The End of the Status Quo - Progressive Faith Sermon - Air Date 3-29-20

The virus did not so much create new problems as it poured gasoline on existing problems with health care, the income gap, foreign policy, prison policies, and the environment. We have the opportunity to forge a better world after COVID-19.

Ch. 15: The Reverse Robin Hood Bailout - Intercepted - Air Date 4-1-20

Journalist David Dayen, executive editor of the American Prospect, breaks down the corporate interests and powerful people who stand to gain the most from the looting of taxpayer funds.


Ch. 16: Getting depressed in the summer - Craig from Ohio

Ch. 17: Health center update - Alan from Connecticut


Ch. 18: Final comments on the phrases that obscure our reality because you don’t really hate Mondays

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Planting Flags - K4
  • The Envelope - Aeronaut
  • Inessential - Bayou Birds
  • Yarrow and Root - The Bulwark
  • Cicle DR Valga - Cicle Kadde
  • Moon Bicycle Theme - American Moon Bicycle
  • Hundred Mile-No Guitar - K2
  • A Burst of Light - Delray
  • A Path Unwinding - K4
  • Cat's Eye - Marble Run
  • Cicle Veroni - Cicle Kadde
  • Banjo - Grey River
  • That Horse Ithica - Sketchbook
  • These Times - The Pine Barrens
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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