Air Date: 4–4-2020
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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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.
Prof. Richard Wolff explains the failure of capitalism to prepare or respond to the pandemic
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
Annie Lowrey on the coronavirus depression
The coronavirus is highlighting existing faults and fissures in US society. Stark evidence of government priorities and their impact is coming fast and furious.
Are we overreacting to coronavirus? An economist and a bioethicist weigh in.
A look at the growing movement to ritually sacrifice the elderly and otherwise vulnerable
Stefanie Stantcheva, Professor of Economics at Harvard, discusses the economic harms of COVID-19.
Commenting on an article from Matt Stoller on the changing nature of our economy
Stephanie Kelton explains the role of Modern Monetary Theory in the governmental response to the pandemic and economic collapse
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.
Explaining the brutal nature of American individualism in an age of pandemic
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.
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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