#1377 Building a Solidarity Economy for a More Resilient Future

Air Date: 10–27-2020

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Today we take a look at some idea for rebuilding our economy and our society in a way that will help everyone recover from the pandemic and make us more ready for the next emergency we face.

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Ch. 1: What it would take to end child poverty in America - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 8-20-20

Lee and I discuss the psychological impact that poverty has on kids, why investing in children is one of the best investments a society can make, what other countries do right on this front that we can learn from, what it would take to end child poverty.

Ch. 2: Care work is more valuable than ever (with Kate Bahn) - Pitchfork Economics with Nick Hanauer - Air Date 10-11-20

Jessyn and Nick tackle the value of care work, the impossibility of finding affordable child care, and the importance of feminist economics with economist Kate Bahn.

Ch. 3: The Tragic Cost of American Child Poverty w: Jeff Madrick - The Majority Report w: Sam Seder - Air Date 10-7-20

Economist and author Jeff Madrick joins Sam to discuss his latest book, Invisible Americans: The Tragic Cost of Child Poverty and how coronavirus austerity will further strip the US welfare system. What people should understand about child poverty.

Ch. 4: How Democrats Risk Repeating the Mistakes of the Financial Crisis in the Era of Covid-19 - Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan - Air Date 9-17-20

US economy was spiraling out of control in 2008 and 2009, economist James Galbraith predicted that an insufficiently large stimulus would lead to a prolonged recession; he was right, Today he You can’t starve your way out of a recession (with Kitty Richards) - Pitchfork Economics with Nick Hanauer - Air Date 8-14-20has a set of economic prescriptions for COVID-19 crisis relief

Ch. 5: Check Your Blindspot 10-27-20

America's favorite political game show that uses the Blindspot feature of Ground News to test contestants' political blindspots and media literacy.

Ch. 6: Voting Is Not Enough: FINAL PUSH! GOTV & DONATE STRATEGICALLY! - Best of the Left Activism

Take action! Click the title and/or scroll down for quick links and resources from this segment. For more, visit Bestoftheleft.com/2020Action.

Ch. 7: It’s time to stop relying on crisis legislation (with Lindsay Owens) - Pitchfork Economics with Nick Hanauer - Air Date 8-4-20

Economist Lindsay Owens proposes an alternative plan: a standing, off-the-shelf program to stabilize the economy in the event of an economic emergency.

Ch. 8: Rev. William Barber Millions Are Struggling. So Why Do the Debates Ignore Poverty? - Democracy Now! - Air Date 10-8-20

Rev. William Barber says the 2020 election debates have steadfastly ignored the subject of poverty, even though it affected almost half the United States population before the COVID-19 pandemic and millions more people are struggling since then.

Ch. 9: Homelessness on the Rise Amid Coronavirus Pandemic - The Takeaway - Air Date 10-1-20

According to the Eviction Lab, in 17 cities that they tracked, there have been more than 53,000 evictions since the pandemic began.

Ch. 10: You can’t starve your way out of a recession (with Kitty Richards) - Pitchfork Economics with Nick Hanauer - Air Date 8-14-20

Paul talks to Groundwork Collaborative strategic advisor Kitty Richards about how states can act now to invest in their residents, bolster their economies, and push back against skyrocketing inequality.


Ch. 11: Be aware and prepared but not panicked - Erin from Philly

Ch. 12: American power - Aaron from New Zealand

Ch. 13: Are there episodes on explaining socialism? - Alfredo from Frankfort, KY


Ch. 14: Final comments on the completely separate issues of political and economic systems


GOTV: Swing Left | Field Team 6 | Vote Save America | Indivisible

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Democratic Governors Association (Support Incumbents & Flip Red Governorships)


The Battleground States Biden and Trump Need to Win 270 (The NY Times)

How Biden — or Trump — could win 270 electoral votes (Vox)

Stop giving your money to presidential campaigns, donate to local races instead (Business Insider)

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

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  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Activism Music: This Fickle World by Theo Bard
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

Research: Deon Clark, Erin Clayton

Transcripts: Ben, Dan & Ken

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  • Jonathan Reiss
    commented 2020-11-11 11:58:32 -0500
    Great episode, as usual. But good to hear some practical, positive directions we can go. I hope the Dems do better this time — we need to push them to do so.
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