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Episode 1053

Pill Case

Apr 27 2019

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Brian Mier

The new imperialism: On corporate hegemony and lawfare in Brazil - and beyond.

Live from São Paulo, Brian Mier connects a fascist coup in Brazil to an imperialist agenda in the US - toppling center-left governments in Latin America with disinformation campaigns and targeted judicial lawfare operations, subverting democracy in service of the demands of global capitalism.

Brian is co-editor of the new book of interviews Year of Lead: Washington, Wall Street and the New Imperialism in Brazil from Brasilwire.



Marisol LeBrón

The lines between race, capital and state violence in Puerto Rico.

Latina/o Studies scholar Marisol LeBrón explores the rise of punitive governance in Puerto Rico - as social and material inequality deepen under the colonial burden, the hobbled client state turns to imposing order on a disorded society through increased surveillance and police violence, the only tools it has left to solve problems.

Marisol is author of the new book Policing Life and Death: Race, Violence, and Resistance in Puerto Rico from University of California Press.



Donna Murch

The opioid crisis, the drug war and the business of racial capitalism.

Historian Donna Murch traces the racial divide between the opioid crisis and the drug war - as the pharmaceutical industry aggressively pushed opioids to a 'new class' of White consumers in a deregulated market, the logic of racial capitalism presided over a segregated system of licit and illicit narcotics that swallowed generations of lives while profiting corporations and the political elite.

Donna wrote the article How Race Made the Opioid Crisis for Boston Review.



Eileen Appelbaum, Rosemary Batt

How private equity loots the grocery industry.

Eileen Appelbaum and Rosemary Batt explain how private equity builds fortunes destroying profitable regional grocery store chains - by loading the companies they buy with unsustainable debt levels that cripple investment and wages, extracting millions of dollars for investors, and abandoning the company and its workers.

Eileen and Rosemary wrote the report Private Equity Pillage: Grocery Stores and Workers At Risk for The American Prospect, reposted at CEPR.

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Jeff Dorchen

Cursing the darkness, without a single candle.

In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen is NOT DOING OK with this whole mess on Planet Earth - himself, you, me, us, Alex Jones, the smart, the dumb, ideological grotesquery, the 2020 election, the fog, the desperation, the rope, insincerity, people of all faiths and identity communities - but he can't stop watching this cursed mess.

Read the transcript here