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Episode 951

Distribution Deal

May 8 2017

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Kate Raworth

Value proposition: Introducing 21st century economics for the 21st century.

Economist Kate Raworth explains how neoliberalism captured 20th century economics (in theory and practice) - and how a new generation of students and thinkers are challenging  Economic Man's grip on the field, and building a new framework to understand, and address the mounting problems of the 21st century.

Kate is author of Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist from Chelsea Green.

Interview transcript via Antidote Zine



Ralph Nader

Hope is ephemeral, hopelessness is absurd: Ralph Nader on challenging power.

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader explains how big social changes have always started with small groups of focused citizens, and why breaking the plutocracy's grasp on government is harder now that ever, but still possible if people abandon their cynicism, unite around common causes, and pursue their elected officials like hell.

Ralph is author of Breaking Through Power: It's Easier Than We Think from City Lights.



Dave Buchen

A Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan's guide to the Puerto Rican debt crisis.

Our Man in San Juan, Dave Buchen outlines the Puerto Rican debt crisis, with help from the narrative framework of the 1997 WB series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and explains why this season's austerity-obsessed Junta are really just a re-casting of the colonial Big Bad, first introduced way back in season one.

Dave's theater is raising money for their final Baudelaire / painting / performance series in August. Looks very good.



Eugenia Cheng

Exploring infinity, and the outer edges of abstract mathematics.

Mathematician Eugenia Cheng sums up the infinite potential of abstract mathematics - as a tool to understand art, philosophy and our own potential as human beings - and explains the concept of infinity to Chuck with the help of fingers, shoes, socks, Santa Claus and half a piece of chocolate cake.

Eugenia is author of Beyond Infinity: An Expedition to the Outer Limits of Mathematics from Basic Books.



Christine Ahn

No one on the Korean peninsula wants a war but the United States.

Writer Christine Ahn examines the politics of war and peace on the Korean peninsula - from the decades of American-led economic isolation and military provocation we accept as the status quo, to the reconciliation efforts of civilians and politicians on the peninsula, consistently thwarted by the US military-political-media machine.

Christine wrote the article  The High Costs of US Warmongering Against North Korea for Truthout.



Jeff Dorchen

An ordinary person's guide to drama at the movies and in life.

In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen takes a trip to the movies playing just beneath our screens - where the characters are familiar but not as sympathetic as they should be, the plots are tragic but in a way we've seen before seven billion times, and the ending you could have seen coming a mile away.

Hey Seattle: Jeff is hosting the "What Is Capitalism" Contest at Seattle's Red May on Sunday. Go to it.

Read the transcript here