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Episode 961

Dollar Slave Club

Jul 15 2017

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Jesse Eisinger

How the Justice Department settled on impunity for corporate criminals.

Journalist Jesse Eisinger examines the Justice Department's (non)handling of corporate crime - from the class and ideological affinity between the Feds and their executive counterparts, to the political consequences of Wall Street impunity - creating a transactional justice system for those who can afford it, and mass incarceration for those who can't.

Jesse is author of the new book The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives from Simon & Schuster.



Valerie Vande Panne

Survival economics and DIY markets in post-crash Detroit.

Journalist Valerie Vande Panne explores the time banks and informal economies of post-crash Detroit - as a means of survival in a shrinking city stripped of social services, and an alternative way of organizing neighbors and communities to provide mutual aid and support.

Valerie wrote the article Detroit’s Underground Economy: Where Capitalism Fails, Alternatives Take Root? for In These Times.



Brian Mier

A spike into the left: How Brazil's coup government carwashed Lula.

Live from São Paulo, Brian Mier explains why the dubious corruption conviction of former president Lula da Silva is another in a long line of assaults on Brazil's organized left by the neoliberal coup government, itself somehow not weakened by its own, very apparent corruption, but strengthened and empowered by Western media coverage of the political chaos it creates.

Brian also talks about strike organizing in São Paulo, and the short documentary he made covering organizing there this Spring.



Michael Deibert

A history of Haiti, in between quakes.

Journalist Michael Deibert examines the quakes in Haiti's political and economic history - from impunity's cancerous spread beyond the Duvalier-era for both national politicians and international actors, to the environmental and humanitarian crises imposed by cities in the country and beyond its borders.

Michael is author of the new book Haiti Will Not Perish: A Recent History from Zed Books.



Julianne Tveten, Paul Blest

Beware the welfare market: The case against Silicon Valley's techno-libertarian UBI.

Journalists Julianne Tveten and Paul Blest explore the dark side of Silicon Valley's UBI business plan - as a capitalist innovation being sold by technocrats to liberals, a libertarian class project to further strip the state of responsibility to provide social programs, and a tech industry attempt to consolidate political and economic power.

Julianne and Paul wrote the article Silicon Valley Will Not Save You for Current Affairs.

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Jeff Dorchen

Vegan soup for the cultural appropriator's soul food.

In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen reserves at seat for comedian Hari Kondabolu at the vegan soul food restaurant where the only appropriation is of the African Hebrew variety, the cultural resentment is just labeled "ethnic" and there's not much to be found in the arguments about who should be mad about what.

Read the transcript here