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The Pandemic Economy

The economic collapse unfolding before our eyes is much bigger than it appears and the solution isn’t simply to “build back better.” COVID-19 didn’t create the challenges we face. It laid bare flaws that...

The Economics of Abolition

About“Defund the police” became a rallying cry in the summer of 2020 as demonstrators flooded streets across the United States to demand an end to police brutality in the wake of the deaths of...

Whose Economy is it?

AboutWhat is a city’s economy for? New York City’s economy has been very good at piling up private wealth and building tall buildings but it’s done less well, especially recently, when it comes to...

Election 2020

AboutThe US holds a momentous election amid a global pandemic, an economic meltdown and one of the most polarizing presidencies in generations. In this episode, recorded just hours after polls close, Laura is joined...

Making Buffalo Our City

AboutBuffalo, New York, was once a booming industrial town fueled by cheap power from Niagara Falls, a center of commerce and trade, the first city in the US to have electric light. But over...

Cooperation and Community Wealth Building

AboutWhat can organizations accomplish when they work together? A lot, it turns out. That's the lesson that Kay Johnson, director of The Larder in Preston, UK, shares in this interview with Laura. The Larder,...

Building A Democratic Economy

AboutHow does an economy emerge from recession? Historically, cities hard hit by deindustrialization have strived to attract big employers from elsewhere by offering incentives and tax breaks. But outside employers rarely invest in a...

How to Make a Democratic Economy

AboutThe strength of the U.S. economy is often at the center of debate during an election season. But whether the economy is good or bad, there is no denying that America’s economy is neither...

Reporting on Economic Hardship

Nearly 40 million Americans live in poverty, making less than $26,200 a year for a family of four. Their stories and their struggles, however, are rarely represented in the mainstream media. If we want...
Visual Description: On the left half of the image is a photo of Laura Flanders, a white woman in hr 50s; on the left side is a black and white photo of Dax-Devlon Ross, a Black man in his late 30s. Underneath it says Racial Justice is Also Economic Justice, Forward Thinking.

Racial Justice is Also Economic Justice

AboutNewark, NJ has been held up as a real world example of what defunding the police could actually look like. The Newark Community Street Team, which we featured on this week's episode of The...

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