A podcast by Bernie Sanders and Briahna Joy Gray about the people, stories, and ideas that are driving this political revolution.
53 - The Future of Our Economy (w/ Stephanie Kelton, Jeffrey Sachs, Robert Reich, and Sara Nelson)
Bernie sits down with three leading economists and a top trade union leader to discuss how the government should respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
Stephanie Kelton is a professor of economics and public policy at Stony Brook University. She is a leading expert on Modern Monetary Theory and a former Chief Economist on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee. She was named by POLITICO as one of the 50 people most influencing the policy debate in America.
Jeffrey Sachs is a professor, author, and advisor to governments around the world and to the United Nations. He leads global efforts for sustainable development and climate safety. He has been an ardent supporter of Bernie Sanders in both 2016 and 2020, and strongly supports the Green New Deal and Medicare for All. He is an expert on public health and epidemics, and has advised the World Health Organization at the highest levels during the past 20 years. Professor Sachs helped to conceive and implement the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.
Robert Reich is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, served as US Secretary of Labor from 1993-1997, and is co-founder of Inequality Media which uses the power of storytelling to inform and engage the public about the realities and impacts of inequality and imbalance of power in America.
Sara Nelson has served as the International President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO since 2014. She first became a union member in 1996 and today she represents 50,000 of aviation’s first responders at 20 airlines. The New York Times called her "America's most powerful flight attendant" for her role in helping to end the 35 day Government Shutdown and InStyle Magazine placed her on their 2019 Top 50 Badass Women list.
52 - Warren Warriors for Bernie (w/ Ryan Knight & Blair Imani)
Since the start of the Democratic primary more than a year ago, we have seen the field dwindle from 20-some candidates to just two. On the one-year anniversary of our first episode, former Warren supporters make the case for progressives to rally around Bernie now that the choice is between him and Joe Biden.
Ryan Knight is a progressive activist and political analyst who hosts the podcast Amped Up with Proud Resister. Blair Imani is an activist, historian, and author of, most recently, Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and the Black American Dream.
Ryan's Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProudResister
Ryan's Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ProudResister
Blair's Twitter: https://twitter.com/BlairImani
Blair's books: http://blairimani.com/books
51 - The Deficit Myth (w/ Stephanie Kelton)
Economist Stephanie Kelton gives Briahna a crash course in monetary policy and why the United States would actually benefit from increased deficit spending - so long as it flows toward working people, not stock buybacks. Stephanie makes the case that, in the midst of the historic economic crash that COVID-19 is causing, the federal government could go much farther than last week's stimulus package to ease economic pain and prevent mass layoffs.
Stephanie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/StephanieKelton
Pre-order The Deficit Myth: https://stephaniekelton.com/book
50 - Shelter & Grace (w/ Natalie Wynn)
Recording from home, Briahna speaks with YouTuber Natalie Wynn about how COVID-19 underscores the need for Bernie's policies and talking to the political other.
Under her YouTube alias ContraPoints, Natalie tackles topics like incels, cancel culture, and classism in stylish video essays.
ContraPoints on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNvsIonJdJ5E4EXMa65VYpA
ContraPoints on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/contrapoints
49 - In This Together (w/ Jeffrey Sachs & George Gardner III)
As COVID-19 reshapes American life in unprecedented ways, Briahna examines how Bernie's health care and housing proposals would help protect American workers during a global pandemic.
In two interviews recorded late last week, Briahna talks to professor Jeffrey Sachs about how Medicare for All would do much to prepare the U.S. for outbreaks like COVID-19 and to George Gardner III, supervising attorney at the Housing Rights Unit of Legal Services NYC, about Bernie's call for a moratorium on housing evictions.
Jeffrey Sachs on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jeffdsachs (https://twitter.com/jeffdsachs)
George on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ggiii (https://twitter.com/ggiii)
48 - Say It Ain't So, Joe (w/ Matt Bruenig)
With the race down to Bernie versus Joe, Briahna digs into the specifics (or lack thereof) of Biden's health care plan with Matt Bruenig of the People's Policy Project.
The People's Policy Project: https://www.peoplespolicyproject.org/
The Bruenigs Podcast: https://www.patreon.com/thebruenigs
Matt on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MattBruenig
Customer ReviewsSee All
Part of my weekly routine now
Every week Tuesday I have a day where I get up at 6:15am to get my kid to school. Due to the long hours at work and the long public transport home I don’t get home till just after midnight. Usually about 12:15am. This podcast usually comes out just after I finish work and keeps me company on that long bus ride. I have been politically aware since I was 11 years old and way back then I googled who voted against the Iraq war and saw bernies name on there. I supported a variety of left wing causes but didn’t see Bernie again till 2015. In that time in between I lost almost all hope in a better future or an incorruptible candidate. I feel the Bern now and I feel hope again. Even if our guy doesn’t make it (which I think he can!) he’s started a revolution that will never stop. Thank you Brianna (I hope I spelt that right) for your work. I dream of a day where I don’t need to work 13-14 hour shifts to survive. You give me hope. Thank you.
Bernie is a one in a million candidate
Bernie chained himself to an African American women protesting segregation getting arrested at 22 after being inspired watching Martin Luther King’s famous speech first hand. Bernie yelled at Alan Greenspan the head of the federal reserve six years before the global financial crisis questioning his moral fiber in regards to deregulation, Alan Greenspan after the GFC did say Bernie’s ideology was correct. Bernie got more votes than Trump and Hillary combined in states like Michigan, key states that gave Trump the Presidency as he was against the Free Trade Deals. He said that they were just an excuse for billionaires to hide money overseas and then the Paradise Papers came out, it turned out 21 trillion dollars have been hidden overseas in tax havens like the Cayman Islands. His ideas of free college, a green new deal, Medicare for all, 15 dollar minimum wage and breaking up the big banks were called impossible even though programs like Medicare for All save trillions as the Republicans, corporate Democrats and the media get billions of dollars from the Pharmaceutical industry, military industrial complex, the big banks and the NRA and therefore support their donors. These ideas now poll more popular than ever with over 70% supporting Medicare for all.
Bernie didn’t receive any money from corporate super PACs and his average contribution was 27 dollars and therefore can work for the people. But most importantly Biden and Obama decided to support the Saudi led war in Yemen while Bernie passionately opposed it. The United Nations have said over 10 million are on the brink of starvation and 85 000 kids under five have already starved to death according to the New York Times. It has taken Bernie three goes but finally congress has decided to no longer support this war in Yemen that the CIA highlighted would be impossible to continue without American support. Sadly, it took a bomb from an American company to land on a school bus and for the Saudi’s to chop up alive a critical journalist for congress to vote for Bernie’s resolution to stop the war as politicians love their Saudi money more than brown kids whose name they can’t pronounce. Without Bernie the world wouldn’t have a situation were each presidential candidate supports A Green New Deal as it took the youngest congress member ever elected, Alexandra Ocasio Cortez, to protest with climate activists outside her boss’s office on her first day of work. She got elected because of Bernie Sanders’ ‘Justice Democrats’ organization and her first speech against corruption was the most viewed speech ever by a congress member. Bernie is also the most popular politician in America and would’ve 100% beaten Trump according to data if the establishment didn’t take 30% of the votes from the people and give them to Hillary Clinton. This time Bernie will win and the most influential country in the world will have a true progressive but we must have the take on the major industries and the corporate PACS. I’m 110% flying to the important states and going nuts!!!
Feeling the bed
great to hear from bernie and looking forward to hear from the staff. the fun stories, the f ups and everything else