Economic Update is a weekly nationally syndicated radio program produced by Democracy at Work and hosted by Richard D. Wolff. The program explores complex economic issues and empowers listeners with information to analyze their own financial situation as well as the economy at large. By focusing on the economic dimensions of everyday life - wages, jobs, taxes, debts, and profits - the program explores alternative ways to organize markets and government policies.
Cornel West on "Black Prophetic Fire"
On this week's show, Prof. Wolff presents updates on the strengths of socialism in German elections, British and US public opinion; and the US policies that are impoverishing its Puerto Rican colony. The second half of the show features an interview with Dr. Cornel West, with special attention to the contradictory realities of Harvard University, the public health failure of US policy toward Covid, the hostility toward Haiti and Haitians, and China.
Signs of System Decline
On this week’s show, Prof. Wolff presents updates on the following topics: US wars lost: against Afghanistan, Iraq, and Covid; private profit from climate disaster; systemic infrastructure neglect; decline of whites in US; UK fears about US loss in Afghanistan; capitalism's profit-driven "long supply chains;" and lastly, workers power against employers in US today.
How US Workers are Really Treated
This week on Economic Update, Prof. Wolff pays homage to Mikis Theodorakis, Greek musician and political hero, and discusses Starbucks workers in Buffalo, the economic fallout of Supreme Court's anti-abortion act, what Hurricane Ida fatalities show, and the $8 trillion cost of US wars since 9/11. The second half of the show features an interview with Leila Roberts and Tess Fraad-Wolff on the harsh realities of US treatment of workers.
Economic Update: The Contributions of Karl Marx
Professor Wolff takes a deeper look at the life and work of Karl Marx in celebration of the 200th anniversary of his birth.
An invaluable asset
Richard Wolff is probably the most influential living economist in the forming of my world view. It is approachable and practica, two words you don’t generally use with economics. If you’ve never seen them look up his lectures.
The intro song sounds like it could be the opening to a Real Housewives show.
Jokes aside, Richard Wolff is an invaluable asset to any layperson’s education. It’s an accessible lecture on how economics effects working people, in easily digestible 30 minute episodes. What’s not to love?
Since I first encountered Richard D. Wolff I cannot get enough of this sane thoughtful mind. His philosophical and historical clarity grounded in the material world are blessings in this world of deception. Weaving the Chinese experience into our understanding of the world we live in is essential if we are to find the way to build the global movement necessary to transition from American empire to an ethos of worker ownership and cooperation. Thank you.