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Award-winning podcast about the economic forces shaping our world, with Ayeisha Thomas-Smith and guests. Brought to you by the New Economics Foundation – the independent think tank and charity campaigning for a fairer, sustainable economy.

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Award-winning podcast about the economic forces shaping our world, with Ayeisha Thomas-Smith and guests. Brought to you by the New Economics Foundation – the independent think tank and charity campaigning for a fairer, sustainable economy.

    Finding hope during and after the pandemic

    Finding hope during and after the pandemic

    Joe Biden has defeated Donald Trump to win the US election. Test results from around the world suggest that a coronavirus vaccine is on the horizon. Over the past month there have been more bright spots than usual in a difficult, painful year. At the same time, with the number of coronavirus deaths at their highest since May, many parts of the country still subject to severe restrictions and unemployment skyrocketing, many of us are hesitant to declare that the worst days are behind us.

    So, how has this year affected our mental health? How can progressives stay well enough to fight for change? And have we forgotten how to feel hopeful?

    Ayeisha is joined by researcher and author, Christine Berry and Farzana Khan, executive director and co-founder of Healing Justice London.

    If you have been affected by anything discussed in this episode, you can contact the Samaritans for free at 116 123 or visit https://www.samaritans.org/

    Further reading/watching from this episode:

    -The Impact of COVID 19 on Disabled Women from Sisters of Frida: http://www.sisofrida.org/the-impact-of-covid-19-on-disabled-women-from-sisters-of-frida/

    -Healing Justice London: https://healingjusticeldn.org/

    -NEON Movement Building Webinar on the History of Mutual Aid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDZzURoU9Z8&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=NEON

    -Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark: https://uk.bookshop.org/books/hope-in-the-dark-untold-histories-wild-possibilities/9781782119074

    -Joanna Macy, Active Hope https://uk.bookshop.org/books/active-hope-how-to-face-the-mess-we-re-in-without-going-crazy/9781577319726

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    Researched by Margaret Welsh. Produced by Becky Malone.

    Music by Poddington Bear and Chris Zabriskie under Creative Commons license.

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    The Weekly Economics Podcast is brought to you by the New Economics Foundation. Find out more at www.neweconomics.org

    • 53 min
    Should we work less after the pandemic?

    Should we work less after the pandemic?

    Setting up a desk area in the kitchen, Zoom call-induced headaches, or getting furloughed and paid to not do any work - this year has shaken up the world of work like never before. The pandemic has made us reimagine how work fits into our economy and our lives.

    So, with 79% of business leaders and nearly two-thirds of the public open to bringing in a shorter working week in light of the pandemic, should we be thinking more about working less? Could a shorter working week help us recover from coronavirus?

    Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by Alfie Stirling, NEF Director of Research and Chief Economist, and Anna Coote, Principal Fellow at NEF to discuss their new book with Aidan Harper, The Case for a Four-Day Week.

    The book will be out on the 27th November, go to the Polity website to grab a copy https://politybooks.com/bookdetail/?isbn=9781509539642

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    Researched by Margaret Welsh. Produced by Becky Malone.

    Music by Poddington Bear and Blue Dot Sessions under Creative Commons license.

    Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and questions @NEF!

    The Weekly Economics Podcast is brought to you by the New Economics Foundation. Find out more at www.neweconomics.org

    • 38 min
    Should we shake up taxes to recover from the pandemic?

    Should we shake up taxes to recover from the pandemic?

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said that Britain faces new tax rises in the wake of the pandemic. But over the summer Labour’s shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds warned against increasing taxes during an economic crisis. Meanwhile, new research has found that increasing numbers of Tory voters are in favour of higher taxes.

    So, what do Labour and the Conservatives think about tax rises? Should we be changing the tax system during a recession? And if taxes do rise, who should be paying the most?

    Ayeisha is joined by Robert Palmer, executive director of Tax Justice UK and Anoosh Chakelian, Britain editor at the New Statesman.

    -Find out more on Tax Justice UK's work on tax and public opinion here:
    https://www.taxjustice.uk/tax-and-public-opinion.html

    -Read the report Living on Different Incomes in London: Can public consensus identify a 'riches line'? https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/publications/can-public-consensus-identify-a-riches-line/

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    Researched by Margaret Welsh. Produced by Becky Malone.

    Music by Poddington Bear and Ketsa under Creative Commons license.

    Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and questions @NEF!

    The Weekly Economics Podcast is brought to you by the New Economics Foundation. Find out more at www.neweconomics.org

    • 43 min
    The US election narrative war

    The US election narrative war

    The US presidential election is less than a fortnight away - and Donald Trump and Joe Biden are pulling out all the stops to get the votes. But after a chaotic debate forced moderators to cut the candidates’ mics to stop them interrupting each other, it’s hard to get a grip on what messages they’re trying to get across.

    How have the different campaigns been selling themselves? Will Biden’s attacks on Trump be a winning strategy? And how should progressives be pushing for change?

    Ayeisha is joined by communications expert and principle at ASO Communications, Anat Shenker-Osario.

    Resources available at https://asocommunications.com/
    and https://raceclassnarrativeaction.com/

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    Researched by Margaret Welsh. Produced by Becky Malone.

    Music by Poddington Bear and Chris Zabriskie under Creative Commons license.

    Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and questions @NEF!

    The Weekly Economics Podcast is brought to you by the New Economics Foundation. Find out more at www.neweconomics.org

    • 46 min
    What's going on with Brexit?

    What's going on with Brexit?

    Brexit - remember it? Way back in the distant past of 2019 it felt like it was all the newspapers could talk about. It might feel like it’s done and dusted, but the process is still rumbling on.

    We’ve got an Internal Market Bill that the government itself admits will break international law. MPs just voted through a Bill refusing to guarantee food and farming standards after we leave the EU. And apparently we’re moving the UK border to Kent.

    So, what exactly is going on? What will happen when the transition period ends on New Years Eve? And what does it all mean for the UK economy?

    Ayeisha is joined Marley Morris, Associate Director for Immigration, Trade and EU relations at the Institute for Public Policy Research.

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    Researched by Margaret Welsh. Produced by Becky Malone.

    Music by Poddington Bear and Christian Bjoerklund under Creative Commons license.

    Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and questions @NEF!

    The Weekly Economics Podcast is brought to you by the New Economics Foundation. Find out more at www.neweconomics.org

    • 34 min
    Building a caring economy

    Building a caring economy

    “We want to build back greener as we recover from Covid-19” - that was the message this week at the Prime Minister’s Conservative Party Conference speech. But in all the talk of wind turbines and technology, the place of care in our economic recovery didn’t really get a look in.

    Why is care often so overlooked when we think about the economy? And how would our lives change if we put care at the centre of our economic decisions?

    Ayeisha is joined by Jo Littler, Professor of Social Analysis and Cultural Politics at City University of London, Marion Sharples, Project Manager and Researcher at the Women’s Budget Group and NEF Senior Economist, Sarah Arnold.

    The Care Manifesto: The Politics of Interdependence is available on the Verso website https://www.versobooks.com/books/3706-care-manifesto
    Read the final report of the Commission on a Gender-Equal Economy https://wbg.org.uk/commission/

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    Researched by Margaret Welsh. Produced by Becky Malone.

    Music by Poddington Bear and Blue Dot Sessions under Creative Commons license.

    Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and questions @NEF!

    The Weekly Economics Podcast is brought to you by the New Economics Foundation. Find out more at www.neweconomics.org

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
306 Ratings

306 Ratings

# alone at xmas ,

Global systems

Scary times a head for the Uk and the desperate states are yet to be understood in fullness however what is known is public health will crumble , homelessness will rise, benefits will be slashed further and as per history the poor will be hit the worst
This Tory vision will not spread growth rather they will move spaces up north but with nothing other than that
There is no wealth to come there will be no jobs just apprenticeship with no footing beyond that
The rich will not give a toss

Beddi ,

Another lefty show posing as economics info

The show is well produced and researched but produces content from a very left leaning perspective, both in terms of economics but more importantly, politics.

While there is some, it would be good to have more robust explanations of the ‘other side’ of the debate; steel manning those arguments before stating why they disagree with them.

My main issue is with the name, calling it the Weekly Economics Podcast makes it sound far more neutral and unbiased than it actually is, which is a shame. Perhaps a subheading like - ‘Weekly Economics Podcast: A Perspective From The Left’ would make its stance much clearer upfront.

mynameisabdullahi ,

Rubbish

Total leftist not unbiased nothing got to even do with its name

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