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