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News and views about the world for those who want to change it. Socialist commentary and education episodes every week: Tues: In the News | Wed: Capitalism in Crisis | Thurs: The Real Story

The Socialist Program with Brian Becker The Socialist Program

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News and views about the world for those who want to change it. Socialist commentary and education episodes every week: Tues: In the News | Wed: Capitalism in Crisis | Thurs: The Real Story

    Strangling Cuba: Biden Retains Trump’s Disastrous Policy w/ Manolo de los Santos

    Strangling Cuba: Biden Retains Trump’s Disastrous Policy w/ Manolo de los Santos

    A massive fire in Matanzas, Cuba, is coming under control after five days due to tireless efforts by firefighters and specialist crews. But the U.S. blockade, which worsened under Trump with 243 additional coercive measures, and which Biden has largely kept in place, has deprived Cuba of the equipment and resources necessary to handle this disaster.

    Brian is joined by Manolo De Los Santos, a central organizer of the Let Cuba Live campaign and the co-executive director of The People’s Forum in New York.

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    • 52 min
    High Prices, Low Wages: The Senate's New Inflation Act Is Class Warfare

    High Prices, Low Wages: The Senate's New Inflation Act Is Class Warfare

    On today's episode Brian and Prof. Richard  Wolff analyze the Senate's spending bill entitled the "Inflation  Reduction Act" for the effect it could have on inflation. It falls far  short of what’s desperately needed to address the overlapping crises  causing so much suffering for working people.

    Professor Richard Wolff is an author  & co-founder of the organization Democracy at Work. You can find his  work at rdwolff.com.

    Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram.  We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you  consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more  are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.

    • 26 min
    Disaster Strikes Twice: How Lethal U.S. Policies Target Cuba Even During Natural Disasters

    Disaster Strikes Twice: How Lethal U.S. Policies Target Cuba Even During Natural Disasters

    A deadly fire broke out over the weekend in Cuba from a lightning storm  that struck near an oil storage facility and caused an explosion. At  least one person has been confirmed dead, and dozens more are injured  and missing. This tragic natural disaster could have happened in any  country, but is even harder on Cuba due to the U.S. war against  them...including many of Trump’s policies that Biden hasn’t touched.

    Nicole  Roussell is joined by Gloria La Riva, coordinator of the Cuba and  Venezuela Solidarity Committee and one of the co-founders of the Hatuey  Project at hatueyproject.org.

    Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram.  We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you  consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more  are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.

    • 41 min
    Pelosi Leaves Taiwan: The Real Agenda & What Happens Next

    Pelosi Leaves Taiwan: The Real Agenda & What Happens Next

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island of Taiwan this week, in an unprecedented escalation toward China. What will the fallout be? Could Pelosi have made this trip without the administration’s blessing? Will this surprise visit anger US allies in the region?

    Brian is joined by Dr. Ken Hammond, professor of East Asian and Global History at New Mexico State University, founding director of the Confucius Institute at New Mexico State University, and activist with Pivot to Peace.

    Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram. We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.

    • 56 min
    Bank of America memo exposes capitalists' plot to crash the economy

    Bank of America memo exposes capitalists' plot to crash the economy

    On today's episode Walter Smolarek and Prof. Richard  Wolff discuss a leaked memo written by a top Bank of America economist  that reveals in explicit terms the strategy of the capitalist class:  cause as much suffering among workers as possible  to rebalance the economy in favor of the rich. As the U.S. begins to  experience an intentionally-caused recession, it is now even clearer  that this is a matter of class struggle.

    Professor Richard Wolff is an author & co-founder of the organization Democracy at Work. You can find his work at rdwolff.com.

    Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram. We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.

    • 29 min
    High Stakes In Kansas Vote: Right-Wing Assault Against Women, Abortion Rights & Democracy

    High Stakes In Kansas Vote: Right-Wing Assault Against Women, Abortion Rights & Democracy

    In a huge moment for the state and for the country, Kansas is voting today on a constitutional amendment that would effectively ban abortions if passed. Kansans are mobilized and fighting against this attack on women. In this edition of The Socialist Program, we air three presentations from a convening at The People’s Forum in New York called Free, safe, legal abortions now! Justice is ours to make!

    The first speaker who is introduced is Claudia De La Cruz, co-executive director of The People’s Forum, popular educator, community organizer, and theologian. Claudia then introduces Karina Garcia, reproductive justice organizer for over a decade and member of the Central Committee of the Party for Socialism and Liberation. The last speaker is Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, a constitutional rights lawyer and executive director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund.

    Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram. We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.

    • 44 min

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