At the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, we work to break the chains of monopoly power in all sectors of our economy. From challenging incumbent cable monopolies in order to promote better Internet connectivity to pointing out how Amazon pushes local retailers out of the market, our researchers develop positive policy prescriptions to improve local economies. This podcast series provides a first glimpse at some of our newest original research and a unique economic perspective on today's most pressing topics.
Sparking a Community Broadband Revolution
Sparklight monopolization of East Carroll Parrish prompts leaders to build a fiber-to-the-home network for fast, affordable Internet. … Read More
Consolidation in the Cord-Cutting Era
From the Capitol to K Street, a Wisconsin native finds a home at Consumer Reports advocating for broadband access and affordability. … Read More
Investment Funds v. A Democratic Future
A community advocacy organization fought to transfer power from a fossil fuel-backed investment firm to community-driven clean energy. … Read More
New Mexicans v. Fossil Fuel Giants
A determined coalition fights to block a private takeover of the state’s largest utility. … Read More
BlackRock v. Black Gold
A NYC composter fights to fend off Wall Street and invest in the land and her community. … Read More
A Rotten Waste Merger
An environmental lawyer and activist calls bigness the most pressing issue in the waste industry. … Read More
I love this podcast! It brings light to underground issues that don't seem to be on the radar but should be. The conversations are in-depth and brings understanding to complicated issues. Thank you Luke and Jess for your great skill in orchestrating the discussion and the research it takes behind the scenes!!
Conversations with real experts
The speakers on this show always give thorough, in-depth explanations and analyses on American policy and how our law makers shape our way of life. I learn so much from every episode. It’s never boring.
Deeply substantial and amazingly practical
It’s obvious that Jess and the ILSR Team put extraordinary effort into finding guests that are authentic and truly care about being a positive force in this world - the insight that they bring to bear on the problems we’re facing is still mind-blowing Every. Single. Time.
No matter the topic, you’re guaranteed to gain something from every episode - can’t recommend Building Local Power enough 🙌