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.
The Deepening Fragility of US Power
In this week’s show, Prof. Wolff presents updates on successful unionization at Trader Joe’s, lottery tickets as disguised regressive taxation, gasoline inflation brings record profits to big oil companies, and pharmaceutical industries' ad campaign to block gov't plan to buy medications in bulk and pass savings onto public. In the second half of the show, Wolff interviews Vijay Prashad on his new book with Noam Chomsky on the fragility of US global power.
Noam Chomsky on Fragile US Empire
In this week’s show, Prof. Wolff gives updates on US freight workers strike preparations; progressives and labor targeting municipal government; Chipotle store-closing to stop unionizing, and Occupy Wall Street's "Debt Collective" $5.8 billion student loan forgiveness win. In the second half of the show, Prof. Wolff interviews Noam Chomsky on the decline and fragility of the US empire, the role of US military, and the rise of fascism as a coping mechanism.
Marianne Williamson on US Politics
In this week's show, Prof. Wolff presents updates on the decline/fall of Boris Johnson and the parallels with Trump; the Sri Lanka collapse and its lessons; Match Corp secretly funding sides in "culture wars" to keep customers, and the latest from UK's Conservative party. In the second half of the show, Wolff talks with Marianne Williamson on the basic social divisions of US politics.
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.
Mr Wolff is attempting to give people crucial information to help Americans understand the current situation we are faced with. I heard his audience is expanding which gives me hope that as we open our eyes to the dire situations-we all helped to create-we can figure out ways to solve our problems together. Knowledge is power. Mr Wolff does not sugar coat anything, I thank him for that! He is giving us a great gift if we can only be wise enough and strong enough to use it. Way to go Mr. Richard Wolff!!
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Mainstream media outlets are barely capable of being honest about the structures that make capitalism what it is, let alone criticizing capitalism honestly. This podcast is a great resource for understanding not only the facts about capitalism but also for understanding the motives of institutions who defend capitalist institutions. Please educate yourself!
one of the few lefty podcasts that i can not only tolerate, but enjoy. he uses data and history and isn’t scared to engage in wrongthink or wrongspeak. his ability to not talk down to/about actual working class is refreshing.