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Episode 238 PREVIEW - American School Financing Is a Disaster
In this preview, Professor David I. Backer explains how school financing works in this country. Subscribe now to hear the full thing!
Episode 59 RERUN - The Case for Student Debt Cancellation
In this episode from the archives, we've got economist Marshall Steinbaum on to discuss his research on why it's necessary to cancel student debt, how to end segregation in higher education, and why the theory of "human capital" is a bunch of nonsense. Enjoy!
Episode 237 - The Politics of Time
Today we've got Professor Nomi Claire Lazar on to talk about her fascinating book Out of Joint: Power, Crisis, and the Rhetoric of Time. We discuss revolutionary leaders' habit of changing the calendar when they seize power (think Julius Caesar, the French Revolution, or the Bolshevik Revolution), what happens when someone locks themselves in a cave for weeks with no clocks, what time has to do with political legitimacy, and more. Enjoy!
Episode 236 PREVIEW - Towards a Better Identity Politics with Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò
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Episode 235 - Speech in the Academy
Today we've got Michael Bérubé and Jennifer Ruth on to discuss their book It's not Free Speech: Race, Democracy, and the Future of Academic Freedom. We talk about the key distinctions between free speech and academic freedom, why any defense of free speech on the merits must be rooted in democratic values, and why racist (or similarly bigoted) views have no place in today's universities. Enjoy!
Also, check out Ryan's review of the book here.
Episode 234 - Shortages and Inflation with David Dayen
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Such an excellent podcast with great guests, analysis, and discussions from the hosts. My go to podcasts for all things lefty that gives me hope in an otherwise bleak situation. Highly, highly recommend this underrated pod.
Sincere & Knowledgable
These two hosts—one of whom teaches and one of whom writes on current events—comment perceptively on the unsustainability of capitalism, and skillfully stress our need to overcome it.