Today's episode is all about controversy: Alexis takes on Anthony Weiner for taking on Elizabeth Warren for taking on Eric Cantor, and Jesse presents audio from the Rethinking Economics conference of Modern Money Network organizer Rohan Grey challenging Nobel laureate Paul Krugman, plus an interview with Kingston College Professor Steve Keen (@ProfSteveKeen) from the conference.
In an episode devoted to looting of all kinds, we discuss the shady political economy of actual highway robbery being committed by... the nation's police officers. We look at Bill de Blasio's record and the power the Mayor's office has to grant or deny tax breaks to global financial companies. Finally, we talk to CEPR Senior Economist Eileen Appelbaum about her new book "Private Equity at Work: When Wall Street Manages Main Street"
Summer's over, and everyone's nose is back to the grindstone: Central Bankers and the business press are busy being useless and pathetic in Jackson Hole, WY, and Alexis is hard at work on a conspiracy theory involving hackers, leakers, lobbyists, bankers and maybe even the Russian government. Kade Crockford (@onekade) of the ACLU of Massachusetts joins to talk surveillance, cybersecurity, and an evil zombie trade group.
Alexis and Jesse talk to Dante Barry (@dantebarry) and Cherrell Brown (@Awkward_Duck) about their experiences in Ferguson in the wake of Officer Wilson's lethal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. The group touches on racist policing, police militarization, black poverty, community organizing, and much more.