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Hope and Crisis in Greece: An Update on the Current Situation

GreeceFebruary 19, 2015 – Segment 5

We close out the show with a preview of a talk to be held tonight at Red Emma’s Bookstore and Café, Hope and Crisis in Greece: An Update on the Current Situation. With Kostis Papadantonakis, a retired economics professor who has researched and written on the political economy of Greek dependence and Europe’s southern periphery. He is a founding member of Research Associates Foundation and has been an activist in Baltimore for over the 45 years. Click here for more information.

Solidarity Economics: Alternative Ways Of Engaging In The Economy

Solidarity EconomyFebruary 19, 2015 – Segment 4

Open your Economics text as we talk about Solidarity Economics, a pursuit of alternative ways of engaging in the economy that are based on solidarity and work. With: Parag Khandhar, Clinical Teaching Fellow, Community Development Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law; and Dorcas Gilmore, attorney and consultant focused on community economic development and race equity issues.

Baltimore-Detroit-Oakland: Episode 2 – Pensions, Bankruptcy & The Future Of The American City

Detroit Bankruptcy ProtestDecember 17, 2013 – Segment 2

In this episode of Baltimore-Detroit-Oakland, we discuss what these cities’ economies say about the future of the American city, looking at the state of pensions in each of these cities and discussing the implication of Detroit’s bankruptcy on Baltimore and Oakland.

Baltimore-Detroit-Oakland features historians and activists from the three cities, including:


Baltimore Book Festival: Panel Discussion with Gar Alperovitz – What Then Must We Do?

Gar AlperovitzOctober 4, 2013 – Segment 2

Last weekend, I moderated a conversation between political economist  Dr. Gar AlperovitzDr. Lester Spence, Center for Emerging Media Scholar-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University; and Dr. John Duda, a member of the Red Emma’s workers cooperative, at the the Baltimore Book Festival‘s Radical Bookfair Pavilion.

We speak about Alperovitz’s book What Then Must We Do?, and ask difficult questions about the economy, corporate capitalism, and alternatives for the 21st century.


National News Roundtable

cruzSeptember 25, 2013 – Segment 1

We begin our show with a roundtable on national news. We discuss the potential government shutdown, sequestration, and the battle over the Affordable Care Act. We are joined by: Marta Mossburg, ; nationally syndicated columnist; Mark Newgent, one of the founders of Red Maryland and the Maryland state editor for Watchdog Wire; Adar Ayira, project manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action; and Bob Somerby, Editor of The Daily Howler.


National News Roundtable

EconomySeptember 17, 2013 – Segment 1

It’s been 5 years since the Lehman Brother collapse and two years since the Occupy Wall Street movement began. On Tuesday’s National Roundtable we’ll discuss the anniversary of the Lehman collapse, and the Occupy activists’ new fight for housing rights and social justice. We’ll also talk about President Obama warning to Republicans not to let our economy tank, the situation in Syria, and whether or not wealth warps personal ethics.

On our panel at are Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland; Dr. Steven Isberg, Associate Professor of Finance in the Merrick School of Business at the University of Baltimore; Lenny McAllister, author, conservative media personality and public speaker; and Dr. Margaret Flowers, co-director of It’s Our and co-host of Clearing the FOG (Forces of Greed) Radio Show.


Detroit’s Bankruptcy & Implications For American Cities

DetroitJuly 31, 2013 – Segment 1

We begin the show with a discussion of Detroit’s recent bankruptcy filing and its implications for Baltimore and the nation. Our guests are:

  • Dr. Lester Spence, Detroit native, Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and Center for Emerging Media Scholar in Residence;
  • Sheilah Garland-Olaniran, long-time political activist from Flint, Michigan and organizer with the National Nurses’ Union;
  • and dream hampton, writer, filmmaker and co-author, with Jay-Z, of the New York Times best seller Decoded.


Protests In Brazil

brazilJuly 3, 2013 – Segment 3

We discuss the latest news from Brazil, where demonstrations against bus fare hikes have ballooned into massive anti-government protests. We are joined by:

  • Claudia Costabile, Brazilian-born PR manager for the U.S. Pharmacopeia;
  • Rosana Sanford, Brazilian-born teacher assistant, and;
  • Fabio Olivia, Brazilian-born Capoeira Angola teacher who works for Data Solutions and Technology.


Maryland Senate Finance Committee Kills Increase In Minimum Wage

Maryland Minimum Wage bill killed in SenateMarch 21, 2013 – Segment 2

A bill that would have raised the minimum wage in Maryland to $10.00 by 2015 was defeated in the Maryland Senate Finance Committee yesterday. We’ll hear arguments for and against raising the minimum wage from:

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Study Finds Growing Inequality In Maryland

Income Inequality in MarylandMarch 21, 2013 – Segment 1

We discuss a recent report from the Center for Sustainable Economy and the Institute for Policy Studies called Closing the Inequality Divide: A Strategy for Fostering Genuine Progress in Maryland. The report covers growing inequality in the state of Maryland.

We’re joined by the report’s lead author, Dr. John Talberth, and one of the co-authors, Daphne Wysham. We’re also joined by Institute for Policy Studies fellow John Cavanagh.

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The Sequestration’s Philosophical & Economic Divide

FILE - This Nov. 16, 2012 file photo shows President Barack Obama, accompanied by House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, speaking to reporters in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, as he hosted a meeting of the bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress to discuss the deficit and economy in Washington. Americans are living longer, and Republicans are proposing to raise the Medicare eligibility age as part of a deal to reduce the government's huge deficits. But what sounds like a common-sense sacrifice for an aging society that's facing tight budgets could have some surprising consequences, including higher premiums for people on Medicare. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)March 5, 2013 – Segment 1

We examine the philosophical and economic divide that’s keeping Congress from making a budget deal to stop the cuts that go along with the national sequestration. We talk to:


Free-Market and Progressive Stances On Sequestration

Boehner and SequesterFebruary 27, 2013 – Segment 3

Continuing our coverage on the looming sequestration, we hear perspectives from two people thinking about and writing about what’s happening. We hear first from Romina Boccia, economist and research coordinator for the Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation. She offers a free-market approach to sequestration, and talks about how healthcare fits into the deficit.

Then, John Nichols, Washington Correspondent for The Nation and contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times, shares his perspective. Offering a progressive take, Nichols expresses why austerity is the wrong idea for the country.

What Will The Sequestration Mean For The U.S. and Maryland?

President Obama, Congress, and SequestrationFebruary 27, 2013 – Segment 2

We move into a conversation on the upcoming sequestration – across the board cuts in federal spending – that will take place on Friday if President Obama and Congress cannot come to an agreement on the budget. We are joined by:

Then, Congressman John Sarbanes of Maryland’s 3rd District explains the impact all of this could have on Maryland.