September 14, 2014
Updates on Market Basket workers' victory, top paid asset managers, FED report debunks "recovery," Chipotle's gross inequality, Montreal corruption, and Russia/China economic alliance. Major discussion: Part 2 on socialism's new directions. Response to listeners on franchising, capitalist growth, advertising and consumer desires.
September 7, 2014
Updates on food insecurity, oil disaster economics, politicos go to Wall Street, billionaires buy homes, education In UK and US sustains elites. Major discussions of (1) employers' movement for a 4-day workweek, and (2) history of socialism vs capitalism (part 1 with part 2 next week) which was also response to many listeners' questions. More
August 31, 2014
Updates on Burger King, French socialism, cell phone overcharging, Bank of America's fine. Major topics: advertising industry and once more on no recovery. Responses on Michigan teachers union fight, poor still kept out of US top colleges, corporate stock buybacks. More
August 24, 2014
Updates on govt. housing for Johnny Cash, inequality and growth, economic lessons from Ferguson. Interview on Retirement Crisis in US with Prof. James Russell. Responses to questions: (1) how government subsidizes Walmart (with Food Stamps plus....), and (2) economics of advertising. More
August 17, 2014
Updates on drop in most American households' wealth, 2003-2013, social security finances more about wages than aging. Major discussions on (1) critical economics of markets, (2) political economy of immigration, and (3) capitalism's two great contradictions. Response to listeners on worker coop incubators and fund-raising by the Clintons. More
August 10, 2014
Updates on Pentagon's overpayments, mortgages tilt toward the rich, sub-prime car loan bubble, silence about intangible property tax. Major discussions: the economic organizations of Republican and Democratic Parties and more on socialism and Marx. Response to listeners on (1) clawing back public benefits to private corporations, and (2) using public assets to cover state budget deficits. More
August 3, 2014
Updates on fast food workers, GDP data, Salt Lake City dailies, bathroom breaks. Interview with Dr Harriet Fraad, mental health counsellor. Replies on FDR vs Obama and on how to counter corporate threats. More
July 26, 2014
Updates on my Bill Maher appearance, the Arizona execution, direct actions in Seattle and in New England (market basket stores), Derek Jeter tickets, and Chinese meat scandal. Major discussions of Obama's low polls, the changing meaning of socialism, and differences between private profit and social well-being. Response to listeners on auto and beef industries, credit unions, and bullies. More
July 19, 2014
Updates on big bank fines, Tracy Morgan sues Walmart, highway trust and taxes, extreme wealth inequality in the Hamptons. Major discussions of workers self-directed enterprises and Oxfam's data on extreme global wealth inequality. Response to listeners on relation of wages to prices and on economic "value" of solar, wind and green energy vs coal, oil, gas and nuclear. More
July 13, 2014
Updates on minimum wages in Europe vs US, richest US families, and economics of immigration. Interview with Tom Sgouros on broken banking system. Response to listeners on overpaid CEOs. More
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On Economic Update with Professor Richard Wolff, Wolff and guests will discuss the current state of the economy, both locally and globally in relation to the economic crisis.
Wolff focuses on wages, jobs, taxes, and debts – and on interest rates, prices, and profits. We aim to explain why certain economic changes are happening and other changes get postponed or blocked and we will explore alternative ways to organize enterprises, markets, and government policies. Economic Update is a weekly show for people who want to understand and change not only their own financial situation but also the larger economy we all depend on.
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