Season 3 began in September 2020 and ended in May 2021
Violence - A Shield for Emotional Vulnerability
May 2021 (Season 3 - Episode 30)
In this episode of CHH, Dr. Fraad discusses the most virulent examples of American violence: the US's world dominance in mass shootings and rape. She argues that violence converts the connection of people from their mutually acknowledged need for each other into a relationship of inequality, dominance and submission. The goal is to break all arbitrary and hierarchical divisions between people. That equality and mutuality will save America.
Children in the US Today
May 2021 (Season 3 - Episode 29)
America's children are the source of omnipresent sentimental solicitude. At the same time, they are in fact massively neglected and in trouble. Dr. Fraad explores the suffering of American children and what can be done to change that trouble and restore joy to children, and their parents as well.
The American Family
May 2021 (Season 3 - Episode 28)
Where did our family form come from and how is it doing now? This episode of Capitalism Hits Home looks at what is happening in America's families. As Americans, we present ourselves as a family centered nation. However, our families are certainly not the center of our economic, political, or legal support systems. In fact, they are in deep trouble.Supports are needed and possible.
The Socialist Feminist Way to Beat the NRA & Militarism
April 2021 (Season 3 - Episode 27)
On this week's CHH, Dr. Fraad and Prof. Forlano take on the NRA and militarism. The massive well funded lobbying of the NRA, disguised as a non-profit, has paid for friendly lawmakers.We can change that and enact and enforce laws to spur connection and fight male violence. We can change the culture of violence from gun shows to the glorification of violence in the media. We can join the rest of the world in emphasizing peace and negotiation on every level. We know how to do it!
Capitalism's Connection to America's Mass Shootings
April 2021 (Season 3 - Episode 26)
On this week's CHH, Dr. Fraad and Prof. Forlano talk about the intersection of capitalism with mass shootings. Why has the US had more than one mass shooting every day for a month? We are outliers. No other developed nation has had more than 18 mass shootings in the last 50 years. The shooters are overwhelmingly male. Fraad and Forlano look at the mutually shaping influences of capitalism, the NRA and guns sales, along with mass outsourcing of well paid male jobs, gender dislocation for men, and American retreat from connection with others in unions, bowling leagues, community organizations, and families. These combine with and feed narcissism, a capitalist affliction which hides our mutual connection with one another.
Should Andrew Cuomo Be Impeached?
April 2021 (Season 3 - Episode 25)
The movement to impeach New York's Governor Cuomo raises complex issues. Cuomo's sexually inappropriate gestures towards 10 of the women he employed, does not match the rape and sexual assault cases against Trump. While Cuomo's behavior is inappropriate and sexist, is it criminal? Dr. Fraad and Prof. Forlano talk about this, the corruption in US politics and the polarization of America.
Caring: The Crucial Infrastructure of Human Life
April 2021 (Season 3 - Episode 24)
Biden's 2 trillion dollar "American Jobs Plan" includes a $400 billion dollar commitment to support America's care economy. This plan lifts the salaries of America's badly underpaid domestic workers, home health aides, nurses aides, children's daycare workers, preschool teachers, caretakers for the elderly and disabled, food providers, and many others in essential but low paid jobs. What these crucial workers share is that they are overwhelmingly women and women of color. Capitalists have exploited women's inferior gender position to profit from their unpaid and poorly paid labor. This plan addresses those class/gender issues.
Shelter As A Human Right
March 2021 (Season 3 - Episode 23)
This is part 4 of the 4-part series on capitalist commodification, Fraad and Forlano talk about shelter as a basic human need. 500,000 Americans are homeless, countless others face impossibly high rents.
Healthy Food - A Basic Need for Human Survival
March 2021 (Season 3 - Episode 22)
In this part 3 of the 4-part series on capitalist commodification, Fraad and Forlano talk about the need for healthy food for basic human survival. Making food a capitalist commodity for profit is leaving our rich nation's citizens, and especially our children, hungry. How do other nations feed their people? What can we do about America's hungry people? Fraad and Forlano explore the answers to these questions.
Water is a Human Right
March 2021 (Season 3 - Episode 21)
In this second episode of the 4-part series on capitalist commodification, Fraad and Forlano discuss water rights. 8.8 million people in Texas are still having issues with their water supply. Capitalists have taken control of and privatized a basic human right and need, the access to a safe and clean water supply.
Texas's Energy Disaster: A Crisis of Capitalism
February 2021 (Season 3 - Episode 20)
In this part 1 of an 4-part series on capitalist commodification, Dr. Fraad and Prof. Forlano talk about the importance of heat and electricity. They discuss the devastation and the loss of human lives that resulted from the extreme cold temperatures and energy mismanagement by ERCOT in Texas. Texas gets 2/3 of its energy from fossil fuels and is the only state that does not participate in the national electric grid. That leaves it easily more open to corruption. Corrupt ERCOT did not weatherize its system as required. They saved money for their corporate backers and CEOs and sacrificed millions of Texans to freeze in the dark.That's capitalist logic for you!
Kristen Ghodsee on the Decommodification of Sex - Part 2
February 2021 (Season 3 - Episode 19)
On this part 2 of 2, Dr. Fraad and Prof. Forlano continue their conversation with author and Professor Kristen Ghodsee about the interdependence of women's sexual relationships, fertility and motherhood to their economic independence.
Kristen Ghodsee on the Decommodification of Sex - Part 1
February 2021 (Season 3 - Episode 18)
On this week's show, Dr. Fraad and Prof. Forlano talk with author and Professor Kristen Ghodsee about the interdependence of women's sexual relationships, fertility and motherhood to their economic independence. This is part 1 of 2.
The Role of Emotions in Our Personal and Political Lives
January 2021 (Season 3 - Episode 17)
On this week's episode of Capitalism Hits Home, Dr. Fraad and Prof. Forlano discuss emotional needs and desires and how they permeate every aspect of our lives. They also suffuse every political movement whether socialist, fascist, or neoliberal. We bring ourselves to everything we do. We are emotional beings. We study emotion's role which rarely appears in the credits.
Sex Under Socialism
January 2021 (Season 3 - Episode 16)
On this week's show, part 4 of the 4 part series on the intersection of sex, sexuality and capitalism, Dr. Fraad and Prof. Forlano discuss author Kristen Ghodsee's book "Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism" and examine the differences between sex and relationships under state capitalisms versus socialism.
The Capitalist Commodification of Sex
January 2021 (Season 3 - Episode 15)
On this week's show, Dr. Fraad and Prof. Forlano present some of the ways that sexual sales operate.The utter failure of America's sex education curriculum removes relationship and humanity from sexuality. Sexual need is hyped for men and forbidden for women. Sex becomes a scarce commodity that women can sell within our gender unequal capitalist society. This is part 3 of a 4 part series on the intersection of sex and capitalism.
The Capitalist Problem with Sex Education in the US
January 2021 (Season 3 - Episode 14)
This is part 2 of a 4 part series on the intersection of sex and capitalism. On this episode of Capitalism Hits Home, Dr. Fraad and Prof. Forlano discuss how sex education under US capitalism is failing our kids and undermining our society. .
Capitalism and Sexual Exploitation: The PornHub Scourge
December 2020 (Season 3 - Episode 13)
Dr. Fraad and Professor Forlano discuss the recent New York Times editorial by Nicholas Kristof, The Children of Porn Hub, and the intersection of capitalism with sex. Dr. Fraad presents some very interesting alternative approaches to sexual education and normalization from countries far closer to socialism than our own capitalist USA. Professor Forlano provides some much needed media criticism of the editorial as well as kudos when they are due. This is part 1 of a 4-part series.
Why Did Trump Get So Many Millions of Votes
December 2020 (Season 3 - Episode 12)
This episode of CHH explores the Trump phenomenon, when millions shared Trump's message that they were conned but did not know that he pulled the biggest con of all.
The Real Value of Essential Labor
December 2020 (Season 3 - Episode 11)
On this week's show, Dr. Fraad and Julianna Forlano discuss the difference between the life of a Walmart worker with that of a Mondragon worker. Some folks say that socialism inhibits creativity while capitalism enhances competition which spurs creativity. That is not the case. In our capitalist nation, the mass of workers come home depleted and disempowered by work days that are long ,boring, and anything but creatively empowering.
The Real Value of Essential Labor
November 2020 (Season 3 - Episode 10)
On this week's show, Dr. Fraad and Julianna Forlano discuss the amazing bill just passed by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s Socialist Labor Party which explores and reveals the economic value of essential caring labor usually done by women. New Zealand’s social workers, child care providers, nursing assistants and other care workers will now be recognized and rewarded with a 30.6% wage increase. Parents who return to the paid labor force can now proudly describe and be rewarded for the skills they learned from caring for vulnerable lives. This is revolutionary.
Toxic Masculinity - Pt 2
November 2020 (Season 3 - Episode 09)
On this part 2 of 2, Dr. Fraad and Julianna Forlano continue their discussion of toxic masculinity and how the social and economic conditions of its existence have transformed. Testosterone fueled aggression and heft are no longer needed or wanted in the workplace or at home. Force comes in when equality and democracy threaten old privilege.
Toxic Masculinity - Pt 1
November 2020 (Season 3 - Episode 08)
On this part 1 of 2, Dr. Fraad and Julianna Forlano discuss toxic masculinity and how the social and economic conditions of its existence have transformed. Testosterone fueled aggression and heft are no longer needed or wanted in the workplace or at home. Force comes in when equality and democracy threaten old privilege.
The Invisible Labor on Which Capitalism Depends. And Guess Who Does It? - Pt 2
October 2020 (Season 3 - Episode 07)
Part 2 of 2: this week's show is a continuation of the discussion of the labor we all need in order to function in our world: housework, ie. providing food, cooking food, let us avoid distracting hunger pains, that creates the order and cleanliness that allows us to be presentable in life, have clean clothes that don't smell, allow us to find the clothing we need to wear that day, and so on and so on. Fraad and Forlano try to answer why essential labor is devalued.
The Invisible Labor on Which Capitalism Depends. And Guess Who Does It? - Pt 1
October 2020 (Season 3 - Episode 06)
Part 1 of 2: this week's show focuses on the labor we all need in order to function in our world. It's housework, providing food, cooking food, let us avoid distracting hunger pains, that creates the order and cleanliness that allows us to be presentable in life, have clean clothes that don't smell, allow us to find the clothing we need to wear that day, and so on and so on. Fraad and Forlano try to answer why essential labor is devalued.
The Empty Nest is Either Very Empty or Still Full
October 2020 (Season 3 - Episode 05)
On this week's show, Fraad and Forlano continue their discussion of Capitalism’s effect on the family but this time they discuss a specific effect. There comes a time in every family’s life cycle where the children leave the nest. Well guess what? Capitalism has been effecting the health transition out of the nest for decades and in this time of COVID, the negative effects are becoming more pronounced.
Lies, Lies, Lies
October 2020 (Season 3 - Episode 04)
The psychotic level of misinformation and untruth coming from the Trump administration, and from capitalism itself, is creating chaos in our outer world and our inner psyches. This week's discussion centers around one of the biggest lies we are told as children and how to deal with life when you don't know what is real.
US COVID Response Destroys Education, Sets Women Back Decades
October 2020 (Season 3 - Episode 03)
On this week's all new Capitalism Hits Home, Fraad and Forlano talk about the of the pandemic on women and the gender pay gap. Public Education, a way out of poverty, has been seriously damaged by the myriad problems of remote learning. Black, Latino, Native American, and poor children are the most affected. Private schooling has flourished. What are ways out and alternatives for those of us who want to champion free public education and gender, race and class equality?
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, A Feminist Icon
September 2020 (Season 3 - Episode 02)
On this episode of Capitalism Hits Home, Dr. Fraad and Julianna Forlano discuss the latest news items of the week: majority of Americans ages 18-29 living at home with parents; domestic workers and hotel workers risking their lives for minimum wage; Amazon's price gouging during the peak of the epidemic. Fraad and Forlano then talk about the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a champion for gender rights, race equality and immigrant rights.
Exchanging Sex for Money: The New Feminism? Cardi B's WAP Review
September 2020 (Season 3 - Episode 01)
In this first episode of Season 3 of CHH, Dr. Fraad and Julianna discuss 3 topics currently in the news: Trump knowledge of the dangers of COVID-19 and his decision to keep it from the public; wildfires sweeping the west coast; women in Mexico protest rape and abuse by taking over the Justice Department. Then Fraad and Forlano take on a major discussion of Cardi B's latest hit WAP and its cultural implications.
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