Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich Asks: Are American Workers on A General Strike?
Hundreds of thousands of workers in industries ranging from health care to coal mining are on strike, in a massive wave of labor actions being dubbed “Striketober”. But even off the picket lines there may be quieter indicators of worker rebellion. Employees are quitting at record rates and employers are struggling to find workers, even after hiking up wages. To former Labor Secretary and UC Berkeley Professor Robert Reich, these are signs that American workers may finally have the bargaining power to push back against low wages, long hours and bad working conditions. “You might say workers have declared a national general strike until they get better pay and improved working conditions” he wrote in an opinion piece for The Guardian. We’ll talk to Robert Reich about this moment and the future of labor.
Why capitalism is broken and what’s the solution? with Robert Reich
In the first episode of this season Lianna Brinded, Director at Yahoo and Xavier White, CSR and Innovation Marketing Manager for Verizon Business, speak to Robert Reich, Economist, Political Commentator and Co-Founder of Inequality Media. They discuss the rise of shareholder capitalism, what leads to mass wealth inequality and the measures that need to take place for there to be less financial disparity between the rich and the poor.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Vox's Jamil Smith talks with former labor secretary, author, and social media gadfly Robert Reich about how our elected officials have fallen victim to the interests of the wealthy, what the pandemic exposed about our political and economic systems, and his vision of healthy civic education.Host: Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith), Senior Correspondent, VoxGuest: Robert Reich (@RBReich), Professor of Public Policy, UC Berkeley; co-founder, Inequality MediaReferences: The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It by Robert Reich (Penguin Random House; 2021) "The 1994 Midterms: When Newt Gingrich Helped Republicans Win Big" by Lesley Kennedy (History; Oct. 9, 2018) The Common Good by Robert Reich (Penguin Random House; 2019) "Mississippi Justice" on the 1964 murder of Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman (American Experience; Oct. 15, 2020) Enjoyed this episode? Rate Vox Conversations ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ and leave a review on Apple Podcasts.Subscribe for free. Be the first to hear the next episode of Vox Conversations by subscribing in your favorite podcast app.Support Vox Conversations by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcastsThis episode was made by: Producer: Erikk Geannikis Editor: Amy Drozdowska VP, Vox Audio: Liz Kelly Nelson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Robert Reich: The accounting of this parenting business
This week, our guests are Astra Taylor and Robert Reich. Taylor is an activist, author, and documentary filmmaker whose films include What is Democracy? (2018) and An Examined Life (2008). Last year, at the onset of the pandemic, Taylor joined economist Robert Reich to discuss his just-published book, The System. It was the very beginning of COVID-19’s complete upheaval of normal life, and Reich made a plea for government to understand the moment as a health crisis, not an economic one. On April 19, 2021, Taylor and Reich returned to reflect on the past year, from racial reckoning to widening income inequality – and to discuss Taylor’s new book, Remake the World: Essays, Reflections, Rebellions. In it, Taylor invites us to imagine how things could be different while never losing sight of the strategic question of how change actually happens.
Is the US a Democracy or an Oligarchy? with former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.
Back To School with Maz Jobrani
This week we're joined by former Secretary of Labor and UC Berkeley Professor Robert Reich who teaches us why the middle class is disappearing, why we need to get big corporations out of politics and what tulips have to do with the rise in GameStop stock!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
After serving as Secretary of Labor, he resumed teaching at UC Berkeley, gracefully relinquishing power, like Cincinnatus returning to the plow. Or not. “Actually,“ he says, “I have much more power as a professor than I did as a cabinet secretary.” Training a student army in the hills of Oakland? Encouraging rigorous thought? One of those.
In this episode, we sit down with Robert Reich, a prominent economist, professor, political commentator, author, and former Secretary of Labor. Reich’s lifelong dedication to public service has extended through not only academia and political appointments but to his award-winning documentaries, his innovative media company Inequality Media, and his substantial social media presence with a Twitter following of just under 1 million. Today we discuss his journey in public service and his guiding principles, the opportunities and challenges of social change in our current landscape, and the true meaning of leadership.
Over the course of the past four decades, Robert Reich has worn a multitude of hats: professor and professional idea merchant; federal official in three presidential administrations, candidate for governor of Massachusetts, and economic adviser to Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and Bernie Sanders; author of 18 books, creator of heralded documentaries, and wildly popular social media dynamo. But in all these roles — including the one for which he's best known, Clinton's first secretary of labor — Reich has staked out a unique and uniquely influential position at the nexus of policy and politics. All of which makes Reich an ideal guest to help sort through the cataclysmic events that have shaken Washington, DC, this month. Conveniently, Reich also happens to be so close to Heilemann that he officiated the host's wedding. So on this, the final Hell & High Water episode of Donald Trump's tenure, these two old friends come together to discuss the insurrection at the Capitol and Trump's second impeachment, how big business has reacted and how, more broadly, it has undermined our democracy, and whether the arrival of Joe Biden holds out hope of fundamental economic change. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.