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1148: Coronavirus, capitalism and the world we face now.

Evolutionary biologist Rob Wallace on the linked global crises of Covid-19 and capitalism, waking up to the fight for our lives, and his article "Notes on a novel coronavirus" for Monthly Review.https://mronline.org/2020/01/29/notes-on-a-novel-coronavirus/PLUS: Chuck on survival capitalism and this week in Rotten History...

1hr 8mins

23 Mar 2020

Rank #1

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1106: After Labour's loss / Ruined by design.

Writer Matt Seaton on his New York Review Daily piece "The Strange Death of Social-Democratic England" / Designer Mike Monteiro on his book "Ruined by Design: How Designers Destroyed the World, and What We Can Do to Fix It"https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2019/12/12/the-strange-death-of-social-democratic-england/https://www.ruinedby.design/

2hr 5mins

18 Dec 2019

Rank #2

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1135: Class and race politics in the neoliberal era.

Historian Touré Reed on Trump and Sanders, what's been removed from politics by neoliberalism, the politics of race and class and his book "Toward Freedom: The Case Against Race Reductionism" from Verso.https://www.versobooks.com/books/3166-toward-freedom

1hr 3mins

26 Feb 2020

Rank #3

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1108: Capitalism on Edge.

Theorist Albena Azmanova explores the new realities of precarity capitalism, the failures of class struggle and her book "Capitalism on Edge: How Fighting Precarity Can Achieve Radical Change Without Crisis or Utopia" from Columbia University Press. http://cup.columbia.edu/book/capitalism-on-edge/9780231195379PLUS: Chuck passes on legal weed and the week in Rotten History.


6 Jan 2020

Rank #4

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1107: Mass surveillance and social regulation.

Sociologist Brendan McQuade on his book "Pacifying the Homeland: Intelligence Fusion and Mass Supervision" and in a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen attends the theater of trauma.

1hr 19mins

18 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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1147: Antidemocracy by design.

Political scientist Yekaterina Oziashvili on the antidemocratic structure of American society and her article “The U.S. Constitution and the Myth of Liberal Democracy” for Left Voice, and in a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen ranks the Austrian nobility.https://www.leftvoice.org/the-u-s-constitution-and-the-myth-of-liberal-democracy

1hr 19mins

19 Mar 2020

Rank #6

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1164: What's wrong with the nation state?

Iranian studies scholar Hamid Dabashi on the failures of the nation-state as a frame for political power, and his new book "The Emperor is Naked: On the Inevitable Demise of the Nation-State" from Zed Books.https://www.zedbooks.net/shop/book/the-emperor-is-naked/

1hr 2mins

22 Apr 2020

Rank #7

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1140: The politics of food waste.

Writer Austin Bryniarski on waste and inequality in the American food system, and his article "The war on food waste is a waste of time" for The Outline, and in a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen wins one for the Rosas.

1hr 9mins

5 Mar 2020

Rank #8

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1159: Learning from the Sanders loss.

Writer Danny Haiphong on what the left can learn about power and politics from the failures of the Bernie Sanders presidential campaigns.Danny wrote the article "Bernie Sanders’ Exit from the Race Is Not Betrayal, It’s a Reality-Check" for the American Herald Tribune.https://ahtribune.com/us/2020-election/4060-bernie-sanders-exit-reality-check.html

1hr 4mins

13 Apr 2020

Rank #9

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1145: Life under work.

Mareile Pfannebecker and J. A. Smith on capitalism's domination over our time, the rise of malemployment, and their book "Work, Want, Work: Labour and Desire at the End of Capitalism" from Zed Books.https://www.zedbooks.net/shop/book/work-want-work/PLUS: Chuck on locking ourselves away, and this week in Rotten History...

1hr 2mins

16 Mar 2020

Rank #10

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1132: American presidents against Black Americans.

Black Agenda Report columnist and senior editor Margaret Kimberley on the history of anti-Black politics from the American executive, and her book "Prejudential: Black American and the Presidents," and in a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen punctures the balloons and hands and feet of the faithful.https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/612534/prejudential-by-margaret-kimberley/

1hr 10mins

20 Feb 2020

Rank #11

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1143: The case against Joe Biden.

Jacobin writer Branko Marcetic on Joe Biden's five decade career of rightwing politics within the Democratic party, what a Biden / Trump election means for America, and his new book "Yesterday's Man: The Case Against Joe Biden" from Verso and Jacobin.https://www.jacobinmag.com/store/product/67

1hr 8mins

11 Mar 2020

Rank #12

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1155: Hungary, mid-pandemic.

Budapest correspondent Todd Williams reports on authoritarian politics and the Coronavirus in Hungary, and in a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen considers existence and other disposable items.

1hr 9mins

2 Apr 2020

Rank #13

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1161: Dissent at a dead end.

Writer Malcolm Harris on life in the wake of capitalism's global triumph, the state of dissent since Occupy, and his book "Shit Is Fucked Up And Bullshit: History Since the End of History" from Melville House.https://www.mhpbooks.com/books/shit-is-fucked-up-and-bullshit/


15 Apr 2020

Rank #14

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Episode 1139: Soap operas and the stories we tell.

Media studies scholar Elana Levine on gender and politics through mass media, and her book "Her Stories: Daytime Soap Opera and US Television History" from Duke University Press.https://www.dukeupress.edu/her-stories


4 Mar 2020

Rank #15

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1131: Capitalism and ecological theft.

Sociologist John Bellamy Foster on the modern divide between humanity and nature and his book “The Robbery of Nature: Capitalism and the Ecological Rift” from Monthly Review.https://monthlyreview.org/product/the-robbery-of-nature/

1hr 2mins

19 Feb 2020

Rank #16

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1160: Class struggle after COVID-19.

Cosmonaut's Remi Debs Bruno and Medway Baker on COVID-19 and capitalism in crisis, why the future might finally be up for grabs, and their essay "The End of the End of History: COVID-19 and 21st Century Fascism."https://cosmonaut.blog/2020/03/26/the-end-of-the-end-of-history-covid-19-and-21st-century-fascism/


14 Apr 2020

Rank #17

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1129: Depression at the end of time.

Writer Mikkel Krause Frantzen on his book "Going Nowhere, Slow: The Aesthetics and Politics of Depression" from Zero Books.https://www.johnhuntpublishing.com/zer0-books/our-books/going-nowhere-slowPlus: Chuck doesn't travel well, and this week in Rotten History...

1hr 1min

17 Feb 2020

Rank #18

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1128: Extinction Rebellion's apolitics.

Journalist Colin Kinniburgh on his article "Can Extinction Rebellion Survive?" for Dissent / In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen dissects a human millipede.https://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/can-extinction-rebellion-survive

1hr 11mins

13 Feb 2020

Rank #19