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Best of the left

By boopittsburgh - Feb 13 2020
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A great selection of Jacobin-friendly podcasts.

Substantive

By Skip Thomas - Jan 19 2020
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Rich exploration of lost histories here. Well produced segments with solid sourcework. Great find.

iTunes Ratings

686 Ratings
Average Ratings
620
35
11
5
15

Best of the left

By boopittsburgh - Feb 13 2020
Read more
A great selection of Jacobin-friendly podcasts.

Substantive

By Skip Thomas - Jan 19 2020
Read more
Rich exploration of lost histories here. Well produced segments with solid sourcework. Great find.
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Jacobin Radio

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Rank #1: The Dig: Mistaking Identity Politics

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Checking your privilege. Invisible knapsacks. Intersectionality. In his new book from Verso, Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump, Asad Haider questions the terms and concepts that underpin much liberal and left conversation about race and racism, exploring critiques advanced by the black radical tradition to mount a thoroughgoing demolition of what we now refer to as "identity politics" — something that had a quite different meaning when it was first coined by the black, radical lesbian feminists of the Combahee River Collective. This is not a book that dismisses racism and sexism. Quite to the contrary. Haider shows that we can only confront and defeat oppressions like racism and sexism if we recognize their relationship to the capitalist exploitation of the working class as a whole. The corollary is also true: capitalism can never be defeated without recognizing and fighting the various oppressions that help sustain it.

Thanks to Verso Books. Check out We Built the Wall: How the US Keeps Out Asylum Seekers from Mexico, Central America and Beyond by Eileen Truax (versobooks.com/books/2606-we-built-the-wall) and Old Gods, New Enigmas: Marx’s Lost Theory by Mike Davis (versobooks.com/books/2779-old-gods-new-enigmas).

 

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Jul 18 2018

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Rank #2: Jacobin Radio w/ Suzi Weissman: Robert Brenner on the Economy

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On this “podcast-versary” of the premiere of Jacobin Radio – one year since her first podcast, Suzi Weissman invites Robert Brenner back for another extended conversation on the state of the economy, especially given the dramatic plunges of the stock market, the wage and inflation reports, Trump tax cuts, and the proposed infrastructure plan. Robert Brenner is Professor of History at UCLA, co-editor of Catalyst, Director of the Center for Social Theory and Contemporary History (CSTCH) and author of many books including The Economics of Global Turbulence.

Feb 21 2018

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Rank #3: People's History Podcast: Trailer

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A new audio documentary about struggles in the United States. Each six-episode season covers one local story, told from the viewpoint of working-class people. Our first season, The Point, traces a social history of Boston from the urban rebellions of the 1960s, through busing in the 70s, into the Clinton era.

Season one, episode one drops November 19th on Jacobin Radio.

Nov 15 2019

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Rank #4: The Dig: Bad Objects with Andrea Long Chu and Marissa Brostoff

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Marissa Brostoff and Andrea Long Chu discuss Sex and the City and the X-Files, unraveling the tangled history of Marxism and queer theory, Cynthia Nixon the democratic socialist versus Miranda the straight corporate lawyer misrecognized as a lesbian, feminism as consumption in Giuliani's New York, the remarkable resilience of heterosexuality, the Cold War's paranoiac aftershocks, history's startling return, the alt-right’s nostalgia for postmodernism, the takeover of reality by reality TV, men with tinfoil hats decrying the deep state from the heights of power, and the possibilities of stitching socialism and queer politics together into a robust movement for human liberation.

Thank you to Verso Books. Check out their huge selection of left-wing titles at www.versobooks.com.

Please support this podcast with your money at Patreon.com/TheDig!

Dec 12 2018

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Rank #5: Behind the News: Globalization, Trump, and the American Empire

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Adam Tooze and Leo Panitch, separately, on globalization, Trump, the American empire, declinism, etc. Tooze is a professor of history at Columbia University and serves as director of the European Institute. His new book Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World is out this week. Panitch is a professor of political science at York University and the author of many books, including The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy Of American Empire.

Aug 10 2018

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Rank #6: The Dig: Hong Kong with Au Loong Yu

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The protests have subsided but coronavirus has only created a deeper crisis for government legitimacy. Dan interviews long-time Hong Kong activist and writer Au Loong Yu.

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Feb 07 2020

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Rank #7: Jacobin Radio: David Graeber on Bullshit Jobs

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Suzi speaks with David Graeber, whose earlier Debt: the First 5000 years was an international best-seller. From Adbusters to Occupy to the history of debt, Graeber has demonstrated his creative and provocative thinking. He takes on the biggest shibboleth — our very work — in his new book Bullshit Jobs: A Theory.

A recent UK poll found that 37 percent of full-time workers were sure that their jobs made no meaningful contribution to the world. Bullshit jobs are the pointless ones that could be erased — and their absence would hardly be noticed. Graeber points to the ubiquitous administrative layer that has ballooned even as joblessness has grown in the last decade, creating an entire sector in academia, health administration, human resources, public relations, financial services, telemarketing, and the like. Graeber suggests we can move from the "bullshitization" of jobs to caring jobs and a caring society, but is it possible under capitalism?

Jun 19 2018

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Rank #8: The Dig: Glenn Greenwald on Surveillance Hypocrisy Amid Russiagate Mania

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Did the "Woke Blacks" Instagram account really cost Clinton the election? Glenn Greenwald returns to the show to ask basic but rarely asked questions about the troll army’s presumed efficacy, explain his often mischaracterized position on Russiagate, and call out Republicans and Democrats for hypocritically supporting unfettered power for national security state surveillance. Thanks to Verso and University of California Press. Check out The Right to Have Rights by Stephanie DeGooyer, Alastair Hunt, Lida Maxwell, Samuel Moyn, and Astra Taylor and The Progress of This Storm: Nature and Society in a Warming World by Andreas Malm at versobooks.com Check out Miller's Children: Why Giving Teenage Killers a Second Chance Matters for All of Us by James Garbarino at ucpress.edu Support this podcast with your $ at patreon.com/TheDig!

Feb 28 2018

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Rank #9: The Dig: David Harvey on Capital

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David Harvey has taught Capital to huge numbers of people. Dan interviews him about his latest book, Marx, Capital and the Madness of Economic Reason. Harvey explains why he thinks all three volumes are of Capital are key, why we’re still living under neoliberalism at least unless and until ethnonationalist autarchy pushes it aside, how capitalism might survive climate change via mass immiseration, and linking struggles over production and consumption in the fight to transform society toward socialism. And more.

Thanks to Verso. Check out Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump by Asad Haider versobooks.com/books/2716-mistaken-identity.

Register for the Socialism 2018 conference (July 5-8, Chicago!) at socialismconference.org!

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Jun 20 2018

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Rank #10: Behind the News: Sofia Japaridze and Margaret Kimberley

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Sofia Japaridze on Congressionally protected wage theft in the libertarian paradise of post-Soviet Georgia. Then, Margaret Kimberley, author of Prejudential, on the long, oppressive relationship of presidents to black people.

Feb 10 2020

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Rank #11: The Dig: Real Estate Capitalism and Gentrification with Samuel Stein

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What is gentrification? It isn't just about what was once known as the hipster and is still known as the artist, the telltale warning signs of impending demographic change. It's part of an entire political-economic order that has made real estate global capitalism's most prized asset for storing wealth—one that has helped bend place-based urban governments to the will of mobile, and thus more powerful, capital. Dan interviews Samuel Stein on his book, Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State.

Come to The Dig's Slavery's Hinterlands symposium Thursday through Saturday in Rhode Island: facebook.com/events/661508874305008/

Check out the English transcript of last week's Spanish-language interview with Communist Chilean Mayor Daniel Jadue jacobinmag.com/2019/04/communist-party-chile-left-governance-recoleta

Thanks to Verso. Check out their massive left-wing book selection at www.versobooks.com

Please support us with your cash at Patreon.com/TheDig

May 02 2019

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Rank #12: The Dig: A History of Neoliberalism with Quinn Slobodian

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Neoliberalism: we all hate it, but what does it mean? Dan talks to intellectual historian Quinn Slobodian about his book Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism, which tells the story of neoliberalism's Geneva School — including Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, and Wilhelm Röpke — and their vision for a new imperial order establishing rules to protect the market from political interference. It's a movement that begins with nostalgia for the bygone Habsburg Empire, moves on to fights against the decolonized world's efforts to create a New International Economic Order, and plays a key role in forming the European Economic Community and the WTO.

Live Dig interview in NYC with Yanis Varoufakis on Challenging the New Right-Populism. Saturday December 1, 6pm at the New School's Arnhold Hall at the Theresa Lang Student Center.

Thanks to Verso Books and University of California Press. Check out their titles at www.versobooks.com and ucpress.edu.

Please support this podcast with your money at Patreon.com/TheDig!

Nov 14 2018

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Rank #13: The Dig: Capitalism with Michael Hardt

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An interview on how the transformation of capitalism has changed the possibilities for anti-capitalist struggle with Michael Hardt, co-author with Antonio Negri of Assembly.

Read Dan's essay on the 20th anniversary of the WTO protests in Seattle jacobinmag.com/2019/11/seattle-world-trade-organization-protests-socialism

Read Hardt and Negri reflect on the 20th anniversary of Empire newleftreview.org/issues/II120/articles/empire-twenty-years-on

Thanks to Verso. Check out their huge selection of left-wing titles at www.versobooks.com

Please support this podcast with your money at Patreon.com/TheDig

Dec 13 2019

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Rank #14: The Dig: Socializing Ownership with Mathew Lawrence

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Mathew Lawrence, founder and director of the left-wing UK think tank Common Wealth, explains why ownership must be socialized, what that might look like, and how to make it happen.

Thanks to UNC Press. Check out Stirrings: How Activist New Yorkers Ignited a Movement for Food Justice By Lana Dee Povitz uncpress.org/book/9781469653013/stirrings

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Nov 09 2019

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Rank #15: The Dig: The Roots of White Power Violence With Kathleen Belew

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The man who carried out the massacre in Pittsburgh was motivated by a belief that Jewish people were conspiring to destroy the white race by way of orchestrating mass immigration. It's a conspiracy theory with deep roots in America's violent white power movement and that today is echoed by Trump and Fox News. Dan interviews Kathleen Belew on her book Bring The War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America, a history of the white power revolutionary movement from 1975–1995.

Thanks to Verso Books and University of California Press. Check out the excellent titles they have for sale at www.versobooks.com and www.ucpress.edu.

Please support this podcast with money at patreon.com/TheDig!

Nov 07 2018

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Rank #16: The Dig: Capitalism and Slavery. Part 1.

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Three interviews: historians Linford Fisher, Christy Clark-Pujara and Joanne Melish, and Emily Owens.

Dan conducted six interviews on capitalism and slavery at The Dig's recent Slavery's Hinterlands symposium here in Rhode Island. This first of two episodes begins with historian Linford Fisher, who explains that the English settlement of North America was a settler-colonial project that required genocidally dispossessing indigenous people of their lands. What you might not know is that a central tactic for that dispossession, in New England and Virginia alike, was the threat and actual enslavement of native people, including the widespread practice of forcing native youth to labor in English homes. Then historians Christy Clark-Pujara and Joanne Melish, who pick up where Fisher leaves off: slavery wasn't the South's peculiar institution; it was the bedrock of the northern economy. And finally, historian Emily Owens on sexual labor under slavery: what, Owens' work explores, did slavery and freedom mean for women for whom, in brothels or the home, sex was work? On the next episode, Dan has two more interviews looking at the big picture questions of slavery, capitalism, revolution and colonialism, and an interview with a group of public historians who teach about slavery today.

Thanks to n+1. To get 25% off a one-year subscription, go to nplusonemag.com/thedig and enter THEDIG at checkout

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May 16 2019

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Rank #17: The Dig: End of the Myth with Greg Grandin

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American liberty has since its foundation relied upon the dispossession of indigenous people and Mexicans, upon African enslavement and, ultimately, upon the constant fleeing outward that created an empire that none dare call by its name. As historian Greg Grandin writes in The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America, this expansionist project has finally lost its ideological and material vitality, no longer able to neatly reconcile centuries of mounting contradictions. And so politics returned to the border as American expansion hit a wall—figuratively and, as Trump has demanded, very literally. "Trumpism," Grandin writes, "is extremism turned inward, all-consuming and self-devouring. There is no 'divine, messianic' crusade that can harness and redirect passions outward. Expansion, in any form, can no longer satisfy interests, reconcile contradictions, dilute the factions, or redirect the anger."

Thanks to University of California Press. Check out No Go WorldL How Fear Is Redrawing Our Maps and Infecting Our Politics by Ruben Andersson ucpress.edu/book/9780520294608/no-go-world

And thanks to Verso. Check out their huge selection of left-wing titles at www.versobooks.com

Please support this podcast with your money at patreon.com/TheDig

Mar 20 2019

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Rank #18: The Dig: Bernie and Black Voters with Malaika Jabali and Wendi Muse

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Dan has in-depth discussion on Bernie's approach to race and what he must do to win over Black voters with Malaika Jabali and Wendi Muse. Contrary to conventional wisdom, Sanders isn't unpopular with Black voters. In fact, he has done rather well with young Black people. But to win the primary and beat Biden, he must do a lot better. In particular, Malaika and Wendi argue that Bernie must integrate racial justice into the core of his class struggle agenda, rather than emphasizing it as a separate and siloed issue.

Read Dan's critique of Bernie's immigration agenda jacobinmag.com/2019/04/bernie-sanders-immigrant-rights-border-policy

Thanks to Verso. Check out their huge selection of left-wing titles at www.versobooks.com

Go to the Socialism 2019 conference in Chicago July 4-7! Register for the early-bird rate now at socialismconference.org

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May 30 2019

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Rank #19: The Dig: Populism's Power

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Democracy is the proposition that the people should govern themselves. But who are the people, and how should they govern? Populist movements attempt to answer these questions. In response, establishment figures insist that it is the people and their populism that pose a dangerous threat to democracy. How should we appraise our current populist moment? And how can we distinguish between populism's left and right variants? Dan interviews two experts on populism, political scientists Laura Grattan and Thea Riofrancos.

Check out Thea's n+1 essays on populism here:

nplusonemag.com/issue-28/politics/democracy-without-the-people-2/

nplusonemag.com/online-only/online-only/zombie-liberalism/

nplusonemag.com/online-only/online-only/populism-without-the-people/

Thanks to Verso. Check out their huge collection of left-wing titles at www.versobooks.com

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Jan 23 2019

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Rank #20: The Dig: Family Values with Melinda Cooper

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Dan interviews Melinda Cooper about her book, Family Values: Between Neoliberalism and the New Social Conservatism, which makes the case that neoliberalism and social conservatism have been consistent collaborators in creating an economy that redistributed wealth ruthlessly upwards with a risk-absorbing family at its privatized center.

Thanks to Verso Books, which has a huge collection of excellent left-wing titles at www.versobooks.com

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Jan 04 2019

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