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Everyone is pretending the debt is still sustainable, and it gives them an opportunity to us it as a mechanism, as a leverage in order to impose and continue with austerity. But it would be hard to find anyone who seriously looks at Greece and the data, who can claim this debt of 180% of GDP is sustainable. In 2010 it was 120% and that generated the whole mechanism. It is close to insane to argue that at 180% it becomes sustainable.

Writer Pavlos Roufos reviews eight years of managed disaster for Greece under Europe's austerity regime - from the roots of the crisis in both internal politics and international finance, to the perverse structure of EU-imposed austerity that plunged the country deeper in debt and slashed public services and welfare in service of an impossible outcome.

Pavlos is author of the book A Happy Future is a Thing of the Past: The Greek Crisis and Other Disasters from Reaktion Books [UK] / University of Chicago Press [US]

 


Posted by Alexander Jerri

Here's what Chuck is reading this week to prepare for Saturday's show:

Michael Hudson - Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy the Global Economy

Megan Erickson - Class War: The Privatization of Childhood

Javier Auyero & María Fernanda Berti - In Harm's Way: The Dynamics of Urban Violence

Michelle Chen - The Unionization of Digital Media

Episode 865

The Arctic Line

Sep 5 2015
Posted by Alexander Jerri

Heather Exner-Pirot explains how a melting Arctic and international politics threaten indigenous land and political autonomy.

Heather wrote the chapter Whose Arctic Is it? in the Worldwatch Institute's report State of the World 2015: Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability.

Episode 864

Dire Education

Aug 29 2015
Posted by Alexander Jerri

9:10AM - Historian Joyce Mao explores China's role in shaping modern American conservatism.

Joyce is author of Asia First: China and the Making of Modern American Conservatism from University of Chicago Press.

 

10:05AM - Lawpagandist Brian Foley explains the importance of narrative and storytelling in the courtroom.

Brian will be talking about the Legal Writing Institute.

 

10:35AM - Writer Eve Ewing remembers the ghosts of closed public schools in Bronzeville and beyond.

Eve wrote the letter Phantoms Playing Double-Dutch: Why the Fight for Dyett is Bigger than One Chicago School Closing at Seven Scribes.

 

11:05AM - Author William Deresiewicz surveys the cost of a neoliberal university education.

William is author of the September Harper's cover story The Neoliberal Arts: How college sold its soul to the market.

 

12:05PM - Activist Alberto Roque Guerra contrasts LGBT life in Cuba and the United States.

Dr. Roque Guerra will be speaking at the LGBTs in Cuba event on September 1st.

 

12:45PM - Jeff Dorchen pokes the turd of nationalist paranoia.

Don't worry, Jeff will be using a stick in this metaphorical situation.

Posted by Alexander Jerri

Here's what Chuck is reading this week to prepare for Saturday's show:

Joyce Mao - Asia First: China and the Making of Modern American Conservatism

Eve Ewing - Phantoms Playing Double-Dutch: Why the Fight for Dyett is Bigger than One Chicago School Closing

William Deresiewicz - The Neoliberal Arts: How college sold its soul to the market [subscription required]

 

 

Episode 863

Disaster Assurance

Aug 22 2015
Posted by Alexander Jerri

 

9:10AM - Journalist Gary Rivlin revisits the first days and bad decisions of the Katrina disaster.

Gary is author of the new book Katrina: After the Flood from Simon & Schuster.

 

10:05AM - Live from Kabul, Matthieu Aikins profiles the gangster-politicians of Karachi.

Matthieu's latest writing is The Gangs of Karachi for Harper's and Yemen's Hidden War for Rolling Stone.

 

10:35AM - The Radical Pessimist, Kevan Harris examines China's influence in South Africa.

Kevan just returned from South Africa and will be in-studio tomorrow.

 

11:05AM - Writer Alyssa Katz explores the US Chamber of Commerce's influence on American politics.

 

12:05PM - Psychology researcher Rael Dawtry points out the blind spots in the minds of wealthy people.

Rael is co-author of the study Why wealthier people think people are wealthier, and why it matters.

 

12:35PM - The Hopleaf's Michael Roper looks ahead to the inevitable craft brew bubble pop.

Michael will be in-studio with a couple beer choices and the chance to support a local public school by getting day drunk.

Posted by Alexander Jerri

Here's what Chuck is reading this week to prepare for Saturday's show:

Gary Rivlin - Katrina: After the Flood

Matthieu Aikins - The Gangs of Karachi [subscription required] / Yemen's Hidden War

Kevan Harris - The Spectre of Global China by Ching Kwan Lee

Alyssa Katz - The Influence Machine

Rael Dawtry - Why wealthier people think people are wealthier, and why it matters.

Aug 15 2015