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Episode 1000

Warming Signs

Apr 21 2018

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Corey Pein

System shock: Work, death and disruption in the digital economy.

Investigative journalist Corey Pein explores the disrupted economy of Silicon Valley's rebooted gilded age - from the precarious nature of corporate serfdom hidden behind a sales pitch of entrepreneurial independence, to the capture of our politics (and press) by a class of libertarian oligarchs with no vision for the future beyond their own fortunes.

Corey is author of Live Work Work Work Die: A Journey into the Savage Heart of Silicon Valley from Metropolitan Books.



Tithi Bhattacharya

Teachers' strikes are women's strikes - and the start of a new labor movement.

Historian Tithi Bhattacharya explains why women are leading teacher strikes and building a new labor movement across America - by challenging both neoliberal attacks on workers and their own union leadership's myopic agenda, and building lasting connections of care and solidarity across communities.

Tithi wrote the Guardian op-ed Women are leading the wave of strikes in America. Here's why.



Jacob Hamburger

Elitism, campus politics and the ghost of Allan Bloom.

Journalist Jacob Hamburger re-examines Allan Bloom's writing 30 years after The Closing of the American Mind - as campus politics and elitism are re-contested in American culture, conservatives and centrists alike are returning to Bloom's reactionary arguments in their attacks on today's left.

 Jacob wrote the artile The Closing of the American Mind for The Point magazine.



Geoff Mann, Joel Wainwright

On climate change, state power and the worlds to come.

Geoff Mann and Joel Wainwright explore the possible political and economic futures of a planet under rapid climate change - from the emergence of a planetary sovereignty over a global energy system, to the fracturing of the globe into nativistic zones of control and violent exclusion - and explain why nothing is certain but radical change.

Geoff and Joel are authors of the book Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future from Verso.

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Kate Aronoff

The big business of half-measure climate solutions.

Journalist Kate Aronoff finds a type of denialism built deep within mainstream market-based climate change solutions - from the inadequacy of financial schemes and technocratic strategies to fundamentally steer the planetary energy system away from carbon consumption, to the influence of fossil fuel corporations in selling short term fixes to their own long term problems.

Kate wrote the article Denial By A Different Name: It’s Time to Admit That Half-Measures Can’t Stop Climate Change for The Intercept.



Jeff Dorchen

What to expect when you're expelled: A birth story.

In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen and famous moral philosopher Lou Rawls provide live coverage of a literal metaphorical childbirth, with sideline reports from the start of the ultimate thought experiment - leaving the comfort of the womb and being born as a human in this world of potential and advertising and Grammys for Best Male R&B Vocalist Performance.

Read the transcript here