Alternative economics

Goldman Sacks the Treasury

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Mon, 04/26/2010

 Is Goldman Sachs "little better than a criminal enterprise that earns its billions by bilking the market, the government, and even its own clients in a bewildering variety of complex financial scams"?  Or is "Goldman guilty of [nothing] except being "too smart" and really, really good at making money?"  Drawing on articles by Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone’s political reporter; and Dean Baker, the co-director of the Center for Economic Security, the Old Mole's Tom Becker lays out the case that (as Taibbi puts it) Goldman is "a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity."

7:10 minutes (4.11 MB)

Crooked Finance

program date: 
Mon, 04/26/2010

Bill Black, a former bank regulator, has been writing about financial fraud in high places at least sine the S&L scandal in the early '90s.  His book about that is The Best Way to Rob a Bank Is to Own One: How Corporate Executives and Politicians Looted the S&L Industry.  Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the chicanery that led to the financial collapse of 2008.   

 

21:04 minutes (12.06 MB)

Voices from the Edge on 04/29/10

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Thu, 04/29/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Clergy Abuse: Can we hold the abusers accountable and heal the community?
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Clergy Abuse: Can we hold the abusers accountable and heal the community?
 
Revelations earlier this month implicating Pope Benedict XVI in cover-ups of clergy abuse in Europe are just the latest developments in an issue that is rocking religious institutions to their foundations.

Special Programming: Public Affairs on 05/07/10

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Fri, 05/07/2010 - 7:00am - 8:00pm
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Fighting Corporate Power

Fighting Corporate Power: Friday May 7th: 7 am – 8 pm

Since when did corporations become more powerful than people?  How is it that corporate entities have been awarded all the benefits of US citizenship, without any of the responsibilities?  And what can WE THE PEOPLE do about it??  This special day of programming will address the recent supreme court decision on corporate free speech, as well as other aspects of creeping corporate power that undermine sovereignty and democracy. 

7:00 AM - Democracy Now!

Voices from the Edge on 04/15/10

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Thu, 04/15/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Near deadly error: An interview with exonerated death row inmate Juan Melendez-Colon
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Near-Deadly Error: An interview with exonerated death row inmate Juan Melendez-Colon
 
It is hard to imagine spending over 17 years on death row for a crime you did not commit. Juan Melendez-Colon did just that following his 1984 conviction and sentencing to death in the killing of Auburndale, FL beauty salon owner Delbert Baker.

April 12 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 04/12/2010

Three crises of capitalism:

  • energy and climate change,
  • economic inequality and our tax system,
  • the ten-million job deficit for our work force. 

and a review of a novel about a spirited frontier woman, a breaker of horses.

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this show.  

 

51:42 minutes (29.59 MB)

Not Enough Jobs?

program date: 
Mon, 04/12/2010

Jobs are not coming back with the so-called "economic recovery" -- and will be a long time coming.  If there's not encough work, why not spread it around?   Clayton Morgareidge looks at some ways  to do this.

You can read his remarks here.   

7:43 minutes (4.42 MB)
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