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Jacobin Radio: The "Miracle" of Silicon Valley; Democratic Party Futures

0:00 | Dec 31st, 2018

Suzi talks to scholar activist Richard Walker about his new book, Pictures of a Gone City, an urban geography of the San Francisco Bay Area, America’s richest and fastest changing metropolis. Walker explains both the miracle of Silicon Valley — inclu...Show More
Jacobin Radio: Gilets Jaunes, the Gamification of Class Struggle

0:00 | Dec 17th, 2018

In this episode, Suzi talks to Jacobin contributing editor Sebastian Budgen about the gilet jaunes protests rocking France, named for the yellow traffic vests the protestors wear. The movement was ignited by President Emmanuel Macron’s so called clim...Show More
The Dig: Keywords of Capitalism with John Patrick Leary

0:00 | Aug 22nd

Ordinary language is the sound of hegemony; it is also an archive of the struggles to overturn it. Language is an institution and a constantly emergent field of struggle; it is the product of power relations and it is also itself power relations. Dan...Show More
The Vast Majority: "What is the Rank-and-File Strategy, and Why Does It Matter?" with Barry Eidlin

0:00 | Aug 22nd

The question of how socialists should engage with the labor movement has always been a critical one. One proposal: the rank-and-file strategy, which the Democratic Socialists of America adopted in its recent convention. But what is it? Labor sociolog...Show More
Jacobin Radio: How to End Homelessness; Eugene V. Debs

0:00 | Aug 21st

Suzi talks to UCLA law professor Gary Blasi (https://law.ucla.edu/faculty/faculty-profiles/gary-l-blasi/), a longtime housing activist and advocate for the homeless about the staggering increase in homelessness in LA city and county (indeed across th...Show More
The Dig: Socialist Manifesto with Bhaskar Sunkara

0:00 | Aug 16th

Dan talks to Jacobin editor Bhaskar Sunkara about his book The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality. We must study socialism's history and plan for its future. Thanks to Verso Books. Check out their huge...Show More
The Dig: On the Clock with Emily Guendelsberger

0:00 | Aug 10th

Jobs have in recent years gotten much worse for millions of service workers at Amazon, McDonalds and call centers. Dan interviews Emily Guendelsberger on her book On the Clock: What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane. Thanks to...Show More
Jacobin Radio: Puerto Rico, US-Iran

0:00 | Aug 6th

Suzi looks at the rising in Puerto Rico with professor, activist, and author Rafael Bernabe in San Juan, Puerto Rico where two weeks of massive protests brought down the corrupt government of Ricardo Rosselló, and continue amid uncertainty about what...Show More
The Dig: Race and Class in the Liberal Suburbs with Lily Geismer

0:00 | Aug 2nd

Dan interviews Lily Geismer, the author of Don't Blame Us: Suburban Liberals and the Transformation of the Democratic Party. While Boston whites fought school busing in the streets, suburban liberals along Route 128 maintained and benefited from the ...Show More
The Vast Majority: "DSA 2019 Convention Breakdown" with Andrew Sernatinger

0:00 | Jul 31st

The Democratic Socialists of America's biennial convention is in Atlanta this weekend. The rise of the DSA is one of the most promising developments in American politics in at least half a century. I talked to Andrew Sernatinger, a member of Madison ...Show More
The Dig: From the archives, Aziz Rana on Two Faces of American Freedom

0:00 | Jul 25th

Dan is taking his first week off ever in Dig history to finish his book. Here's a classic from deep in the archives: our first interview with Aziz Rana, on his book The Two Faces of American Freedom, aka episode 62. If you've already heard this one a...Show More
The Dig: The Struggle in Chile with Alondra Carrillo & Pablo Abufom

0:00 | Jul 19th

Dan's lengthy interview with two brilliant Chilean social movement organizers: Alondra Carrillo and Pablo Abufom. Carrillo organizes in the country's massive feminist movement. Abufom works in the labor-backed movement for a just pension system. Rea...Show More
Behind the News: Puerto Rico and Turkey

0:00 | Jul 19th

Professor of philosophy Bernat Tort (https://www.hercampus.com/school/upr/philosophy-professor-bernat-tort) on Puerto Rico’s economic and political crisis. Then, sociologist Sahan Karatasli (https://skaratasli.org/) on Turkey’s economic and political...Show More
The Vast Majority: "They're Not Just Mad at AOC — They're Scared of Her" with Miles Kampf-Lassin

0:00 | Jul 18th

It's gotten heated this last week between Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the squad, on the one hand, and Nancy Pelosi, centrist Democrats, and the House Democratic Party leadership on the other. But this conflict isn't empty intra-party bickering. It's...Show More
The Dig: Abolish the Family with Sophie Lewis

0:00 | Jul 11th

Dan interviews Sophie Lewis about her new book Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family. Something is deeply wrong with commercial surrogacy—but it's just not what you might think. What's wrong is the brute labor exploitation taking place at the r...Show More
The Vast Majority: "Why Bernie Was Right to Oppose US Intervention in Central America" with Hilary Goodfriend

0:00 | Jul 9th

The New York Times recently attacked Bernie Sanders’s record on solidarity with Nicaragua in the 1980s. It probably won’t be the last time we see red-baiting attacks against Sanders in the election season, so it’s important to establish what exactly ...Show More
Jacobin Radio: NYT Bias, "Junkie Communism," and Deaths of Despair

0:00 | Jul 9th

Suzi does three stories on this episode of Jacobin Radio, beginning with Katie Halper (https://katiehalper.com/bio/)'s expose in Jacobin (https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/07/bernie-sanders-sydney-ember-new-york-times) of the New York Times's problem w...Show More
The Dig: Astra Taylor on Socialism, Democracy, Liberalism

0:00 | Jul 5th

For much of the twentieth century, Cold War politics defined socialism as the antithesis of democracy. Today, an insurgent democratic-socialist movement is transforming US politics. It is socialism that is at the forefront of a fight for a radical de...Show More
The Vast Majority: “Elizabeth Warren Can and Should Do Better on Foreign Policy" with Sarah Lazare

0:00 | Jul 3rd

Elizabeth Warren is, by American political standards, a very strong presidential candidate. She has taken up a robust domestic social-democratic agenda — one that, while not as strong as Bernie Sanders’s, is pretty damn good. Foreign policy, howev...Show More
The Dig: Our History Is the Future with Nick Estes

0:00 | Jun 28th

Dan's lengthy interview with Nick Estes on his remarkable book Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance. The problem that settler colonialism was repeatedly trying to ...Show More
The Vast Majority: "Why Bernie Talks About the New Deal" with Seth Ackerman

0:00 | Jun 26th

Bernie Sanders has been talking a lot about the New Deal lately, mentioning it in his recent speech on democratic socialism. Ironically, the response from many liberals has been to argue that the New Deal wasn’t really socialism. Jacobin’s Seth Acker...Show More
Jacobin Radio: US-Iran Crisis, Hong Kong Protests

0:00 | Jun 25th

On this episode of Jacobin Radio, Suzi focuses on the intensifying US-Iranian crisis and war brinkmanship that saw us about ten minutes away from military strikes, before Trump pulled back. We get MIT historian Pouya Alimaghum (https://history.mit.ed...Show More
The Dig: Russia Beyond Putin with Tony Wood

0:00 | Jun 20th

Russia intervened and Trump is a criminal who committed obstruction of justice and is surrounded by constant criminality. But it's no doubt also true that this situation and the hawkish liberal response to it have dangerously damaged US-Russia relati...Show More
Behind the News: Danish Elections, the Indigenous in Canada

0:00 | Jun 17th

Political scientist Rune Møller Stahl (https://www.jacobinmag.com/author/rune-moller-stahl) on the Danish elections, which the Left won but partly by going anti-immigrant. Then, Heidi Matthews (https://www.osgoode.yorku.ca/faculty-and-staff/matthews-...Show More
The Dig: The Italian Situation with David Broder, Lorenzo Zamponi, and Marta Fana

0:00 | Jun 15th

There is perhaps no more depressing situation in Western Europe than that which prevails in Italy: a coalition government between the far-right Lega party and the now subordinate, bizarre, amorphously anti-corruption, internet-fetishist, pseudo-direc...Show More
The Dig: The Spanish Situation with Carlos Delclós and Magda Bandera

0:00 | Jun 13th

In Spanish politics, the center-left Socialist Party has demolished the conservative Popular Party and checked risk of a major far-right surge. But meanwhile, the once very plausible-feeling dream of an insurgent radical left Podemos gaining power ha...Show More
The Vast Majority: "The Militant Minority" with Eric Blanc

0:00 | Jun 11th

Part two of our discussion with Eric Blanc on his new book Red State Revolt: The Teachers Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics. We discuss the role of a "militant minority" of rank-and-file radicals in Arizona and West Virginia's teachers strikes —...Show More
Jacobin Radio: Breaking Down the European Parliament Elections

0:00 | Jun 10th

Two interviews on the results of the May 26 European Parliamentary elections, which did not cleanly match predictions that there would be a further shift to to authoritarian hard-right parties. The biggest losers across the continent were the center-...Show More
The Dig: The French Situation with Sebastian Budgen and Danièle Obono

0:00 | Jun 8th

The radical left has been unable to electorally capitalize on the Yellow Vest movement, a massive revolt against a vicious, unequal and alienating neoliberal order. Instead, French electoral politics has pit an insurgent far-right against a zombie li...Show More
The Dig: Labour's Brexit Bind with Grace Blakeley, Maya Goodfellow, and Richard Seymour

0:00 | Jun 7th

Brexit has so dominated UK politics that it has put the Labour Party in a profoundly difficult and perhaps untenable position of strategic ambiguity toward how to handle the never-ending matter of leaving the EU. Today, in part two of our five-part s...Show More
The Dig: The European Situation with Chris Bickerton and Jerome Roos

0:00 | Jun 5th

This week and next, we're bringing you five episodes on European politics. Today, we're starting things off with Chris Bickerton and Jerome Roos for an overview of the European situation and the debate on the European left over how to approach Europe...Show More
The Vast Majority: "Red State Revolt" with Eric Blanc

0:00 | Jun 5th

The teachers strike wave of the last year and a half is the most important development in US working-class politics in decades. And nobody has covered that strike wave closer than Eric Blanc. Eric has been Jacobin's man on the ground for most of t...Show More
The Dig: Rashida Tlaib

0:00 | Jun 3rd

US Rep. Rashida Tlaib on the local struggles that guide her work on behalf of the working class in Congress, the urgent need for a politics that puts people over profit, the question of impeachment, and why American people are coming around to suppor...Show More
Behind the News: Tim Shorrock and Vijay Prashad

0:00 | Jun 3rd

Tim Shorrock (https://twitter.com/TimothyS) (Nation page here (https://www.thenation.com/authors/tim-shorrock/)) on the US conflict with North Korea. Then, Vijay Prashad (https://twitter.com/vijayprashad), director of the Tricontinental Institute (ht...Show More
The Dig: Bernie and Black Voters with Malaika Jabali and Wendi Muse

0:00 | May 30th

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 wit...Show More
Jacobin Radio: Barry Eidlin on Labor

0:00 | May 30th

Here, before a live audience at United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) headquarters, Suzi talks to Canadian sociologist and labor activist Barry Eidlin about socialist politics and the many issues facing radicals oriented to the working class. The interv...Show More
The Vast Majority: "The Case for Open Borders" with Suzy Lee

0:00 | May 28th

What should the Left say about borders? Free flow of people across borders has always been a key topic for leftists, perhaps never more so than right now — especially given the realities of climate change. Some on the Left advance a maximalist demand...Show More
The Dig: Doug Henwood on DSA

0:00 | May 25th

DSA's explosive growth continues; it has already, in a few short years, become the center of a renewed American socialist movement. Dan interviews Doug Henwood, who recently published a lengthy article in The New Republic entitled "The Socialist Netw...Show More
The Dig: Capitalism and Slavery. Part 2.

0:00 | May 22nd

Three interviews: historian Seth Rockman, scholars Crystal Eddins and Zachary Sell, and public historians Akeia Benard, Joey La Neve DeFrancesco, Elon Cook Lee and Marco McWilliams. Dan conducted six interviews on capitalism and slavery at The Dig’s...Show More
The Vast Majority: Socialism: The Movie with Yael Bridge

0:00 | May 20th

Socialism: The Movie with Yael Bridge Yael Bridge is one of the filmmakers behind the forthcoming documentary Socialism: An American Story. She talks with Micah about what she's trying to do with the film as well as her own transformation from a l...Show More
Behind the News: Teachers Strikes and Community-Based Reparations

0:00 | May 20th

Eric Blanc, author of Red State Revolt, on the teachers' strikes. Then, Catherine Kaiman (https://earthjustice.org/about/staff/catherine-millas-kaiman), environmental lawyer, on community-based reparations (paper here (https://digitalcommons.law.seat...Show More
The Dig: Capitalism and Slavery. Part 1.

0:00 | May 16th

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 ...Show More
The Vast Majority: "Chicago's Socialist Surge" with Carlos Ramirez-Rosa

0:00 | May 14th

Chicago recently made international headlines for the victories of six — six!! — members of the Democratic Socialists of America running for city council. It’s an astonishing victory, the biggest socialist victory in any American city in probably a c...Show More
The Dig: Cyborg Revolution with Donna Haraway

0:00 | May 9th

Donna Haraway's work defies disciplines, combining insights from both biology and feminist thought, and drawing on her own involvement in political projects organized around feminism and radical science. Haraway’s most recent book, Staying With the T...Show More
The Vast Majority: "Bernie Sanders Wants You to Fight" with Meagan Day

0:00 | May 7th

If we want to transform the United States in a socialist direction, we're going to need to do much more than elect Bernie Sanders as president. Nobody harps on this point more than Bernie himself. You can see it in his "not me, us" campaign slogan, o...Show More
The Dig: Real Estate Capitalism and Gentrification with Samuel Stein

0:00 | May 2nd

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 glo...Show More
Jacobin Radio: Democratic Primary; Victor Serge

0:00 | May 1st

Alan Minsky (https://pdamerica.org/alan-minsky/), producer of Jacobin Radio, is the guest on this episode. He wears multiple hats and one of them is Executive Director of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA). We talk about the Democratic primary fi...Show More
The Vast Majority: "The Socialist Manifesto" with Bhaskar Sunkara

0:00 | Apr 30th

It's the first episode of The Vast Majority, which will be bringing you conversations on American and international politics from a socialist perspective. So who better to have on than Bhaskar Sunkara, Jacobin's editor, publisher, and founder. Bhaska...Show More
A New Podcast from Jacobin: The Vast Majority with Micah Uetricht

0:00 | Apr 29th

It's a new podcast from Jacobin: The Vast Majority, hosted by Micah Uetricht. We'll be talking to authors from Jacobin and its sister publications like Catalyst and Tribune in the UK, plus whoever else is thinking and doing important work on the Left...Show More
The Dig: Un laboratorio del socialismo en Chile. Entrevista con Daniel Jadue.

0:00 | Apr 26th

*This episode of The Dig is a special Dig in Spanish. Visit Jacobin for a transcript in English. Este episodio de The Dig es un Dig especial en español. Entra a Jacobin para una transcripción en inglés.* Cuando se piensa en Chile desde el extranjero...Show More
Behind the News: Rossana Rodriguez, Benjamin Fogel on Bolsonaro

0:00 | Apr 19th

Rossana Rodriguez on her successful campaign as a socialist for the Chicago city council, where she will join five other socialists. Then, Benjamin Fogel, author of this (https://mg.co.za/article/2019-04-12-00-bolsonaros-three-month-rule-a-disaster) ...Show More
The Dig: Empire and the War in Yemen

0:00 | Apr 18th

The US has played a major role in fomenting violence across Yemen, backing the Saudi and United Arab Emirates-led forces attacking the country while also conducting a direct war against Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula under the guise of counterterr...Show More
Jacobin Radio: Elections in Chicago and Israel

0:00 | Apr 11th

Our guest Yoav Peled argues that Netanyahu is the only issue in the April 9 election. Netanyahu is under indictment for one case of bribery and two cases of fraud, but Yoav says he is likely to win even though his party and their bloc — with far-righ...Show More
The Dig: Chinese Class Conflict with Jenny Chan

0:00 | Apr 10th

In the US, China is often viewed at best as a nefarious and enigmatic rival and at worst as a civilizational enemy. But these stories of national rivalry that permeate both major parties and the mainstream media function as a mystification, shrouding...Show More
The Dig: Against Idiocy with Kafui Attoh

0:00 | Apr 5th

Car dominance, public transit austerity, and the neoliberal political-economy within which both are embedded have fomented what Marx called idiocy, in its classical sense of privatized social isolation. Dan talks to geographer Kafui Attoh, the author...Show More
The Dig: Strike! with Jane McAlevey

0:00 | Mar 27th

The strike is back, and big time. Teachers in particular have been walking off the job not only to demand higher wages but also to fight for an end to privatization and for a transformation of the educational system for their students. These strikes,...Show More
Behind the News: Tony Wood on Russia

0:00 | Mar 25th

Tony Wood, author of Russia Without Putin, on contemporary Russia and Putin.
The Dig: Why Socialism Wins in Chicago

0:00 | Mar 23rd

Four of the five candidates endorsed by the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America either won outright or advanced to the runoff election on April 2, leading to talk of a Socialist Caucus on the city council. And other progressive candidates throug...Show More
The Dig: End of the Myth with Greg Grandin

0:00 | Mar 20th

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 historia...Show More
Behind the News: Feminism for the 99%; Capital City

0:00 | Mar 20th

Cinzia Arruzza and Tithi Bhattacharya, authors (along with Nancy Fraser) of Feminism for the 99%, on a truly transformative feminism. Then, Sam Stein, author of Capital City, on bourgeois urban planning, with an emphasis on NYC.
Behind the News: New Deals Past and Present; Left Internationalism

0:00 | Mar 18th

Richard Walker, geographer and director of the Living New Deal project, on what the original New Deal can teach the Green one. Then, Aziz Rana on the need for a left internationalism (https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/02/left-foreign-policy-internation...Show More
The Dig: A Theory of ISIS with Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou

0:00 | Mar 13th

Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou explains: it's not just that the War on Terror has warped American and European politics and society; it's that the War on Terror and Islamic terrorist groups like ISIS have become mutually-critical facets of a larger,...Show More
Jacobin Radio: DSA; Generation Priced Out

0:00 | Mar 12th

Suzi talks to DSAers Jeremy Gong and Magally Miranda Alcazar about the larger issues they are confronting after two years of Trump, a midterm election that saw radical democratic socialists elected to Congress, and the beginning of a second Bernie Sa...Show More
The Dig: Green New Deal Architect Rhiana Gunn-Wright

0:00 | Mar 9th

It's irrelevant whether establishment liberals are sincerely aware of the threat posed by climate catastrophe because they are constitutionally hemmed in by a small-bore, technocratic and profoundly neoliberal ideology. But the climate justice moveme...Show More
The Dig: Feminism for the 99% with Tithi Bhattacharya

0:00 | Mar 6th

Striking women have begun to reclaim feminism as a project of working-class struggle against not only patriarchy's domination of women by men but also against capitalism's domination of the many by the few—a system that sexism serves. As Cinzia Arruz...Show More
The Dig: Hegemony How-To with Jonathan Matthew Smucker

0:00 | Feb 27th

Dan's guest is long-time organizer Jonathan Matthew Smucker, the author of Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals. The book is both a critique of the radical left's traditional style of politics and a how-to guide to fighting and winning, from nuts-...Show More
Jacobin Radio: Kate Aronoff on Democratic Party Politics

0:00 | Feb 26th

Suzi talks to Kate Aronoff about Bernie Sanders’s candidacy, the Green New Deal, and the Democratic Party. Bernie Sanders raised a whopping $6 million the first day he announced his run for president in 2020, making him the most important candidate i...Show More
Behind the News: AIPAC; the Green New Deal

0:00 | Feb 22nd

Noah Kulwin, staff writer with Jewish Currents, on why Ilhan Omar’s AIPAC tweets weren't antisemitic. Then, Thea Riofrancos, one of editors of Jacobin's Green New Deal series, on the agenda's scope and politics.
The Dig: Marx's Eighteenth Brumaire with Dylan Riley

0:00 | Feb 20th

Dan discusses The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte — Marx's take on revolution and reaction in mid-nineteenth-century France, the broader theories he develops about history and the relationship between politics and the class war, and how this a...Show More
The Dig: Contradictions with Eric Levitz

0:00 | Feb 16th

Dan talks to Eric Levitz — who at New York magazine provides the sort of consistently thoughtful and deeply contextualized analysis that is often quite hard to find on mainstream news sites — about the increasingly impossible to reconcile immanent co...Show More
The Dig: 2020 with Briahna Gray, Dave Weigel, and Waleed Shahid

0:00 | Feb 13th

What might Bernie 2020 look like, particularly now that almost everyone claims to be for Medicare for All (whatever they might mean by that)? Will Harris's track record as a law-and-order prosecutor doom her, or will her appeal as a woman of color ra...Show More
Jacobin Radio: Robert Brenner on the State of the Economy

0:00 | Feb 12th

The state of the economy is, despite assertions to the contrary, not strong; it is being plundered by the alliance of top corporate managers, leading financiers and political leaders from both parties. Suzi talks to Robert Brenner (https://www.versob...Show More
The Dig: Palestine Politics with Linda Sarsour

0:00 | Feb 6th

Two left-wing Muslim women newly elected to Congress—Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib and Somali-American Ilhan Omar—are resetting the Congressional debate over Palestine. In response, they have been met with slanderous attacks. On the one hand, th...Show More
The Dig: Venezuela

0:00 | Feb 2nd

Alejandro Velasco, Gabriel Hetland and Naomi Schiller on the profound economic, social, and political crisis in Venezuela. More than three million refugees and migrants have fled the country. Opposition figure Juan Guaidó has declared himself preside...Show More
The Dig: The Drug War in Mexico with Anabel Hernández

0:00 | Jan 30th

Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, a leader of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, is on trial in New York. After twice making his way out of Mexican prisons, he was extradited to the United States. This is what counts as a major victory in the never-ending US war on d...Show More
Jacobin Radio: Anatomy of the LA Teachers Strike

0:00 | Jan 29th

#Red4EdLA: Los Angeles teachers lead the way for the labor movement — striking FOR public education — using the strike weapon to reverse the damage of decades of neoliberal assault on everything public. Suzi talks to Joel Jordan, an education strateg...Show More
Behind the News: Alex Caputo-Pearl and Jane McAlevey on the LA teachers strike

0:00 | Jan 25th

Alex Caputo-Pearl, president of the Los Angeles teachers’ union and Jane McAlevey, author and organizer, on the union’s great victory in their LA strike, protecting public education against the plutocrats’ attacks
The Dig: Populism's Power

0:00 | Jan 23rd

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...Show More
Jacobin Radio: LA Teachers on Strike!

0:00 | Jan 22nd

On this special #RedforEd edition of Jacobin Radio, Suzi speaks with former teacher, member of the School Board, City Council, and State Assembly Jackie Goldberg (https://jackiegoldberg.org/), who is running in the March 5 special election to the LAU...Show More
The Dig: LA Teachers Strike with Sarah Jaffe

0:00 | Jan 18th

The teacher strike wave continues as more than 30,000 members of United Teachers Los Angeles walk picket lines not only for the higher wages that they deserve but also for the well-funded and great schools that the city's working-class students of co...Show More
The Dig: Astra Taylor on Democracy

0:00 | Jan 16th

Jacobin editor Alyssa Battistoni interviews Astra Taylor on her new film What is Democracy?, in which Astra asks ordinary people and political philosophers alike just that. The answers are often extraordinary and far more incisive than the mindless p...Show More
Jacobin Radio: LA Teachers, and Fossil Fuel Transitions

0:00 | Jan 15th

Suzi speaks to energy specialist and author Simon Pirani about his new book (https://www.plutobooks.com/9780745335612/burning-up/), Burning Up: A Global History of Fossil Fuel Consumption that traces the relentless rise in oil, gas, and coal use sinc...Show More
The Dig: Rethinking Migration with Aziz Rana

0:00 | Jan 10th

Typically, people think about migration as immigration: people crossing international borders from one nation-state to another. And for the past half century in the United States, people have tended to think about that immigration in a binary way: le...Show More
The Dig: Family Values with Melinda Cooper

0:00 | Jan 4th

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 redistr...Show More
The Dig: The Green New Deal with Kate Aronoff

0:00 | Dec 27th, 2018

Trump and fossil-fueled conservatives have pit working-class prosperity against environmentalism. This, of course, is incredibly dangerous. It's also premised on a misreading of environmental politics as having nothing to do with human well-being. Bu...Show More
The Dig: Crashed with Adam Tooze

0:00 | Dec 19th, 2018

Historian Adam Tooze, the author of Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World, explains how crisis in an unprecedentedly powerful and interconnected global banking system coursed through American homes and European sovereign debt ma...Show More
Behind the News: Paying for Medicare for All; The Problems with Post-Work

0:00 | Dec 17th, 2018

Robert Pollin, lead author of this paper (https://www.peri.umass.edu/economists/robert-pollin/item/1127-economic-analysis-of-medicare-for-all), on how to pay for Medicare for All — covering everyone and saving money. Then, Anton Jäger on the problems...Show More
The Dig: Yellow Vests with Danièle Obono and Jerome Roos

0:00 | Dec 15th, 2018

There has been no greater exemplar of zombie neoliberalism in power than French President Emanuel Macron's imperial technocracy. Now, with the rise of the Yellow Vest (Gilets jaunes) movement, there no clearer evidence that zombie neoliberalism is bo...Show More
The Dig: Bad Objects with Andrea Long Chu and Marissa Brostoff

0:00 | Dec 12th, 2018

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,...Show More
Behind the News: Gun Politics

0:00 | Dec 10th, 2018

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, on the politics of guns.
Jacobin Radio: GM Shutters Plants; Life at the US-Mexico Border

0:00 | Dec 5th, 2018

Suzi speaks first with Mike Parker, author, rabble-rouser, and union activist, who worked for thirty-tow years in auto in Detroit, about what is behind GM’s decision to close five plants, four in the US and one in Canada, affecting some 15,000 worker...Show More
The Dig: Haddad and Varoufakis Fighting Right-Wing Populism

0:00 | Dec 5th, 2018

On Saturday, Dan was in New York to interview Fernando Haddad and Yanis Varoufakis. Haddad is the former Workers Party mayor of São Paulo who recently lost Brazil's presidential election to far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro. Varoufakis was the Greek...Show More
The Dig: The Left Knows No Borders with Richard Seymour

0:00 | Nov 29th, 2018

How unlucky it was for Angela Nagle to make her so-called left case against immigration the same week that Hillary Clinton reprised her neoliberal case for border crackdowns. In reality, solidarity with immigrant workers has long been a core tenant f...Show More
The Dig: Jeff Sessions's Brutal Legacy

0:00 | Nov 25th, 2018

Guns in general, and American gun culture in particular, have created a horrific bloodbath. But much of the liberal gun control movement has, in concert with the NRA and Republican right, worked to make the war on guns a central facet of mass incarce...Show More
The Dig: Barbara Ransby on Black Lives Matter

0:00 | Nov 21st, 2018

Black Lives Matter is a poignant slogan and a powerful force for social transformation. It’s also shorthand for a huge array of organizations, mostly led by people that you've never heard of, working the daily hard grind of ordinary organizing that s...Show More
Jacobin Radio: Fires Raging in California

0:00 | Nov 21st, 2018

A look at the fires raging across California, and the impending teacher’s strike. Suzi talks to urban theorist Mike Davis for his “Tale of Two Fires,” contrasting the Paradise and Malibu conflagrations, which he says is like comparing two Californias...Show More
The Dig: A History of Neoliberalism with Quinn Slobodian

0:00 | Nov 14th, 2018

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 ...Show More
The Dig: The Roots of White Power Violence With Kathleen Belew

0:00 | Nov 7th, 2018

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 po...Show More
Jacobin Radio: Bolsanaro in Power

0:00 | Nov 6th, 2018

Suzi talks to political economist Pedro Paulo Zahluth Bastos about the October 28 election that brought the ultra-right wing Jair Bolsonaro to power. Bolsonaro promised to cleanse Brazil of crime and corruption by killing tens of thousands — and won ...Show More
Behind the News: Trans Politics; Fascist Bolsonaro

0:00 | Nov 5th, 2018

Historian Amanda Armstrong (https://www.fordham.edu/info/20762/faculty/10584/amanda_armstrong/1) on the importance of trans politics. Then, political economist Alfredo Saad-Filho (https://www.soas.ac.uk/staff/staff31747.php) on the prospects for Braz...Show More
The Dig: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on the Life of Howard Zinn

0:00 | Nov 3rd, 2018

Historian Howard Zinn remains a model for left-wing intellectuals who want to not only convey ideas to a public beyond academia but also take action to transform the world that it is their profession to explain. Dan interviews Keeanga Yahmatta-Taylor...Show More
The Dig: Madawi al-Rasheed on Saudi Royal Brutality

0:00 | Oct 31st, 2018

The brutality of the Saudi royal family had been hiding in plain sight. It was an open secret convenient to the political, media and business elites for whom the Kingdom means big business and an invaluable geostrategic proxy. But the brutal murder a...Show More
The Dig: The Color of Economic Anxiety

0:00 | Oct 28th, 2018

Recently, Dan spoke to Nikhil Pal Singh about the unfortunate and never-ending debate over whether it was economics or racism that got Trump elected. This is a sequel to that discussion: because what Malaika Jabali powerfully exposes in a Current Aff...Show More
The Dig: Rossana Rodríguez-Sanchez, a Socialist for Chicago

0:00 | Oct 26th, 2018

Jacobin Managing Editor Micah Uetricht pulls Dave-Davies-duty for Dan and interviews Rossana Rodríguez-Sanchez, a DSA member running for alderwoman in Chicago. Rodríguez-Sanchez moved to Chicago from Puerto Rico, where the brutal austerity imposed on...Show More
The Dig: Economics Discounting Climate Catastrophe. REPOSTED.

0:00 | Oct 24th, 2018

CORRECT EPISODE NOW POSTED. Today's episode is on the alarming new report out from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and how it is that William Nordhaus — an economist whose work is dedicated to arguing that that it would ...Show More
Jacobin Radio: On Two Upcoming Elections

0:00 | Oct 23rd, 2018

A look at two forthcoming elections: the November midterms in California, and the second round of Brazil’s general election on Oct 28. Gustavo Arrellano of Orange County, author of Ask a Mexican and Taco USA, wrote in a recent Los Angeles Times op-ed...Show More
The Dig: Explaining Brazil's Crisis with Alfredo Saad-Filho

0:00 | Oct 19th, 2018

Brazil is headed toward fascism by way of Jair Bolsonaro, a sexist, homophobic, and violent militarist clown nostalgic for a murderous dictatorship. How did this happen? Alfredo Saad-Filho, a professor of political economy at SOAS University of Londo...Show More
The Dig: Sawant on Socialism Against the Amazonification of Seattle

0:00 | Oct 17th, 2018

Socialist Alternative's Kshama Sawant was elected to Seattle City Council way before socialism became a cool thing. Today, Dan's talking to Sawant about how socialists can build power and win at the local level—and how in Seattle, that means taking o...Show More
The Dig: Reasonable Men Calming You Down with Moira Weigel

0:00 | Oct 13th, 2018

Today, we’re addressing one of the most obnoxious corners of the identity politics debate. And that is the corner occupied by Right Liberals who believe that any desire to change the world is a divisive symptom of maladjusted affluenza emanating from...Show More
The Dig: Lessons from the New Left with Max Elbaum

0:00 | Oct 10th, 2018

Let’s ensure that the history of American socialism doesn’t repeat as farce. That’s one reason that Max Elbaum wrote Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che, an account of the little-remembered New Communist Movement that d...Show More
Jacobin Radio: Brett Kavanaugh's Banal, Reactionary Mind

0:00 | Oct 9th, 2018

Meagan Day, Natalie Shure, and Alissa Quart reflect with Suzi Weissman on the toxicity — and banality — of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation to the Supreme Court. We look at the way the contentious, emotional hearings exposed the fault lines between g...Show More
The Dig: Lisa Duggan on the Open Secret of Sexual Assault

0:00 | Oct 6th, 2018

Christine Blasey Ford and other women have revealed that our political-economic elite is pervaded by profound intimate violence, forms of brutal interpersonal domination that are the everyday and microcosmic connective tissue of systems of domination...Show More
Behind the News: Ruling-Class Power

0:00 | Oct 5th, 2018

Sociologist Shamus Khan on the culture of elite schools and the sense of entitlement they breed. Then, political scientist Thea Riofrancos on the delegitimation of our ruling class and the political possibilities inhering in that.
The Dig: Reclaiming Philadelphia

0:00 | Oct 3rd, 2018

An interview with three members of Reclaim Philadelphia, which emerged from the Bernie 2016 campaign in Philly and has since — in a remarkably short amount of time — played a key role in getting Larry Krasner elected District Attorney, effectively wo...Show More
Behind the News: Winners Take All

0:00 | Sep 28th, 2018

Anand Giridharadas, author of Winners Take All, on the win–win business- and plutocrat-friendly philanthropy of today’s nouveau riche.
Jacobin Radio: Far-Right Rising

0:00 | Sep 26th, 2018

Legal analyst Harry Litman joins Suzi to unpack the legal and constitutional questions raised in both the Mueller investigation and the confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The question that is on the table is whether the Co...Show More
The Dig: Patrick Blanchfield on Serious Men

0:00 | Sep 26th, 2018

Serious people in Washington are seduced by vapid and self-serving accounts of their savvy operation of the machinery of government — works like Bob Woodward's latest exercise in extended stenography Fear: Trump in the White House. The problem with T...Show More
Behind the News: Socialist Women Winning Office

0:00 | Sep 25th, 2018

This episode's guests are Margaret Corvid, who recently won a city council race in Plymouth, England, and Julia Salazar, who just won the Democratic primary for New York state senate in Brooklyn.
The Dig: #AbolishDEA

0:00 | Sep 23rd, 2018

The United States today exceeds at perpetually waging wars that are destined to fail to meet their purported objectives. The War on Terror is one such war. The War on Drugs is another. In both cases, failure never leads to much official questioning o...Show More
The Dig: The Problem with the Problem With Appalachia

0:00 | Sep 19th, 2018

For many, conservatives and liberals alike, Appalachia provides a skeleton key for interpreting changes in American politics that might otherwise be difficult to comprehend. But the way conservatives and liberals talk about Appalachia tells us a lot ...Show More
The Dig: Beyond Economism with Nancy Fraser

0:00 | Sep 12th, 2018

Legendary critical theorist Nancy Fraser argues that a total analysis of capitalism requires taking Marxism beyond a narrowly economistic view. Throughout its history, capitalism has been defined not just by labor exploitation but also by the disavow...Show More
Behind the News: Neofascism in Germany and Israel; #MeToo

0:00 | Sep 10th, 2018

Writer Joel Schalit on neofascism in Germany and Israel. Then, Heidi Matthews (https://twitter.com/heidi__matthews?lang=en), assistant professor of law at York University, on #MeToo.
The Dig: Matt Bruenig Spreads the Wealth Around

0:00 | Sep 9th, 2018

What socialism should offer is freedom by way of power and democratic control over our polity and economy—and thus over our future as a society. Matt Bruenig has one proposal (https://www.peoplespolicyproject.org/projects/social-wealth-fund/) out at ...Show More
Behind the News: Racism in the United States

0:00 | Sep 5th, 2018

Raven Rakia, a journalist with The Appeal (https://theappeal.org/), on the nationwide prison strike (more here (https://incarceratedworkers.org/) and here (http://www.blackandpink.org/)). Then, Asad Haider, author of Mistaken Identity (https://www.ve...Show More
The Dig: Race or Class? Bad Question. With Nikhil Pal Singh.

0:00 | Sep 5th, 2018

Nikhil Pal Singh on the unfortunate obsession shared by certain pundits, journalists and social scientists: definitively proving that Trump won because of racism, and racism alone. What drives so many people to dedicate so much time to arguing that e...Show More
The Dig: Organizing Amid Rising Tides

0:00 | Aug 31st, 2018

Dan speaks to Elizabeth Rush, the author of Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, a lyrical, mournful but ultimately hopeful account of people dealing with amongst the most tangible effects of global warming right now: the rising seas that ...Show More
Behind the News: Free Market Isn't Free

0:00 | Aug 29th, 2018

Rob Larson, author of Capitalism vs. Freedom, explores how the “free market” is a realm of unfreedom, and Keith Gessen discusses his new novel about contemporary Russia, A Terrible Country.
The Dig: Eco-Socialism and the Climate Crisis

0:00 | Aug 29th, 2018

Today's episode is a long one. It's the first of two this week on climate politics: a live event that I hosted at Verso Books in New York a couple weeks ago. Or, at least part of it is. The event livestream, which we grabbed the audio from, malfuncti...Show More
Jacobin Radio: Robin Blackburn on Corbyn

0:00 | Aug 28th, 2018

Suzi Weissman talks to Robin Blackburn about Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party's left-wing leader. Drawing on Robin's article, "The Corbyn Project," in the May/June 2018 New Left Review, Suzi asks Blackburn to explore the challenges and constraints a C...Show More
The Dig: Criminal Injustice with Josie Duffy Rice

0:00 | Aug 25th, 2018

Josie Duffy Rice on Justice in America, her new podcast from The Appeal that she co-hosts with with Clint Smith, media coverage of criminal justice, carceral feminism and domestic violence, and the disturbing liberal affection for federal law enforce...Show More
The Dig: Russia Beyond Caricature

0:00 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Russia: the more your average American thinks about it, the less they seem to know. National security-state enthused liberals blame Putin and for creating what is an obviously-if-incomprehensibly made-in-America monster. Trump, in turn, cannot seem t...Show More
Behind the News: The Red Army Faction

0:00 | Aug 17th, 2018

Christina Gerhardt, author of Screening the Red Army Faction (https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/screening-the-red-army-faction-9781501336676/) (2018, Bloomsbury), on the RAF’s history and artistic reception in the context of the German 1960s and 1970s.
The Dig: Aslı Bâli on Syria, Part II

0:00 | Aug 17th, 2018

Part two of a two-part interview with Aslı Bâli on the Syrian civil war and the larger geopolitical conflicts that shape the Middle East — with an emphasis on the role played the United States. During part one, which you should definitely listen to f...Show More
The Dig: Aslı Bâli On Syria on Syria, Part I

0:00 | Aug 15th, 2018

Aslı Ü. Bâli joins Daniel for part one of a two-part interview on the Syrian Civil War and the murderously instrumentalized geopolitics that fuel it. Syrians continue to suffer and to die while various actors treat the conflict as a proxy for their o...Show More
The Dig: Aslı Bâli on Syria, Part I

0:00 | Aug 15th, 2018

[note: this is being re-posted because the original post was accidentally deleted. So if you have already listened, no need to listen again!] Aslı Ü. Bâli joins Daniel for part one of a two-part interview on the Syrian Civil War and the murderously ...Show More
Jacobin Radio: Katie Halper; Murray Mednick and Maury Sterling

0:00 | Aug 13th, 2018

Suzi and Alan Minsky talk to Katie Halper (http://www.katiehalper.com/) of WBAI's The Katie Halper Show (http://thekatiehalpershow.tumblr.com/) about the role of independent media and politics in the Trumpian landscape we inhabit. Then Suzi speaks to...Show More
The Dig: Making Sense of Soros

0:00 | Aug 11th, 2018

That right-wing people in the US and Europe have made George Soros the answer to so many troubling questions is not very surprising: he's a billionaire, he's Jewish and, unlike most of his cohort, he is an actual intellectual who spends much of his m...Show More
The Dig: Making Sense of Soros

0:00 | Aug 11th, 2018

That right-wing people in the US and Europe have made George Soros the answer to so many troubling questions is not very surprising: he's a billionaire, he's Jewish and, unlike most of his cohort, he is an intellectual who spends much of his money on...Show More
Behind the News: Globalization, Trump, and the American Empire

0:00 | Aug 10th, 2018

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 Finan...Show More
The Dig: Boots Riley on Sorry to Bother You and Communism

0:00 | Aug 9th, 2018

Sorry to Bother You is a hilarious film about the dead-serious shittiness of life under neoliberalism's flexibilized and precarious labor regime, a system teetering upon a thin line between free labor exploitation and a form of expropriation reminisc...Show More
The Dig: Kerri Harris Runs for Delaware Upset

0:00 | Aug 3rd, 2018

If Kerri Evelyn Harris wins in Delaware, she will have knocked out an incumbent US Senator. And that would be a really big deal. Harris, a left candidate backed by Justice Democrats, is Dan's guest today. She is the latest candidate putting forward t...Show More
Jacobin Radio: Russiagate

0:00 | Aug 1st, 2018

Suzi talks to Jacobin's executive editor, Seth Ackerman, and editor of Critique (and Russia expert) Hillel Ticktin, about the actual state of US-Russia relations and how they are portrayed. Seth Ackerman skewers mainstream-media reporting on Russia a...Show More
The Dig: Stop Whore Stigma with Melissa Gira Grant

0:00 | Aug 1st, 2018

The SESTA/FOSTA law purportedly aims to curb sex trafficking. But as my guest Melissa Gira Grant explains, it actually denies sex workers access to online platforms to more safely conduct their business. It received just two "no" votes in the Senate:...Show More
The Dig: Kaniela Ing is Fighting for Aloha

0:00 | Jul 27th, 2018

Kaniela Ing (kanielaing.com) is a DSA member running in Hawaii's 1st Congressional District, calling for an end to imperialism and rule by the wealthy, and for housing rights, a green New Deal, Medicare for All, and free college. And he's Dan’s guest...Show More
The Dig: A Post-Janus Plan for Labor

0:00 | Jul 25th, 2018

Janus was an entirely expected and atrocious decision. The conservative business interests that successfully obliterated private sector unions hope it will do the same to their public sector counterparts. Chris Maisano, a contributing editor at Jacob...Show More
Behind the News: The Hammond Pardons; AMLO

0:00 | Jul 23rd, 2018

Journalist Jason Wilson on Trump's pardoning of Oregon ranchers Dwight Lincoln Hammond Jr. and his son, Steven Hammond, as well as on the recent right-wing riot in Portland. Then, sociologist Christy Thornton analyzes AMLO’s victory in Mexico’s elect...Show More
The Dig: Mistaking Identity Politics

0:00 | Jul 18th, 2018

Checking your privilege. Invisible knapsacks. Intersectionality. In his new book from Verso, Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump (https://www.versobooks.com/books/2716-mistaken-identity), Asad Haider questions the terms and concepts...Show More
Jacobin Radio: Confirming Kavanaugh

0:00 | Jul 18th, 2018

Suzi talks to Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of UC Berkeley’s School of Law, about the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Chemerinsky writes that Senators should exercise their power and insist Kavanaugh reveal his views on crucial constitu...Show More
The Dig: A New Party of a New Kind

0:00 | Jul 16th, 2018

The last episode in this week's Ocasio-Cortez super series. First, an interview with Seth Ackerman on his essay "A Blueprint for a New Party," which lays out a strategy for building independent socialist power effectively, which means opportunistical...Show More
The Dig: Julia Salazar Brings Socialist Insurgency to Brooklyn

0:00 | Jul 12th, 2018

This week's super series on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's victory and the future of left politics continues with Julia Salazar, a DSA member running for a Brooklyn state Senate in New York's District 18. Salazar's campaign worked hard for Ocasio-Cortez;...Show More
The Dig: Bernie on Ocasio-Cortez-Style Victories

0:00 | Jul 11th, 2018

Capitol Hill used to be a lonely place for a leftist. And, frankly, it still is. But now that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appears to be headed to Washington, Senator Bernie Sanders will likely have some powerful company. Today, Sanders is Dan's guest, a...Show More
The Dig: Cynthia Nixon on Challenging Cuomo in Wake of Ocasio-Cortez Win.

0:00 | Jul 10th, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's victory should make New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a larger-than-life bully and ideologically-chameleon Democrat, very afraid. He faces a challenge from Dan's guest today, Cynthia Nixon, who has spent the years after her time ...Show More
The Dig: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Winning Power

0:00 | Jul 9th, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a 28-year old Latina working-class champion committed to social transformation who beat one of the most powerful men in Congress: the King of Queens. Dan had an extended conversation with her about how organized people won...Show More
The Dig: AMLO Shatters Mexican Establishment

0:00 | Jul 7th, 2018

Leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador, or AMLO, won an overwhelming victory in Mexico's presidential election, shattering a corrupt, old party system that brought ordinary Mexicans rampant violence and economic immiseration. But AMLO faces powerful pol...Show More
The Dig: The Italian Left’s Collapse with David Broder

0:00 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Today, we're talking about Italy, where a so-called "populist" alliance of the Five Star Movement and right-wing League just took over the government with anti-migrant and Euro-skeptic agenda. Dan's guest is David Broder, a historian of French and It...Show More
Jacobin Radio: Our Squeezed, Post-Recession Lives

0:00 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Suzi talks to Joel Jordan and then Alissa Quart, who in different ways are both looking at our squeezed post-recession lives and the fight to win or win back a decent standard of living. Longtime teacher and teacher-union strategist Joel Jordan joins...Show More
The Dig: The Trump Doctrine and Its Mandarin Detractors

0:00 | Jun 30th, 2018

Stephen Wertheim, a Lecturer in American and international history at Birkbeck, University of London, breaks cuts through the suffocating foreign policy debate that shapes American Empire under Trump. Peace has broken out across the Korean Peninsula...Show More
The Dig: Whither White Ethnics with Matthew Frye Jacobson

0:00 | Jun 27th, 2018

Everyone wants to know what's wrong with Appalachia. But beginning in the 1960s, it was "white ethics"—Italians, Irish, Polish, Jews and other non-WASPs—who broke from the New Deal coalition, embracing their Ellis Island immigrant roots in reaction t...Show More
The Dig: Child Casualties of the Border War

0:00 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Vox immigration reporter Dara Lind, one very bright spot in an often disappointing landscape of mainstream immigration journalism, discusses the historical, political, and legal context of Trump’s family separation policy. Dan also just wrote a lengt...Show More
The Dig: David Harvey on Capital

0:00 | Jun 20th, 2018

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 unde...Show More
Jacobin Radio: David Graeber on Bullshit Jobs

0:00 | Jun 19th, 2018

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 shibbo...Show More
The Dig: Naomi Klein and Mercedes Martínez on The Battle for Puerto Rico

0:00 | Jun 13th, 2018

The US colony of Puerto Rico has been repeatedly shocked and Puerto Ricans are traumatized. That is precisely what successful shock doctrines like this one — which wants to remake the island into a utopia for rich Americans and crypto-bros and a dyst...Show More
The Dig: Spain Part II, Rajoy Falls

0:00 | Jun 10th, 2018

Last week, we posted an interview Dan recorded in Barcelona on Spanish politics — specifically, on the question of Catalan independence, and the municipalist movement governing cities like Barcelona. What wasn't discussed much was the fact that the c...Show More
The Dig: Democracy in Chains with Nancy MacLean

0:00 | Jun 6th, 2018

For libertarians, liberty means something different. It’s about liberty for property owners. And in their quest to preserve that absolute freedom for the ownership class — whether their assets be human slaves, factories, or extractive industries — de...Show More
Jacobin Radio: 1968 with Tariq Ali

0:00 | Jun 5th, 2018

On this edition of Jacobin Radio, Suzi talks to legendary street-fighting man, author and playwright Tariq Ali about 1968 — as seen from today, fifty years later. The first cover of Black Dwarf, founded by Tariq and others in May 1968, is reproduced ...Show More
The Dig: Two societies, one black, one white — separate and unequal

0:00 | Jun 2nd, 2018

Fifty years ago, a mainstream group of high-profile Americans declared the following: "Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white — separate and unequal. Reaction to last summer’s disorders has quickened the movement and deepened...Show More
The Dig: Left Out of Spain’s National Question

0:00 | May 30th, 2018

Spanish politics are complicated. Dan speaks to Carlos Delclós, Kate Shea Baird, and Bécquer Seguín to help clarify the Catalan independence movement, the radical municipalist governments that now govern major Spanish cities including Barcelona, and ...Show More
The Dig: Resisting the School-to-Prison Pipeline

0:00 | May 27th, 2018

The steady pace of school massacres has revived calls to put more cops in school, with atrocities committed by white students exploited to make schools more like prisons, and ensure that the former remain a rapid-fire pipeline into the latter. Dan’s...Show More
The Dig: Telling a New Story with George Monbiot

0:00 | May 23rd, 2018

A laundry list of modest policy solutions is not enough, it turns out. It's not just that technocratic fixes around the edges spectacularly fail to meet people's needs; in failing to articulate a big picture vision of how the world ought to be transf...Show More
Jacobin Radio: No Way Back For Gaza

0:00 | May 21st, 2018

Author and activist Mark LeVine on the recent horrific events in Gaza and Jerusalem, which he sees as a point of no return. LeVine interprets Zionism's fundamental nature and history as one of settler colonialism, and he explains why he thinks resist...Show More
The Dig: Free Palestine with Noura Erakat

0:00 | May 18th, 2018

Israel is massacring Palestinians daring to approach a fence that occupation forces have built to shore up an ethno-state founded on the principle of apartheid. Nothing could be more clear. But you wouldn't no that from the, at best, muddied coverage...Show More
The Dig: The Law in Its Majestic Equality

0:00 | May 16th, 2018

“The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets and to steal bread.” The rule of law: the #resistance has construed it to be a cornerstone of opposition to Trump. It is certainly ...Show More
Behind the News: Venezuela; the Making of American Political Science

0:00 | May 14th, 2018

Historian Alejandro Velasco (https://gallatin.nyu.edu/people/faculty/av48.html) sorts fact from fiction when it comes to contemporary Venezuela. Then, Jessica Blatt, author of Race and the Making of American Political Science (https://www.amazon.com/...Show More
The Dig: Policing Poor Black Families with Dorothy Roberts

0:00 | May 12th, 2018

Recent cases of horrific child abuse have elicited widespread media attention. What the media coverage often misses is what these incidents reveal about a two-tiered child protection system that systemically surveils, punishes, and destroys poor blac...Show More
The Dig: Struggle and the State

0:00 | May 9th, 2018

Today's Dig is a very good and somewhat unusual Dig: Dan’s got two interviews with two different people. First, journalist Eric Blanc on the teacher strike wave that he's been covering for Jacobin. Then comes the Center for Popular Democracy's Xiomar...Show More
Jacobin Radio w/ Suzi Weissman: Educators' Strikes and Left Foreign Policy

0:00 | May 7th, 2018

Suzi talks to veteran union negotiator and labor writer Joe Burns about the teachers strike wave from West Virginia to Arizona — and about how public-sector workers and teachers are reviving the most powerful weapon in the working class arsenal: the ...Show More
The Dig: Bernie, Krasner, Keeanga, and Premal

0:00 | May 5th, 2018

Dan just moderated a discussion in Philadelphia with Senator Sanders, along with Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, scholar and frequent Dig guest Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, and veteran defense lawyer and advocate Premal Dharia. Bernie came ...Show More
The Dig: The Right to Have Rights Part II

0:00 | May 4th, 2018

This is part two of Dan's interview on Hannah Arendt's notion of "the right to have rights." This episode covers a lot, including why we must fight not only to expand the democratic political community but also to deepen its power—all at a time when ...Show More
The Dig: The Right to Have Rights Part I

0:00 | May 2nd, 2018

What are rights worth when government denies people the very right to have rights? Political theorist Hannah Arendt recognized this loss of "the right to have rights" as millions of refugees found themselves without a national home in the wake of wor...Show More
The Dig: Comey Liberal Cop Fetish

0:00 | Apr 27th, 2018

James Comey is liberal America’s favorite cop and now, as a result, a bestselling author as well. Patrick Blanchfield returns to talk about his Baffler review of Comey’s new book. It’s awful, of course. But it’s bad in productively revealing ways. Co...Show More
The Dig: Radicalizing Jackson with Chokwe Antar Lumumba

0:00 | Apr 25th, 2018

It's yet the latest installment in our ongoing series on the Left and electoral politics. Dan’s guest is Chokwe Antar Lumumba, the mayor of Jackson, Mississippi. Last year, Mayor Lumumba pledged to make Jackson "the most radical city on the planet." ...Show More
Behind the News: Teachers' Strikes and Zombie Liberalism

0:00 | Apr 23rd, 2018

The CUNY Grad Center's Kate Doyle Griffiths on teachers’ strikes and the crisis in social reproduction. Then, Thea Riofrancos (http://www.theariofrancos.com/) and Daniel Denvir (http://www.danieldenvir.com/) join to discuss Yascha Mounck and zombie l...Show More
Jacobin Radio w/ Suzi Weissman: David Harvey on Marx Today

0:00 | Apr 23rd, 2018

This week on Jacobin Radio, Suzi discusses the relevance of Marx for our present moment with anthropologist and Marxist geographer David Harvey. Harvey's newest book, Marx, Capital and the Madness of Economic Reason, explicates the core of Marx's thi...Show More
The Dig: These Primary Colors Don’t Run with Dave Weigel

0:00 | Apr 21st, 2018

It's the latest installment in our series on the left and electoral politics. Dennis Kucinich is running a viable race for governor of Ohio; Cynthia Nixon, running with Working Families Party backing, has Cuomo truly freaked out in New York; and ther...Show More
The Dig: DSA at the Ballot Box

0:00 | Apr 18th, 2018

In the latest installment in our series on the Left and electoral politics, we're talking about the Democratic Socialists of America's new electoral strategy. DSA has almost overnight become a serious force on an American socialist left that has for ...Show More
Behind the News: Winnie Mandela; Colombian Election

0:00 | Apr 17th, 2018

Sean Jacobs, founder of Africa Is A Country, joins Doug to discuss Winnie Mandela’s legacy. Then, Forrest Hylton talks about Colombian politics in the run-up to May’s presidential election.
The Dig: Petro-Imperialism with Timothy Mitchell Part II

0:00 | Apr 14th, 2018

Historian and political theorist Timothy Mitchell joins Dan for the second of a two-part interview on his book Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil, published in 2011 by Verso. In part 1, we talked about a lot of things, including how ...Show More
The Dig: Petro-Capitalism with Timothy Mitchell Part I

0:00 | Apr 11th, 2018

Historian and political theorist Timothy Mitchell joins Dan for the first of a two-part interview on his book Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil, published in 2011 by Verso. In this first episode, we talk about how the rise of coal m...Show More
Jacobin Radio w/ Suzi Weissman: Walmart Workers

0:00 | Apr 9th, 2018

Imagine you walk into a warehouse where the workers are on break, and you stumble into a vigorous, nuanced discussion of Marx’s notion of surplus value, how it relates to organizing on the shop floor, and how it applies to flexible and often female l...Show More
The Dig: Reviving Resistance to Empire with Aziz Rana

0:00 | Apr 7th, 2018

It’s our 100th episode and the launch of our spring fundraising drive! Aziz Rana returns to The Dig fifteen years after the invasion of Iraq to reflect on the paucity of substantive anti-imperialist politics across much of the American left. Socialis...Show More
The Dig: Student-Debt Capitalism

0:00 | Apr 4th, 2018

It’s obvious that student debt can be an excruciating financial burden. But anthropologist Caitlin Zaloom explains that it has also done a lot to make American families into plunderable financial mines, part of a larger capitalist system that individ...Show More
The Dig: No Human Being Is Illegal with Mae Ngai

0:00 | Mar 28th, 2018

Many Americans take the existence of so-called "illegal immigrants" for granted, whatever their opinion of the matter. But illegality isn't a property of immigrants; rather, it's a creation of positive law. And we can only understand how immigrants a...Show More
Behind the News: Strikes, Strikes, and More Strikes

0:00 | Mar 27th, 2018

Education reporter and host of Have You Heard? Jennifer Berkshire on teachers’ strikes, in West Virginia and beyond. Then, Forbes contributor Stan Collender on fiscal follies in Washington, D.C.
Jacobin Radio w/ Suzi Weissman: Brazilian Upheaval

0:00 | Mar 27th, 2018

Suzi talks to Wagner Moura, a Brazilian actor known for his work in the Elite Squad films and the Netflix series Narcos, about the volatile political situation in Brazil, where Marielle Franco, the socialist Rio City Councillor and her driver were as...Show More
The Dig: Real Sanctuary Means Ending Mass Policing with Kade Crockford

0:00 | Mar 25th, 2018

Perhaps nothing has more defined the monstrosity of Donald Trump than his racist demonization and targeting of immigrants from Mexico, Muslim-majority countries, and those nations he deems "shitholes." But what's seldom reported is that one of the ke...Show More
The Dig: MLK, Political Philosopher

0:00 | Mar 21st, 2018

Tommie Shelby and Brandon M. Terry talk about their new book, To Shape a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr. King is often remembered for his soaring oratory. But the commonplace emphasis on his rhetoric in place ...Show More
Behind the News: What's Wrong With UBI, and Xi Jinping's Presidency for Life

0:00 | Mar 19th, 2018

John Clarke (https://twitter.com/johnocap?lang=en) of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (http://ocap.ca/) on what’s wrong with (http://ocap.ca/the-neoliberal-danger-of-basic-income/) a universal basic income (UBI), a proposal that's become increa...Show More
The Dig: Lamb Is Not Enough. Three Leftist Women Run in PA

0:00 | Mar 17th, 2018

Democrat Conor Lamb's victory is a rebuke of Republicans. But Lamb is far from an ideal candidate, and so the race also raises a perennial debate between the left and liberal center over what kind of alternative to the Republican right we need. Dan’s...Show More
Jacobin Radio w/ Suzi Weissman: Teacher Strikes and Trump v. California

0:00 | Mar 14th, 2018

Are we on the cusp of a new wave of worker militancy? We talk to Rebecca Cohen and Shaun Richman about the victory of West Virginia teachers (and public sector workers) and the coming Oklahoma strike as they set a date to go the West Virginia way — a...Show More
The Dig: the State of Labor with Sarah Jaffe and Gabriel Winant

0:00 | Mar 14th, 2018

In West Virginia, a focal point of Trump-era liberal armchair ethnography, teachers have won a historic state-wide strike just as the Supreme Court is poised to rule in Janus, a case that will mark the culmination of a long right-wing effort to gut p...Show More
The Dig: Gun Culture is Neoliberalism with Patrick Blanchfield

0:00 | Mar 9th, 2018

Neoliberal culture expects little from government and everything from plucky individuals — including, apparently, the self-sacrificing courage to charge an AR-15 wielding gunman while your classmates cower behind bulletproof backpacks. Writer Patrick...Show More
The Dig: Gun Culture and Masculinity in an Age of Decline

0:00 | Mar 7th, 2018

How does gun culture get built from the ground up? What are the everyday politics of guns? Sociologist Jennifer Carlson does ethnographic fieldwork that provides answers to these questions, showing how men see guns as a way to be a protector in a tim...Show More
Behind the News: Liza Featherstone on the Meaning of the Focus Group

0:00 | Mar 5th, 2018

Liza Featherstone, author of Divining Desire (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1944869484/leftbusinessobseA), on the history and meaning of focus groups [disclosure alert: Featherstone is the host’s wife].
The Dig: Nomiki Konst on the Fight Inside the Democratic Party

0:00 | Mar 2nd, 2018

Nomiki Konst, a correspondent for The Young Turks and Sanders appointee to the DNC’s Unity Reform Commission, talks about the Berniecrat struggle against a corrupt neoliberal establishment to democratize the Democratic Party. This is the first in a s...Show More
The Dig: Glenn Greenwald on Surveillance Hypocrisy Amid Russiagate Mania

0:00 | Feb 28th, 2018

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,...Show More
Jacobin Radio w/ Suzi Weissman: Robert Brenner on the Economy

0:00 | Feb 21st, 2018

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...Show More
The Dig: It’s Iron Stache

0:00 | Feb 21st, 2018

Dan talks to Randy Bryce, the Berniecrat ironworker taking on Paul Ryan, about how he plans to knockout the House Speaker, Scott Walker’s decimation of unions, and Foxconn’s con against the people of Wisconsin. Thanks to our supporters at Verso Books...Show More
The Dig: Aziz Rana on the Cold War’s Late Demise

0:00 | Feb 14th, 2018

What if the Cold War only just ended in November 2016, as Donald Trump grotesquely encircled and then captured the presidency, finding it, to his surprise, unguarded? The Cold War proper, of course, ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union. But Az...Show More