Picking up where Darwin left off (LIVE with David Sloan Wilson)

This post was originally published on this siteClassical economics argues that the economy is an equilibrium system—that for every winner there must be a loser. In this episode, author and professor David Sloan Wilson joins Nick live on stage at Town Hall Seattle to argue that economies are actually evolutionary systems—and once we shed the … Read morePicking up where Darwin left off (LIVE with David Sloan Wilson)

Update: Whatever happened to overtime? (with Sharon Block and Chris Lu)

This post was originally published on this siteThis episode was first released in March, but so much has happened since then in the world of overtime that we thought we’d repost this episode with a new intro. Since this originally aired, Washington state has proposed a new overtime threshold that would expand overtime pay to … Read moreUpdate: Whatever happened to overtime? (with Sharon Block and Chris Lu)

Strategies for building a robust and equitable recovery from the next recession (with Connie Razza)

This post was originally published on this siteZach speaks with Connie Razza, the author of ‘Break glass in case of emergency’, a strategy memo recently published by the Economic Policy Institute for winning a robust and just recovery from the next recession. Connie explains what policy proposals and political infrastructure will successfully orient our recovery … Read moreStrategies for building a robust and equitable recovery from the next recession (with Connie Razza)

BONUS: Strategies for building a robust and equitable recovery from the next recession (with Connie Razza)

This post was originally published on this siteZach speaks with Connie Razza, the author of ‘Break glass in case of emergency’, a strategy memo recently published by the Economic Policy Institute for winning a robust and just recovery from the next recession. Connie explains what policy proposals and political infrastructure will successfully orient our recovery … Read moreBONUS: Strategies for building a robust and equitable recovery from the next recession (with Connie Razza)

Ask Nick Anything – Part 2 (with Trae Crowder)

This post was originally published on this siteWe couldn’t contain our favorite listener voicemails in one Ask Nick Anything episode, so we made two! Why does the middle class pay an income tax? Are unions cool? Nick and Trae answer eight more questions in this follow-up to last week’s must-listen episode. Trae Crowder is a … Read moreAsk Nick Anything – Part 2 (with Trae Crowder)

BONUS: Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal – Unedited Conversation

This post was originally published on this siteNick spoke with Congressmember Pramila Jayapal in December 2018 about the fight for a $15 minimum wage, what Representative Jayapal has changed his mind on, and how Democrats can tell better stories. Here’s their full conversation in Congresswoman Jayapal’s offices in Washington D.C. An edited version of this … Read moreBONUS: Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal – Unedited Conversation

Ask Nick Anything – Part 1 (with Trae Crowder)

This post was originally published on this siteYou’ve been flooding Nick’s voicemail for months, and the time is finally here! Comedian Trae Crowder joins Nick to answer your questions in this freewheeling Ask Me Anything session. What does John Hickenlooper think about Nick’s net worth? How can we help people see that a $15 minimum … Read moreAsk Nick Anything – Part 1 (with Trae Crowder)

BONUS: Why do we fight fires like it’s still 1969? (with Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz)

This post was originally published on this siteWashington state lost 440,000 acres in almost two thousand wildfires last year﹣a record high. Once the most beautiful month in Washington’s year, August is now marred by hazy, smoky skies that drive everyone indoors while our small and underfunded team of wildland firefighters work around the clock to … Read moreBONUS: Why do we fight fires like it’s still 1969? (with Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz)

Homo economicus must die (with Samuel Bowles)

This post was originally published on this siteHomo economicus is the figurative human being used in economic modeling. But the term defines human nature as perfectly rational, perfectly logical, and always self-interested. Does that sound like any real humans you know? Nope, we didn’t think so either. So we invited Professor Samuel Bowles to join … Read moreHomo economicus must die (with Samuel Bowles)

Tax the Rich! (with Tax March Executive Director Maura Quint)

This post was originally published on this siteOur friends at the Tax March, a national progressive tax awareness coalition, just launched a new campaign called “Tax the Rich” which urges every Democrat in Congress and every presidential candidate to support taxing the country’s wealthiest people. Zach talked to the Executive Director of Tax March, Maura … Read moreTax the Rich! (with Tax March Executive Director Maura Quint)

BONUS: Tax the Rich! (with Tax March Executive Director Maura Quint)

This post was originally published on this siteOur friends at the Tax March, a national progressive tax awareness coalition, just launched a new campaign called “Tax the Rich” which urges every Democrat in Congress and every presidential candidate to support taxing the country’s wealthiest people. Zach talked to the Executive Director of Tax March, Maura … Read moreBONUS: Tax the Rich! (with Tax March Executive Director Maura Quint)

What are the economics of climate change?

This post was originally published on this siteAll the economic and social policy that we discuss on this podcast won’t matter if we don’t address climate change. Governor Jay Inslee and Professor Fadhel Kaboub join Nick and Goldy to explain that if we don’t get climate right… well, the pitchforks are coming.  Jay Inslee is … Read moreWhat are the economics of climate change?

What are the economics of climate change? (with Governor Jay Inslee and Fadhel Kaboub)

This post was originally published on this siteAll the economic and social policy that we discuss on this podcast won’t matter if we don’t address climate change. Governor Jay Inslee and Professor Fadhel Kaboub join Nick and Goldy to explain that if we don’t get climate right… well, the pitchforks are coming.  Jay Inslee is … Read moreWhat are the economics of climate change? (with Governor Jay Inslee and Fadhel Kaboub)

What is Modern Monetary Theory? (with Stephanie Kelton)

This post was originally published on this siteIs government debt real? Is anything real? Professor Stephanie Kelton gives Nick and Goldy a master class on the hottest idea in economics right now: Modern Monetary Theory.  Stephanie Kelton is a professor of public policy and economics at Stony Brook University and a senior economic adviser to … Read moreWhat is Modern Monetary Theory? (with Stephanie Kelton)

Should Democrats appeal to the center by moving hard left? (with Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal)

This post was originally published on this siteFor too long, pundits and politicians have talked about the political center as a perfect balance between conservatives and liberals. But this quest for some sort of mythical middle ground between left and right has only succeeded in elevating the interests of the top one percent over everyone … Read moreShould Democrats appeal to the center by moving hard left? (with Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal)

Why does the U.S. hate families? (with Anne-Marie Slaughter and Katie Hamm)

This post was originally published on this siteFor all our talk about family values, the U.S. is actually the worst place to raise a family in the developed world. Anne-Marie Slaughter and Katie Hamm join Nick and Jessyn to explain how our family policies got stuck in the last century, and what we should do … Read moreWhy does the U.S. hate families? (with Anne-Marie Slaughter and Katie Hamm)

Is economics moral? (with Heather McGhee)

This post was originally published on this siteWe’ve established that trickle-down economics and neoliberalism are failed philosophies. But we haven’t yet explored whether economics should be moral – should it reflect our behaviors and preferences, or is it a science that lives separately from our societal norms and values? Heather McGhee joins Nick and Paul … Read moreIs economics moral? (with Heather McGhee)

Is economics moral?

This post was originally published on this siteWe’ve established that trickle-down economics and neoliberalism are failed philosophies. But we haven’t yet explored whether economics should be moral – should it reflect our behaviors and preferences, or is it a science that lives separately from our societal norms and values? Heather McGhee joins Nick and Paul … Read moreIs economics moral?

What’s preventing pay equity? (with Julie Nelson and Claire Cain Miller)

This post was originally published on this siteIn 2009, President Obama signed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law, thereby ensuring that women across the United States were finally paid the same as men. Just kidding! Women still only make 80% of what their male counterparts do. What is this bullshit? Why hasn’t pay … Read moreWhat’s preventing pay equity? (with Julie Nelson and Claire Cain Miller)

Why is getting out of poverty so hard? (with Felicia Wong)

This post was originally published on this siteHere are two phrases that should be oxymorons, but aren’t: ‘working poor’ and ‘poverty-level jobs.’ Writer and anti-poverty advocate Hanna Brooks Olsen joins Nick and Goldy to explore how the intense burdens of poverty make it nearly impossible to even think about climbing the economic ladder.  Felicia Wong … Read moreWhy is getting out of poverty so hard? (with Felicia Wong)

Why is getting out of poverty so hard?

This post was originally published on this siteHere are two phrases that should be oxymorons, but aren’t: ‘working poor’ and ‘poverty-level jobs.’ Writer and anti-poverty advocate Hanna Brooks Olsen joins Nick and Goldy to explore how the intense burdens of poverty make it nearly impossible to even think about climbing the economic ladder.  Felicia Wong … Read moreWhy is getting out of poverty so hard?

Whatever happened to overtime? (with Sharon Block and Chris Lu)

This post was originally published on this siteThe overtime threshold used to be the minimum wage for the middle class—but where did it go? Labor experts Sharon Block and Chris Lu join Nick and Jasmin to explain why the overtime threshold, which used to cover 65 percent of workers, today covers only 7 percent. That’s … Read moreWhatever happened to overtime? (with Sharon Block and Chris Lu)

BONUS: Econ terms and definitions explained by Nick and Goldy

This post was originally published on this siteEver been in the middle of a Pitchfork Economics pod ep and thought, “WTF are they talking about?” If so, this might help – we define some complex terms that get thrown around a lot (neoclassical, neoliberal, heterodoxy, monopoly, monopsony, and stock buybacks) because we want this to … Read moreBONUS: Econ terms and definitions explained by Nick and Goldy

What can a board game teach us about capitalism? (with Jared Bernstein and Jonathan Tepper)

This post was originally published on this siteMonopoly and its equally evil twin monopsony are destroying competition, depressing wages, and slowing economic growth. Is market concentration an inevitable outcome of capitalism, or is there a smarter solution? Jared Bernstein: Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, former Chief Economist and Economic Adviser … Read moreWhat can a board game teach us about capitalism? (with Jared Bernstein and Jonathan Tepper)

What can a board game teach us about capitalism?

This post was originally published on this siteMonopoly and its equally evil twin monopsony are destroying competition, depressing wages, and slowing economic growth. Is market concentration an inevitable outcome of capitalism, or is there a smarter solution? Jared Bernstein: Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, former Chief Economist and Economic Adviser … Read moreWhat can a board game teach us about capitalism?

Senator Cory Booker explains: what the hell is a stock buyback?

This post was originally published on this siteSenator Cory Booker explains the problem with stock buybacks, walks us through his Workers Dividend Act, and offers Goldy some much-needed counseling.  Cory Booker is the U.S. Senator from New Jersey and a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.  Twitter: @CoryBooker Further reading: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/3/6/17083398/booker-buyback-populist  https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/02/kill-stock-buyback-to-save-the-american-economy/385259/ Please follow and like us:

What is the purpose of a corporation?

This post was originally published on this siteNick, Goldy, and their guests William Lazonick and Lenore Palladino explain why “shareholder value maximization” is the world’s dumbest idea. William Lazonick: Professor of economics at University of Massachusetts Lowell, visiting Professor at University of Ljubljana, professeur associé at Institut Mines-Télécom in Paris, and professorial research associate, SOAS, … Read moreWhat is the purpose of a corporation?

What is the purpose of a corporation? (with William Lazonick and Lenore Palladino)

This post was originally published on this siteNick, Goldy, and their guests William Lazonick and Lenore Palladino explain why “shareholder value maximization” is the world’s dumbest idea.  William Lazonick: Professor of economics at University of Massachusetts Lowell, visiting Professor at University of Ljubljana, professeur associé at Institut Mines-Télécom in Paris, and professorial research associate, SOAS, … Read moreWhat is the purpose of a corporation? (with William Lazonick and Lenore Palladino)

BONUS: Yuval Harari – Unedited Conversation

This post was originally published on this siteWhen we talked with historian Yuval Harari, the best-selling author of Sapiens, Homo Deus, and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, the conversation was so wide-ranging and so smart that we just couldn’t bear to leave any of it behind on the cutting room floor. So here’s the … Read moreBONUS: Yuval Harari – Unedited Conversation

Do higher wages kill jobs?

This post was originally published on this siteTrickle-downers always argue that raising the minimum wage inevitably kills jobs. But the empirical evidence from Seattle, Los Angeles, and elsewhere prove otherwise. Experts, including Mayor Garcetti of LA, discuss how our economic understanding has changed, and why changing the public perception around the minimum wage has been … Read moreDo higher wages kill jobs?

Do higher wages kill jobs? (with Mayor Eric Garcetti and Alan Krueger)

This post was originally published on this siteTrickle-downers always argue that raising the minimum wage inevitably kills jobs. But the empirical evidence from Seattle, Los Angeles, and elsewhere prove otherwise. Experts, including Mayor Garcetti of LA, discuss how our economic understanding has changed, and why changing the public perception around the minimum wage has been … Read moreDo higher wages kill jobs? (with Mayor Eric Garcetti and Alan Krueger)

Do regulations kill growth? (with Robert Reich)

This post was originally published on this siteDeregulation for the powerful is a central tenet of the trickle-down myth, embraced by Democrats and Republican alike. Government regulations, we’re told, are costly and inefficient intrusions that slow grow and kill jobs. But Robert Reich explains that when thoughtfully applied, regulations are absolutely essential to growing a … Read moreDo regulations kill growth? (with Robert Reich)

Do regulations kill growth?

This post was originally published on this siteDeregulation for the powerful is a central tenet of the trickle-down myth, embraced by Democrats and Republican alike. Government regulations, we’re told, are costly and inefficient intrusions that slow grow and kill jobs. But Robert Reich explains that when thoughtfully applied, regulations are absolutely essential to growing a … Read moreDo regulations kill growth?

Do tax cuts for rich people create growth?

This post was originally published on this siteSince forever, Republicans have insisted that cutting taxes on wealthy corporations and individuals would grow the economy, create jobs, and lift wages. But it never does. As an early architect of what became “Reaganomics,” Bruce Bartlett was there at the birth of this GOP tax myth. He joins … Read moreDo tax cuts for rich people create growth?

Do tax cuts for rich people create growth? (with Bruce Bartlett)

This post was originally published on this siteSince forever, Republicans have insisted that cutting taxes on wealthy corporations and individuals would grow the economy, create jobs, and lift wages. But it never does. As an early architect of what became “Reaganomics,” Bruce Bartlett was there at the birth of this GOP tax myth. He joins … Read moreDo tax cuts for rich people create growth? (with Bruce Bartlett)

Is the American Dream a lie? (with Christian Cooper and Khiara Bridges)

This post was originally published on this siteIs the American Dream dead? Is economic mobility a myth? The foundational promise of America is that anyone, if they work hard and play by the rules, can enjoy a secure, middle-class life. Christian Cooper and Khiara Bridges join us to discuss the prevailing narrative that we each … Read moreIs the American Dream a lie? (with Christian Cooper and Khiara Bridges)

BONUS: Marching orders for new legislators

This post was originally published on this siteAs newly elected Democrats across the country enter their respective capitol buildings for the first time, Civic Ventures president Zach Silk and former Washington State legislator (and Civic Ventures senior VP) Jessyn Farrell offer advice for what they should prioritize – and it starts with economic policies that … Read moreBONUS: Marching orders for new legislators

[BONUS] Quick Pitch: Marching Orders for New Legislators

This post was originally published on this siteAs newly elected Democrats across the country enter their respective capitol buildings for the first time, Civic Ventures president Zach Silk and former Washington State legislator (and Civic Ventures senior VP) Jessyn Farrell offer advice for what they should prioritize – and it starts with economic policies that … Read more[BONUS] Quick Pitch: Marching Orders for New Legislators

Where does economic growth really come from? (with W. Brian Arthur and Cesar Hidalgo)

This post was originally published on this siteIs economic growth all about money, trade, and GDP, or are healthy economies built on a different foundation? In this episode, economist W. Brian Arthur and MIT physicist Cesar Hidalgo explain why human knowledge, knowhow, and innovation are the best measures of rising prosperity and future economic growth. … Read moreWhere does economic growth really come from? (with W. Brian Arthur and Cesar Hidalgo)

Where does economic growth really come from?

This post was originally published on this siteIs economic growth all about money, trade, and GDP, or are healthy economies built on a different foundation? In this episode, economist W. Brian Arthur and MIT physicist Cesar Hidalgo explain why human knowledge, knowhow, and innovation are the best measures of rising prosperity and future economic growth. … Read moreWhere does economic growth really come from?