On this new episode, former Goldman Sachs executive Nomi Prins explains why she believes America is on the verge of another financial crisis. Prins, who is now a journalist and author of “All the President’s Bankers,” says lawmakers’ refusal to pass legislation breaking up the big banks is putting the global economy at risk. Prins and I also discussed President Trump’s new push to privatize highways, airports and all sorts of other public assets that Wall Street has been looking to buy up. That privatization effort is being spearheaded by Gary Cohn, the former Goldman Sachs president who Prins once worked for and who now is President Trump’s top economic adviser.
This week I talk to Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin about her fight against House Republicans to pass laws making sure government money is spent on goods made in America. Baldwin has found an ally in President Donald Trump, who said he supports Baldwin’s bill. We go over exactly what “Buy American” laws are, and how they’ve been weakened to the point where critics assert that U.S. taxpayers are now effectively subsidizing the offshoring of American jobs. I also talked to Public Citizen’s Lori Wallach, who has been widely credited for leading the successful fight against the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The Montana special election has generated national headlines after Republican candidate Greg Gianforte was charged with assault after he roughed up a Guardian reporter, who dared to ask him a question about the Republican healthcare plan. I talked about the situation with Eric Stern, a top adviser to Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D). We discussed what it means for the Montana election — and what it says about the state of national politics.
With President Trump now facing allegations that he obstructed justice, Sen. Warren and I discussed the possibility that Trump will be impeached, and we discussed the escalating tensions between the United States and Russia. We also talked about why she chose not to run for president, why she did not endorse Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary
In the inaugural episode of this podcast, Anchorman/Big Short director Adam McKay talks to Sirota about whether he’d vote for Mr. T over Donald Trump — and he gives a sneak preview of his upcoming biopic on Dick Cheney.
Fake news is all around us — it is on our phones, on our computers, in our newspapers and on our televisions. We endlessly scroll and click, and information flies by at a faster and faster pace, often distracting us with total lies. So here’s my pitch to you: how about once a week you join me in slowing it down just a notch, and diving a little bit deeper to explore the major forces shaping our world? And how about we do it in a way that is fun and easy to understand — but also challenges power, asks tough questions and exposes wrongdoing? If that sounds pretty good, listen in and I’ll explain exactly how we are going to do that in this new podcast project that I hope you’ll support.