In the United States, it seems capitalism is no longer as popular as it may have once been. With Americans facing stagnating wages, intensifying economic inequality and rampant poverty, polls show more and more people are questioning whether the so-called invisible hand of the free market is really good for society. So is it time to discard capitalism? On this episode, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich basically says no. In a new Netflix documentary entitled “Saving Capitalism” he argues that our economic system can and should be rescued and reformed — but he said that can only happen if voters can be mobilized to combat the influence of big money on our politics. During our discussion, Reich opened up about his battles with the Wall Street wing of the Democratic Party while he was serving as a Cabinet Secretary. He also discussed what he regretted most about his time in office, and he said both Clinton and Barack Obama never confronted the structural problems facing America’s middle class.
He was one of the Freaks and Geeks. He was the guy trying to forget Sarah Marshall. He wrote a Muppet movie. He was Marshall Eriksen on “How I Met Your Mother.” He even played David Foster Wallace. On this episode, I talk to actor, writer and novelist Jason Segel about his new novel exploring the dangers of virtual reality. We also talk about how the Harvey Weinstein scandal could change Hollywood for the long haul.
High interest loans to subprime borrowers. Millions struggling to pay off debts. Allegations of financial shenanigans by lenders. It may sound like the mortgage crisis, but these factors are also all part of an intensifying controversy about student loans. On this episode, I talk to Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro about skyrocketing student debt, and how the Trump administration is delaying rules to protect borrowers. During the discussion, Shapiro details his landmark lawsuit against America’s largest student loan servicer. The case — which alleges that the company systematically harmed borrowers across the country — could fundamentally reshape the lending industry and the student loan process.
One year after the election of Donald Trump, Democrats came roaring back this week in the 2017 elections — with the results in the swing state of Virginia being perhaps the most surprising of all. On this episode, I talk to self-described socialist Lee Carter, who just defeated a top GOP lawmaker to help Democrats make historic gains in Virginia’s state legislature. He tangled with the Democratic Party establishment, and says his race proves that to win across the country, Democrats must reject their corporate wing and embrace a progressive economic message.
Did Hillary Clinton and the DNC rig the 2016 Democratic primary? A new book by a former DNC chairwoman has ignited new allegations that the Democratic Party wasn’t so democratic during the last election. On this episode, I explore the revelations with Mark Longabaugh — one of the top aides to Bernie Sanders during his presidential run. He says Democratic voters should be deeply concerned about the situation in their party and he declared that it is now “unquestionably the case that the DNC was not neutral” in the 2016 primary.