Talkies – September 22, 2020


The cultural, the intellectual, the political, the spiritual — and the silly. Life as we know it, fear it, love it, question it, live it. Hosted by Kris Welch.

Upcoming Episode

Fires continue to burn on the West Coast.  We get a report from Pulitzer-winning journalist Julie Cart.  PLUS: Raymond Nat Turner, the Town Crier.  Hosted by Kris Welch.   Thanks to James Todd for sharing their work on Unsplash.

Warnings of Russian interference in the 2020 US. elections are increasing.  How bad is it?  Compared to U.S. interference in foreign elections? David Shimer tells us.  Hosted by Kris Welch. Guest: David Shimer is a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and an Associate Fellow at Yale University. He is the … Continued

A new big fire near Fresno: Vic Bedoian reports.  PLUS: Labor Day 2020: a status report from EPI, and a close-up of farm labor with David Bacon. Hosted by Kris Welch.   Photo by Levan Badzgaradze on Unsplash

The Arctic is on fire, ice is melting, people and polar bears may go extinct there: what is to be done?  PLUS: the latest poems from The Town Crier. Hosted by Kris Welch.   Photo: Polar Bear jumping, in Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Norway Credit Arturo De Frias Marques / With use under CC BY-SA 4.0

National Affairs correspondent for The Nation, John Nichols on Kenosha and national politics. His latest piece on the Nation is “Donald Trump Came to Kenosha to Make the Most Vile Campaign Commercial in American Political History: Trump implemented his “law-and-order” strategy with a Wisconsin trip that was low on sympathy and high on campaign rhetoric. Plus, … Continued

Alt-right clashes with BLM protesters are providing Donald Trump with fuel for his faltering re-election campaign. What’s really happening, and what’s behind the violence?  Hosted by Kris Welch. Guest: Shane Burley is a journalist based in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of Fascism Today: What It Is and How to End It (AK Press, 2017) and Why … Continued

Part 1. Workers and the COVID-19 Recession Guest: Sylvia Allegretto is an economist and co-chair of the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics at the University of California, Berkeley.  She is the co-author with Bryce Liedtke of the new report Workers and the COVID-19 Recession: Trends in UI Claims & Benefits, Jobs, and Unemployment. Part … Continued