Fresh audio

Just posted the audio files for my April 16 show here. Guests are progressive educator Deborah Meier, who talks about the horrors of Bush’s No Child Left Behind, which Obama is likely to retain largely intact, and Adolph Reed, one of the wisest commentators in the U.S., talking about genetics and political leanings, and politics without politics. By the way, I often post the MP3’s to the server before I update the webpage. Podcast subscribers can get those directly without delay. Podcast info for the hi-fi (64kbps) version here; lo-fi (16kbps) here. The… Read More

Radio commentary, April 16, 2009

Green shoots…shot? Some trouble lately for the “green shoots of recovery” thesis. Early in the week, we learned that retail sales fell by an unexpectedly large 1.1% in March, or 0.9% if you leave out autos. Sales had been up modestly in recent months, after plunging sharply late last year—in fact, while Wall Street loves to look at monthly changes, the year-to-year declines were about the steepest on record. So this big decline punched a hole in hopes that the economy might be bottoming out. But since it’s virtually certain that the American economy… Read More