Fitch memorial this Sunday

A reminder that the memorial to the wonderful Bob Fitch, who died in March (my remembrance of him is here), is this Sunday, 4–6 PM, at the Brecht Forum, 451 West St (between Bank & Bethune), Manhattan.

Me on Al Jazzera English

I’m going to be on Al Jazeera English around 9 AM New York time discussing Obama’s jobs plan, such as it is. Watch here.  

Me & Graeber on the TV this weekend

A reminder: my chat with David Graeber about his new book, Book TV this weekend: Saturday, September 3rd at 12pm (ET) Saturday, September 3rd at 7pm (ET) Monday, September 5th at 7am (ET)

New radio product

Just added to my radio archives: September 3, 2011 David Cay Johnston on how corps and the megarich get away with paying almost no taxes (his Reuters column on GE is here) • Adolph Reed on the Dems, the inflated threat of the Tea Party, and the diminishing usefulness of race as a political category

Graeber & me on the TV

My interview of/conversation with David Graeber about his book Debt: The First 5,000 Years will be on C-SPAN 2’s BookTV on Saturday, September 3 at noon and 7 PM and again on Monday, September 5, at 7 AM. Here’s the C-SPAN page: Debt: The First 5,000 Years – Book TV.

Me interviewing David Graeber

A reminder—this is tomorrow: Debt A Conversation with Doug Henwood and David Graeber August 23, 7:30pm Melville House Bookstore 145 Plymouth St, Brooklyn Debt is now the central issue of our time: With the rise of cheap and unsustainable credit, un-repayable mortgages collapsed the world economy in 2008. In Europe, Greece, Spain, Ireland, Iceland and Portugal have pushed the European economy to a perilous point, threatening the Euro. And we’ve just lived through a debt crisis of our own, with congress nearly forcing U.S. default. We’ll be joined by two guests to… Read More

Christian Parenti in NYC

Alas, we’ll be out of town, but everyone without an excuse must go to this: Tropic of Chaos Christian Parenti in conversation with Vijay Prashad and David Harvey Sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture and Politics Co-sponsored by the Center for Humanities at the GC and The Brecht Forum Monday, August 29, 2011 from 7-9 pm The James Gallery CUNY Graduate Center 365 Fifth Avenue @ 34th Street In Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence (Nation Books; July 1, 2011), award-winning writer Christian Parenti argues that the… Read More

Me, interviewing David Graeber

Debt A Conversation with Doug Henwood and David Graeber August 23, 7:30pm Melville House Bookstore 145 Plymouth St, Brooklyn Debt is now the central issue of our time: With the rise of cheap and unsustainable credit, un-repayable mortgages collapsed the world economy in 2008. In Europe, Greece, Spain, Ireland, Iceland and Portugal have pushed the European economy to a perilous point, threatening the Euro. And we’ve just lived through a debt crisis of our own, with congress nearly forcing U.S. default. We’ll be joined by two guests to discuss the role of… Read More

CBC show

Listen to me and a non-frothing right-winger (ah, Canadians, so temperate!): The Sunday Edition. “To help us unpack all that, I am joined this morning by two seasoned observers of matters fiscal and economic. In Ottawa, Jack Mintz, former chairman and chief executive of the C.D. Howe Institute and currently the Palmer Chair in Public Policy at the University of Calgary. And in New York, Doug Henwood, editor and publisher of the Left Business Observer.”

See Christian Parenti in NYC, Thursday

If you’re anywhere New York City Thursday evening, you should go hear Christian Parenti talk about his new book, Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence.  Thursday, June 30, 2011, 7 pm The New School Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor New York, NY 10011 The new era of climate war is upon us. Extreme weather brought on by global warming is unleashing cascades of unrest and violence across the globe, from Africa to Asia to the Americas. In Tropic of… Read More

Fresh audio posted

Freshly posted to my radio archive: June 25, 2011  Abe Sauer, writer for The Awl, on what’s been going on in Wisconsin since the great February upsurge • Abby Rapoport of The Texas Observer on Texas gov Rick Perry • Jon Bakija, co-author of this paper, on how and why the rich have gotten richer June 18, 2011 Ken Morris, co-author of Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin, on that overexposed curiosity • Julia Ott, author of When Wall Street Met Main Street, on big finance’s attempts to appear democratic

Quoted in the NYT – tendentiously

It’s always flattering to be quoted in the New York Times, but the context looks designed to refute me—and the reporter calls me a “liberal.” Ouch. AARP Is Open to Future Cuts of Social Security Benefits But other advocacy groups that are pushing to preserve Social Security benefits accused AARP of effectively abandoning its core constituency. Doug Henwood, the Brooklyn editor of a liberal business blog and Internet radio program who has written on Social Security, said AARP’s willingness to consider cuts in benefits “reads like a sign that this former lobby… Read More

Lots of fresh audio product

Four shows newly posted to my radio archives: June 11, 2011 Vincent Reinhartat the Council on Foreign Relations on Greece and the political trick of austerity (thanks to the CFR for allowing broadcast; full event here) •Greg Grandin, author of Fordlandia, on all the great political developments in South America June 4, 2011 Another Hoover interview: Morris Fiorina on American public opinion and the nonexistence of the “culture war” • And in non-Hoover content, Yanis Varoufakis updates the Greek and EU crises May 28, 2011 Hoover Institution special. Two interviews from my week as a Hoover media fellow. Paul Gregory on Russian politics (Putin vs…. Read More

Education: how the U.S. stacks up

I’ve just posted the latest in a series of pieces on education that I’ve been doing for LBO. This one is a review of how the U.S. stacks up internationally on spending, enrollment, attainment: “In and out of school.” Capsule summary: we spend lots of money, but enrollment and attainment numbers are mediocre. It’s kind of like our health care system. We pay our teachers badly, don’t reward experience, and prefer spending money on things rather than people. Earlier education pieces: “Charter to nowhere” and “Beastly numbers ”(how poverty explains test scores). Reminder: this… Read More

Buy this book!

Excellent collection of interviews (not that I’m praising myself here). Perfect for teaching, or just reading. Order your copies here. Sasha Lilley, Capital and Its Discontents: Conversations with Radical Thinkers in a Time of Tumult (PM Press, 2011) Interviewees: Ellen Meiksins Wood, David Harvey, Doug Henwood, Leo Panitch, Sam Gindin, Greg Albo, David McNally, John Bellamy Foster, Jason W Moore, Ursula Huws, Gillian Hart, Vivek Chibber, Mike Davis, Tariq Ali, John Sanbonmatsu, Andrej Grubacic, and Noam Chomsky.Through a series of incisive conversations with some of the most eminent thinkers and political economists on the Left—including… Read More