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Just added to my radio archive (click on date for link): January 14, 2021 Jodi Dean on Trump and American fascism • Quinn Slobodian, co-author of this article, on Querdenken, the eclectic German anti-mask movement that joins hippies and petty capitalists

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Just added to my radio archive (click on date for link): October 18, 2018 Leandros Fischer on German politics, with an emphasis on refugees (Jacobin page here) • Samuel Moyn, author of this article, on why the Supreme Court sucks and what can be done about it

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Just added to my radio archive (click on date for link): August 16, 2018 Christina Gerhardt, author of Screening the Red Army Faction, on the RAF’s history and artistic reception in the context of the German 1960s and 1970s

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Just added to my radio archive (click on date for link): September 28, 2017 Lukas Hermsmeier on German politics after the election (and AfD’s breakthrough) • Margaret Corvid on the UK Labour Party conference

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Just added to my radio archive: March 9, 2017 Yanis Varoufakis back on BtN for the first time in over two years! He discusses the interminable eurocrisis, austerity, Brexit, the nationalist international (Trump, Le Pen, etc.), and DiEM25, among other things. The full Varoufakis–Ali–et al. debate is here. The version of this show that ran on KPFA was truncated because the station is fundraising. Please donate and keep this worthy enterprise going. If you do, please mention Behind the News!

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Just added to my radio archive: July 9, 2015 Nantina Vgontzas on the domestic politics of the Greek crisis (see her Jacobin pieces here) • Mark Blyth on why it’s wrong to blame Greece for its crisis (Foreign Affairs article here) July 2, 2015 Alyssa Katz, author of The Influence Machine, on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce • Rafael Bernabe and César Ayala on Puerto Rico’s debt crisis June 25, 2015 Bruce Bartlett on the relationship between the GOP and the Confederacy • Alex Gourevitch cautions against pushing for tighter gun laws (article here) • Saqib Bhatti on the modern engineered urban fiscal crisis, with emphasis on Chicago

Radio commentary, November 26, 2011

eurocrisis infecting core The European situation spun more deeply into crisis this week. Interest rates on 10-year Italian government bonds crossed the spooky 7% barrier, yielding 5 points more than comparable German bonds. A year ago, Italian bonds yielded 4.3%, less than 2 points above German rates. In the jargon of the markets, this blowout in Italian spreads is a sign of investor panic. On paper, Italy shouldn’t be so bad off. Its budget is in decent shape, and Italians have plenty of domestic savings, more than enough to cover the government’s financing… Read More

Radio commentary, November 27, 2010

Eurocrisis: bondholders need a haircut • how Ireland helps Google pay almost no taxes • Germany must screw periphery because it’s screwed its own workers All Eurocrisis today. I never thought I’d be saying this, but it must be conceded that Angela Merkel has a point or two. Not the way the German chancellor and many of her fellow Germans want to drive Greece, Ireland, and the other troubled countries on the periphery of Europe through the austerity wringer. Not that. But this: Merkel thinks that bondholders should take a hit. And… Read More