Fresh audio product: surveillance of sex workers (and others), varieties of Italian fascism

Just added to my radio archive (click on date for link): March 23, 2023 Maxine Doogan and Tara Burns, contributors to this report, on how cops are snooping on sex workers, and using what they learn to spy on the rest of us • David Broder, author of Mussolini’s Grandchildren, on the fascist heritage behind Italian prime minister Giorgia Meloni and her party

Fresh audio product: fitness in America, weak bourgeoisie in Italy

Just added to my radio archive (click on date for link): December 8, 2022 Natalia Petrzela, author of Fit Nation, on the history of physical culture in the US • Paolo Gerbaudo on the weakness of the Italian bourgeoisie

Fresh audio product: Brazil elections and right-wing women leaders

Just added to my radio archive (click on date for link): October 6, 2022 Forrest Hylton on the Brazilian elections • Dorit Geva on why women leaders are prominent on the far right these days (papers here and here)

Fresh audio product: Italian politics, union finances

Just added to my radio archive (click on date for link): July 28, 2022 Paolo Gerbaudo on the failure of technocracy and the imminence of right-wing rule in Italy • Chris Bohner on the huge stash unions have but aren’t spending (report here, Jacobin summary here)

Fresh audio product

Just uploaded to my radio archives: June 27, 2013 Rachel Kushner on art, politics, and her novel The Flamethrowers • Mark Mizruchi, author of The Fracturing of the Corporate Elite, on the rot of the managerial class

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