1 Moral Economics2020-05-28 21:53:57
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2 Yo-Yo Ma’s Bach2020-05-21 21:53:25
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3 Coronavirus Conspiracism2020-05-14 20:22:46
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4 COVID’s Cold War?2020-05-07 18:03:29
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5 Public Health Across the Pacific2020-05-01 01:48:41
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6 Questions of Leadership2020-04-23 19:04:47
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7 The Many Faces of Ferrante2020-04-16 20:33:47
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8 Viral Inequality2020-04-10 03:26:05
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9 The Pandemic’s Path2020-04-03 00:05:44
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10 Profits or People2020-03-27 01:07:05
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Profits or People

Week 4 was when dollar signs kept turning up, and up, astonishingly: price-tags on the virus’s damage, price-tags on fighting it. The bailout of bailouts came in at $2.2 trillion of disaster relief and, it’s fair to say, a pipeline of money to Wall Street, to the Boeing Company, and the airline industry. Who’d have expected Republican conservatives would bail out people, too: “four-figure checks” in mailboxes within three weeks, Mitch McConnell promised. The mantra is official now: don’t sweat the debt. Governor Cuomo in the virus’s bullseye of New York sounded desperate for hospital beds, but he also thought the spiky curve of cases was flattening. Mark Blyth. For an immeasurable public health disaster, Washington has come up with unheard of relief, about double what the federal government budgets for all spending in a whole year. And the case loads and death toll of the coronavirus keep rising, unevenly, unpredictably, and by far the worst in New York, city and state. Mark Blyth is our almost reflexive call: our political economist at Brown University, eagle-eyed and irreverent on those places where money and power mix and mingle and make rules for the world. He can sound like the noisiest know-it-all in a Glasgow pub, but people always say he has a gift for making sense where they hadn’t seen it. The post Profits or People appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon. …read more

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12 Contagious Crisis2020-03-13 03:30:35
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13 Plagues, Pathogens, and Panic2020-03-06 05:43:21
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14 The New Red Scare2020-02-28 03:38:08
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15 The Soul of Care2020-02-21 01:37:08
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16 Malcolm X in Boston and Beyond2020-02-14 04:03:08
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17 The New Hampshire Primary2020-02-07 03:16:41
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18 The Age of Illusions2020-01-31 01:56:01
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19 Greta Gerwig Meets Louisa May Alcott2020-01-24 01:35:18
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20 The Costs of War2020-01-17 03:59:56
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