Mike Konczal is a director at the Roosevelt Institute, where he focuses on economics, inequality, and the role of public power in a democracy. He is an economics columnist for The Nation and a contributing editor at Dissent. Konczal's work has appeared in the Washington Post, Vox, The American Prospect, and Boston Review. He has contributed commentary on the U.S. economy on CNN, MSNBC, All Things Considered, Planet Money, and Lovett or Leave It Konczal's first book, co-authored Joseph Stiglitz, was "Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy," published in 2015. His second book, "Freedom from the Market: America’s Fight to Liberate Itself from the Grip of the Invisible Hand," was published in 2021. Konczal was raised in Chicago. He received his B.A. in Mathematics and Computer Science and his M.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Matt is joined by author Mike Konczal, Director of Progressive Thought at the Roosevelt Institute, and author of the new book Freedom from the Market. They talk about the past, present, and future of public affordances in America, and discuss the shifts in political imagination that could inaugurate a new era of public programs in the earnest interest of benefitting Americans. Resources: Mike's new book, Freedom from the Market: America's Fight to Liberate Itself from the Grip of the Invisible Hand, on sale here. Read an excerpt: "When Medicare Helped Kill Jim Crow" by Mike Konczal, The Nation (Jan. 19, 2021). Guest: Mike Konczal (@rortybomb), Director, Progressive Thought, Roosevelt Institute Host: Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Slowboring.com Credits: Erikk Geannikis, Editor and Producer As the Biden administration gears up, we'll help you understand this unprecedented burst of policymaking. Sign up for The Weeds newsletter each Friday: vox.com/weeds-newsletter. The Weeds is a Vox Media Podcast Network production. Want to support The Weeds? Please consider making a contribution to Vox: bit.ly/givepodcasts About Vox Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Follow Us: Vox.com Facebook group: The Weeds Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Guest: Mike Konczal (@rortybomb) returns with his new book, Freedom from the Market. We take a look at all the great things government used to (or could) do a pretty good job of providing for Americans but no longer does because we've turned them over to The Free Market, which isn't well-suited to provide them at all. It's a great blueprint for a better world, and we talk about where the political will to do it might come from. A full unedited version of my chat with Mike is available on Patreon, because capitalism. Please support Mass for Shut-ins, an independent and ad-free podcast, via Patreon. Contact me via Facebook, Twitter (@edburmila), or the venerable website Gin and Tacos.  Thanks: Mike Konczal, the bands that contribute music (Waxeater, IfIHadAHiFi, The Sump Pumps, Oscar Bait), Zachary Sielaff, Question Cathy, and all Patreon supporters, subscribers, and listeners.
For my latest author podcast, I was very happy to talk to Mike Konczal, economist and frequent writer on economic justice issues, about his new book Freedom from the Market: America’s Fight to Liberate Itself from the Grip of the Invisible Hand, published just this week by The New Press. The book explores the history […]
For my latest author podcast, I was very happy to talk to Mike Konczal, economist and frequent writer on economic justice issues, about his new book Freedom from the Market: America’s Fight to Liberate Itself from the Grip of the Invisible Hand, published just this week by The New Press. The book explores the history […]
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Takoma Park, Maryland, United States of America
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19
Podcast Count
13
Total Airtime
11 hours, 23 minutes
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