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Sunday, May 15, 2022 10:00 am 1:00:24
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█ Beneath The Surface
Sunday, April 24, 2022 10:00 am 1:00:24
Guests:
Sebastian Budgen, Alan Minsky, Harvey Kaye
Topics
French Election; 21st C Economic Bill of Rights
Sebastian Budgen joins us from Paris, where voting is underway in the second round of the Presidential election. The contest has been narrowed from 12 parties in the first round, held April 10th, to the top two vote-getters, the centrist neoliberal Emanuel Macron, and the far rightist Marine LePen. LePen edged out the leftist Luc Mélenchon by a very narrow margin. The big question for today is where Mélenchon’s votes will go in this second, decisive round: will the left abstain, turn in blank ballots, or vote for LePen? Or will they hold their noses and vote for the neoliberal Macron? We get Sebastian Budgen’s analysis.

Alan Minsky and Harvey Kaye join us to discuss the 21st Century Economic Bill of Rights, which they see as both a campaign platform and governing program to rescue and renew American Democracy. This is more than a to-do or must-do list for progressives, but in their words, a truly compelling and transformative democratic and unifying project. We ask them to explain what the economic bill of rights contains, and how they see it as the platform to advance democracy. We also ask whether they think this program is feasible and realizable as a campaign strategy given the configuration of our political winner take all system?
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Sunday, April 17, 2022 10:00 am 1:00:24
Guests:
Meleiza Figueroa, Ali Meders-Knight, Jim Brobeck
Topic
Water Wars
Meleiza Figueroa hosts an important roundtable conversation on the politics of water in California, featuring voices from the far North State region that are rarely heard south of the state’s capital. 75% of California’s water falls north of Sacramento, yet 70% of that water is consumed south of the Sacramento Delta. 2022 is shaping up to be one of the worst drought years on record, and the water wars are as intense as they’ve ever been.
Ali Meders-Knight, Mechoopda Tribal member and Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge Practitioner, and Jim Brobeck of Butte County’s AquaAlliance – share their perspectives from the frontlines of the fight against privatization of the Tuscan Aquifer, the largest – and last – intact aquifer in California. Meleiza, Ali and Jim discuss the impacts of climate change in California, the current state of water politics, and the threats posed by corporate agribusiness and wealthy landowners to water as a human right. From the creeks of the Sierra to the taps of Los Angeles, everyone living in California has a vital stake in the water wars, and the protection of the state’s remaining natural resources held in the public trust.
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█ Beneath The Surface
Sunday, April 10, 2022 10:00 am 1:00:24
Guests:
Boris Kagarlitsky, Ilya Budraitskis, Ilya Matveev, Suzi Weissman, Robert Brenner
Topics
Political Economy of Russia's War on Ukraine, UCLA panel
The UCLA colloquium organized and moderated by the Center for Social Theory & Comparative History’s Robert Brenner, our executive producer. The panel, titled “The Political Economy of Russia’s War in Ukraine” featured, in order Boris Kagarlitsky, Ilya Budraitskis, Ilya Matveev, and Suzi Weissman,followed by a lively Q and A.
The Russian decision to invade Ukraine was seen as an inevitability to some observers, but a surprise to many others. While the precise motivations are still subject to much debate, the current situation is highly dynamic and the future of the war remains uncertain. This panel examines the underlying political economy of Russia to better understand the reasons for war and its ramifications for the region and the wider world economy.

Boris Kagarlitsky, author of many books, former deputy to the Moscow City Soviet 1990-93, member of the executive of the Socialist Party of Russia, co-founder of the Party of Labour, and advisor to the Chairperson of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia. Previously, he was a student of art criticism and was imprisoned for two years for 'anti-Soviet' activities.

Ilya Budraitskis writes regularly on politics, art, film and philosophy for e-flux journal, openDemocracy, LeftEast Colta.ru and teaches at the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences and the Institute of Contemporary Art Moscow. His book "Dissidents among Dissidents" was awarded the prestigious Andrei Bely prize in 2017.

Ilya Matveev, political scientist based in St Petersburg, founding editor OpenLeft

Suzi Weissman is Professor of Politics at Saint Mary's College of California, author of "Victor Serge: A Political Biography," among other works. Hosts Beneath the Surface with Suzi Weissman and the Jacobin Radio podcast.
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█ Beneath The Surface
Sunday, April 3, 2022 10:00 am 1:00:24
Guests:
John Logan, Ilya Budraitskis
Topics
Amazon Workers Victory; Putin's control over Russia
John Logan joins to celebrate the historic victory for Amazon workers in Staten Island, who voted on April 1st to form the first US Amazon union, winning against the retailing giant whose profits have skyrocketed during the pandemic. John Logan analyzes the scope of this victory, the challenges to come, and how this CHANGES Everything.

Ilya Budraitskis discusses the horrific war Russia has been waging in Ukraine for five + weeks. Putin is losing politically and militarily, but that doesn't mean he is finished. We get Ilya’s understanding of Putin’s battle to control the minds of Russians at home – closing all independent media, pushing a false narrative, imposing draconian penalties for even calling this a war. Ilya sees these as moves toward establishing a real dictatorship -- bloody and irrational -- that depends on economic, political, social and now even psychological control over the population.
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█ Beneath The Surface
Sunday, March 27, 2022 10:00 am 1:00:24
Guests:
Simon Pirani, Boris Kagarlitsky
Topics
Russia-Ukraine war; economic & political motivating factors
Simon Pirani on the imperial character of the Russian war, and the people's war aspect of the Ukrainian response. Plus ominous signs of Russia’s war conduct, reminiscent of the destruction Russia rained on Grozny and Aleppo. But carnage and devastation in Ukraine, and repression in Russia prompts more protest and more resistance.

Boris Kagarlitsky on what is motivating Putin's war, what the socio-economic divides are in Russia between those supporting Putin and those opposing and defying him. Putin is losing this war, we get Boris Kagarlitsky's sense of the multiple ramifications of that defeat.
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█ Beneath The Surface
Sunday, March 20, 2022 10:00 am 1:00:24
Guest:
Boris Kagarlitsky
Topics
Putin's war seen from within Russia
Boris Kagarlitsky joins us with his perspective from inside Russia of Putin’s war on Ukraine. We get Kagarlitsky’s analysis of the political, economic, and social situation in Russia that he sees motivating Putin’s surprising decision – and miscalculation -- to invade Ukraine. Putin’s prestige and popularity have plummeted in Russia, including electorally. We get a picture of public opinion and public will from September’s election results, which were reversed. We also get a sense of the socio-political divide in Russia between those who support Putin and his war, and those who oppose and bravely defy Putin. Putin is losing this war, and we hear Boris Kagarlitsky’s view of the multiple ramifications of this fact.
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