Jan 22, 2021
Biden’s Opening Acts (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)
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Biden’s not-quite unifying appeal for unity   ... The uses of impeachment   ... Steve Bannon’s conspiratorial take on the inauguration  ... Is Mickey’s immigration amnesty nightmare coming true?  ... Could the Senate actually convict Trump?  ... Biden’s disappointingly unambitious vaccination plan  ... Tony Blinken’s “ridiculous” stance toward Venezuela  ... What explains the (slightly) improving Covid numbers?  ... Parrot Room preview: Phil Spector, more Bannon, the plan to conquer Facebook, etc. ...
Blocked and Reported
Blocked and Reported
Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal
Reply All Is Melting Down Like Some Sort Of Delectable Queso Dip Appropriated By A White Bon Appetit Editor
Hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo boy. Reply All, an excellent podcast, is melting down. What happened? What does it have to do with Bon Appetit? Why does news keep breaking immediately after Jesse and Katie record an episode? Please check out our sponsors -- it's an easy way to support us: -Download the Ground News app for free at ( ( to join the fight against media bias and see the full story. -For 10% off Hello TUSHY bidets, plus free shipping, check out ( Patreon: ( Jesse's book, available for preorder: ( Show notes/Links: Jesse on his rejection: ( A couple great episodes of Reply All: The Case of the Missing Hit: ( Shine On You Crazy Goldman: ( Adam Rapaport resigns (not fired, like Jesse says in the ep): ( Test Kitchen episodes of Reply All: Eric Eddings' thread denouncing Reply All's alleged toxicity: ( Everyone reflexively agreeing with it without knowing whether it is 100% true: ( PJ Vogt's apology: ( Sruthi Pinnamaneni's: ( FdB is not A-OK with NYC (media): (
1 hr 10 min
The MMT Podcast with Patricia Pino & Christian Reilly
The MMT Podcast with Patricia Pino & Christian Reilly
Patricia Pino & Christian Reilly
#89 Warren Mosler & Phil Armstrong: Weimar Republic Hyperinflation Through An MMT Lens (part 2)
Part 2: Patricia and Christian talk to MMT founder Warren Mosler and MMT scholar Dr Phil Armstrong about their recent paper: “Weimar Republic Hyperinflation through a Modern Monetary Theory Lens”.   Part 1 of this conversation:   Please help sustain this podcast! Patrons get early access to all episodes and patron-only episodes:   For an intro to MMT: Listen to our first three episodes:   All our episodes in chronological order:   All of our episodes with Warren Mosler:   All of our episodes with Phil Armstrong:   Some of our other episodes with Warren Mosler which deal with inflation, interest rates and central bank policy: Episode 59: What Do Central Banks Do?: Episode 80: MMT Holiday Special (part 1): Episode 81: MMT Holiday Special (part 2):   Our episode 65 with Phil Armstrong on inflation (more on Paul Volcker as Fed chair in the intro):   Our episode 47 with Pavlina Tcherneva explaining the Job Guarantee:   Our episode 55 with Dr Dirk Ehnts on MMT in the context of the Eurozone:   Our episodes with Sam Levey that touch on the forward pricing channel: Episode 43: Episode 76: Episode 77:   Weimar Republic Hyperinflation through a Modern Monetary Theory Lens by Phil Armstrong and Warren Mosler:   Warren Mosler - MMT white paper:   Michael Hudson - Government Debt and Deficits Are Not the Problem. Private Debt Is:   Clint Ballinger - Airplane crashes aren’t “hyperlandings”:   A Discussion of Central Bank Operations and Interest Rate Policy by Warren Mosler and Phil Armstrong:   Monopoly Money: The State as a Price Setter by Pavlina R. Tcherneva:   Bill Mitchell - Zimbabwe for hyperventilators 101:   Tickets for “An Introduction To Modern Monetary Theory: Reconceptualising The Nature Of Banking” (presentation by Phil Armstrong) on 26th March 2021, organised by Women in Banking and Finance:   A list of other upcoming MMT events and courses:   A list of MMT-informed campaigns and organisations worldwide:   Phil Armstrong’s book, Can Heterodox Economics Make a Difference?:   Warren Mosler’s (free) e-book, Seven Deadly Innocent Frauds Of Economic Policy:   Transcript for opening monologue:   We are working towards full transcripts, but in the meantime, closed captions for all episodes are available on our YouTube channel:   Show notes:
1 hr 4 min
Strong Towns
When (If Ever) Should States Preempt Cities?
Strong Towns president Chuck Marohn has said that one change every city should make is to allow the next increment of development intensity by-right—i.e., single-family zoning would now permit duplexes, and so on. But if every city should make that change, does that mean states should come in and make that decision for cities—as Oregon recently did for cities with House Bill 2001? Not necessarily. This week’s episode of the Upzoned podcast is inspired by a recent article in Governing magazine called “States Preempt Cities Almost to the Point of Irrelevance.” In that piece, senior staff writer Alan Greenblatt describes how, over the past decade and across many issues, state governments have preempted local decision-making. For example, Texas, Arizona, Indiana and Louisiana are considering legislation that would prevent cities from reducing police or public safety budgets. Texas governor Greg Abbot went as far as to tweet: “We will defund cities that tried to defund police”. Yet as Greenblatt says, “If states are going to stop cities and counties from adopting their own spending priorities—no matter how misguided they may be—that raises the question of whether localities will be masters of their own fates or merely subservient branch offices of the state.” In this episode, Upzoned host Abby Kinney, an urban planner in Kansas City, and cohost Chuck Marohn talk about the trend of states preempting cities: When (if ever) should states step in to preempt local governments...and when does it become micromanaging? Using examples from California and Missouri, among other states, Chuck and Abby discuss where decisions should be made, the principle of subsidiarity, the consequences of “removing dynamism from the system,” and the rude awakening may experience when a tool (state preemption) used to push through a policy they like is later used to force a policy change they don’t. They also talk about those times when state preemption might make sense—and how they can be kept under control. Then in the Downzone, Chuck talks about a book he at least gave a shot. And Abby describes a recent homeowner’s scare involving frozen water pipes, a subsequent water leak, and an electrical box. Additional Show Notes * “States Preempt Cities Almost to the Point of Irrelevance,” by Alan Greenblatt * Abby Kinney (Twitter) * Charles Marohn (Twitter) * Gould Evans Studio for City Design * Theme Music by Kemet the Phantom (Soundcloud) * Strong Towns content related to this episode: * “When should the state jump in to address local problems?” by Spencer Gardner * “Accessory Dwelling Units Rock. But Should States Be Overriding Cities' Laws About Building Them?” (Podcast) * “Do Property Tax Caps Help or Hurt Communities?" * “Mapping the Effects of California's Prop 13,” by Connor Nielsen * “The Local Case for Reparations,” by Charles Marohn
35 min
Model Citizen
Model Citizen
Will Wilkinson
Richard Florida on the Post-Pandemic City
This episode marks the beginning of a new chapter for Model Citizen. With the power of a single mighty tweet, I've broken off the shackles of formal institutional affiliation. So we're on our own. Let's just say it's been a hell of a week. In that time, I've launched a daily newsletter, also called Model Citizen, which I've integrated with this podcast. If you'd like to support me, and the burgeoning Model Citizen media empire, please consider subscribing at It's just $5.99 a month. In addition to thought-provoking writing delivered straight to your inbox, subscribers get audio versions of articles, special episodes of the Model Citizen podcast and more. But on with the show! This week's guest, Richard Florida, is one of our leading authorities on cities and urban life. Richard is author of a shelf of books, including the _Rise of the Creative Class_ and, most recently, the _New Urban Crisis_. In this episode, we talk about the extent to which work-from-home arrangements will or won't stick after the pandemic, whether San Francisco faces the fate of urban powerhouses of yesteryear, like Pittsburgh and Detroit, how self-reinforcing selection effects have made academia stifling, and more. Richard Florida is University Professor at the University of Toronto's School of Cities and Rotman School of Management, as well as a Distinguished Fellow at NYU's Schack School of Real Estate. And, as you'll see, he's also a hell of a nice guy. Readings The Rise of the Creative Class by Richard Florida Who’s Your City by Richard Florida Jason Rentfrow’s Google Scholar page Triumph of the City by Ed Glaeser Jonathan Miller on Real Estate after the Pandemic, Bloomberg Masters in Business podcast Prison Notebooks by Antonio Gramsci Subscribe to the Model Citizen newsletter Credits Host: Will Wilkinson (@willwilkinson) Music: Dig Deep by RW Smith
49 min
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