Episode 53: Black Lives Matter—In St. Louis & Zimbabwe; Paul Wellstone Remembered

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We start this week’s podcast by remembering Paul Wellstone, the progressive firebrand who died exactly 15 years ago in a small plane crash while campaigning for re-election.

I, then, bring us the voice of Bruce Franks, a powerful leader of the Black Lives Matter movement in St. Louis and across the nation. I also sit down with Peter Mutasa, the president of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, who tells us the story of the struggle in Zimbabwe of workers fighting a brutal dictator.

Our Robber Baron of the week is Wall Street financier Steven Rattner who, on behalf of the ruling elites in the Democratic Party, has launched an attack on single-payer, Medicare for All.

Outside the Podcast: Last week, I wrote a piece arguing that if the question is economic expansion, the answer is higher wages, not tax cuts.

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