31 January 2013

RAG RADIO / Thorne Dreyer : Progressive Economist Robert Pollin, Author of 'Back to Full Employment'

Economist Robert Pollin. Image from Unionocity.

Rag Radio podcast:
Economist Robert Pollin discusss his
new book, 'Back to Full Employment'

By Rag Radio / The Rag Blog / January 31, 2013

Progressive economist, activist, and author Robert Pollin was Thorne Dreyer's guest Friday, January 25, 2013, on Rag Radio, a syndicated radio show produced at the studios of KOOP-FM in Austin, Texas. The Rag Blog's Roger Baker joined us in the interview.

Pollin joined us to discuss issues raised in his provocative new book, Back to Full Employment, published by MIT Press. Robert Kuttner of The American Prospect writes that Pollin's "important new book... deserves a broad hearing. Today’s economy is so anemic that nothing less than a new commitment to full employment will get us out of the ditch dug by a generation of neo-liberalism.”

You can listen to the interview, here:

Robert Pollin is a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and founding co-director of its Political Economy Research Institute (PERI). Polin has also worked as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Energy, the International Labour Organization, and numerous nongovernmental groups on building high-employment green economies.

He is currently directing a project with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and has worked with the UN on employment creation and poverty reduction in sub-Saharan Africa.

Rag Radio has aired since September 2009 on KOOP 91.7-FM in Austin. Hosted and produced by Rag Blog editor and long-time alternative journalist Thorne Dreyer, a pioneer of the Sixties underground press movement, Rag Radio is broadcast every Friday from 2-3 p.m. (CST) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast on Sundays at 10 a.m. (EST) on WFTE, 90.3-FM in Mt. Cobb, PA, and 105.7-FM in Scranton, PA.

The show is streamed live on the web by both stations and, after broadcast, all Rag Radio shows are posted as podcasts at the Internet Archive.

Rag Radio is produced in association with The Rag Blog, a progressive internet newsmagazine, and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Tracey Schulz is the show's engineer and co-producer.

Rag Radio can be contacted at ragradio@koop.org.

Coming up on Rag Radio:
THIS FRIDAY, February 1, 2013:
Writer and Musician Jesse Sublett, author of Gravedigger Blues, a post-apocalyptic detective eBook.

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