Featured Episodes

Amazon’s New Path to Monopoly Is Through Your Local Government (Episode 50)

Amazon's New Path to Monopoly Is Through Your Local Government (Episode 50)

Nick Stumo-Langer

July 12, 2018

ILSR's Communications Manager Nick Stumo-Langer is joined by researchers Stacy Mitchell and Olivia LaVecchia to discuss their new report detailing Amazon's new thrust into local government procurement and their attempts to capture every aspect of the economy.READ MORE


Recent Episodes

A Better Way to Think about the Future of Work (Episode 47)

A Better Way to Think about the Future of Work (Episode 47)

Nick Stumo-Langer

May 31, 2018

Sarita Gupta of Jobs With Justice joins us to discuss the state of labor rights in the "gig economy" and how the care sector presents a huge opportunity to change both work and aging.READ MORE


There’s Nothing Magical About Vermont (Episode 46)

There's Nothing Magical About Vermont (Episode 46)

Nick Stumo-Langer

May 17, 2018

In this episode, Vermont gets some love from our various policy experts! Stacy Mitchell, Christopher Mitchell, and John Farrell sit down to talk about the ways in which local self-reliance is thriving in The Green Mountain State, check out the details on how Vermont enables small businesses, renewable energy, and local Internet connectivity.READ MORE


Understanding Media Monopolies with Laura Flanders (Episode 45)

Understanding Media Monopolies with Laura Flanders (Episode 45)

Nick Stumo-Langer

May 3, 2018

In this episode of the Building Local Power podcast, ILSR co-director and Community-Scaled Economy initiative director Stacy Mitchell sits down with Laura Flanders to discuss the disturbing trend toward a calcified and monopolistic media landscape.READ MORE


Big Utilities See Pushback to Their Dominant Role in State Houses (Episode 44)

Big Utilities See Pushback to Their Dominant Role in State Houses (Episode 44)

Nick Stumo-Langer

April 19, 2018

Experts Stacy Mitchell, Christopher Mitchell, and John Farrell discuss the impact that concentrated economic power has in state legislatures in topics as wide-ranging as high-speed broadband access, electric utilities, and Facebook's recent Congressional foibles.READ MORE


Rescuing Materials and Building Community in Berkeley Thanks to “Waste” (Episode 43)

Rescuing Materials and Building Community in Berkeley Thanks to “Waste” (Episode 43)

Nick Stumo-Langer

April 5, 2018

Dan Knapp and Mary Lou Van Deventer sit down with long-time friend and ILSR co-founder Neil Seldman and Communications Manager Nick Stumo-Langer to discuss their successful reuse business and how they fit into the wider Berkeley community.READ MORE


Why Aren’t Wages Rising? The Answer Sounds a Lot Like Monopoly (Episode 42)

Why Aren't Wages Rising? The Answer Sounds a Lot Like Monopoly (Episode 42)

Nick Stumo-Langer

March 22, 2018

Marshall Steinbaum, a labor economist and research director at the Roosevelt Institute, sits down with Stacy Mitchell to discuss what is keeping American's wages low and the prevalence of monopsony in our economy.READ MORE


Paying Taxes Is More Popular Than You Think (Episode 41)

Paying Taxes Is More Popular Than You Think (Episode 41)

Nick Stumo-Langer

March 8, 2018

Vanessa Williamson of the Brookings Institution joins Christopher Mitchell to discuss her new book, Read My Lips: Why Americans Are Proud to Pay Taxes, and the changing American attitudes in regard to taxation.READ MORE


Brendan Greeley on Why We Need a Pro-Competition Political Party (Episode 40)

Brendan Greeley on Why We Need a Pro-Competition Political Party (Episode 40)

Nick Stumo-Langer

February 23, 2018

Economics writer Brendan Greeley joins Stacy Mitchell and Christopher Mitchell to discuss what we all get wrong when we talk about economic indicators and how he's working to change that.READ MORE