Featured Episodes

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


Recent Episodes

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


Colorado State Senator Steve Fenberg on Local Power Versus Corporate Power (Episode 39)

Colorado State Senator Steve Fenberg on Local Power Versus Corporate Power (Episode 39)

Nick Stumo-Langer

February 8, 2018

Steve Fenberg (D-Boulder) talks with John Farrell about his history as a renewable energy activist and local control advocate and how he translates that work into his role in the state legislature.READ MORE


Environmental Justice & Local Activism, A Conversation with NAACP Leader Jacqui Patterson (Episode 38)

Environmental Justice & Local Activism, A Conversation with NAACP Leader Jacqui Patterson (Episode 38)

Nick Stumo-Langer

January 25, 2018

Jacqui Patterson, the director of the NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program, talks with ILSR’s Neil Seldman and Nick Stumo-Langer about the practical implications of environmental justice.READ MORE


Want Your City to Prosper? Then Forget Everything You Think You Know about Economic Growth (Episode 37)

Want Your City to Prosper? Then Forget Everything You Think You Know about Economic Growth (Episode 37)

Nick Stumo-Langer

January 11, 2018

In this episode of ILSR's Building Local Power podcast, Chuck Marohn of Strong Towns sits down with Stacy Mitchell to discuss why the conventional wisdom about economic growth often leads communities down a dark path of decay.READ MORE


The Rising Anti-Monopoly Movement (Episode 36)

The Rising Anti-Monopoly Movement (Episode 36)

Nick Stumo-Langer

December 28, 2017

This roundtable discussion between ILSR's Stacy Mitchell, John Farrell, and Christopher Mitchell delves into the growing movement against monopoly power in the political economy.READ MORE