Featured Episodes

The Case for Decentralized Recycling (Episode 55)

The Case for Decentralized Recycling (Episode 55)

Hibba Meraay

September 20, 2018

Host John Farrell is joined by Neil Seldman, ILSR’s co-founder and director of the Waste to Wealth program, to discuss how convenient single-bin recycling may have made things easy for the consumer, but harder for cities to capture the economic benefits of recycling.  READ MORE


Recent Episodes

Local Storage is Changing the Decision Making Power of the Energy System (Episode 52)

Local Storage is Changing the Decision Making Power of the Energy System (Episode 52)

Hibba Meraay

August 9, 2018

In this episode of Building Local Power, host Nick Stumo-Langer sits down with Energy Democracy initiative director John Farrell to discuss John's latest report on solar and storage.  READ MORE


Want to Strengthen Independent Businesses? Use These Policies (Episode 51)

Want to Strengthen Independent Businesses? Use These Policies (Episode 51)

Nick Stumo-Langer

July 26, 2018

Host Nick Stumo-Langer is joined by researchers Stacy Mitchell and Olivia LaVecchia to discuss their new guide to policy tools that strengthen independent businesses.  READ MORE


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


The Huge Supreme Court Cases You May Have Missed (Episode 49)

The Huge Supreme Court Cases You May Have Missed (Episode 49)

Nick Stumo-Langer

June 28, 2018

Guest host Nick Stumo-Langer and ILSR co-director Stacy Mitchell discuss two recent Supreme Court cases that have vast implications for the state of our economy and the role of the court as a centralized entity in ILSR's decentralized worldview.  READ MORE


Innovation in Small Town America (Episode 48)

Innovation in Small Town America (Episode 48)

Nick Stumo-Langer

June 14, 2018

Three of our researchers (Christopher Mitchell, John Farrell, & Brenda Platt) sit down together to discuss how small cities across America are innovating in the ways they are supporting their local economies. Mitchell discusses this innovation in Idaho; Farrell details the discussions in Decorah, Iowa; and Platt portrays many different home composting programs.  READ MORE


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