Featured Episodes

Electricity and Internet: Pieces of the Same Puzzle (Episode 63)

Electricity and Internet: Pieces of the Same Puzzle (Episode 63)

Hibba Meraay

January 10, 2019

Host Chris Mitchell speaks with community broadband network pioneer Billy Ray about parallels between the movements for municipal electric utilities and community broadband networks.  READ MORE


Recent Episodes

How Phoenix Became an Unlikely Champion of Local Business (Episode 60)

How Phoenix Became an Unlikely Champion of Local Business (Episode 60)

Hibba Meraay

November 29, 2018

We talk with Kimber Lanning, founder of Local First Arizona, about her organization's pioneering work to strengthen Arizona's entrepreneurs and its local economy.  READ MORE


Reining in Dollar Stores (Episode 59)

Reining in Dollar Stores (Episode 59)

Hibba Meraay

November 15, 2018

Co-hosts Stacy Mitchell and Marie Donahue speak with Tulsa City Councilwoman, Vanessa Hall-Harper. Earlier this year, the city council of Tulsa, Oklahoma passed an ordinance restricting dollar stores from building new locations in north Tulsa, a predominantly African-American area.  READ MORE


City Ballot Initiatives: A New Tool for Clean Energy Equity (Episode 58)

City Ballot Initiatives: A New Tool for Clean Energy Equity (Episode 58)

Hibba Meraay

November 1, 2018

Host John Farrell, is joined by Alan Hipólito of Verde. Alan is leading the movement for clean energy equity in Portland, Oregon and spearheading a campaign for an important initiative on the ballot this year.  READ MORE


What’s Going on With the Internet? (Episode 57)

What's Going on With the Internet? (Episode 57)

Hibba Meraay

October 18, 2018

Host, Hibba Meraay, is joined by Chris Mitchell, Director of the Community Broadband initiative, for an update on the progress of community broadband networks. They also discuss the Internet in current events including: California passing statewide net neutrality, why Colorado always seems to have a municipal network related ballot initiative, and the buzz around 5G.  READ MORE


Midterms and Monopolies with David Dayen (Episode 56)

Midterms and Monopolies with David Dayen (Episode 56)

Hibba Meraay

October 4, 2018

Stacy Mitchell, ILSR’s co-director, chats with author and journalist David Dayen. His work focuses on the underlying policies that allow the big and powerful to rig the economy and get away with it. David connects the dots between systems of injustice and corruption with people's everyday experiences of corporate concentration whether that’s exorbitant airline ticket prices or terrible cable service.  READ MORE


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


How Cities are Transitioning to 100% Renewable Energy (Episode 54)

How Cities are Transitioning to 100% Renewable Energy (Episode 54)

Hibba Meraay

September 6, 2018

Host John Farrell, ILSR's Energy Democracy Initiative Director is joined by Mayor Dale Ross to discuss Georgetown's switch to renewable power.  READ MORE


Running for Congress on an Anti-Monopoly Platform (Episode 53)

Running for Congress on an Anti-Monopoly Platform (Episode 53)

Hibba Meraay

August 23, 2018

Host Stacy Mitchell is joined by Austin Frerick, former Iowa congressional candidate, to discuss election campaigns that focus on challenging concentrated power.  READ MORE