Featured Episodes

Reigning in Dollar Stores (Episode 59)

Reigning 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


Recent Episodes

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


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