Fans of music, economics (and jokes about economics), and intergenerational policy discussions: I’ve got a treat for you. Today marks the release of the first episode of the On the Economy podcast, which Ben Spielberg and I will be producing a few times a month. You can access it on SoundCloud or download it via iTunes.
As I note in my introduction, we view the podcast as a timely way to counteract the misdiagnoses and false solutions offered in response to real economic problems. Our episodes will be short and sweet – twenty to thirty minutes each – and will draw on the expertise of our colleagues at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and many other economists and analysts working on some aspect of speaking truth to power and furthering what we think of as the reconnection agenda.
We recorded the first episode before Trump took office, but it is directly relevant to post-inauguration events, particularly Kellyanne Conway’s claim that falsehoods from Sean Spicer were actually “alternative facts.” We discuss whether the facts are actually more on the run than usual in the age of Trump, some ideas I’ve touched on before about how to find the road back to Factville, and how those ideas can be applied in the realm of debates about trickle-down tax cuts. To this end, we got some fact-filled input from our CBPP colleague Michael Leachman re how the tax cut “experiment” is working in Kansas (answer:…listen to the podcast!).
We hope you enjoy the podcast, and please share feedback either way. In fact, if you have thoughts for Ben and me to consider in future episodes, questions you’d like us to tackle, or topics we should discuss, send us an email at email@example.com.
With that, check out episode 1!