Tag Archives: pandemic

Coping with stress during the election and the pandemic (e83)

Election week is finally here, and if you’re like us, you’re probably freaking out. We have all already been stressed, experiencing a sort of collective trauma as the nation has lost 220,000 people and counting to the pandemic. This episode, Alexis talks to social worker and researcher Leah Goldstein (her sister) about what the pandemic has done both those she works with in clinical practice, but also to all of us broadly.

This episode is full of tips for how to cope in a healthy way with our stress and anxiety — be it community, being kind to ourselves, pausing and breathing, checking the facts, or, giving our inner negative voice a name (like “Denise”), and telling them to shut up.

Fighting Inequality with Dr. Arati Kreibich (e81)

We talk with Dr. Arati Kreibich who is running in NJ-5th’s Democratic primary on July 7th. She supports Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and against the influence of corporate money on government. She critiques some of inequities inherent in our response to the pandemic thus far, from bailing out corporate actors but only giving a one-time payment to individuals.

We also discuss how her primary opponent has asked that one of the Fed rescue programs be expanded to purchase assets from predatory installment lenders backed by a private equity giant.

On the second half of the show, we discuss how inequality is a policy decision: Canada, the UK, Europe are all choosing to put conditions on the bailouts and keep workers on payroll. We talk through all the ways structural inequality is further exacerbated with the unequal pandemic response. We also review how House Democratic Leadership narrowed the student debt cancellation in the Heroes Act, and speculate what it would take for the markets’ equity asset bubble to burst.

Finally, we make some recommendations for films and even video games.

MENTIONED ON THE SHOW

​Dr. Arati Kreibich for Congress

Wall Street-Friendly Lawmakers Sought Bailout For Shady Lenders (Huff Post)

Private Equity, Lobbying the U.S. for Help, Is Mostly Hearing ‘No’ (NYTimes)