Episode

4/12 The Next Shift: The Fall of Industry and the Rise of Health Care in Rust Belt America w/ Gabriel Winant

April 12, 2021

Sam and Emma host Gabe Winant, professor of history at the University of Chicago, to discuss his new book, The Next Shift: The Fall of Industry and the Rise of Health Care in Rust Belt America. They explore how a healthcare complex was built up around the failing industrial sector, the destabilizing switch from retroactive to prospective billing, and the “trilemma” facing the U.S. government’s handling of a privatized healthcare industry. Next, Sam and Emma cover Rep. Pelosi’s Fear-of-Single-Payer, the Bessemer Union vote, and the republicans’ nitpicking at what an “Infrastructure” bill definitionally means.

And in the Fun Half: Sam takes on taxonomies, we debate whether angry folks on Twitter are more powerful than Senator McCarthy’s legacy, and Lavinia from Brooklyn explores Big Tech’s algorithmic relationship with cancel culture. Sam and Emma talk death (of the monarchy) and vaxxes, Fauci’s mask shortage cover-up, and Tucker Carlson and Jimmy Dore’s clinic on self-victimization, plus, your calls and IMs!

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