Episode

4/22 How Nationalist Vaccine IP-Hoarding Will Prolong the Pandemic w/ Ann Neumann

April 22, 2021

Sam and Emma host journalist and author Ann Neumann to discuss her new piece in the Baffler – “Who Owns Vaccines?” – on the barriers of IP patents and how US vaccine hoarding risks needless COVID deaths abroad. They touch on Bill Gates and the exploitative nature of capitalist philanthropy, how the West has socialized the costs while privatizing the profits of vaccines, and what the Biden Administration would need to do to help. Next, Sam and Emma cover the raging COVID situation in India, the republicans rediscovery of the debt ceiling, and Chuck Schumer wheeling away from his senatorial responsibilities.

And in the Fun Half: Matt explores Schumer’s intimate policymaking relationship with the Baileys from Massapequa, Ben Shapiro shows off his small wood, and the group talks about the political obfuscation of Pat Tillman’s story. Then, Sinema shows her true colors in a call with the AZ Chamber of Commerce, and Bro Flamingo and Brandon explore how domestic police and the US military are part of the same imperialist project that maintains forever wars at home, and abroad. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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