Who Makes Cents: A History of Capitalism Podcast is a monthly program devoted to bringing you quality, engaging stories that explain how capitalism has changed over time. We interview historians and social and cultural critics about capitalism’s past, highlighting the political and economic changes that have created the present. Each episode gives voice to the people who have shaped capitalism – by making the rules or by breaking them, by creating economic structures or by resisting them.
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Our twenty-fourth episode is now available! We speak with Daniel Amsterdam about businessmen’s campaigns to increase government spending in the 1920s. Click here to listen online or download.
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Betsy Beasley is a Ph.D candidate in American Studies at Yale University, where she is writing her dissertation, Serving the World: Energy Contracting, Logistical Labors, and the Culture of Globalization, 1945-2008. Her research interests include U.S. political, social, and cultural history, the history of capitalism, the history of the U.S. and the world, urban studies, and gender and sexuality studies. Drawing from history, geography, and urban theory, her scholarship focuses on the intersections between U.S. labor history and the expansion of U.S. global power. Read more about her work here.
David Stein is the Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He received his PhD from University of Southern California’s Department of American Studies and Ethnicity in 2014. Trained in interdisciplinary methods, he is a historian whose work focuses on the interconnection between social movements and political economic relations in post-1865 U.S. history. His fields of interest include African American Studies, history of capitalism, working-class and labor history, policing and imprisonment, Urban Studies, fiscal and monetary policy, and feminist and heterodox economics. He is currently working on his book manuscript, Fearing Inflation, Inflating Fears: The Civil Rights Struggle for Full Employment and the Rise of the Carceral State, 1929-1986, which focuses on the politics and economics of unemployment from 1929-1986. The project details the efforts of Black freedom movement organizers to create governmental guarantees to a job or income, and how such efforts were stifled. He co-edited Abolition Now!: Ten Years of Strategy and Struggle Against the Prison Industrial Complex (2008), and his scholarship has appeared in Working U.S.A.: The Journal of Labor and Society; Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict and World Order; and Lateral: The Journal of the Cultural Studies Association. Read more about his work here.
Who Makes Cents is supported by the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at University of Southern California and the Public Humanities Program at Yale University. Our logo was designed by Faith Hutchinson.