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.
Our interviews focus primarily, though not exclusively, on U.S. history. If you have a topic you want to learn more about – or tell us more about – get in touch. Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter at WhoMakesCents.
Our forty-eighth episode is now available! We speak with Jennifer Le Zotte about second-hand fashion. Click here to listen online or download.
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Betsy Beasley is Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her book project, Expert Capital: Houston and the Making of a Service Empire, examines the cultural, political, and economic development of the globally integrated economy through the lens of the oilfield services industry. Her work has been published in Diplomatic History and is forthcoming in Radical History Review, and she cohosts and produces Who Makes Cents: A History of Capitalism Podcast with David Stein.
Read more about her work here.
David Stein is currently a Lecturer in the Departments of History and African American Studies at University of California-Los Angeles. From 2014-2016, he was 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 research focuses on the interconnection between social movements and economic and social policy in post-1865 U.S. history. His fields of interest include African American Studies, history of capitalism, working-class history, policing and imprisonment, fiscal and monetary policy, and heterodox economics. His book manuscript, Fearing Inflation, Inflating Fears: The Civil Rights Struggle for Full Employment and the Rise of the Carceral State, 1929-1986, is under contract with University of North Carolina Press for their Justice, Power and Politics series. His article, “‘This Nation Has Never Honestly Dealt with the Question of a Peacetime Economy’: Coretta Scott King and the Struggle for a Nonviolent Economy in the 1970s,” was recently awarded the Maria Stewart Prize for the best journal article in Black intellectual history from the African American Intellectual History Society. Read more about his work here.
Your hosts wrote a short essay about Who Makes Cents? on the U.S. Intellectual History Blog.
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