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Over the past few years, the study of the “history of capitalism” has taken off within the academy, as historians dig into the stories of the people and companies that have shaped the way capitalism operates. Our friends Betsy Beasley and David Stein host a monthly podcast, Who Makes Cents?, that delves into this history, interviewing scholars whose work covers issues from vagrancy to gentrification, electrical power to the coca leaf, and applying the lessons from their work to the issues and struggles of today.
Betsy and David joined us for a special live crossover Belabored/Who Makes Cents? podcast, where we talked about why it’s important to study the history of capitalism, the connections between care work and supply-chain labor, how to stop discussing the economy like it’s a natural phenomenon, and what to do when Walmart won’t answer your calls. Plus, audience questions on the sharing economy and new social movements.
Extra thanks to our friends at 61 Local in Brooklyn for hosting our event!