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Playlist: Globalization

Compiled By: GRANT COHEN

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The Global Condition

From Lydon McGrath Productions | 58:30

This is hour 1 from The Whole Wide World: a 7-part series on Globalization

Zad_small Kicking the tires of globalism, also known as "globaloney," the "ism" nonetheless of our age. A complex web of money, ideas, disease, culture, terror, hope, pollution, warfare, and conscience pulling the world together, tearing the world apart, or maybe both. There's a doctrine of global markets for Jeffrey Sachs to decipher?mobile capital and still a lot of people stuck in misery. Globalism is also the instant-message Internet, world music and literature, connections that Zadie Smith and the architect Tay Kheng Soon will think about out loud. How is it the so-called "world community" is coming apart around war with Iraq amid the global visions of a more functional human family? We're talking about global trends that could kill us, or make us wiser, more human. Guests: Jeff Sachs, Zadie Smith, Colin Channer, Tay Kheng Soon.

The Power of Economic Models

From Carnegie Council | Part of the Global Ethics Corner series | 02:00

Economic models were the basis for crucial practical decisions that led to the 2008-09 financial crisis. Yet government bailouts remain controversial because free market advocates see intervention as wrong. Do you agree with the need to manage markets? Or should the economy be guided only be the "invisible hand"?


Created and managed by Carnegie Council Ethics Studio and written by Senior Fellow William Vocke, Global Ethics Corner is a weekly 2 minute segment devoted to newsworthy ethical issues.

Economic Uncertainty in La Junta and Lamar

From KRCC-FM | 11:15

Farming towns struggle in global economy

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International Trade -- Free, Fixed, or Fair?

From A World of Possibilities | 55:02

In this program we hear about the challenges of growing the fair trade movement from the founder of a leading fair trade certification organization and a farmer whose products are fair trade-certified.


In the view of its proponents, free trade as promoted by the United States and other leading industrial powers is the swiftest and surest route to global economic development. But in from the perspective of many in the developing world, it is the most effective means of extracting natural resources, exploiting low-wage labor, and producing goods from the world's poor at the lowest cost while keeping the value added for those who already have more than enough. In response to these critiques, a market-based fair trade movement has sprung up in recent years from international development aid, social, religious and environmental organizations seeking to establish a more level playing field for international commerce. Focusing initially on such products as handicrafts, coffee, cocoa, sugar, tea, bananas, honey, cotton, wine, fresh fruit, chocolate and flowers, certified fair trade accounted for $4 billion in 2008. Though still a tiny fraction of global trade, in some commodities it represents 20-50% of the total volume. Criticized from the right as a subsidy that constrains free trade and from the left as too timid a response to the inherent inequities of the global trading system, fair trade is still in its infancy but growing by more than 20% a year. In this program we hear about the challenges of growing the movement from the founder of a leading fair trade certification organization and a farmer whose products are fair trade-certified.

Globalization and the World's Poor

From America Abroad | 58:58

Garrick Utley and Kojo Nnamdi lead a town-hall discussion on globalization and the world's poor.

Africakids1_small For years, policy makers, activists and academics have been debating whether the global economic system really benefits the world's poor. Defenders say free trade is crucial for any country trying to move out of poverty. Critics say the system is rigged against the poor, and only widens the gap between the haves and the have nots. Where do we stand? What can be done? Veteran anchor Garrick Utley and WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi co-host a town-hall style meeting featuring leading thinkers on all sides of the debate. Panelists include Jagdish Bhagwati ("In Defense of Globalization"), Allan Meltzer (Carnegie Mellon U.), William Easterly (formerly of the World Bank) and John Ambler (Oxfam America). The forum, taped and edited for broadcast, is a co-production of WAMU, America Abroad Media and The Economist magazine.

HIdden Dangers to the Global Economy

From AARP Radio | Part of the Prime Time Radio series | 59:58

“The World is Curved” and “City Year”...this week on Prime Time Radio.


David Smick is an international financial insider - he knows the leading players dealing with the current economic crisis and understands the many complexities of the global economy.  So, his insights on how we got to this point are both informed and fascinating. His new book is: "The World is Curved: Hidden Dangers to the Global Economy".


Then… City Year’s slogan “Give a year. Change the World,” is exactly what they hope to inspire their young volunteers to do. Commit a year of their lives for a lifetime of civic leadership skills that will enable them to change the world. With nearly 1400 volunteers between the ages of 14 and 24 – young people are working to transform neighborhoods and schools in 18 areas throughout the U.S. and Johannesburg, South Africa. But, like everything in life – they’ll only get out of it what they put into it! 

THINK GLOBAL: Joseph Stiglitz commentary

From Public Radio Collaboration 2005 | 02:36

Commentary from Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz, author of "Globalization and its Discontents."

Default-piece-image-1 Joseph Stiglitz is both a leading thinker and a leading player in global economic circles. He was chair of President BIll Clinton's Council of Economic Advisors in the mid-1990s, then served as Chief Economist at the World Bank. In 2001 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics. In his book "Globalization and its Discontents," Stiglitz argues that free trade should benefit the world's poor, but too rarely does. "When trade agreements are unfair, then not only do the rich and powerful benefit disproportionately, but the poor may actually be worse off," he says in this commentary. "I believe trade can be part of the all-important fight against global poverty. But if this is to be the case, we need trade agreements that are fairer to the developing countries. We need a true development round."

Lessons from Latin America

From Making Contact | Part of the Making Contact series | 29:00

We hear from activists and experts who say the U.S. can learn a lot from social movements in Latin America.

Oscarestrada_small For decades, people have said the United States has treated Latin America as a project for exploit and economic expansion. Even do-gooders see the global south as deserving of unilateral help or charity. But social change activists say the tables have turned. On this edition, we’ll hear from experts who say – especially in times of crisis - there’s a lot to learn from social movements in Latin America.

Featuring: Marina Sitrin, author and attorney; Ben Dangl, Burlington College in Vermont professor; Mario Murillo, author & Hofstra University professor; Oscar Estrada, Honduran filmmaker & 2010 NarcoNews School of Authentic Journalism participant.

Special thanks to Between the Lines at WPKN Radio in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Neo-Liberalism and Welfare

From Carnegie Council | Part of the Global Ethics Corner series | 02:00

Do markets promote the greatest good for the greatest number? What do you think? Should long-term economic growth, promised by a free market, be prioritized over concerns about inequality? How do you balance a society's need both to create wealth and insure welfare?

Globalethicscorner_logo1_small Created and managed by Carnegie Council Senior Program Director and Senior Fellow William Vocke, Global Ethics Corner is a weekly 2-minute segment devoted to newsworthy ethical issues.

War and Conflict in the Post-Cold War, Post-9/11 Era

From Lydon McGrath Productions | 58:30

This is hour 2 of The Whole Wide World: a 7-part series on globalization

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World Trade Organization Demonstrations Seattle 1999

From KUOW | 16:08

Excerpts of KUOW-FM's live coverage of the WTO demonstrations.

Default-piece-image-1   In November 1999 the World Trade Organization meeting was disrupted by massive street demonstrations that closed downtown Seattle. The WTO delegates came to discuss the rules of the global economy. The thousands who marched, blocked intersections and were arrested came to insist more attention be paid to the impact of globalization on labor, poor people and the environment. The WTO demonstrations in Seattle marked the beginning of the anti-globalization movement. This is an audio montage of KUOW's coverage on November 30, 1999.


From Voices of Our World | 28:01

Global Food Crisis

Food_small Part One: DEVASTATING SOLUTIONS Throughout the world countries are in the midst of a food emergency that is as complex as it is dire. So, exactly how have food aid programs, farm subsidies, agri-business, and world financial institutions all contributed to the shameful truth that nearly 900 million people are starving throughout the world? Join us as we take a critical look at the issues of world hunger, poverty, and the global food crisis with the Executive Director of The Oakland Institute, Anuradha Mittal and Rachel Smolker of The Global Justice Ecology Project Part Two: DEVASTATING SOLUTIONS (2) The co-dependent and morally defunct relationship between global corporate profits and the politics of food is at the heart of why many people continue to go hungry worldwide. Global powerhouses like The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the U.S. Government and European Union, not to mention private corporations, are the true gatekeepers for global food assistance, and they are all clearly complicit in the use of food aid as a weapon. We return to our conversation with the Executive Director of The Oakland Institute, Anuradha Mittal and Rachel Smolker of The Global Justice Ecology Project

The World Bank's Fossil Fuel Addiction

From Judy Lubow | Part of the Planet Warning series | 02:00

Although the World Bank wants to be thought of as green, figures reveal that the Bank is flooding the third world with fossil fuel energy projects.

Default-piece-image-2 This is a stand-alone two minute segment of the Planet Warning series . Each piece highlights a serious environmental, economic or social problem facing the earth.  The underlying theme is that the earth is facing as perilous time as the US was, at Pearl Harbor.  World Warr II  music and audios ar featured.


From Homelands Productions | Part of the WORKING series | 06:28

Sean Cole profiles an international banker living in London, both before and after the world banking crisis.

Banker_small Brandon Davies' life is all about risk. A guru of global financial markets, he's on the boards of two new banks. Until recently, he headed an international association of risk professionals. He runs a trading operation, using his own money, just for kicks. Risk, he says, is how we learn and grow as people. We should embrace it, not avoid it. At least that's what he said last summer, when producer Sean Cole spent a few days with him in London. Then the global financial system collapsed. Sean took a deep breath and called him back.