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Upstream

Series produced by Robert Raymond

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Upstream is a radio documentary series that blurs the lines between economics, philosophy, and anthropology. Exploring a diversity of themes (from Craft Beer to Universal Basic Income), we blend together expert interviews, heartfelt narratives, rich sound-design, and great music, to create thought-provoking and inspiring episodes.

Upstream is a radio documentary series that blurs the lines between economics, philosophy, and anthropology. Exploring a diversity of themes (from Craft Beer to Universal Basic Income), we blend together expert interviews, heartfelt narratives, rich sound-design, and great music, to create thought-provoking and inspiring episodes.

Upstream is not your typical economics podcast. We're way more interested in telling people's stories than we are in discussing the DOW Jones Industrial Average, for example. In fact, you might forget that you're listening to an economics podcast when you listen to Upstream. In many ways, economics has been dominated by, well, to put it bluntly: boring ideas. But economics is so much more than supply and demand graphs, Laffer curves, and all that Econ 101 mumbo jumbo.

Of course, there's a place for that stuff. But it's not in our podcast. We speak with experts and scholars, but we also speak to regular folks who are impacted by economic decisions made in elite universities or by economic advisory councils. We interview folks on the streets (literally). We speak with those whose voices are not included in traditional narratives. We feature ideas that are outside of the mainstream, and we always challenge the status quo — because the status quo is not working. And, of course, we always include rich sound design and great music to keep things fun, interesting, and entertaining.

This series is our documentary series (we also have a Conversation series, which feature long-form interviews, which can be found here: https://www.upstreampodcast.org/conversations). Hide full description

Upstream is a radio documentary series that blurs the lines between economics, philosophy, and anthropology. Exploring a diversity of themes (from Craft Beer to Universal Basic Income), we blend together expert interviews, heartfelt narratives, rich sound-design, and great music, to create thought-provoking and inspiring episodes. Upstream is not your typical economics podcast. We're way more interested in telling people's stories than we are in discussing the DOW Jones Industrial Average, for example. In fact, you might forget that you're listening to an economics podcast when you listen to Upstream. In many ways, economics has been dominated by, well, to put it bluntly: boring ideas. But economics is so much more than supply and demand graphs, Laffer curves, and all that Econ 101... Show full description


11 Pieces

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In part 2 of our 2-part series on UBI, we explore how a progressive Universal Basic Income policy might help us move away from our current capitali...

  • Added: Jan 29, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
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In part 1 of our 2-part series on UBI, we explore this highly contentious topic, speaking with scholars, activists, journalists, and folks on the s...

  • Added: Jan 29, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
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How is the new economy embodied in a pint of beer? This is the question that guides us in our Craft Beer episode. From ancient times to the modern ...

  • Added: Jan 29, 2018
  • Length: 58:01
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In this episode, we explore a number of different institutions, organizations, and individuals who are breaking ground in working towards building ...

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  • Added: Jan 29, 2018
  • Length: 56:00
  • Purchases: 1
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A documentary that explores a phenomenon known as the Solidarity Economy, including voices from all over the world involved in different movements ...

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  • Added: Jan 29, 2018
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 1
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In 2015, Greece held a referendum to free itself from a debt crisis. We traveled to Athens to bring you an on-the-ground exploration of the afterma...

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  • Added: Jan 29, 2018
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 1
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Part 3 of an in-depth documentary series using the small town of Frome, UK as a microcosm for political, social, and economic successes and challen...

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  • Added: Jan 29, 2018
  • Length: 59:06
  • Purchases: 1
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Part 2 of an in-depth documentary series using the small town of Frome, UK as a microcosm for political, social, and economic successes and challen...

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  • Added: Jan 29, 2018
  • Length: 58:51
  • Purchases: 1
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Part 1 of an in-depth documentary series using the small town of Frome, UK as a microcosm for political, social, and economic successes and challen...

Bought by KPIP-LP


  • Added: Jan 29, 2018
  • Length: 57:07
  • Purchases: 1
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In this first episode of Upstream, a radio documentary series, we look at the darker side of the "sharing economy" and explore the conditions that ...

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  • Added: Mar 29, 2016
  • Length: 14:59
  • Purchases: 1
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In this first episode of Upstream, a radio documentary series, we look at the darker side of the "sharing economy" and explore the conditions that ...

Bought by KPIP-LP and KZYX


  • Added: Feb 13, 2016
  • Length: 59:44
  • Purchases: 2