Maria Konovalenko is a molecular biophysicist and the program coordinator for the Science for Life Extension Foundation.  She earned her M.Sc. degree in Molecular Biological Physics at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

She is preparing a cookbook for health enthusiasts who want science to back up their dietary decisions. For more information please visit her blog. 

Direct download: Maria.mp3
Category:biology -- posted at: 8:19pm EDT


Dan Sullivan is the director of Saving Communities and president of the Council of Georgist Organizations. For over 35 years he has been making presentations around the world on both the theory and practical applications of Georgism, has been instrumental in winning shifts to land value tax in Pittsburgh and other Western Pennsylvania cities, and has been featured in newspapers and major magazines, including *Fortune.*


"Sullivan has made several studies of the financial impact of higher land taxes on property owners, and speaks at meetings of Pittsburgh neighborhood and business groups to spread the incentive-tax doctrine. Such efforts are crucial. Few people, even among public officials and real estate executives, understand the nature of the tax and its economic ripples." - Gurney Breckenfeld, real estate editor, *Fortune*, August 8, 1983


“Dan Sullivan knows more about tax economics than anyone I know.”

- Jack Wagner, Pennsylvania Auditor General


“Dan Sullivan is a competent advocate for the taxpaying public.” - Congressman William Coyne


“Dan Sullivan has a way of slicing through baloney that a deli manager would envy.” - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Columnist Brian O'Neill


Direct download: Dan_Sullivan.mp3
Category:economics -- posted at: 1:26am EDT


Jesse Myerson is a writer and activist from New York. He Tweets @JAMyerson and co-hosts Disorderly Conduct:

His articles can be found here:


And here:


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Category:economics -- posted at: 3:17pm EDT


The man who correctly predicted the nature and year of the monumental crash of 2008...back in 1997.

Fred E. Foldvary received his B.A. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University. He has taught economics at the Latvian University of Agriculture, Virginia Tech, John F. Kennedy University, California State University East Bay, the University of California at Berkeley Extension, Santa Clara University, and currently at San Jose State University.

Foldvary is the author of The Soul of LibertyPublic Goods and Private CommunitiesDictionary of Free Market Economics . He edited and contributed to Beyond Neoclassical Economics and, with Dan Klein, The Half-Life of Policy Rationales. Foldvary's areas of research include public finance, governance, ethical philosophy, and land economics.

Fred married Gloria in July 2012. They and their cat live in the Los Gatos mountains in California.

Direct download: FredFoldvary.mp3
Category:economics -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT



Dr. Glassman and I talk about the life and ideas of John Stuart Mill, arguably the most influential Western intellectual of the 19th century. His book was one of the sources I drew from for my documentary on Mill.


Dr. Peter J. Glassman is an educator and author who has worked extensively in early childhood, elementary, and post-secondary education in North America, Europe, and Asia. He is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States. Peter has a unique background in China.


Since 1982 he has taught in China’s leading universities with the title Permanent Visiting Professor of Culture by appointment of the State Education Commission. He also serves as the Founder & President of the Sino- American Education Council, a private alliance of university presidents and heads of private schools in China and North America. Peter has formed close friendships with numerous senior leaders in China’s government, business, and finance sectors.


Under their sponsorship he travels widely throughout China, and has been given exceptional access to the nation’s political, economic, and sociological environments. He consults in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia on issues concerning education, cross-cultural communication, management, and strategic affairs for government and business groups.


Peter is the author of three previous books, and numerous essays on human creativity and society. His electronic collection of essays on social and cultural affairs, Mind In The Modern World [], has a rapidly growing worldwide audience. The site now draws an average of 1000+ readers per day. Peter received his Ph.D. degree in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. He resides in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:52pm EDT


An interview with Michael Wheeler. 

In the year 2515, the last of us, the last of humanity... is facing the constant threat of extinction. The only hope... are roaches.

Thus begins the saga of ROACH GUARD. A team of evolved cockroaches protecting humanity in an underground society, from annihilation from Above.




  • NITE is an up-coming urban dark fantasy comic book series.

Carmine DePalo was a made man. He had it all. Money. Women. Access to vast resources. More homes than most Hollywood stars. All due to a dark, deadly secret. He was most prolific and deadly mercenary and assassin in history. Yet, with all his fortune and fame, he had found himself on a lonely road. He came to be an emotionally charged hothead with a death wish. Then he started to hear... voices. Haunting him.


These voices became more and more aggressive and ruined his life, as it was. When he was trying to terminate a mark. When he was in the middle of a meeting with the kingpins of the six boroughs. When he was having an entertaining night with the twins... Just when he was about to take a nose dive off of one of the city's oldest bridges, Evelyn Chianti appeared before him. This is strangely odd, because he killed her five years prior.


Even more odd because she was floating in mid air. She's a fine piece of work, for a dead woman. A nosey investigative reporter, the Capo De Nostra believed she learned too much, was saying too much and needed to be silenced. DePalo executed her. She gave him a proposition that he could not refuse. Carmine DePalo now works for the dead. If he wants to have any chance at a peaceful afterlife, he has to help his victims find theirs. NITE has plenty of work to do.

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Category:comic books -- posted at: 12:29am EDT


Louis-Philippe Rochon is an Associate Professor of Economics, at Laurentian University, in Canada, where he is Director of the International Economic Policy Institute.  He is the founding co-editor of the Review of Keynesian Economics, and co-diretor of New Directions in Post-Keynesian Economics, a book series at Edward Elgar.  He is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Political Economy, Ola Financiera, and the Problemas del Desarrollo, Revista Latinoamericana d'Economia.

He has written over 100 articles, and written or edited more than 16 books. His areas of research include monetary theory and policy, financialization, and post-Keynesian economics.

He has been a Visiting Scholar or Professor in Mexico, Brazil, France, Italy and Australia.  His research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada), the Ford Foundation, the Mott Foundation, and the European Parliament.

Direct download: Rochon.mp3
Category:economics -- posted at: 3:37am EDT


We discuss the economist Henry George in this episode. I used the phrase "strange economic creatures" while interviewing Dr. Rochon. It seems like a fitting title for this series. Nate, though he had heroically battled food poisoning by bad pupasa the night before, still mustered the strength to talk about ol' Hank. Below are resources assembled and commented upon by Mr. Blair. Enjoy.


The London Jubilee line was constructed at a cost of 3.5 billion GBP, but the public investment, paid for with public tax money increased the value of nearby land by 13 billion GBP.  If the community had captured the social value it created, the public investment would have paid for itself with 9.5 billion GBP left over.


Free Riders on Public Transport


Neither Capitalism Nor Socialism


Reviving the Idea That Urban Land is Common Wealth


Share the land, keep the fruits of labour


Mason Gaffney Reader


Re-solving the Economic Puzzle


Georgism gained popularity as a result of Progress and Poverty: An Inquiry into the Cause of Industrial Depressions and of Increase of Want with Increase of Wealth: The Remedy, 1879. There is a newer modernized and abridged version of P&P (The Drake Version), but if you are motivated, the original is also very good and not hard to read.

Free PDF of the modernized Drake Edition:

Audiobook of the modernized Drake Edition:

Download or listen to the unabridged audiobook:

Various ebook formats for the original:

This is a great browser format (original):

Direct download: Interview_with_Nate_Blair.mp3
Category:economics -- posted at: 10:58pm EDT

An Interview with Brad Linder: Author of Catman and Founder of Firestorm Comics


We talk about comics, heroes, villians and Catman. We poke a bit of fun at Marvel's many timelines, wax poetically on the beauty of the medium and discuss the future of Firestorm Comics. You can visit his Kickstarter here.


This is the first episode of The Athenaeum. Enjoy.




Direct download: Interview_with_Brad_Linder_Adams_Athenaeum.mp3
Category:comic books -- posted at: 4:03am EDT






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