The Basic Income Podcast

The Basic Income Podcast
Interviews with leading figures in the Basic Income movement.
The Bootstraps Basic Income Documentary
May 23 • 17 min
We talk with Conrad Shaw and Deia Schlosberg, co-creators of an ambitious film, Bootstraps, that will crowdfund and donate a basic income to multiple people and then follow the recipients to see how it changes their lives. Hear what inspired them to…
Dr. Evelyn Forget on Mincome & Basic Income in Canada
May 16 • 19 min
Canada’s basic income trials in trials in the 70s–the “Mincome” experiments–were largely forgotten until Dr. Evelyn Forget found records of the Mincome trials and individuals who had received a basic income. She discusses what she found, and the…
Basic Income vs. The Status Quo
May 8 • 19 min
Most arguments against the basic income can be summed up in two words: “status quo.” Owen and Jim explore the thinking behind some of the most common objections to the basic income and why these arguments are understandable but ultimately shortsighted.
Senator Art Eggleton on the Ontario Basic Income Pilot
May 1 • 19 min
We spoke with Senator Art Eggleton of Ontario on the upcoming pilot program, which will supply a basic income to 4,000 people in three cities across the province of Ontario. Eggleton described the rationale for the trial and where we might see future…
Annie Lowrey on the Basic Income in Kenya & the Power of Cash Transfers
Apr 14 • 21 min
Annie Lowrey, writer for the Atlantic, discusses her trip to Kenya to cover GiveDirectly’s village-wide basic income trial for the New York Times Magazine. Lowrey explains the move in the aid community toward cash transfers and away from tangible items,…
The 2017 Basic Income Create-a-thon in San Francisco
Mar 30 • 33 min
From March 24-26th, the Universal Income Project hosted a Basic Income Create-a-thon. This is a dedicated time for artists, activists, coders, writers, politicians and many more to work on projects that advance the basic income movement. Projects ranged…
The Finland Basic Income Experiment with Roope Mokka
Mar 17 • 19 min
We talk a lot about hypotheticals when it comes to the universal basic income, but with Finland, we don’t have to. Finland is instituting a basic income on a trial basis in place of unemployment benefits for certain citizens. Roope Mokka, Cofounder of…
Enno Schmidt on the Swiss Basic Income Campaign
Feb 22 • 22 min
Enno Schmidt, co-founder of the Swiss campaign to enact a countrywide basic income, joined us in San Francisco for a live event about his groundbreaking campaign. Schmidt spoke about the unique design of the Swiss campaign, and why they chose to invest in…
MacArthur Genius Ai-jen Poo on what Basic Income would mean to Domestic Workers
Feb 3 • 16 min
Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Co-director of the Caring Across Generations Campaign, and MacArthur Genius Award recipient discusses the challenges faced by domestic workers in the U.S. and how a basic income could…
Roy Bahat, Head of Bloomberg Beta, on Innovation and Basic Income
Jan 24 • 17 min
Roy Bahat, Head of Bloomberg Beta, discusses the future of employment and why a universal basic income could spur innovation. He also discusses the mental leaps it requires to wrap our minds around the basic income, and what we can do to help others to…
Steps to Making Basic Income a Reality in the U.S.
Jan 18 • 12 min
Jim Pugh, Sandhya Anantharaman and Owen Poindexter discuss the key stepping stones needed to bring the basic income from an idea to a reality. From media exposure, to pilot studies, to political pressure, they explore various ways to move the UBI movement…
Alexis Frasz on what the Basic Income would mean to the Arts Community
Jan 11 • 15 min
What would a basic income mean for artists? Jim and Alexis Frasz delve into this topic in this insightful interview. Alexis Frasz has worked as a researcher, creative strategist and consultant in the arts and cultural sector for over a decade. Since 2007…
Sean Kline, Director of the San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment
Dec 29, 2016 • 16 min
Sean Kline is a public servant who is not afraid to speak openly about his support for the basic income. Hear about his work at the San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment and his ideas about bringing a basic income to U.S. cities.
Basic Income vs Basic Capital with Juliana Bidadanure
Dec 18, 2016 • 11 min
An interview with Juliana Bidadanure, Assistant Professor in Philosophy, Stanford University, on basic income, basic capital and more.
Former SEIU President Andy Stern
Nov 10, 2016 • 23 min
Andy Stern, one of America’s most influential organizers and activists, describes his time as SEIU President, why he stepped down and eventually turned to the basic income as a policy solution for the new economy. Stern is the author of Raising the Floor:…
Milicent Johnson on Poverty, Philanthropy and UBI
Nov 3, 2016 • 19 min
Would a universal basic income solve poverty? Milicent Johnson offers her unique perspective on how these issues intersect as someone who works in philanthropy to alleviate poverty.
Rose Broome, CEO and Cofounder of HandUp
Oct 23, 2016 • 19 min
One cold evening in San Francisco, Rose Broome walked past a homeless woman sleeping on the street and decided in that moment to do something impactful to help the homeless. This eventually led to the creation of HandUp, an organization that facilitates…
An Overview of the Basic Income
Sep 29, 2016 • 25 min
Sandhya, Jim and Owen provide an overview of what the basic income is, its biggest benefits, most common objections, results of pilot studies and what’s driving the conversation today.
Drew Pilottos of Basic Income Australia
Sep 24, 2016 • 10 min
Jim spoke with Drew Pilottos of Basic Income Australia on the state of the UBI movement down under.
Amira Jehia of Mein Grundeinkommen
Sep 14, 2016 • 16 min
Sandhya and Jim spoke to Amira Jehia of Mein Grundeinkommen, a German organization that crowdfunds and raffles yearlong basic incomes to raise awareness around the issue.