25/09/2018 by Rose Eveleth
What if we just gave everybody money? It sounds simple, but universal basic income is a trendy idea right now and a lot of you have asked for an episode about a future where everybody gets money from the government no matter what. And it turns out that while it sounds simple, just giving everybody money is way more complicated than you might thing.
Guests: Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, Senior editor at The Nation, author of The Cosmopolites Shaksam Khosla, graduate student at Johns Hopkins University, author of India’s Basic Income: Bedeviled by the Details Aisha Nyandoro, CEO of Springboard to Opportunity Cara Rose deFabio, special initiatives director at Economic Security Project
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Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The human voice from the future was provided by Daniel Tannenbaum. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky.
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An episode all about universal basic income, and what it would take to make it work. There was nothing very new for me, possibly because I had heard so many more in-depth Econ Talk episodes about UBI over the past year; but this is a great introduction to the topic.
Listen Date: 2018-10-04