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Coco Soodek Live
34 minutes | May 21, 2015
Crooked Capital Markets and the “Shareholder Value Myth”
May 21, 2015 The capital markets exist to fuel progress. Our capital markets are failing. The big players are focused on artificial, short-term gains rather than on long-term prosperity for all stakeholders. This mindset has not dominated financial theory for that long and can be cured. Indeed, corporations were first created as legal entities with the goal of undertaking long-term projects that would continue to generate benefits long into the future. Unfortunately, in our modern time, corporate management and professional investors tend to strive towards inflated share prices at the expense of long term prosperity. Lynn Stout, Distinguished Professor of Corporate Law at Cornell Law School, joined Coco to discuss her book, The Shareholder Value Myth: How Putting Shareholders First Harms Investors, Corporations and the Public. Professor Stout diagnoses the syndromes that pervert the capital markets and prescribes some ways to realign the capital markets with human progress.
22 minutes | May 8, 2015
Zeynep Ton and “The Good Jobs Strategy”
May 7, 2015 Todays guest is Zeynep Ton. Zeynep Ton is a professor at MIT who wrote a groundbreaking book called, The Good Jobs Strategy. In her book, Professor Ton makes the incredibly important argument that you can be a successful business and pay people a very livable wage. She also makes the argument that businesses are more successful when they invest in their employees. This is a powerful concept that could bring about positive change in workers lives the world over. Through her work with real businesses, Zeynep Ton is demonstrating to the world that investing in employees is not just good for employees, but its good for business, too.
40 minutes | Apr 10, 2015
April 10, 2015 Chicago just re-elected Rahm Emanuel for a second term as mayor, opting for the devil we know (i.e. corrupt and incompetent). Although Emanuel won the majority of votes, this was less about his victory than it was about his opponent, Jesus Chuy Garcias defeat. Somehow, Rahm has managed to convince enough people that he is competent enough to run a city, despite all the clear indications to the contrary. Listen, as Coco discusses Emanuels track record, as well as a run-in she had with one of his supporters on election day. Then, stay tuned to find out how to get paid as a business owner. As surprising as it may sound, a lot of entrepreneurs get pretty weird when it comes to getting paid. Trevor Crane, host of Greatness Quest on the Whatever It Takes Network, calls it getting freaky deaky about money. If you find yourself feeling that way about getting paid, youre not alone. In this episode, find out why being paid in full and on time is so important. Then, get some tips from Trevor Crane about how you can set payment terms strategically to try to increase and maximize sales. Finally, learn how to understand the various components that need to be considered when determining payment terms, and what to look out for before you sign a contract.
36 minutes | Mar 26, 2015
Net Neutrality: It’s all about Competition
March 18, 2015 Forget everything you’ve heard about Net Neutrality. Net Neutrality is not about content, it’s about poles. Your city is so dotted with utility poles you probably even don’t notice them. Those poles are the real reason why the FCC needed to change the rules around the Internet. To understand why, you have to know three things: American Internet service sucks. American Internet service won’t improve until new Internet service entrepreneurs emerge. New Internet service entrepreneurs can’t set up new Internet networks unless we even the playing field. In this episode, listen as Coco explains Net Neutrality in a way you probably havent heard before. The FCCs new rules for the open Internet are much more about fostering competition and taking on the monopoly ISPs, like Comcast and Time Warner, than they are about freedom of speech. Dont miss Cocos exclusive interview with Nathan Stooke, founder and CEO of Wisper Wireless Internet, where Nathan explains the effects that Net Neutrality may have on his company.
37 minutes | Feb 23, 2015
Housing First: A Better Way to Fight Chronic Homelessness
February 18, 2015 If you spend time in any American city, you know that the United States has an enormous homeless population. Men, women and children (and sometimes dogs and cats) dot our sidewalks, asking for help or handouts. Some people - like us - believe we should help these people. But, some others believe that helping homeless people is just throwing good money after bad and that they ought to rot in the streets (a view which we find perplexing). But, policy leaders in not so liberal areas are driving a new policy movement called Housing First. It turns out that giving people housing first is both the moral and the cheaper way to help homeless people. Even though politicians intended to cancel funding for homeless services, we continue to spend money on homeless people anyway - at the emergency room, the court house and the jail. As a result, its cheaper for us to fund apartments for homeless people than to wait until they show up in crisis. Listen to Coco Soodek Live to hear about the astonishing results of this new policy movement and to listen to people who work with homeless people around the country. P.S. Sorry for the poor sound quality on this episode. It sounds a little muffled, but the content is so good, you wont want to miss it.
37 minutes | Feb 6, 2015
Tillis, Taxes and the Tale of Sly Stone
February 4, 2015 You may have heard that Thom Tillis, a Republican United States Senator from North Carolina, said that government shouldn’t require restaurant workers to wash their hands after they use the bathroom. I don’t know about you, but I want everyone who touches my food to wash their hands for 20 seconds under the hottest water possible for the full duration of Happy Birthday, but should government mandate it? Absolutely! Find out why. Then, listen to Coco talk about why we should raise taxes on the most wealthy Americans, not as a punishment for their success, but because taxes are the fees that go along with the privilege of using the wonderful ecosystem that we call the United States of America. Taxes are your contribution to replenishing the resources you have used in your pursuit of wealth and success. Finally, Coco tells us the story of how Sly Stone got ripped off by his managers for years, and what we can learn from it. Bottom line: Trust no one to act on your behalf.
24 minutes | Jan 22, 2015
The State of the Union
January 21, 2014 On Tuesday, President Obama gave his 7th and penultimate State of the Union address to Congress. His speech was arguably one of his most progressive and optimistic speeches yet, but, as expected, his ideas and proposals to help average, lower and middle class Americans were met by the Republican outcry weve come to know and love over the past several years. Listen, as Coco explains why President Obamas proposals to help the middle class get a leg up are getting so much heat from conservatives in Congress. Reducing the tax burden on middle class families while modestly raising taxes on the ridiculously wealthy should be a no-brainer, but the Republican-controlled House and Senate will continue to fight tooth and nail to make sure that rich people get richer and working families stay in their pre-ordained places at the bottom. Also, dont miss Cocos interview with Dan Goss in the final segment. Dan is a product developer. He makes great products and he understands exactly how things get from the idea stage to the marketplace, and ultimately into your hands.
37 minutes | Jan 8, 2015
You Might be a Racist If…
January 7, 2015 Recent events have once again brought the discussion of race and privilege in America front and center. As a nation, the United States has never done such a great job of fostering an inclusive and just society. From day one, the United States has been a land of inequality and injustice for anyone who wasnt a white male. Granted, things have certainly improved since the days of slavery and Jim Crow, but we still have a long way to go if we are to prevent senseless hatred, violence and death as in the cases of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Despite what many would have you believe, we most certainly do not live in a post-racial society. Everyone, no matter their race, has prejudices and preconceived notions about others. The desire to live in a colorblind society, where race is ignored as if it didnt exist, is not only misguided and wrong, its also impossible and does more to harm race relations than it helps. What we really need to do is to have an open and civilized dialogue with one another. Being open to new ideas and different ways of thinking is what will ultimately bring about real and lasting change in this great nation. Holding on to romanticized memories of a bygone era of the good ol days is what continues to hold us back. As long as we continue to let fear and hatred govern our actions and decisions, America will continue to remain stagnant.
4 minutes | Dec 23, 2014
Hater Highlights: Listen to Coco Read and Respond to Our Favorite Hate Tweets
andnbsp; After Cocos appearance on Justice with Judge Jeanine a couple weeks ago, hundreds and hundreds of people took to Twitter to voice their outrage and anger towards Cocos opposition to the CIAs so-called enhanced interrogation techniques (a.k.a. torture). Listen to Coco read and respond to some of our favorite insults and accusations that were echoed by so many. Also, if you like this clip, dont forget to listen to the full episode on Cocos response to torture apologists here.
35 minutes | Dec 19, 2014
The Best Tweets from Trolls and Why They’re Wrong (What Happened When I Went on Fox News)
December 19, 2014 Listen to Coco read some of the best and most profane tweets from people who disagree with every breath she takes on the earth. Then, Coco gently tells them why theyre wrong; brutality is not strength and its not effective. Coco also had the opportunity to interview Brian DAgostino, President of the International Psychohistorical Association who explained why some people believe that brutality is strength and why those same people need scapegoats for their sense of security. Along the way, we play and comment on a few of the better songs that the CIA used in their torture tactics. If youre interested in buying a copy of Brians book, The Middle Class Fights Back: How Progressive Movements Can Restore Democracy in America, you can find it on Amazon. You can also find his contact information here, if youd like to get in touch with him.
1 minutes | Dec 18, 2014
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), Coco’s Christmas Carol Special
Learn the history and origin of Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) with this clip from Coco Soodek Lives Christmas carol special.
2 minutes | Dec 18, 2014
Why are There so Many Jewish Christmas Carol Writers?
Learn the reason behind the phenomenon of Jewish Christmas carol writers with this clip from Coco Soodek Lives Christmas carol special.
3 minutes | Dec 17, 2014
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Coco’s Christmas Carol Special
Learn the history and origin of Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer with this clip from Coco Soodek Lives Christmas carol special.
2 minutes | Dec 16, 2014
The Christmas Song, Coco’s Christmas Carol Special
Learn the history and origin of The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) with this clip from Coco Soodek Lives Christmas carol special.
8 minutes | Dec 15, 2014
White Christmas, Coco’s Christmas Carol Special
Learn the history and origin of Irving Berlins famed White Christmas with this clip from Coco Soodek Live.
8 minutes | Dec 14, 2014
Silent Night, Coco’s Christmas Carol Special
Learn the history and origin of Silent Night with this clip from Coco Soodek Live.
2 minutes | Dec 13, 2014
O Come All Ye Faithful, Coco’s Christmas Carol Special
Learn the history and origin of O Come All Ye Faithful with this clip from Coco Soodek Live.
3 minutes | Dec 12, 2014
We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Coco’s Christmas Carol Special
Learn the history and origin of We Wish You a Merry Christmas with this clip from Coco Soodek Live.
5 minutes | Dec 11, 2014
Deck the Halls, Coco’s Christmas Carol Special
Learn the history and origin of Deck the Halls with this clip from Coco Soodek Live.
35 minutes | Dec 4, 2014
How Christmas Carols Mirror Our American Heritage and Experience
December 3, 2014 Every Christmas carol has a backstory. In this episode, Coco explains the odd, funny, outrageous and touching origins of some of the holiday seasons biggest hits, including Deck the Halls, O Come All Ye Faithful, Silent Night, White Christmas, and many more! Some of these are glorious and some of these are just plain awful. But, all of these Christmas carols mirror our American experience and heritage. Lighter than our usual shows, we hope you enjoy this episode! We plan to make this a holiday tradition. PS: Theres also a surprising number of Christmas carols written by Jews - Coco explains why.
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