Every episode of Activist #MMT, in chronological order.

This post contains a list of every main episode of Activist #MMT, in chronological order. For all previews available exclusively to patrons, go here.

My goal for Activist #MMT, the podcast, is to balance academic concepts with personal stories, of how MMT changed average people and their thinking. When I interview academics, my very-first episode (or section) with them is generally their personal story. I also believe my interviews with activists give important perspective on how MMT is affecting and perceived by laypeople.

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Disclaimer: I have studied MMT since February of 2018. I’m not an economist or academic and I don’t speak for the MMT project. The information in this post is my best understanding but I don’t assert it to be perfectly accurate. In order to ensure accuracy, you should rely on the expert sources linked throughout. If you have feedback to improve this post, please get in touch.

All episodes of Activist #MMT, in chronological order

Note: Episodes with academics (whether MMT or otherwise) are marked with “[ACADEMIC]”. All others are episodes with laypeople (activists).

  • Ep 1: [1/2]: Sam Levey: MMT activism and considering a formal education.
  • Ep 2: [2/2]: Learning the basics with Sam Levey and “Modern Money & the War Treasury”
  • Ep 3: [1/2]: Three activists driving up to #MMTConf19 (bonus: Christian Reilly’s intro-to-MMT song)
    • Snippet: Ep 3: A first year law student explains why taxes logically can’t fund spending.
    • Snippet: No. The US doesn’t borrow the US dollar from China.
  • Ep 4: [2/2]: Activists driving back home from #MMTConf19 (bonus: my intro-to-MMT song)
  • Episodes five and six: Patricia Pino: MMT Podcast co-host and 6th-year MMT activist
    • Snippet: Patricia Pino on how MMT Podcast came to be (non-MMT)
    • Snippet: Patricia Pino on paying for WWII and the Green New Deal
  • Ep 7: Chris Rini: “It’s all MMT”
    • Snippet: Chris Rini and teaching MMT versus piano or martial arts
    • Snippet: Discussing federal funding of education with Chris Rini
  • Episodes eight and nine: Christian Reilly: Permission marketing in comedy, music, and MMT.
  • Ep 10: Tony Weston: Video games, the free market, and MMT
  • Ep 11: Johnny Akzam: “Money is an arbitrary representation of value”
  • [ACADEMIC] Episodes 12 and 13: Author Camille Walsh: Racial Taxation (taxpayers and taxeaters)
  • Ep 14: Two activist stories: 3rd-year Ben Szioli and 8th-year Anonymous
  • Ep 15: 3rd year MMT activist (and rebel) Lana Dell
  • Ep 16 (1/2): Geoff Ginter: “I am uncomfortable with the notion of having power.”
    • Full audio: Geoff Ginter and two high schoolers confronting NJ-03 Republican Congressman
  • Ep 17 (2/2): Geoff Ginter: MMT defines the walls of our prison (and our concerns about NJ-03 Andy Kim)
    • Snippet: “You cannot escape a prison if you can’t identify its walls.”
    • Snippet: Geoff and my concerns about NJ-03’s Andy Kim
  • [ACADEMIC] Episodes 18 and 19: Dr. Joe Firestone on MMT vs. Monetary Reform.
  • Ep 20 [NOT MMT]: Talking coronavirus with a 30-year practicing physician
  • Ep 21a: Ryan Mathis [1/2]: Millennial, first-year law student, and 5th year MMTer: The left-wing project to recreate our corrupt political, media, and educational institutions (Part one was released on the Historic-ly podcast, not Activist #MMT)
  • Ep 21 [2/2]: Ryan Mathis: There is nothing “natural” about society’s laws
  • [ACADEMIC] Ep 22 [1/2]: Joe Firestone: Coronavirus, #MintTheCoin, and 2020 primary rant
  • Ep 23[NOT MMT]: Will Calloway and the 50th anniversary of Earth Day
  • Ep 24 [2/2]: Joe Firestone: The Treasury, Fed, Coronavirus, and Homer Simpson
  • Episodes 25 and 26: James Feal-Martinez: Discussing MMT through a coronavirus lens (plus story to introduce kids to MMT)
  • Ep 27: A conversation with MMT activist Erin Taylor
  • Episodes 28 and 29: 10th-yr activist Mike Hall: In normal times, UBI is a total non-starter.
  • [ACADEMIC] Episodes 30 and 31 (with Joe) and 32 (with Graham Elwood): Joe Firestone, Graham Elwood, and the truth about the Federal Reserve.
    • Snippet: Graham Elwood: How the Fed helps create net financial assets in the real economy
    • Snippet: Graham Elwood: How the Fed creates reserves for asset swaps in the banking reserve system
    • Full post on part three with Graham (including video and transcript)
    • Snippet: Joe Firestone: The legal questions surrounding the nature of the Federal Reserve
  • Ep 33 [1/2]: Mark Collins: A rigorous journey from white nationalism, rage, and ALS, to MMT.
    • Snippet: Mark Collins: White nationalism, sociopathy, socialism, and adult status
    • Snippet: Mark Collins talks about Bernie Sanders.
  • Ep 34 [2/2]: Mark Collins: Some of the puzzle pieces have been intentionally turned over.
    • Snippet: Mark Collins: The order of operations, the gold standard, and Steve Grumbine
    • Snippet: Mark Collins: Securitization, not borrowing (with Randy Wray)
  • [NOT MMT]: An attempt to remotely-hack my computer via a scam phone call.
  • Episodes 35 and 36: Virginia Cotts: A conversation about economics and politics
  • Episodes 37 and 38: Dan Sullivan: “You don’t punish banks. The banks punish you.” (Monetary Reform vs MMT) (related post: Monetary Reform and Positive Money (and comparing them to MMT)
  • [ACADEMIC] 39 and 40: Clint Ballinger: The funding is the decision to do it. (Plus: bonds suck) (Clint is an academic but not directly of MMT) (related post: Monetary Reform and Positive Money (and comparing them to MMT))
  • [ACADEMIC] Ep 41 [1/2]: Joe Firestone talks about Joe Firestone and how he discovered MMT
  • [ACADEMIC] Ep 42 [2/2]: Joe Firestone: ELI5: What it means for the Federal Reserve to “defend its interest rate.”
  • Ep43: Andrea Grainger: The dark reality of climate change, and surviving a mainstream college degree.
    • Snippet: How Fred Lee’s History of Heterodox changed me and my podcast
  • [ACADEMIC] Ep 44[1/3]: John Harvey on John Harvey, discrimination, and aliens.
  • [ACADEMIC] Episodes 45 and 46: John Harvey on inflation: mainstream versus Post Keynesian (and the MMT job guarantee)
  • Ep 47 [1/2]: Ramona Massachi: Spirituality, Judaism, and MMT.
  • Ep 48 [2/2]: Ramona Massachi: Introducing dozens of federal candidates to MMT (and the too many who don’t move on)
  • [ACADEMIC] Ep 49 [1/5]: Mat Forstater: On Mat Forstater and the challenges of being heterodox.
  • [ACADEMIC] Ep 50 [2/5]: Mat Forstater: How millions at the bottom are disappeared by unemployment statistics.
  • Ep 51: Amber Griego: The job guarantee transformed a desert into the Land of a Thousand Wineries (plus kindness)
  • [ACADEMIC] Ep 52 [1/2]: L. Randall Wray: The story before the story (of MMT) (plus congressional testimony)
  • [ACADEMIC] Ep 53 [2/2]: L. Randall Wray: The KC approach to MMT (and the real meaning of “productivity”)
  • Ep 54 [1/2] Sam Hollenbeck: Mass suffering is endured by real people, not mere statistics
  • Ep 55 [2/2] Sam Hollenbeck: How do you introduce MMT to those who are struggling right now?
  • [ACADEMIC] Ep 56 [1/2]: Asad Zaman: Realizing your entire career is a sham after thirty years.
  • [ACADEMIC] Ep 57 [2/2]: Asad Zaman: Win or lose, MMT is on the side of the angels.
  • [ACADEMIC] Episodes 58 and 59: Jim Kavanagh: A Marxist academic and MMTer.
  • [ACADEMIC] Ep 60 [3/5]: Mat Forstater: Tales from the history of MMT.
  • [ACADEMIC] Ep 61 [4/5]: Mat Forstater: The Pavlina Tcherneva origin story (and other tales from the history of MMT).
  • [ACADEMIC] Ep 62 [5/5]: Mat Forstater: More tales from the history of MMT.
  • [ACADEMIC] Ep 63 [6/5]: Mathew Forstater: The purpose of MMT, and the second law of thermodynamics..
  • Ep 64 [1/2]: Hannah Judson: Beginning an MMT-adjacent sociology PhD. at Stonybrook.
  • Ep 65 [2/2]: Ep 65 [2/2] Hanna Judson: Mental illness, anxiety, and MMT.
  • [ACADEMIC] Ep66 [1/2, 3/4]: Dirk Ehnts & Asker Voldsgaard: Good-faith criticism of MMT (and their fatally-flawed assumptions)
  • [ACADEMIC] Ep67 [1/2, 2/4]: Sam Levey: The core assumptions of mainstream economics (plus an update on Sam’s Phd.)
  • [ACADEMIC] Ep68 [2/2, 3/4]: Sam Levey: The core assumptions of mainstream economics
  • [ACADEMIC] Ep 69 [2/2, 4/4]: Dirk Ehnts and Asker Voldsgaard: Political economy (saving economics, economics education, and ourselves)
  • Ep 70 [1/2]: Jane Ball: The problems with mainstream Marxism.
  • Ep 71 [2/2]: Jane Ball: Government-designed racist zoning to prevent popular uprising
  • [ACADEMIC] Ep 72 [1/2]: John Harvey: The Battle of the Bulge (and the nitty gritty of Exchange Rate Determination)
  • [ACADEMIC] Ep 73 [2/2]: John Harvey: The nitty gritty of exchange Rate Determination
  • Ep74 [1/2]: Chris McArdle: The politics of implementing the job guarantee.
  • Ep75 [2/2]: Chris McArdle: MMT isn’t the truth, its *convincing* (plus online activism)
  • Ep76 [1/2]: Bill Peeples: Accounting, and the story you want to tell
  • Ep77 [2/2]: Bill Peeples: Accounting, and the story you want to tell
  • Episodes 78 and 79: Katrina Pilver: MMT for Newbies
  • Ep80 [1/2]: Andrew Chirgwin: Economics that stays in its lane (and the end of the world)
  • Ep81 [2/2]: Andrew Chirgwin: The end of the world (economics that stays in its lane)
  • Ep82 [1/1, 1/7]: Richard Tye: The history of the U.K. Exchequer (and interdisciplinarity)
  • Ep83 [1/2, 2/7]: Andy Berkeley: Palestine and piano [NOT MMT]
  • Ep84 [2/2, 3/7]: Andy Berkeley: Confirming the theory applies to the real world.
  • Ep85 [1/2, 4/7]: How Neil Wilson came to MMT (and Reddit).
  • Ep86 [2/2, 5/7]: Neil Wilson: Real-world economics requires understanding dynamics.
  • [ACADEMIC] Episodes 87 and 88: An Accounting Model of the U.K. Exchequer.
  • Episodes 89 and 90: Brian Hanley: The False Premises and Promises of Bitcoin.
  • [ACADEMIC] Ep91[1/2]: Fadhel Kaboub: From childhood to parenthood
  • [ACADEMIC] Ep92[2/2]: Fadhel Kaboub: Bob Marley and MMT
  • 93 and 94: Esha, me, Lenin, and MMT
  • MMT candidate 01: Jason Call in Washington State’s 2nd Congressional district
  • Ep96: Graham Elwood: Discussing debt ceiling and #MintTheCoin (as a guest on his show)
  • MMT candidate 02: Imani Oakley: for New Jersey’s 10th Congressional district
  • Ep96 [1/2]: Ramona Massachi: Discussing 2022 and MMT candidates (and our new interview series!)
  • MMT candidate 03: Neal Walia for Colorado’s first Congressional district
  • Ep97 [2/2]: Ramona Massachi: We are in this together, whether we like it or not.
  • Episodes 98 and 99: Bill Brennan: Bridgegate, running for governor, and MMT
  • MMT candidate 04: Stephanie Gallardo for Washington state’s ninth Congressional district