EQUAL TIME is where Vermonters talk about issues ignored by the corporate media—mothers opposing toxic pollution, workers fighting for decent jobs, nurses working for health care reform, students speaking out about their education, farmers struggling against corporate agribusiness, and more.

Cut Loose: Jobless and Hopeless in an Unfair Economy

Victor Tan Chen, author of Cut Loose: Jobless and Hopeless in an Unfair Economy, is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Victor talks about how the long-term unemployed struggle in today’s unfair economy to support their families, rebuild their lives, and overcome the shame and self-blame they deal with on a daily basis.

Jacobin Magazine: a Bright Light in Dark Times

Bhaskar Sunkara, editor of Jacobin magazine discusses the growing role of Jacobin as a leading voice of the American left, offering socialist perspectives on politics, economics, and culture. Bhaskar shares thoughts about the rift between the needs and values of the Democratic Party's mass base and the Party's actual policies - reflected in the potential importance of the Sanders phenomena leading to independent movements.

Jill Stein on Why She’s Running for President

Jill Stein is campaigning as a Green Party candidate for the 2016 presidential race. She says we need real solutions for the economic, social and environmental crises we face. But the broken political system is only making things worse. It's time to build a people's movement to end unemployment and poverty; avert climate catastrophe; build a sustainable, just economy; and recognize the dignity and human rights of every person.

Bernie Sanders & Working Class Politics

Andy Moxley, a supporter of Socialist Alternative, explains that the biggest audience for building support for independent working class politics is the millions of workers and youth gravitating around the Bernie Sanders campaign. Yet Sanders’ decision to run as a Democrat and the anger at big business that he is giving voice to – is the basis of the deep contradiction running throughout the Sanders campaign.

Greek Defiance & the Struggle Ahead

Lee Sustar explains why the European rulers and International Monetary Fund are determined to keep squeezing Greece despite the referendum's overwhelming"no" vote to the austerity measures demanded by European authorities in exchange for financial support. The European Central Bank has pushed the Greek banking system deeper into crisis, while European Union officials continue to press Greece for deeper cutbacks and concessions.