Upstream Podcast Series

Founded in 2016, Upstream is a radio documentary and interview series offering themed episodes that explore a variety of topics on our tumultuous and thrilling 21st-century economy. Through a mixture of heartfelt stories, expert interviews, and rich sound design, we challenge traditional assumptions and invite our listeners to imagine what a democratic, just, and sustainable economy might look like.

A Two Part series on Workers Cooperatives from the fabulous Upstream Team.

The 21st century has seen an explosion in Worker Cooperatives—particularly since capitalism’s 2008 crisis. In Part 1 of this 2-part series, we’ll explore how worker co-ops present a radically different kind of ownership and management structure—one that has the power to bring democracy into the workplace and into the economy as a whole. We’ll take a deep dive into the cooperatively owned and run bike/skate shop Rich City Rides, exploring how they have created a community hub that puts racial & economic justice front and center.


Two Part series from Season 2 exploring the ideas and debates on the  Universal Basic Income.

What if everybody was given a monthly check, just for being alive? No strings attached. Sounds crazy, right? Well, not as crazy as you might think. In fact, it’s already happened in some places. And it’s being experimented with in many more as we speak. The idea is called universal basic income. As you might imagine, it’s a pretty contentious topic. There is a lot of debate around how much it would be, who would get it, where the money would come from, and even whether it’s a good idea in the first place.

We explore these questions in this episode, as we also explore some of the bigger, deeper issues tied to this radical concept. What might be some of the unintended, systemic consequences of a universal basic income? What effect would it have on the future of work? Would civilization fall apart because everyone would just hang out on their couch all day? These are just a few of the themes we’ll get into in this first of our 2-part series on universal basic income.