Founded in 2016, Upstream is a radio documentary and interview series offering themed episodes that explore a wide variety of topics pertaining to 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.

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Della Z Duncan

Host | Producer

Della is a Renegade Economist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is an Atlantic Fellow of Social and Economic Equity at the International Inequalities Institute at LSE, a Right Livelihood Coach, former student and Faculty member of the MA Economics for Transition program at Schumacher College, and an Alternative Economics Teacher and Consultant.

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Robert Ramin Raymond

Creative Director | Producer

Robert is a writer, audio engineer, and musician splitting his time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Vermont. He is passionate about exploring the intersections of sound design, storytelling, and eco-socialist principles to help ease our way out of these tumultuous times.

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Emmanuel Brown


Emmanuel  is a volunteer who helps conduct research for the podcast. He is fascinated by all things alternative economics. Living in Durham, NC, he also volunteers for Circular Triangle

"Upstream is where you go to understand the root cause of a problem.  This approach is exactly what Upstream—the radio documentary—takes in regards to our broken economy.  It is from this source that one can discover systemic solutions to systemic problems.  Upstream is unique, refreshing, and inspiring exactly for this reason."
Neal Gorenflo, Co-founder of Shareable

"What its champions romanticize as 'the sharing economy' is a disguised form of exploitation and self exploitation by the masters of our new order of "flexible" neoliberal capitalism. Upstream's richly detailed, informative, and entertaining podcast "The Sharing Economy?" helps to unmask the masquerade."


Steve Fraser, author of Every Man a Speculator: A History of Wall Street in American Life, and, most recently, The Age of Acquiescence


"After half a century of uncritical celebration of capitalism, profound criticisms and explorations of systemic alternatives are emerging. Barely beginning in academia, mainstream politics and mainstream media, it is exploding creatively in alternative media including podcasts like Upstream—with new, original and urgently needed thinking."


Richard D. Wolff, host of Economic Update and founder of Democracy at Work


"With gorgeous editing and music; a calm, comfortable tone; and brilliant, sharp analysis of economic systems, Upstream sets the blueprint for what economics podcasts should be."
Wil Williams, Wil Williams Podcast Reviews
"The amazing team at Upstream podcast have pulled together the most brilliant walk through 'Economics' as we live it, rather than how we theorise it. Facts and theories aren't lacking, but they're not used at a distance; in other words, I'm sharing this with you because I think it will resonate... 'I'm sharing it in case it can add rocket fuel to ways you are already living or working, or as an extra motivator to pursue the economy you want to see. I imagine some of you will have found your way to it already, but I didn't want to risk you missing it!"

-Lydia Catterall, artist, collaborator, listener, researcher + connector based in Leeds, UK
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Elliana (Elle) Bisgaard-Church


Elle is a volunteer, who recently obtained her MPA in urban and social policy from Columbia's SIPA and the London School of Economics. She is passionate about rewriting the assumptions made by traditional economics and creating structures and policies that fundamentally shift power and build communal wealth and wellbeing.

“The stories, ideas, and inequalities that Upstream has illuminated have awakened a fervor in me...a deeper desire for change. My roommates and I are starting a monthly dinner/discussion that centers around your podcast.”
Rachel, an Upstream listener
“The two excellent Upstream episodes on Universal Basic Income are the perfect introduction to the idea of unconditional monthly payments to individuals to support freedom and economic security. With input from a panel of distinguished and knowledgeable experts, these Upstream podcasts challenge listeners to rethink their perspectives on the future of labor, value, and the very nature of capitalism itself.” 
Kristen Ghodsee, author of Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence

"50 years ago, the uprisings of 1968 produced new media, such as Liberation in France, or Democracy Now! in the US, reflecting the new culture and forms of awareness that were bursting forth. Today, the emerging commons and other transition formats need to go beyond the social media, and find a breakthrough to broader masses, using high quality professional expression. Upstream is one of the best candidates for breaking through to the next level."


Michel Bauwens, peer-to-peer theorist, writer, researcher


"The combination of storytelling and economic analysis is where Upstream excels. Their episodes are powerful because they are successful at breathing life into an otherwise cold and incomprehensible economic system. Their ability to blur the lines between the field of economics and the art of storytelling leaves you unsuspecting of the fact that you’re actually listening to a podcast categorized under 'economics.'"
- Laurie Walmsley, Podcast