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57 minutes | Jul 19, 2018
Trump's Poverty Denial
Almost immediately after President Trump announced the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, his administration sent out a list of talking points to business-friendly surrogates. Headlined “Judge Brett Kavanaugh On Overregulation,” it elaborated how Kavanaugh “protects American businesses from job-killing regulation.” That pleasant pablum disguises what Kavanaugh really thinks of regulations protecting all of us. So writes Helaine Olen, in a column for the Washington Post’s PostPartisan blog. She joins the show to unpack what Kavanaugh’s deregulatory ideology could mean for workers — and consumers — should he join the high court. Later in the show, amid the ongoing Farm Bill debate, which has nutrition assistance for some 2 million Americans squarely in the cross-hairs, another threat to struggling families’ nutrition is largely flying under the radar. Last week it came to light that a program that enables low-income families to purchase fresh produce at farmers markets with their SNAP benefits is in jeopardy — due to a change in contractors initiated by the Trump administration, which is raising all kinds of red flags. To unpack what’s going on — and what’s at stake for families struggling to put food on the table — Rebecca speaks with Jane Black, one of the reporters who broke the story for the Washington Post. But first… Move over, climate change. Late last week, the White House issued a sweeping denial of poverty. A major report released by Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers brazenly declared the War on Poverty “largely over and a success.” As Rebecca and Jeremy explain, the report is literally page after page of gaslighting the very real hardship faced by tens of millions of Americans struggling to afford food, housing, health care and more — all for the purpose of justifying Trump’s quest to dismantle Medicaid, nutrition assistance, and other programs that help families get by (to pay for his millionaire tax cuts). PLUS: More evidence that workers’ wages are down, 6 months after Trump’s tax law took effect; Amazon Prime Day strikes; President Obama calls for a Universal Basic Income; and other news of the week, ICYMI.
62 minutes | Jul 13, 2018
Family Poverty is Not Child Neglect
Families aren’t just being separated at the border. Every day, parents in communities across the U.S. have their children taken from them as punishment simply for being poor, under the guise of protecting children from neglect. Congresswoman Gwen Moore knows what this is like from personal experience—she battled to retain custody of her oldest daughter, while she was struggling to make ends meet as a young mother. Recently, she introduced legislation to stop other families from being separated for the crime of being poor. Rebecca speaks with the Congresswoman about her own experience being punished for her poverty—and about her new bill. Later in the show, wage theft is often viewed as a civil issue. But the Manhattan District Attorney’s office has taken it on as a major priority for criminal prosecutions—and with a focus on construction workers, as part of a larger initiative to protect and fight for a group of workers who don’t just risk their lives in some of the most dangerous working conditions… but can also be left wondering if they’ll even get paid. To hear more about how some of New York City’s top law enforcement officials are taking the fight on behalf of the city’s construction workers to the courtroom, Rebecca speaks with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance and Hilda Lin Colon, the coordinator of the Construction Fraud Task Force. But first, what’s at stake for low-income workers and families if Brett Kavanaugh gets confirmed to the Supreme Court; good news out of Kentucky (for now) on Medicaid; DC Council introduces a bill to overturn the will of the voters by repealing Initiative 77, the minimum wage increase for tipped workers that passed last month; Jeremy gets engaged (!!); and other news of the week ICYMI.
68 minutes | Jul 2, 2018
Last week, SCOTUS wrapped up its term, and its last round of decisions was a doozy. But the horror show wasn’t limited to the final batch of cases it decided, from Janus to the Muslim Ban and more. It was capped off by the sudden announcement that Justice Anthony Kennedy is stepping down, leaving Donald Trump to name his replacement. To unpack what this means for… basically everything, Rebecca sat down with Ian Millhiser, justice editor at ThinkProgress and Off-Kilter’s SCOTUS correspondent (and Will had to bleep out roughly a third of what they said). And later on the show, since the 2016 election, when white working class voters swept Donald Trump into office in the hopes that he’d save or bring back their jobs, the president has broken essentially every campaign promise he made to the so-called forgotten man and forgotten woman, instead focusing on passing tax cuts for millionaires paid for by cuts to the programs that support working people. It’s no secret that the American people want the opposite of this: an increase in the poverty-level minimum wage, universal healthcare, paid leave and childcare, and so many other central planks of the progressive agenda. Rebecca’s theory, as listeners of this show know, is that this is precisely what’s driving the GOP focus on so-called “work requirements” – as an attempt to distract the American people from an unpopular agenda through age-old divide and conquer tactics. To discuss how Democrats can move from fighting harmful cuts to reframing the entire conversation on how the economy is only working for the wealthy few, Rebecca spoke with Congressman Joe Kennedy, a Democrat representing the 4th district of Massachusetts. Sorry folks, no ICYMI news roundup this week with folks out for July 4th. (Hey, you’re lucky you’re getting an episode this week at all!) But don’t worry, Jeremy and ICYMI will both be back next week.
63 minutes | Jun 28, 2018
This week on Off-Kilter, over the past 40 days, more than 2,000 people have been arrested across the country as part of nonviolent civil disobedience through the Poor People’s Campaign. Many of those activists came to DC this past Saturday to mark the completion of the campaign’s first phase as it continues the work that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others who founded the original Poor People’s Campaign began 50 years ago. Rebecca talks with Greg Kaufmann, editor in chief of TalkPoverty.org, about the activists fueling this growing movement and where it goes from here. Next, this week marks the 80th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which put in place the first-ever federal minimum wage and much more. But 80 years later, key parts of the law remain unchanged—including an obscure provision that allows people with disabilities to be paid pennies on the dollar for their labor. For a look at the history of the Fair Labor Standards Act—and how 80 years on, it’s still leaving workers with disabilities behind—Rebecca speaks with Rabia Belt, an assistant professor of law at Stanford Law School. Later in the show, as June comes to a close, another Pride month is wrapping up. But the celebrations in places like San Francisco and New York look very different from those in places like rural Mississippi. In a state that helped put Mike Pence and his ideology into the White House, people like painter Jonathan Kent Adams are still finding ways to celebrate themselves and their communities. Rebecca (joined by David Ballard, one of Off-Kilter’s producers, in his on-air debut) talk with Jonathan about how he uses art as a tool for LGBTQ activism, what it was like growing up gay in rural Mississippi—and what marking Pride in the era of Trump looks like there. But first, the Supreme Court continues its all-out assault on workers with the Janus decision; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rides to victory running on a platform of universal health care, abolishing ICE, and more; Michigan Governor Snyder signs a cruel bill putting 700,000 Michiganders’ Medicaid at risk; and in a rare piece of good news, the Clean Slate Act—first-of-its-kind legislation to enable people with minor criminal records to have their records automatically sealed once they’ve remained crime-free—becomes law in Pennsylvania; and more… Jeremy Slevin returns to unpack the news of the week ICYMI.
63 minutes | Jun 21, 2018
This week on Off-Kilter, as the public outcry around Trump’s policy of separating families at the border continues to mount, a group of lawmakers went down to south Texas to see the detention camps where children as young as age 5 are being kept in cages. Rebecca talks with Wisconsin Congressman Mark Pocan about the horrific conditions in the camps and how Trump’s executive order doesn’t come anywhere close to ending the horror show on the border. Later in the show, DC voters this week approved Initiative 77 to raise the minimum wage for tipped workers to $15 an hour. But now DC Council is signaling it may override the will of the voters and stop the measure from taking effect. Rebecca speaks with Thea Bryan, a DC bartender who’s been supporting the measure, about how it will help her and other tipped workers—and why more workers in support haven’t been speaking out. (Spoiler: many are afraid of retaliation, and for good reason—Thea herself lost her job after she spoke out.) And finally, with June marking LGBT Pride Month—well, for everyone but Donald Trump, who declined to recognize Pride for the second year in a row—Rebecca sits down with Sarah McBride, national press secretary at the Human Rights Campaign and author of Tomorrow Will Be Different, about what it’s like to celebrate pride in the Trump era. But first, with all eyes on the crisis at the border, House Republicans are trying to ram through a whole slew of horrors including another attempt at passing their cruel Farm Bill and yet another zombie health care repeal effort. Plus: new information on what may have driven the U.S.’s withdrawal from the Human Rights Council; Trump unveils his plan to reorganize the federal government, including slapping a dog whistle on the doors of HHS, and more, as Jeremy Slevin returns with the news of the week in a doozy of an installment of In Case You Missed It. This week’s guests: Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI) Thea Bryan, DC bartender supporting Initiative 77 (who’s about to graduate with a master’s in social work and looking for a job!!) Sarah McBride, national press secretary at the Human Rights Campaign and author of Tomorrow Will Be Different Jeremy Slevin, director of antipoverty advocacy at the Center for American Progress (and faithful sidekick)
64 minutes | Jun 14, 2018
Out of Reach
This week on Off-Kilter, a new report sheds horrifying new light on the state of the nationwide affordable housing crisis. A minimum wage worker earning $7.25 an hour would need to work a staggering 122 hours per week, literally all 52 weeks of the year — the equivalent of three full time jobs — to afford a two bedroom apartment at fair market rent. Rebecca speaks with Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, about the new report “Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing.” Later in the show, while Trump and Congressional Republicans actively seek to exacerbate the affordable housing crisis, some states and cities are taking matters into their own hands. Rebecca sits down with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock to hear how Denver’s tackling their affordable housing crisis and working to curb chronic homelessness. And finally, it’s no secret the Trump tax law that took effect earlier this year is already worsening inequality in the U.S. But it’s also a recipe for massively exacerbating racial inequality — and even mass incarceration. Rebecca talks with Darrick Hamilton and Michael Linden, both fellows at the Roosevelt Institute, about how “hidden rules of race are embedded in the new tax law.” But first: concentration camps for kids; how Trump’s plan to reorganize the federal government is just his latest effort to redefine everything from childcare to health insurance as “welfare”; what you’re not hearing about the Trump economy: wages FELL last year (!); momentum grows for expanding paid leave to include chosen family; and more — as Jeremy Slevin, aka your beloved Slevinator, returns with the news of the week ICYMI (and an even longer beard than last week).
61 minutes | Jun 7, 2018
U.N. v. Trump
This week on Off-Kilter, while Trump spent much of the week crowing about how he’s to thank for the so-called “best economy ever,” the United Nations released a scathing indictment of poverty and inequality in the U.S., finding that for all but the richest, “the American Dream is rapidly becoming the American illusion.” The report’s findings are damning and specifically call out Trump and the GOP for lavishing massive tax breaks on the wealthiest while 5.3 Americans live in “third world conditions of absolute poverty.” Rebecca speaks with Philip Alston, the U.N. special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, who authored the fiery report. Later in the show, ride-hailing corporations like Uber and Lyft have adopted the dirty tactics of the gun and tobacco industries to buy political influence and override local policies intended to protect consumers and drivers. In 2016, Uber and Lyft deployed a whopping 370 lobbyists around the country—more than Amazon, Microsoft, and Walmart combined. To unpack how Uber and Lyft have rewritten state laws in a staggering 41 states to benefit their own bottom lines at the expense of their drivers and consumers, Rebecca talks with Rebecca Smith, director of work structures at the National Employment Law Project, and one of the authors of the recent report, “Uber State Interference: How TNCs (Transportation Network Companies) Buy, Bully, and Bamboozle Their Way to Deregulation.” But first, Michigan passes a slightly less racist but still awful bill jeopardizing Medicaid for 350,000 Michiganders; the story behind the “Save Our Tips” signs all over D.C.; the return of the Equal Rights Amendment; why did Trump try to hide the Social Security and Medicare Trustees Report? and more. Jeremy Slevin returns with the news of the week in poverty and inequality, In Case You Missed It.
71 minutes | May 31, 2018
Separated at the Border
This week on Off-Kilter, it’s midterm season — the time when members of Congress come home to their districts to tell their constituents just how hard they’ve been fighting for them, and why they should send them back to Washington. For a look ahead to the upcoming midterms — and a sneak peek at how Indivisible is working to bring change to Washington by supporting activists-turned-candidates taking on GOP incumbents through the “Indivisible 435” campaign launched earlier this week — Rebecca talks with Indivisible’s Chad Bolt. Next: One month after the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination, a group of faith leaders resuscitated the civil rights icon’s final project by launching the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. You’re probably familiar with campaign co-chair Reverend William Barber II from his leadership of the Moral Mondays movement. But less well known is his co-chair, the Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis, who has spent the past two decades working as an organizer with groups led by people in poverty, such as the National Welfare Rights Union and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Rebecca speaks with Rev. Dr. Theoharis about what’s behind the campaign — and how it’s trying to change the narrative on poverty in the U.S. Later in the show: TalkPoverty.org broke the story last week that Ohio is hoarding over half a billion dollars in unspent funds for poor families — and how when a bipartisan group of 70 rural mayors asked to use just a small portion of it to help struggling Ohioans afford their water bills… the state said no. Rebecca talks with Jack Frech, who spent nearly four decades working in an Ohio welfare office, as a caseworker and ultimately as itsdirector, to get the skinny on what’s going on in Ohio. But first: With horrifying immigration stories dominating the headlines, from families being separated at the border to people dying in ICE custody, Rebecca and Jeremy bring in a ringer — Claudia Flores, immigration campaign manager at the Center for American Progress Action Fund — for a special all-immigration edition of In Case You Missed It.
58 minutes | May 24, 2018
Neil Gorsuch Just Legalized Wage Theft
Earlier this week, Neil Gorsuch and the rest of the conservative majority on the Supreme Court dealt yet another devastating blow to workers — and a huge boon to large corporations — in a 5–4 decision that effectively strips workers of their rights to sue their employers via class action lawsuits, and even allows employers to keep workers out of the courtroom altogether. To unpack the Epic Systems v. Lewis case — and get a sneak peek at what we can expect from the upcoming decisions dropping in June — Rebecca talks with Ian Millhiser, justice editor at ThinkProgress and author of Injustices: the Supreme Court’s History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted. Next, on last week’s show, as part of the In Case You Missed It segment up top, Rebecca and Jeremy mentioned a heartbreaking new report highlighting terrifying racial disparities in maternal and infant health. Among its findings: Black women in the U.S., regardless of wealth or educational background, are three to four times more likely to die during or after childbirth; black babies are twice as likely to die in infancy as their white, non-Hispanic counterparts — and “the environment that racism built” is a big part of the story. For a deeper dive into how environmental racism is killing black moms and babies, Rebecca is joined by Rejane Frederick, an expert on social determinants of health at the Center for American Progress, and the author of the recent report, “The Environment That Racism Built.” But first, how resistance killed the House #GOPFarmBill, nearly half of U.S. households are struggling to afford basics like food, housing, and medical care, the sinkhole on the White House lawn, and other poverty news of the week in another installment of In Case You Missed It.
62 minutes | Feb 17, 2017
Taking Trump to School #80
TalkPoverty Radio relaunched as Off-Kilter. Listen to new episodes of the show on Soundcloud, and follow the show on Facebook and Twitter. With Black History Month in full swing, Dr. Blair LM Kelley—an historian who focuses on African-American social movements—gives President Trump a much-needed history lesson, and explains what today’s activists can learn from resistance movements of years past. Next, Catherine Brown of the Center for American Progress breaks down what Betsy DeVos, freshly confirmed as Secretary of Education, means for the future of U.S. education policy. Lastly, Mike Konczal of the Roosevelt Institute joins to unpack Trump’s war on consumer financial protections. But first, Jeremy Slevin returns with the best and worst news of the week—and Rebecca unveils a big announcement from the TalkPoverty Radio team. Follow this week’s guests on Twitter: Blair LM Kelley: @profblmkelley Catherine Brown: @Catbrown66 Mike Konczal: @rortybomb Jeremy Slevin: @jeremyslevin
64 minutes | Feb 10, 2017
Galentine’s Day #79
TalkPoverty Radio relaunched as Off-Kilter. Listen to new episodes of the show on Soundcloud, and follow the show on Facebook and Twitter. This week, we channel our inner Leslie Knope to celebrate what’s important in life: friends, waffles, and work. That’s right: it’s Galentine’s Day, and CAP lady economist Kate Bahn, who has written extensively on the economics of online dating, joins Rebecca as co-host. Our first Galentine is Moira Weigel, author of Labor of Love, who walks us through the history of courtship. Next up, Dr. Judith Kegan Gardiner, who is an expert on female friendship, breaks down how non-romantic relationships between women have changed over time. Finally, Angela Nikey and Tianna Gaines-Turner—advocates from the organization Witnesses to Hunger—discuss how their friendship with each other supports their activism in the Trump era. But first, we are joined by three coworkers to celebrate the role of female friendships in the workplace. Follow this week’s guests on Twitter: Kate Bahn: @LipstickEcon Moira Weigel: @moiragweigel Angela Nikey: @platinumnike1 Tianna Turner: @Niambi_79 Angela Hanks: @AngelaHanks Constance Torian: @Ceee_Teee Audrey Juarez-Rubio: @funkybadness
58 minutes | Feb 2, 2017
TalkPoverty Radio relaunched as Off-Kilter. Listen to new episodes of the show on Soundcloud, and follow the show on Facebook and Twitter. Last weekend, President Donald Trump issued executive orders that block people from certain majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S.—proving that he intends to follow through on his most extreme campaign promises. Jose Antonio Vargas—journalist, filmmaker, and immigration rights activist—joins the show to talk about the administrative actions. Then, Eric Boehlert, a Senior Fellow for Media Matters, breaks down how we can keep our eye on the ball despite living in Trump’s era of “alternative facts.” But first, Ian Millhiser, the Justice Editor for ThinkProgress, explains what we can expect from Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch. Follow this week’s guests on Twitter: Ian Millhiser: @imillhiser Jose Antonio Vargas: @joseiswriting Eric boehlert: @EricBoehlert
60 minutes | Jan 27, 2017
Keep Calm and March On #77
TalkPoverty Radio relaunched as Off-Kilter. Listen to new episodes of the show on Soundcloud, and follow the show on Facebook and Twitter. It started as a small idea on Facebook that’s now ballooned into a world-wide call to arms. But how can we harness the energy from the Women’s March and channel it into a broad-based movement? Michelle Taylor, the manager for Witnesses to Hunger and one of the featured speakers at Philadelphia’s march, joins to discuss where we go from here. Next, Rebecca speaks with Micah White, co-creator of Occupy Wall Street and author of The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution, about why Occupy failed—and what we can learn from that “constructive failure.” Then, Ethan Pollack of the Aspen Institute’s Future of Work Initiative, argues for what he calls a “new capitalism,” in which workers—not just businesses—benefit. But first, Jeremy Slevin returns to highlight what you need to know this week in another installment of “In Case You Missed It.” Follow this week’s guests on Twitter: Michelle Taylor: @FeministaJones Micah White: @beingMicahWhite Ethan Pollack: @ethanpollack Jeremy Slevin: @jeremyslevin
61 minutes | Jan 20, 2017
Who Run the District? Girls. #76
TalkPoverty Radio relaunched as Off-Kilter. Listen to new episodes of the show on Soundcloud, and follow the show on Facebook and Twitter. Donald Trump has been sworn in as President of the United States—and many Americans who object to his damaging policies and hateful rhetoric are protesting. This includes women from all across the country who have descended on our nation’s capital to voice their criticisms of this new political season. Rebecca Traister, writer-at-large for New York Magazine and author of New York Times bestseller All the Single Ladies, revisits the studio to discuss women’s backlash against Trump, including the Women’s March on Washington. Then, Angela Glover Blackwell, CEO of PolicyLink, explains what she calls the curb-cut effect—the idea that programs designed to help one vulnerable group actually end up helping everybody. But first, Jeremy Slevin returns to highlight this week’s biggest stories in poverty for another installment of “In Case You Missed It.” Follow this week’s guests on Twitter: Rebecca Traister: @rtraister Angela Glover Blackwell: @agb4equity Jeremy Slevin: @jeremyslevin
59 minutes | Jan 13, 2017
The Senate Is in Sessions #75
TalkPoverty Radio relaunched as Off-Kilter. Listen to new episodes of the show on Soundcloud, and follow the show on Facebook and Twitter. There’s a lot going on in Washington this week—a lot that will have ripple effects for the fight for equality across the country. First, CAP government affairs expert and former hill staffer Ryan Collins returns to update us on where Congressional Republicans stand on their efforts to repeal Obamacare. Then, Ian Millhiser, the Justice Editor of ThinkProgress, unpacks Senator Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing—and looks at what an Attorney General Sessions would mean for justice and civil rights in the U.S. Finally, we’re joined by the Harvard Medical School professor behind a new study finding that repealing Obamacare would dramatically worsen the nation’s opioid epidemic. But first, Jeremy Slevin—sorry, “The Slevs”—gives us a run-down of the week’s biggest stories for this week’s installment of In Case You Missed It. Follow this week’s guests on Twitter: Ryan Collins: @collinsr Ian Millhiser: @imillhiser Jeremy Slevin: @jeremyslevin
61 minutes | Jan 6, 2017
Resist, Rinse, Repeat #74
TalkPoverty Radio relaunched as Off-Kilter. Listen to new episodes of the show on Soundcloud, and follow the show on Facebook and Twitter. A new year—a new government. Congressional Republicans are already making moves to take away health insurance from as many as 30 million Americans (among other things) through a technical process called “reconciliation.” Rebecca and Jeremy get help from CAP government affairs expert and former hill staffer Ryan Collins to unpack what this means and how it works. Next, Ezra Levin, one of our favorite anti-poverty policy wonks and one of the former congressional staffers behind Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Era, joins to discuss the movement rapidly taking the nation by storm. Then, Alan Pyke, Deputy Economic Policy Editor for ThinkProgress, brings us up to speed on conservative state politicians’ longstanding quest to load shopping cart rules onto food stamp recipients. But first, Jeremy Slevin returns to highlight this week’s biggest stories for another installment of “In Case You Missed It.” Follow this week’s guests on Twitter: Ryan Collins: @collinsr Ezra Levin: @ezralevin Alan Pyke: @PykeA Jeremy Slevin: @jeremyslevin
60 minutes | Dec 30, 2016
Best of 2016: Part Two #73
TalkPoverty Radio relaunched as Off-Kilter. Listen to new episodes of the show on Soundcloud, and follow the show on Facebook and Twitter. It isn’t entirely clear what’s in store for reproductive health in 2017, but it’s looking pretty bleak. (That’s why, immediately after the election, women across the country made a run on IUDs and other forms of birth control.) In the second installment of TalkPoverty Radio’s best-of series, we re-up two of our favorite interviews. First, our conversation with Rebecca Traister, writer-at-large for New York Magazine and author of New York Times bestseller All the Single Ladies, about how single women have long been an engine for social progress. Then, we revisit our interview with Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show, and the comics of Lady Parts Justice, on comedy as a tool for reproductive justice. Follow this week’s guests on Twitter: Rebecca Traister: @rtraister Lizz Winstead: @lizzwinstead Sarah Thyre: @SarahThyre Joyelle Johnson: @joyellenicole Maysoon Zayid: @maysoonzayid
60 minutes | Dec 23, 2016
Best of 2016: Part One #72
TalkPoverty Radio relaunched as Off-Kilter. Listen to new episodes of the show on Soundcloud, and follow the show on Facebook and Twitter. 2016 has been a wild ride. Progressives have celebrated some key victories—like state-level minimum wage hikes and the Supreme Court decision to strike down restrictive abortion laws—but the year has also been marked by violence, fear, and bigotry. As the country braces itself for the unclear political landscape of 2017, TalkPoverty Radio revisits some of our favorite interviews from 2016—stories that exemplify how far our country has come, and shine a light on the work still to be done. First, we re-air our interview with Matthew Desmond, whose 2016 book Evicted brings center stage how eviction is both a cause and a consequence of poverty. Next, we take a look back at our conversation with Sarah McBride—who became the first openly transgender person to address a major party convention—on the civil rights of trans folks. And finally, we revisit our conversation with Daryl Atkinson—the first-ever “Second Chance Fellow” with the Department of Justice—on how we can dismantle the barriers associated with criminal records. Follow this week’s guests on Twitter: Matthew Desmond: @just_shelter Sarah McBride: @SarahEMcBride
59 minutes | Dec 16, 2016
Senate So White #71
TalkPoverty Radio relaunched as Off-Kilter. Listen to new episodes of the show on Soundcloud, and follow the show on Facebook and Twitter. You wouldn’t know how diverse the United States is from looking at our government. This is an issue that affects members of Congress as well as their staff. Take the Senate. Of the 100 senators in the current session, only one has an African-American chief of staff. Michele Jawando, vice president of Legal Progress at the Center for American Progress, and Pat Collier, director of Government Affairs at CAP—both former Senate staffers—join the show to talk about why Senate diversity matters. Then, what is the role of the media in the age of Trump? Judd Legum, founder and editor-in-chief of ThinkProgress, joins to discuss. But first, Brandon Tensley and Greg Kaufmann bring us up to speed on what’s been going on this week in poverty. Follow this week’s guests on Twitter: Michele Jawando: @MicheleJawando Pat Collier: @PCIV Judd Legum: @JuddLegum Brandon Tensley: @BrandonTensley Greg Kaufmann: @GregKaufmann
60 minutes | Dec 9, 2016
Dakota, Interrupted #70
TalkPoverty Radio relaunched as Off-Kilter. Listen to new episodes of the show on Soundcloud, and follow the show on Facebook and Twitter. After months of intense protests, the US Army Corps of Engineers finally blocked construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline last week. Mary Kathryn Nagle, an attorney and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, explains what this victory means and what lies ahead. Next, Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza, a fellow with CAP’s Legal Progress program, and Sharon Dietrich, the litigation director of Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, discuss the state of access to justice for marginalized Americans. Finally, David Callahan, founder and editor of Inside Philanthropy, fills us in on the part played by big donors in advancing agendas that don’t always benefit Americans of modest means. But first, Jeremy Slevin returns to highlight this week’s biggest stories in poverty. Follow this week’s guests on Twitter: Mary Kathryn Nagle: @MKNAGLE Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza: @rpbp Sharon Dietrich: @SDietrich9 David Callahan: @InsidePhilanthr Jeremy Slevin: @jeremyslevin
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