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Critical Value is a podcast from the Urban Institute that explores issues of significance for research, policy, and people. We talk with experts and highlight the best available data and evidence to elevate the debate on topics that matter.

Critical Value is a podcast from the Urban Institute that explores issues of significance for research, policy, and people. We talk with experts and highlight the best available data and evidence to elevate the debate on topics that matter.
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Critical Value is a podcast from the Urban Institute that explores issues of significance for research, policy, and people. We talk with experts and highlight the best available data and evidence to elevate the debate on topics that matter.

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Your Summertime Reading List!

8/5/2019
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Hey y’all, as the Fresh Prince once said, it is now: summer, summer, summertime! And what better way to take advantage than a dive into our summer reading list made just for you? On this episode, you’ll hear from various Urban staff about the books that can keep you company during these sunny summer days. Take a peek at the list below to see what nonfiction and fiction novels are the most compelling reads of the season (according to us). Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much The...

Duration:00:17:52

Raising the Income Floor for American Workers

7/22/2019
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Despite a growing economy, financial instability and economic anxiety have many Americans in a financial rut. Host Justin Milner talks with Chris Hughes of the Economic Security Project and researchers Elaine Maag and Len Burman from the Tax Policy Center about expanding and redesigning the Earned Income Tax Credit to provide a basic level of economic security for all working individuals. Related resources: Economic Security Project Tax Policy Center Expanding the Earned Income Tax...

Duration:00:20:42

The Gathering Storm of Student Loans

6/26/2019
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It’s no secret that our nation’s total student loan debt has grown exponentially in recent years. Why is overall debt increasing? When is taking on student loan debt a good idea? And what are some emerging proposals to fix our growing debt balance? Host Justin Milner talks with Urban Institute researcher Matt Chingos about the balance of access to higher education and risk that comes with student loan borrowing.

Duration:00:18:38

Research in the Next 50 Years

6/11/2019
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The Urban Institute recently marked its 50th birthday. To celebrate, we hosted an event thinking about the role of research to support changemakers for the next five decades. Host Justin Milner talks with Urban Institute president Sarah Rosen Wartell and preeminent leaders from different sectors about key challenges facing our society and the way forward. Related links: Next50 Changemaker Forum

Duration:00:22:08

Bold Solutions to Improve Financial Well-Being

5/20/2019
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What policies could better lead to financial security for all Americans? Host Justin Milner discusses airhorn-worthy solutions like universal basic income, guaranteed jobs, and revamping social insurance with researchers Caroline Ratcliffe and Caleb Quakenbush. Related links: Next50 Catalyst Brief: Financial Well-Being

Duration:00:21:31

Lifelong Learning in a Changing Labor Market

5/6/2019
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The class of 2019 is facing an ever-changing job market. How can we best prepare people with the skills they’ll need to join the workforce of tomorrow? And how do we figure out which skills employers actually want? Urban Institute researcher Shayne Spaulding and host Justin Milner discuss a reimagined postsecondary education and training system that would provide people with what they need throughout their entire working lives. Related links: Next50 Catalyst Brief: Lifelong Learning

Duration:00:17:56

What is Philanthropy’s Role in Cities?

4/22/2019
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What role can philanthropy play in making cities more equitable, so that people have a real say in how dollars flow into their communities? Host Justin Milner discusses philanthropy’s increasingly central role with Rip Rapson, president of the Kresge Foundation. Related links: The Shared Prosperity Partnership

Duration:00:20:28

How Denver Is Breaking the Homelessness-Jail Cycle, Part 2

4/3/2019
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Denver, Colorado adopted an uncommon approach, called pay for success, to address chronic homelessness. In the second of two episodes, host Justin Milner discusses how this collaborative project is playing out on the ground – and explores the evidence to see if it’s working. Related links: Starting with Stability: How Denver Is Breaking the Homelessness-Jail Cycle

Duration:00:19:21

How Denver Is Breaking the Homelessness-Jail Cycle, Part I

3/20/2019
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Denver, Colorado is tackling chronic homelessness in an innovative way. The city is bringing together service providers, city officials, and others to focus on a single goal: getting people who are chronically homeless into housing and off the streets for good. In the first of two episodes, host Justin Milner takes a close look at this unique approach. Related links: Starting with Stability: How Denver Is Breaking the Homelessness-Jail Cycle

Duration:00:20:53

The Green New Deal

3/11/2019
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If you have been listening to the news lately, three words may have jumped out at you: Green New Deal. So what’s it all about? In this episode, host Justin Milner talks with Urban Institute experts Carlos Martín and Christin Durham about what we know and don’t know about this proposal and how the evidence can play into the discussion. Related links: “A Green New Deal” sets a high bar for environmental economic change and justice

Duration:00:17:53

The Wealth Gap (Redux)

2/21/2019
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The US economy seems to be in good health, but wealth inequality is something we continue to talk a lot about these days. In a return to an episode from last year, host Justin Milner talks to Urban Institute expert Signe-Mary McKernan about the growing gap between rich and poor and the difference between wealth and income.

Duration:00:18:03

The First Step Act

2/7/2019
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In late 2018, Congress passed the first major criminal justice reform legislation in nearly a decade. So what is the First Step Act, and how will it impact the federal prison population? Host Justin Milner talks with researchers Nancy La Vigne and Julie Samuels from Urban’s Justice Policy Center and Matthew Charles, who has spent years studying sentencing law and is one of the first people to be released from prison thanks to the First Step Act.

Duration:00:23:49

How Secure Is Employment at Older Ages?

1/24/2019
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People are now working longer and later in life – but new research shows that older workers are increasingly pushed out of longtime jobs. Host Justin Milner sits down with retirement expert Richard Johnson and ProPublica contributing reporter Peter Gosselin to talk about the landscape of the labor market and barriers facing older workers. Related links: How Secure Is Employment at Older Ages? If You’re Over 50, Chances Are the Decision to Leave a Job Won’t be Yours

Duration:00:16:33

Rethinking Long Prison Terms (Redux)

1/4/2019
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Over the past few decades, people have been spending more time in prison, and the lengthiest prison terms have been getting even longer. In a return to our first-ever episode, host Justin Milner sits down with researcher Ryan King to discuss the policies behind the problem. This episode features the voices of people who have served long prison terms, through audio excerpts from Urban’s interactive feature “A Matter of Time.”

Duration:00:17:55

Creating A Culture of Giving

12/19/2018
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Year-end giving is a big deal to nonprofits around the country -- but the landscape of charitable giving is changing, as technology and social media in particular are making giving easier than ever. Host Justin Milner sits down with Shena Ashley and Brice McKeever of Urban's Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy to talk about creating a culture of giving that educates and engages everyone around the issues they're most passionate about. Related links: On Track to Greater Giving The...

Duration:00:20:12

How Neighborhood Gun Violence Impacts Communities

12/5/2018
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Neighborhoods with high rates of gun violence also tend to be dealing with high rates of poverty and limited opportunity – and these systemic challenges can have long-term impacts. Host Justin Milner talks with researchers Jocelyn Fontaine and Elsa Falkenburger about the challenges facing communities that struggle with gun violence, and a starting point for creating policies that are community-driven and trauma-informed. Related links: “We Carry Guns to Stay Safe”: Perspectives on Guns and...

Duration:00:19:05

The Amazon Opportunity: Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity

11/14/2018
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This week’s Amazon HQ2 announcement represents a unique opportunity for the Washington region. Host Justin Milner talks with Urban Institute president Sarah Rosen Wartell and senior vice president Margery Turner about how best to take advantage of the moment and catalyze collaboration across the DC region to ensure inclusive growth that benefits all people across the income spectrum. Related links: What HQ2 could mean for the Washington region’s housing market, in 7 charts Amazon’s HQ2...

Duration:00:19:58

Thinking Big about Big Data

11/8/2018
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The idea of “big data” can seem daunting -- but it has the potential to solve some of the big problems facing our country. Host Justin Milner speaks with Graham MacDonald, Khuloud Odeh, and Jessica Kelly from Urban’s tech and data team about how big data is analyzed and interpreted and how it can help inform the world we live in for the better.

Duration:00:15:26

Credit, Savings, and Financial Well-Being

10/25/2018
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The US is the wealthiest country in the world, but many Americans are still struggling to make ends meet. How can building credit and saving money lead to greater opportunity? Host Justin Milner speaks with Urban Institute Nittoli fellow Ricki Lowitz and senior fellow Caroline Ratcliffe about the path to good financial health. Related links: What is the Cost of Poor Credit? Busting credit myths can help low-income Americans strengthen their financial health Thriving Residents, Thriving...

Duration:00:17:50

Don’t Give Up on Homeownership Just Yet

10/10/2018
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These days, it can seem like buying a home is becoming increasingly impossible for young people. But homeownership still matters when it comes to building wealth, and there are supports out there to help. Host Justin Milner talks with housing finance policy expert Laurie Goodman and communications expert Sheryl Pardo to break down the major obstacles to homeownership. Related links: Barriers to Accessing Homeownership Down Payment, Credit, and Affordability - 2018 Access and...

Duration:00:20:14