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OFF-KILTER with Rebecca Vallas

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Formerly TalkPoverty Radio, Off-Kilter is a podcast about poverty and inequality — and everything they intersect with. Each week, host Rebecca Vallas is joined by experts, advocates, activists, and other smart people to break down the issues of the day — and how we fight back. Heavy topics… but with a hefty dose of laughter and snark. Off-Kilter is powered by the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Find Off-Kilter on the Progressive Voices Network, the We Act Radio network in DC, local radio stations across the U.S., and as a podcast.We want to hear from you! Send ideas, pitches, and feedback to offkilter@americanprogressaction.org.

Formerly TalkPoverty Radio, Off-Kilter is a podcast about poverty and inequality — and everything they intersect with. Each week, host Rebecca Vallas is joined by experts, advocates, activists, and other smart people to break down the issues of the day — and how we fight back. Heavy topics… but with a hefty dose of laughter and snark. Off-Kilter is powered by the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Find Off-Kilter on the Progressive Voices Network, the We Act Radio network in DC, local radio stations across the U.S., and as a podcast.We want to hear from you! Send ideas, pitches, and feedback to offkilter@americanprogressaction.org.

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United States

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Formerly TalkPoverty Radio, Off-Kilter is a podcast about poverty and inequality — and everything they intersect with. Each week, host Rebecca Vallas is joined by experts, advocates, activists, and other smart people to break down the issues of the day — and how we fight back. Heavy topics… but with a hefty dose of laughter and snark. Off-Kilter is powered by the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Find Off-Kilter on the Progressive Voices Network, the We Act Radio network in DC, local radio stations across the U.S., and as a podcast.We want to hear from you! Send ideas, pitches, and feedback to offkilter@americanprogressaction.org.

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English


Episodes

Vox's Ian Millhiser on why we need to nuke the filibuster to save democracy

1/23/2021
Rebecca talks to Vox's Ian Millhiser about the ongoing debate over what to do with the filibuster -- and why it isn't just standing in the way of much of the Biden-Harris agenda, but key democracy reform measures the GOP wants to stop at all costs. show notes: https://offkiltershow.medium.com/voxs-ian-millhiser-on-why-we-need-to-nuke-the-filibuster-to-save-democracy-c6d432e5fadb

Duration:00:32:11

How President-Elect Biden Could Cut Poverty in Half Without the GOP -- Feat. Vox's Dylan Matthews

1/16/2021
Vox's Dylan Matthews breaks down everything you need to know about "budget reconciliation" -- a tool that if used strategically in the Senate could mean Dems' fragile majority could be enough to create a pathway for powerful policy change at a critical time. Show notes: https://offkiltershow.medium.com/how-president-elect-biden-could-cut-poverty-in-half-without-the-gop-f647a0452e0e

Duration:00:59:46

Sherrod Brown on the COVID relief workers & families urgently need

12/9/2020
Sherrod Brown on the COVID relief workers & families urgently need Mini-pod: With poverty on the rise, Rebecca talks to Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown about the debate in Congress around COVID economic relief -- and the stakes for the tens of millions of workers and families struggling to stay afloat right now. Show notes: https://offkiltershow.medium.com/sherrod-brown-on-the-covid-relief-workers-families-urgently-need-c7df53e6dcae

Duration:00:17:39

“How Mass Incarceration Became a Poverty Trap”

12/4/2020
Rebecca talks to the Brennan Center's Ames Grawert & Terry Ann Craigie about their research finding that people who spend time in prison see their lifetime earnings cut in half, further entrenching poverty and the racial divide -- the annual earnings loss by Americans with criminal conviction records now totals $372 billion per year. Show notes: https://offkiltershow.medium.com/how-mass-incarceration-became-a-poverty-trap-6211e6712380

Duration:00:54:31

Transition Talk with Dorian Warren + Angela Hanks

11/14/2020
Rebecca talks to Dorian Warren & Angela Hanks about the work ahead now that the Biden/Harris transition team has been formed; some of the most exciting new members of Congress to watch; why Jan 5 matters so much; how Democrats can avoid falling into another austerity trap, and more. Show notes: https://offkiltershow.medium.com/transition-talk-with-dorian-warren-angela-hanks-e986b94f43f7

Duration:00:59:35

Down-Ballot Deep Dive with Daniel Nichanian

11/11/2020
Rebecca talks to Daniel Nichanian, founder of The Appeal's Political Report, for a deep dive into some of the most important down-ballot stories from the 2020 election -- from ballot measures to state and local races that will shape policymaking in 2021 and beyond. Show notes: https://offkiltershow.medium.com/down-ballot-deep-dive-with-daniel-nichanian-c000fcf09b04

Duration:00:52:07

The Purge, 2020 edition

10/31/2020
Rebecca talks to disability lawyer Matthew Cortland about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the disability community so far, the ageism and ableism underpinning claims that "we need to learn to live with it," and more. Show notes: https://offkiltershow.medium.com/the-purge-2020-edition-32c38a059666

Duration:00:58:12

Hunger and Poverty on the Rise

10/24/2020
Rebecca talks to Joel Berg of Hunger Free America about rising hunger and poverty in the U.S. as the pandemic drags on, the recent federal court ruling striking down Trump’s Food Stamp cuts, a new poll indicating 2020 may see record turnout among low-income voters and more. Show notes: https://offkiltershow.medium.com/hunger-and-poverty-on-the-rise-580db7171930

Duration:00:57:08

Josh Hoe on National Expungement Week 2020

9/26/2020
Rebecca talks to criminal justice advocate and "Decarceration Nation" host Josh Hoe about the national momentum for expanding and automating expungement, why he fought so hard to pass Michigan's "Clean Slate" package even though it won't clear his record, and more. Show notes: https://medium.com/@OffKilterShow/josh-hoe-on-national-expungement-week-2020-4f8d98e7ae46

Duration:00:59:01

Shaping Narrative, Shifting Power: Part II

9/19/2020
Second in a 2-part series on the role of narrative in shifting the balance of power and building a more equitable society. (Produced in partnership with our friends at The Forge organizing journal.) Show notes: https://medium.com/@OffKilterShow/shaping-narrative-shifting-power-part-ii-bbf21b9a6458

Duration:00:52:24

Shaping Narrative, Shifting Power: Part I

9/11/2020
First in a 2-part series on the role of narrative in shifting the balance of power and building a more equitable society. (Produced in partnership with our friends at The Forge organizing journal.) Show notes: https://medium.com/@OffKilterShow/shaping-narrative-shifting-power-part-i-958a414b0522

Duration:00:57:19

Zephyr Teachout on "Break 'Em Up"

8/4/2020
Rebecca talks to Zephyr Teachout about her new book "Break 'Em Up: Recovering our Freedom from Big Tech, Big Ag, and Big Money" and why we need an antitrust movement for our time. Show notes: https://medium.com/@OffKilterShow/zephyr-teachout-on-break-em-up-a991067642d9

Duration:00:51:20

The Sahm Rule

7/28/2020
Economist Claudia Sahm breaks down the unemployment insurance cliff threatening tens of millions of workers' paychecks, the conservative mythology around "moral hazard," why we're facing an income crisis on top of a joblessness crisis, the toxic culture in economics, and more. Show notes: https://medium.com/@OffKilterShow/the-sahm-rule-49da80772f83

Duration:01:10:09

The Evictions Cliff: Part 2

7/18/2020
Part 2 of a series looking at the looming evictions cliff, feat. Tara Raghuveer, director of the campaign for a Homes Guarantee and founding director of KC Tenants. Show notes: https://medium.com/@OffKilterShow/the-evictions-cliff-8ed0bacd28e1

Duration:00:44:28

The Evictions Cliff: Part 1

7/18/2020
Part 1 of a series looking at the looming evictions cliff, feat. Dan Threet of the National Low Income Housing Coalition and Jay Willis, senior contributor for The Appeal. Show notes: https://medium.com/@OffKilterShow/the-evictions-cliff-8ed0bacd28e1

Duration:00:43:29

Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century

7/10/2020
Rebecca talks with editor Alice Wong and contributors Rebecca Cokley and Patrick Cokley about "Disability Visibility: First Person Stories from the 21st Century," an anthology of contemporary essays by disabled people released in June. Show notes: https://medium.com/@OffKilterShow/disability-visibility-first-person-stories-from-the-21st-century-4b61b70226c

Duration:00:55:27

The Rise and Fall of Racial Capitalism

7/1/2020
Rebecca talks to Jeremie Greer of Liberation in a Generation, Maurice BP Weeks of ACRE, and Tara Raghuveer of KC Tenants and People’s Action about the latest issue of The Forge, “The Rise and Fall of Racial Capitalism.” Show notes: https://medium.com/@OffKilterShow/the-rise-and-fall-of-racial-capitalism-ea16f88d92b

Duration:00:48:24

NASI Ball Award, feat. Darrick Hamilton, Heidi Shierholz & Jess Bartholow

6/25/2020
Darrick Hamilton, Heidi Shierholz, and Jess Bartholow join a special episode of Off-Kilter on poverty and inequality in the age of coronavirus, as part of the National Academy of Social Insurance's 2020 Robert Ball Award event. Show notes: https://medium.com/@OffKilterShow/nasi-ball-award-feat-darrick-hamilton-heidi-shierholz-jess-bartholow-8dc454afe137

Duration:01:06:08

American Plague, feat. Jamil Smith

6/11/2020
Rebecca talks to Jamil Smith about his latest column for Rolling Stone, "American Plague"; the George Floyd protests, the movement to end policing as we know it, this moment as a reminder of why we need more diversity in the media, and more. Show notes: https://medium.com/@OffKilterShow/american-plague-feat-jamil-smith-f9ce1c61a31d

Duration:00:42:05

"Bad Apples Come from Rotten Trees in Policing"

6/6/2020
Rebecca talks to sociologist Rashawn Ray about the George Floyd protests and how we move from "bad apples" to uprooting the "rotten trees" in policing that keep producing them. Show notes: https://medium.com/@OffKilterShow/bad-apples-come-from-rotten-trees-in-policing-53715fd7675e

Duration:00:39:59