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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. 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. 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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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. 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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Episodes

Farm Bill

4/19/2018
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This week on Off-Kilter, the House Agriculture Committee passed its version of the so-called farm bill — a massive piece of legislation that among many other things includes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. House Republicans claim the bill is about “lifting Americans out of poverty” — but the draconian nutrition assistance cuts it proposes would be a recipe for massively increasing hunger and hardship, as Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America,...

Duration:01:16:38

An Ode to Paul Ryan

4/12/2018
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Next, with April as Second Chance Month, Rebecca talks with Kristen Arant, a single mom from Kentucky and Ohio who was able to turn her life around after spending time behind bars due to struggles with substance abuse—thanks to Medicaid. As Kristen writes in TalkPoverty.org, adding work requirements to Medicaid, as both of the states she hails from are seeking to do, could be nothing short of a death sentence for people like her. But first, with the news of Paul Ryan’s retirement and...

Duration:00:57:05

The Rise of Sinclair

4/5/2018
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A video produced by Deadspin’s Timothy Burke, showing dozens of local news anchors saying the exact same words, brought national attention to a series of promotional segments airing on 193 local TV affiliates owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, all warning viewers about a torrent of “fake news” promoted by “members of the media [who] use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control ‘exactly what people think.’” If that message sounds familiar, it’s because it’s...

Duration:00:56:48

Roseanne

3/29/2018
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Earlier this week, the Trump administration announced that the 2020 Census would include a question about U.S. citizenship. The news generated immediate and widespread blowback, including the filing of lawsuits by at least 2 states’ attorneys general who argue the change violates the law. Rebecca sits down with Corinne Yu, managing policy director at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, to unpack what’s at stake. Next, when the TV sitcom Roseanne premiered in 1988, it was...

Duration:00:56:43

Inequality’s Racism

3/23/2018
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This week on Off-Kilter, a new study out of Stanford and Harvard sheds harrowing new light on what’s driving persistent racial inequality in America. It found that even when children grow up next to each other—with parents earning similar incomes—black boys fare worse than white boys in 99 percent of the country. Rebecca talks with Raj Chetty, the lead author of the study, and Tracey Ross, former co-host of this show (back when it was TalkPoverty Radio) who now leads the All-In Cities...

Duration:01:03:51

Heavens to Betsy

3/15/2018
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After last Sunday’s episode of 60 Minutes, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made the rounds on the internet in a truly cringe-inducing clip. If you’re somehow not among the millions who’ve already watched it, the conservative billionaire mega-donor has been behind a decades-long charter school experiment in Michigan. But when pushed to answer for its apparent failure, DeVos was unable to come up with anything even approaching an explanation. So Rebecca talks to someone who can: Allie Gross,...

Duration:01:05:21

BONUS EPISODE: Another Mass Shooting, Another Scapegoat

3/9/2018
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Nearly every time there’s a mass shooting in this country, you can predict what will follow like clockwork. First come the thoughts and prayers. Then comes the scapegoating of “the mentally ill.” Notably absent: any meaningful steps toward commonsense gun violence prevention. The national debate following the tragic mass shooting at a Florida school has unfortunately been no exception, with President Trump even calling for a return to mass institutionalization of people living with mental...

Duration:00:33:15

Minimum Wage Equal Pay Day

3/9/2018
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The first day of March marked a sobering anniversary — Minimum Wage Equal Pay Day, the day a minimum wage worker earning $7.25/hour caught up to how much she earned in a single year the last time the federal minimum wage was raised… in 2009. This anniversary comes as Congress is too busy giving tax cuts to billionaires and deregulating Wall Street to give the lowest-paid workers in this country the raise they’ve so long needed and deserved. Rebecca speaks with Congressman Mark Pocan,...

Duration:00:55:37

We Are All Fast Food Workers Now

2/23/2018
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“Many people are angered by the cruelties of the twenty-first-century economy. And their fury has fueled worldwide protest. Simultaneously, and almost everywhere, low-wage workers and small farmers began to revolt: in New York City restaurants, laundries, and warehouses, in Western Cape wineries and the garment shops of Phnom Penh, in Southern California Walmarts, and the big hotels of Providence, Oslo, Karachi, and Abuja. As capital has globalized, so has the labor movement. Marches,...

Duration:00:57:34

Robin Hood in Reverse

2/16/2018
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Just six weeks after jacking up the deficit by $1.5 trillion to give huge tax cuts to millionaires and wealthy corporations, President Trump laid plain how he plans to pay for them in the budget he released this week. To unpack the budget’s winners and losers, Rebecca is joined by Chad Bolt, senior policy manager at Indivisible. Next, this week wasn’t just budget week—it was also infrastructure week, with the release of Trump’s long-awaited infrastructure plan. Rebecca is joined by Kevin...

Duration:01:01:27

WorkFARCE Development

2/2/2018
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News broke this week that the Trump administration has been hiding evidence that’s of great importance to the public. No, we’re not talking about collusion with the Russians. We’re talking about the fact that we have now learned that the Trump administration lied to the public about evidence that a new policy the administration is pushing will cost low-wage and tipped workers billions of dollars in lost wages—which their employers will likely pocket. To get the scoop, Rebecca talks with...

Duration:00:54:06

Bonus Episode: Full interview with Cornell Brooks and Patrick Cokley

1/26/2018
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Rebecca sits down with Cornell Brooks, a lawyer, ordained minister, and activist who formerly served as the 18th president of the NAACP, and Patrick Cokley, a longtime disability rights advocate who serves as the administrator of the LEAD ON update which provides resources on technology, employment, and education related to disability.

Duration:00:45:48

Dog-whistling Donald

1/26/2018
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Trump’s “shithole” comment may be his most blatant racist remark to date. But are his more subtle racist dog whistles even more dangerous? And why are so many people in this country so uncomfortable with using the word racist? Rebecca sits down with Cornell Brooks, a lawyer, ordained minister, and activist who formerly served as the 18th president of the NAACP, and Patrick Cokley, a longtime disability rights advocate who serves as the administrator of the LEAD ON update which provides...

Duration:00:58:26

SHUTDOWN

1/19/2018
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This week on Off-Kilter, Rebecca talks with Alastair Gee, the only homelessness editor at a major U.S. publication, about The Guardian’s year-long series looking at homelessness in the US. Next, continuing our series of interviews with candidates and elected officials living with mental illness and mental health disabilities, Rebecca speaks with Representative Garnet Coleman who represents parts of Houston in the Texas legislature. But first, with the federal government teetering on the...

Duration:00:58:46

Bonus Episode: Full interview with Will Fischer of VoteVets.org

1/12/2018
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Rebecca is joined by Will Fischer, director of government relations at VoteVets.org

Duration:00:24:02

#DefendDreamers

1/12/2018
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With 122 Dreamers losing DACA protection every day as Congress continues to debate funding to keep the federal government open, Rebecca talks with Claudia Flores, immigration campaign manager at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, and a Dreamer herself. Next, following last week’s discussion about the national obsession with President Donald Trump’s mental health, Rebecca speaks with Reyma McCoy McDeid, an autistic candidate for office in Iowa, as part of a series of...

Duration:00:59:13

Hello 2018

1/5/2018
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“Welfare reform”, infrastructure, bye-bye legal pot, and if no one takes Trump’s phone away from him, maybe nuclear war? To help unpack what’s on deck for 2018 (that we know of so far), Rebecca talks with Jared Bernstein, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and former chief economist to Vice President Joe Biden. Next, questions about President Donald Trump’s mental health hit a fever pitch this week, following his tweets about the size and potency of his nuclear...

Duration:00:59:17

Episode 43: Best Of

12/30/2017
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Off-Kilter is on a break this week so we’ve rounded up up some of our favorite conversations to hold you over in the meantime. We’ll be back with new content next week.

Duration:00:49:37

Bonus Episode: Extended Interview with Ezra Levin

12/21/2017
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Rebecca Vallas looks back over 2017 with Ezra Levin, Co-Executive Director of Indivisible.

Duration:00:23:29

Goodbye 2017

12/21/2017
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A year ago, we were all looking ahead to 2017 wondering what the new world order was going to look like under a Trump presidency, and with the GOP firmly in control of both chambers of Congress. Now, after a whirlwind year of ups, downs, and words we can’t say on radio, 2017 is drawing to a close – and for many of us, not a moment too soon. So this week, Off-Kilter’s taking a moment to look back on the year in review. First, Rebecca speaks with Neera Tanden, President of the Center for...

Duration:00:57:31

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