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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

Out of Reach

6/14/2018
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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...

Duration:01:03:33

U.N. v. Trump

6/7/2018
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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...

Duration:01:00:34

Separated at the Border

5/31/2018
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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 —...

Duration:01:10:53

Neil Gorsuch Just Legalized Wage Theft

5/24/2018
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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...

Duration:00:58:09

#CAPIdeas

5/16/2018
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This week Off-Kilter broadcast from the Center for American Progress’s Ideas Conference (aka the CPAC of the left). So we bring you a couple of the conversations Rebecca and Jeremy had with progressive leaders who spoke there: including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has championed the right to counsel for low-income tenants facing eviction—and who made some news this week on marijuana enforcement reform—and Congressman Ted Lieu on how to walk and chew gum at the same time as we...

Duration:00:58:21

Austerity Bites

5/10/2018
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Victorian diseases eradicated long ago with the advent of antibiotics are making an unlikely comeback across the pond. You heard that right - scurvy and other illnesses related to malnutrition are now having devastating effects on thousands of families as hunger and hardship have spiked, following eight years of austerity cuts in the U.K. To discuss the state of the U.K.'s austerity cuts - which lawmakers in Washington would be wise to consider a cautionary tale as they debate a Farm Bill...

Duration:01:05:17

Evicted

5/3/2018
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Last week, Ben Carson, President Trump’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, unveiled a proposal to triple rents for the poorest families and take housing assistance away from unemployed and underemployed workers. This announcement comes amid a nationwide affordable housing crisis: In no state in the U.S. can a minimum wage worker earning $7.25 afford even a one-bedroom apartment at market rent. Meanwhile, just 1 in 5 eligible low-income families receive help from the nation’s...

Duration:00:48:57

The War on Medicaid Moves to Michigan

4/26/2018
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This week on Off-Kilter, the Republican war on Medicaid has now made its way to Michigan, in the form of what may be the most heartless “work requirements” proposal yet — which passed Michigan’s Republican-controlled Senate on a party line vote last week. Rebecca talks with two experts at the University of Michigan: Luke Shaefer, the director of poverty solutions and a professor of public policy, and one of the authors of $2 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, and Marianne...

Duration:01:01:46

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