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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

#SummerHunger

8/15/2018
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The U.S. has always victimized single moms, but a new anthology of research shows just how deep that mistreatment goes; Christy Felling of No Kid Hungry explains why summer is especially difficult for food insecure kids and how the House Farm Bill will only make it worse.

Duration:00:57:37

Netroots Part 2

8/9/2018
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Off-Kilter wrapped up our trip to Netroots Nation this week, starting with a conversation with local community organizer Colette Pichon-Battle. A New Orleans native, Colette left to practice corporate immigration law up north in D.C. But when Hurricane Katrina ravaged her home, she loaded up a semi truck with supplies, came back to help rebuild her hometown and never left. Now, she’s the founder and Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy and is organizing her city...

Duration:01:02:30

Netroots Part 1

8/3/2018
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This week Off-Kilter took a trip to New Orleans for Netroots Nation, which for more than a decade has been bringing together progressive leaders, candidates, grassroots activists and independent media once a year. For the first of two episodes featuring conversations from Netroots, this week Rebecca talks with Joe Dinkin, national campaign director for the Working Families Party, one of the lead sponsors of this year’s conference and a longtime Netroots goer; Danica Roem, the first openly...

Duration:01:05:13

#DisabilityAtCAP

7/26/2018
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One in five Americans live with disabilities, making nearly every issue — from health care to the environment to the economy, and more — a disability issue. That’s why earlier this week, in conjunction with the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Center for American Progress announced the launch of the Disability Justice Initiative — in recognition that it’s long past time we stopped relegating people with disabilities to a single day on the calendar — and...

Duration:01:15:30

Trump's Poverty Denial

7/19/2018
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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...

Duration:00:57:28

Family Poverty is Not Child Neglect

7/13/2018
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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...

Duration:01:01:44

Two Kennedys

7/2/2018
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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...

Duration:01:07:49

#RaiseTheWage4PWD

6/28/2018
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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...

Duration:01:02:52

#FamiliesBelongTogether

6/21/2018
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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...

Duration:01:02:54

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