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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

What’s the Matter with Georgia?

10/18/2018
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The latest on the voter registration goat rodeo in Georgia, inside Ben Carson’s plot to stop HUD from fighting housing segregation, the toll toxic media coverage on Kavanaugh is taking on survivors 1 year after the launch of #MeToo, plus the news of the week ICYMI.

Duration:01:15:17

Ode to Uncivil Bodies (Bonus Episode)

10/10/2018
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Rebecca sits down with three of her favorite colleagues & friends—Mara Pellittieri, Laura Durso, and Rebecca Cokley—to talk body shame, fashion, respectability politics and more—to take a break from the soul-crushing news cycle.

Duration:00:56:54

#PrisonStrike

10/4/2018
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Inside the 2018 national prison strike with Amani Sawari of Jailhouse Lawyer Speaks; Greg Kaufmann on how a universal basic income found its way to Mississippi; plus the news of the week ICYMI.

Duration:01:07:58

Public Charge

9/27/2018
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Inside Trump’s “public charge” attack on immigrant families with the Protecting Immigrant Families campaign; Jocelyn Frye on how little has changed since Anita Hill; and Jeremy Slevin returns with the news of the week.

Duration:01:05:07

#YesOn77

9/20/2018
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DC Council makes moves to overturn a wage increase for tipped workers; thousands continue to struggle in Puerto Rico one year after Hurricane Maria made landfall; and the news of the week ICYMI (with special guest Chad Bolt!)

Duration:01:11:30

Poverty Data Day

9/13/2018
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Jared Bernstein unpacks the new Census data on poverty, income, and health insurance; Liz Weintraub on how Kavanaugh’s confirmation would set disability rights back 50 years or more; and Jeremy Slevin returns with the news of the week, In Case Yachts Missed It

Duration:01:08:04

#StopKavanaugh

9/6/2018
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The Kavanaugh hearings start this week and we welcome Jesse Lee, Vice President for Communications at CAPAF, to detail every twist and turn; plus Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, explains the new data that shows 40 million Americans struggle against hunger.

Duration:01:08:37

Best Of: Episode 76 of the Off-Kilter Podcast

8/30/2018
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Part two of our summer review: ahead of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, we recap what Kennedy’s retirement means with Ian Milhiser; plus legal aid attorney Pat Levy-Lavelle on his work representing people facing evictions.

Duration:01:02:15

Best Of: Episode 76 of the Off-Kilter Podcast

8/23/2018
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A few of our favorite conversations from this year including: Professor Philip Alston and his poverty report for the U.N.; Thea Bryan, a DC bartender who lost her job after speaking out in favor of Initiative 77; and Chad Bolt on why Indivisible’s 435 campaign is backing activists-turned-candidates to bring about a Blue Tsunami in November.

Duration:01:01:43

#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 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 Post’s...

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 correspondent...

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 — Rebecca...

Duration:01:10:53