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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. 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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New York, NY

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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

Masterpiece Cakeshop

12/8/2017
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Literally at the same time Trump and his colleagues in Congress are working to ram gargantuan tax cuts for billionaires and wealthy corporations through Congress without a single democratic vote, they’re making no secret of how they want to pay for them. By slashing vital programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, nutrition assistance, and more. To help us unpack where they’re headed -- and what they mean when they use buzzwords like “entitlement reform” and “welfare reform” –...

Duration: 01:07:09


The War on Net Neutrality

12/1/2017
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Deregulation is the word of the month, thanks to the Trump administration. Rebecca talks with Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation magazine about the FCC’s plans to end net neutrality, which she’s calling “the free speech fight of our generation.” Next, with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the spotlight following Trump’s installation of budget director Mick Mulvaney as its acting director, investigative reporter Gary Rivlin joins with a run-down of the...

Duration: 00:59:52


The GOP's Hidden Attack on Reproductive Rights

11/24/2017
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The GOP tax plan wouldn't just give massive tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations while raising taxes on millions of middle-class families. It's also the GOP's latest attack on reproductive rights. Ilyse Hogue, President of Naral Pro-Choice America, joins the show to unpack a provision buried in the bill that would give fetuses legal status as people. And later, Rebecca talks with Angela Ciolfi of the Legal Aid Justice Center and Ariel Levinson-Waldman of Tzedek DC about how driver's...

Duration: 00:58:50


Reckoning with #MeToo

11/17/2017
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On the heels of last week’s tidal wave of wins for Dems, what can we learn as we look ahead to the 2018 midterms and beyond? Michael Blake, an assemblyman who represents the Bronx in New York’s state assembly — and Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee — joins to discuss. Next, sexual harassment and sexual assault have been all over the headlines following a broad range of accusations against famed producer Harvey Weinstein (among many others), spurring a deeply charged national...

Duration: 00:58:17


Tide Turning Tuesday

11/9/2017
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Democrats have plenty of reasons to celebrate this week. Will Ragland of the Center for American Progress Action Fund's War Room joins Jeremy Slevin to break down the news out of Virginia. Next, Jeremy talks with State Senator Dinah Sykes from Kansas, a Republican who challenged her own party after a conservative tax plan that is eerily similar to the one put forward by Trump and the GOP wreaked havoc on the state's budget. And lastly, we bring you a conversation that Rebecca had with...

Duration: 00:57:11


Christmas Come Early... For The Wealthy

11/3/2017
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This week, House Republicans released their tax plan, finally providing long-awaited details on what they really mean when they say “tax reform.” While they billed it as a middle-class tax cut, in reality it’s Christmas come early for wealthy corporations and the richest Americans. Meanwhile, middle-class and working families would at best get scraps — and in many cases, see their taxes increased. Seth Hanlon, one of CAP’s tax gurus, joins with the skinny on the bill — and a bushelful of...

Duration: 00:58:44


#UnlockingOpportunity

10/27/2017
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Today, one in three Americans has some type of criminal record, many convicted of only minor offenses – and some have only arrests that never even led to conviction. But having even a minor record can create lifelong barriers to employment, housing, education, and more, making even a minor record a life sentence to poverty. This week, leaders from communities across the US descended upon Washington for a convening dedicated to unlocking opportunity for people with records. This week...

Duration: 00:59:02


We Could Have Ponies

10/20/2017
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This week Congressional Republicans took the next step towards enacting Trump’s Robin Hood in reverse agenda, when Senate Republicans passed a budget giving them fast-track authority to slash taxes for billionaires. In the process, the GOP proved they don’t actually care at all about deficits – if it’s tax cuts for the wealthy on the line. Harry Stein and Rachel West, two of CAP’s budget nerds, join the show to discuss the latest in the tax and budget fight – and what Trump’s tax plan has...

Duration: 00:59:06


When Poverty is a Crime

10/13/2017
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A new rule released by the Trump administration this week blows a huge hole in what’s known as the “contraceptive mandate” – the policy established during the Obama years that requires employer health plans to provide birth control coverage with no co-pay. Specifically, the Trump rule would allow employers to request an exemption from the mandate for “religious or moral” reasons. Jamila Taylor, a senior fellow for women’s health at the Center for American Progress, joins to unpack what the...

Duration: 00:59:59


Bonus Interview: Brenda Torres, Executive Director of the San Juan Bay Estuary Program

10/6/2017
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Brenda Torres, an environmental justice advocate in Puerto Rico sheds light on the disaster many low-income communities on the island were facing long before the storm.

Duration: 00:12:08


#NotOnePenny

10/6/2017
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The GOP is pivoting to what it's calling “tax reform” (read: tax cuts for billionaires), with both the House and Senate moving budgets this week to kick off that process. We cut through the wonkery—and award well-deserved Pinocchios—with Harry Stein, CAP's budget guru. Next we're joined by Ian Millhiser, Justice Editor and Supreme Court watcher at Think Progress, for a rundown of the biggest cases to watch now in the Supreme Court’s new term. And don't miss our bonus interview with Brenda...

Duration: 00:57:44


Interview with Alyssa Peterson of Know Your IX

9/29/2017
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Alyssa Peterson of Know Your IX discusses a huge change Betsy Devos made to keep college campuses safer — for students who commit sexual assault.

Duration: 00:12:58


The Other Repeal Efforts

9/29/2017
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Republicans called off the vote for their most recent attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, so this week we are taking a break from health care to focus on stories that are getting far less attention than they deserve. Rebecca Cokley, the former Executive Director of the National Council on Disability and new Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, joins the show to discuss the quiet effort to roll back rights for people with disabilities. Next, DC Councilwoman Elissa...

Duration: 00:58:15


Zombie Repeal

9/22/2017
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Earlier this month, Michelle Jones became a household name after her admission to Harvard’s Ph.D program was reversed due to her criminal record. NYU admitted her, and that’s where she’s begun her studies this fall. But Harvard’s controversial decision to override its history department’s decision to admit her has spurred a renewed conversation about the lifelong stigma formerly incarcerated people can face. Glenn Martin, president of Just Leadership USA and Ed Chung, vice president of...

Duration: 00:59:30


The Good News Poverty Report Trump's Budget Would Erase

9/15/2017
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This week the Census Bureau released its annual snapshot of poverty, health insurance, and income in the United States, and poverty is finally back to pre-recession levels. But this good news comes amid a political climate where any progress could quickly be erased. Jared Bernstein, a fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the former Chief Economist for Vice President Joe Biden, joins the show to unpack the new Census data--and how much is at stake under the Trump agenda....

Duration: 00:58:33