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Jared Bernstein and Ben Spielberg debunk some false solutions offered in response to real economic problems and discuss policies that can reduce inequality and boost opportunities for low- and middle-income people.

Jared Bernstein and Ben Spielberg debunk some false solutions offered in response to real economic problems and discuss policies that can reduce inequality and boost opportunities for low- and middle-income people.

Location:

United States

Description:

Jared Bernstein and Ben Spielberg debunk some false solutions offered in response to real economic problems and discuss policies that can reduce inequality and boost opportunities for low- and middle-income people.

Language:

English

Contact:

202-325-8750


Episodes

Episode 17: Ben's Exit Interview

10/13/2017
The last episode of Season 1 marks the end of Ben’s tenure at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Jared interviews Ben about his thoughts on the economics profession, the policy process, and Washington, DC. Musical Interlude: Haydn’s “Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major” by Mischa Maisky https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tAvhIyw-BY

Duration:00:25:56

Episode 16: We Demand Real Tax Reform!

9/18/2017
Republicans in Congress say they want tax reform, but tax cuts for the rich are what they’re really pursuing. Back by popular demand, Chye-Ching Huang joins the beginning and end of the show to unpack what the GOP is trying to do, share some music from New Zealand, and crack a solid joke. Jared and Ben also interview Vanessa Williamson and Kimberly Clausing, who talk about the research on Americans’ views of taxes and what real tax reform would look like. Musical Interlude: “History Never...

Duration:00:31:54

Episode 15: Guaranteeing Everyone a Job

8/31/2017
In advance of Labor Day, Sandy Darity, Darrick Hamilton, and Mark Paul join Jared and Ben to talk about their bold proposal to transform the labor market: a federal job guarantee. It would have the potential to reap huge rewards in terms of eliminating involuntary unemployment, reducing poverty, improving job quality, and allocating resources to address national needs. Musical Interlude: “Done Changed My Way of Living” by Taj Mahal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqEZXra3keU Ben’s Podcast...

Duration:00:32:00

Episode 14: Walking and Chewing (Sugarless) Gum on Health Care

8/15/2017
Health care redux! Ben and Jared revisit the health care debate with Sarah Lueck and Jon Walker, exploring where things stand, where they might go next, and the role of “path dependency.” Plus, some classic American poetry from Chuck Berry. Jon's proposal for transitioning to a single-payer health care system ("Medical Insurance and Care for All: A National Single-Payer Bill"): https://shadowproof.com/2017/07/24/medical-insurance-care-national-single-payer-bill-mica/ Sarah's recent blog on...

Duration:00:27:01

Episode 13: The Long-Run Benefits of Income Support

7/27/2017
In Jared’s first episode back from China, he and Ben interview Arloc Sherman and Tazra Mitchell about the effectiveness of safety net programs. As Arloc and Tazra describe, programs like SNAP (formerly called food stamps) and the Earned Income Tax Credit, which provide poor families with income assistance, carry both near-term and long-term benefits for children in the families that receive them. Arloc and Tazra’s paper (“Economic Security Programs Help Low-Income Children Succeed Over Long...

Duration:00:26:44

Episode 12: Reducing Inequality at the Top

7/5/2017
Few people deny inequality’s existence anymore, but its nature and causes are still hotly debated. Along with Richard Reeves and Marshall Steinbaum, Ben and Jared explore a couple theories of what’s driving income and wealth concentration among the rich and some policies that could potentially curb it. Musical Interlude: "Chant a Psalm" by Steel Pulse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIu01Mrazlc

Duration:00:30:53