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Talk Poverty Radio Podcast

Talk Poverty Radio Podcast


With income inequality at historic heights, economic hardship has become a mainstream experience. Through conversations with advocates, journalists, elected officials, and people struggling to make ends meet, TalkPoverty Radio gets to the bottom of how our economy is only working for the wealthy few – and what we can do to change that. Guaranteed to help you shut down your conservative uncle at family dinners.

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Fri, May 26, 2017

President Trump released his budget this week, and as expected, it’s a bodyslam to everybody but the wealthy. Harry Stein joins Rebecca and Jeremy to walk through some of the budget’s most egregious cuts. Next, Anna Chu and Bishop Dwayne Royster break down how the budget hits women and communities of color--and what advocates can do to stop these cuts. And finally, Alex Lawson joins to debunk the myth that President Trump's budget didn’t break his promise not to cut Social Security.

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Fri, May 19, 2017

Last week, the Center for American Progress hosted its Ideas Conference, where progressive thought leaders put forth a bold agenda that looks beyond the current administration, with its policies that set us back decades. Host Rebecca Vallas sat down with grass-roots resistance leaders, like DeRay Mckesson and Indivisible’s Leah Greenberg, and those leading the charge from Capitol Hill, including Rep. Keith Ellison and Rep. Maxine Waters, and more.

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Tue, May 09, 2017

As we commemorate this week's ‘Day Without a Woman’ strike, this week’s Off-Kilter is an episode without Jeremy Slevin. Instead, Rebecca is joined by Michelle Chen, co-host of Dissent’s Belabored podcast, to unpack what this week’s strikes say about the future of establishment feminism. Next, Sarah McBride of the Human Rights Campaign, and the first openly transgender speaker at a major party convention, discusses the fight ahead for the LGBTQ community under Trump—and why she’s managed to remain optimistic. Next, Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, joins to break down Trump’s other war on the media playing out quietly at the FCC. And finally, with Republican efforts to repeal and “replace” the Affordable Care Act continuing to advance full speed ahead, Rebecca sits down with three women whose personal stories highlight how the GOP’s Medicaid cuts would set the clock back on disability rights 50 years or more.

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Tue, May 09, 2017

This week, President Trump delivered a joint address to Congress, promising to ring in a “new era of greatness.” But he forgot to mention the $54 billion in cuts he’s seeking to programs that serve low- and middle-income Americans. Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities joins to unpack what Trump said—and didn’t say. Next up, Tressie McMillan Cottom, author of Lower-Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy, joins the show. Bryce Covert of ThinkProgress talks about the return of general strikes, and finally Sarah Borgstede, a woman whose husband’s life would have been saved if the Affordable Care Act had been in place, shares her family's story. But first, Jeremy Slevin returns with this week’s news in poverty and inequality.

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Tue, May 09, 2017

To kick off the inaugural episode, host Rebecca Vallas is joined by Sarah Jaffe, author of Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt, which examines resistance movements in the U.S. and how they have the power to reshape American politics. Next, Ezra Levin of Indivisible talks about what’s next for the movement that’s responsible for some spirited town halls this week. And Dorian Warren of Center for Community Change Action joins to unpack Trump’s attacks on immigrants and how they fit in with a broader divide-and-conquer strategy. But first, Jeremy Slevin breaks down this week’s biggest news

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Sat, May 06, 2017

This week, House Republicans took a deeply unpopular step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act and ending Medicaid as we know it. Rebecca and Jeremy unpack—and vent about—their so-called replacement plan, and what comes next. With millions of Americans worrying about what this means for their healthcare, we air an encore presentation of two women with disabilities and a mother with a disabled child who stand to lose everything if Medicaid is dismantled. Meanwhile, Trump is trying to sabotage the ACA in other ways—including subsidizing states that refused to expand Medicaid. Rebecca speaks with an Arkansas woman who stood up to Senator Tom Cotton at a town hall a few months ago by sharing why the ACA is vital for her and her family. And finally, the nationwide trend of school lunch shaming, and what New Mexico lawmakers are doing to curb the practice.

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Fri, Apr 28, 2017

This week, President Trump released his long-awaited, so-called tax plan—er, page. Max Ehrenfreund of WonkBlog joins with the nitty-gritty. Also this week, a judge blocked Trump’s order targeting sanctuary cities, and the Department of Homeland Security had an epic X-Files moment. Esther Lee of ThinkProgress updates us on the latest on the immigration front. And finally, in the latest installment of our #ResistanceWorks series, two New York-based artists join to discuss Occupy Museums—and how artists are bringing resistance (and their debt) into their art.

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Fri, Apr 21, 2017

With Bill O’Reilly finally booted from Fox News following a string of sexual harassment accusations, Rebecca kicks off this week’s episode with a proper farewell to him, featuring Rebecca Lenn of Media Matters for America (and per usual, Jeremy Slevin). Next, on the heels of Tax Day, Vanessa Williamson, author of Read My Lips: Why Americans Are Proud to Pay Taxes, unpacks how taxes became a four-letter word—and how Americans really feel about paying their taxes. Later in the show, Mara Pellittieri shares the story behind her powerful essay "I'm a Queer Woman. My Best Friend Is a Gay Man. We Almost Got Married Anyway"—and how the legal system doesn’t gel with chosen family. And finally, with nearly 99 percent of low-income Mississippi residents who apply for income assistance turned away empty-handed, Bryce Covert of ThinkProgress joins to explain what’s behind these alarming numbers.

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Fri, Apr 14, 2017

Show description: Does another government shutdown loom ahead? Harry Stein, the Center for American Progress's budget guru, joins Rebecca and The Slevs to share the skinny on tax reform, budget fights, and the possibility of yet another government shutdown. Next, Dylan Matthews of Vox unpacks why it’s such a big deal that Sesame Street now has an autistic character. And finally, as part of our #ResistanceWorks series, Ezra Levin of Indivisible talks about what’s behind the Tax March and what’s on deck for the resistance. Follow this week's guests on Twitter: Harry Stein: @HarrySteinDC Dylan Matthews: @dylanmatt Ezra Levin: @ezralevin Jeremy Slevin: @jeremyslevin

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Wed, Apr 12, 2017

Everyone’s talking about Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings were this week, and coincided with a unanimous ruling by all eight justices that he was wrong about a major disability ruling he made in 2008. To unpack these hearings and discuss what the Democrats’ next moves are, Rebecca is joined by Ian Millhiser, Justice Editor of ThinkProgress. Getting a lot less play in the media is Alexander Acosta, Trump’s second pick for labor secretary, whose hearings were also held this week. Judy Conti of the National Employment Law Project joins to talk about Acosta’s civil rights record and what it means for the future of labor. Next, celebrity chef and founder of Food Policy Action Tom Colicchio discusses how celebrities are pushing back against Trump’s policies. And finally, Alan Fosnacht—a member of Indivisible Michigan—calls in with the skinny on Rep. Dave Trott’s ugly hot mic moment and how Republicans are feeling the heat from the resistance.

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Wed, Apr 12, 2017

It’s not just U.S. politicians considering major cuts to programs that serve struggling families. Mary O’Hara, a columnist with The Guardian, joins with an update on how austerity is playing out in the United Kingdom. Next, Sara Goldrick-Rab, author of Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream, sheds light on the overlooked issue of hunger on college campuses—and how the current financial aid system is failing many low-income students. Finally, continuing our #ResistanceWorks series, Rebecca speaks with an activist from a New Jersey chapter of Indivisible to get the inside scoop on how they helped flip their Republican Congressman on Trumpcare. But first, with efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act dead for now, Rebecca and Jeremy sit down with Topher Spiro, CAP’s health guru, to talk about what’s next for healthcare.

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Wed, Apr 12, 2017

President Trump released his first budget, which proposes dramatic cuts to nutrition, housing, job training, legal services, and more. Meanwhile, Republicans have declared war on a critical tool for enforcing legal rights and protections: the class action lawsuit. Sharon Dietrich, a longtime legal aid lawyer and class action litigator, joins to unpack what these proposals would mean for access to justice. Next up, the latest shoe to drop in the GOP's efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act was a letter quietly sent to governors that does not bode well for the future of Medicaid. But first, Harry Stein, the Center for American Progress’s beloved budget guru, joins Rebecca and Jeremy to walk through the winners and losers of Trump’s budget. Budget, Nutrition, Housing, Legal services, Job training, Affordable Care Act, Republicans, Spending cuts

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Mon, Apr 10, 2017

After years of scrutiny and calls from advocates, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the closing of Rikers Island, the facility that embodies the very worst of our country’s failed experiment with mass incarceration. To discuss what’s behind this announcement and its significance for criminal justice reform, Rebecca speaks with Greg Berman, the Director of the Center for Court Innovation. Next, Washington Post reporter Perry Stein explains the controversy of D.C.’s missing black and Latina girls, and Kymone Freeman and Alex Lawson, co-founders of We Act Radio, join to discuss what other issues the mainstream media ignores or gets wrong—and the story behind the station's launch 5 years ago. Finally, Beverly Tuberville—formerly a lifelong Republican voter who went on to help found the Oklahoma chapter of Indivisible—joins the show. But first, Joe Soss, a professor at the University of Minnesota, talks about how disability beneficiaries have become the new welfare queens.

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