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Talk Poverty Radio Podcast

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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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The Wolf in a Silver Fox’s Clothing

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Mar 24, 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. Follow this week’s guests on Twitter: Ian Millhiser: @imillhiser Judy Conti: @NELPnews Tom Colicchio: @tomcolicchio Alan Fosnacht: @ajfosnacht

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Scorched Earth Budget

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Thu, Mar 16, 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. Follow this week's guests on Twitter: Harry Stein: @HarrySteinDC Jane Perkins: @perkins_nhelp Sharon Dietrich: @SDietrich9 Jeremy Slevin: @jeremyslevin

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A Day Without a Woman

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Thu, Mar 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. Follow this week’s guests on Twitter: Michelle Chen: @meeshellchen Sarah McBride: @SarahEMcBride Katrina vanden Heuvel: @KatrinaNation Andraea Lavant: @andraealavant Anastasia Somoza: @AnastasiaSomoza Marta Conner: @MartitaConner

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Lower Ed

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Wed, Mar 01, 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 seeing 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. Follow this week’s guests on Twitter: Jared Bernstein: @econjared Tressie McMillan Cottom: @tressiemcphd Bryce Covert: @brycecovert

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The Resistance is Everywhere

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Feb 24, 2017


TalkPoverty Radio is now Off-Kilter. 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. Follow this week’s guests on Twitter: Ezra Levin: @ezralevin Sarah Jaffe: @sarahljaffe Dorian Warren: @dorrianwarren Jeremy Slevin: @jeremyslevin

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Taking Trump to School

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Feb 17, 2017


With Black History Month in full swing, Dr. Blair LM Kelley—an historian who focuses on African-American social movements—gives President Trump a much-needed history lesson, and explains what today’s activists can learn from resistance movements of years past. Next, Catherine Brown of the Center for American Progress breaks down what Betsy DeVos, freshly confirmed as Secretary of Education, means for the future of U.S. education policy. Lastly, Mike Konczal of the Roosevelt Institute joins to unpack Trump’s war on consumer financial protections. But first, Jeremy Slevin returns with the best and worst news of the week—and Rebecca unveils a big announcement. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Galentine's Day

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Feb 10, 2017


This week, we channel our inner Leslie Knope to celebrate what’s important in life: friends, waffles, and work. That’s right: it’s Galentine’s Day, and CAP lady economist Kate Bahn, who has written extensively on the economics of online dating, joins Rebecca as co-host. Our first Galentine is Moira Weigel, author of Labor of Love, who walks us through the history of courtship. Next up, Dr. Judith Kegan Gardiner, who is an expert on female friendship, breaks down how non-romantic relationships between women have changed over time. Finally, Angela Nikey and Tianna Gaines-Turner—advocates from the organization Witnesses to Hunger—discuss how their friendship with each other supports their activism in the Trump era. But first, we are joined by three coworkers to celebrate the role of female friendships in the workplace.

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#NoBanNoWall

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Feb 03, 2017


Last weekend, President Donald Trump issued executive orders that block people from certain majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S.—proving that he intends to follow through on his most extreme campaign promises. Jose Antonio Vargas—journalist, filmmaker, and immigration rights activist—joins the show to talk about the administrative actions. Then, Eric Boehlert, a Senior Fellow for Media Matters, breaks down how we can keep our eye on the ball despite living in Trump's era of "alternative facts." But first, Ian Millhiser, the Justice Editor for ThinkProgress, explains what we can expect from Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Keep Calm and March On

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Jan 27, 2017


It started as a small idea on Facebook that’s now ballooned into a world-wide call to arms. But how can we harness the energy from the Women’s March and channel it into a broad-based movement? Michelle Taylor, the manager for Witnesses to Hunger and one of the featured speakers at Philadelphia’s march, joins to discuss where we go from here. Next, Rebecca speaks with Micah White, co-creator of Occupy Wall Street and author of The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution, about why Occupy failed—and what we can learn from that “constructive failure." Then, Ethan Pollack of the Aspen Institute’s Future of Work Initiative, argues for what he calls a “new capitalism,” in which workers—not just businesses—benefit. But first, Jeremy Slevin returns to highlight what you need to know this week in another installment of “In Case You Missed It.” This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Who Run the District? Girls.

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Jan 20, 2017


Donald Trump has been sworn in as President of the United States—and many Americans who object to his damaging policies and hateful rhetoric are protesting. This includes women from all across the country who have descended on our nation's capital to voice their criticisms of this new political season. Rebecca Traister, writer-at-large for New York Magazine and author of New York Times bestseller All the Single Ladies, revisits the studio to discuss women's backlash against Trump, including the Women's March on Washington. Then, Angela Glover Blackwell, CEO of PolicyLink, explains what she calls the curb-cut effect—the idea that programs designed to help one vulnerable group actually end up helping everybody. But first, Jeremy Slevin returns to highlight this week’s biggest stories in poverty for another installment of “In Case You Missed It.” This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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The Senate Is in Sessions

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Jan 13, 2017


There’s a lot going on in Washington this week—a lot that will have ripple effects for the fight for equality across the country. First, CAP government affairs expert and former hill staffer Ryan Collins returns to update us on where Congressional Republicans stand on their efforts to repeal Obamacare. Then, Ian Millhiser, the Justice Editor of ThinkProgress, unpacks Senator Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing—and looks at what an Attorney General Sessions would mean for justice and civil rights in the U.S. Finally, we’re joined by the Harvard Medical School professor behind a new study finding that repealing Obamacare would dramatically worsen the nation’s opioid epidemic. But first, Jeremy Slevin—sorry, “The Slevs”—gives us a run-down of the week’s biggest stories for this week’s installment of "In Case You Missed It." This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Resist, Rinse, Repeat

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Jan 06, 2017


A new year—a new government. Congressional Republicans are already making moves to take away health insurance from as many as 30 million Americans (among other things) through a technical process called "reconciliation." Rebecca and Jeremy get help from CAP government affairs expert and former hill staffer Ryan Collins to unpack what this means and how it works. Next, Ezra Levin, one of our favorite anti-poverty policy wonks and one of the former congressional staffers behind Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Era, joins to discuss the movement rapidly taking the nation by storm. Then, Alan Pyke, Deputy Economic Policy Editor for ThinkProgress, brings us up to speed on conservative state politicians' longstanding quest to load shopping cart rules onto food stamp recipients. But first, Jeremy Slevin returns to highlight this week's biggest stories for another installment of "In Case You Missed It." This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Best of 2016: Part Two

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Dec 30, 2016


It isn’t entirely clear what’s in store for reproductive health in 2017, but it’s looking pretty bleak. (That’s why, immediately after the election, women across the country made a run on IUDs and other forms of birth control.) In the second installment of TalkPoverty Radio’s best-of series, we re-up two of our favorite interviews. First, our conversation with Rebecca Traister, writer-at-large for New York Magazine and author of New York Times bestseller All the Single Ladies, about how single women have long been an engine for social progress. Then, we revisit our interview with Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show, and the comics of Lady Parts Justice, on comedy as a tool for reproductive justice. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Best of 2016: Part One

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Thu, Dec 22, 2016


2016 has been a wild ride. Progressives have celebrated some key victories—like state-level minimum wage hikes and the Supreme Court decision to strike down restrictive abortion laws—but the year has also been marked by violence, fear, and bigotry. As the country braces itself for the unclear political landscape of 2017, TalkPoverty Radio revisits some of our favorite interviews from 2016—stories that exemplify how far our country has come, and shine a light on the work still to be done. First, we re-air our interview with Matthew Desmond, whose 2016 book Evicted brings center stage how eviction is both a cause and a consequence of poverty. Next, we take a look back at our conversation with Sarah McBride—who became the first openly transgender person to address a major party convention—on the civil rights of trans folks. And finally, we revisit our conversation with Daryl Atkinson—the first-ever "Second Chance Fellow" with the Department of Justice—on how we can dismantle the barriers associated with criminal records.

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Senate So White

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Dec 16, 2016


You wouldn’t know how diverse the United States is from looking at our government. This is an issue that affects members of Congress as well as their staff. Take the Senate. Of the 100 senators in the current session, only one has an African-American chief of staff. Michele Jawando, vice president of Legal Progress at the Center for American Progress, and Pat Collier, director of Government Affairs at CAP—both former Senate staffers—join the show to talk about why Senate diversity matters. Then, what is the role of the media in the age of Trump? Judd Legum, founder and editor-in-chief of ThinkProgress, joins to discuss. But first, Brandon Tensley and Greg Kaufmann bring us up to speed on what’s been going on this week in poverty. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Dakota, Interrupted

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Dec 09, 2016


After months of intense protests, the US Army Corps of Engineers finally blocked construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline last week. Mary Kathryn Nagle, an attorney and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, explains what this victory means and what lies ahead. Next, Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza, a fellow with CAP’s Legal Progress program, and Sharon Dietrich, the litigation director of Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, discuss the state of access to justice for marginalized Americans. Finally, David Callahan, founder and editor of Inside Philanthropy, fills us in on the part played by big donors in advancing agendas that don’t always benefit Americans of modest means. But first, Jeremy Slevin returns to highlight this week’s biggest stories in poverty. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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And the Nominees Are

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Dec 02, 2016


Three weeks into the Trump era, the president-elect has begun announcing his picks to head up some of the nation’s most important federal agencies. Here to unpack how these nominations could impact the millions of people struggling to make ends meet are Dorian Warren, President of the Center for Community Change Action Fund, and Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. Next, Ari Ne’eman, President of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, shines a spotlight on one of the groups of Americans who have the most to lose under Trump: people with disabilities. But first, Jeremy Slevin returns to highlight this week’s biggest stories in poverty. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Trump's America

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Nov 18, 2016


With our heads still reeling, this week we begin the task of dissecting what our country will soon look like under a President Trump. Congressman Xavier Becerra kicks off the discussion by laying out how we can maintain progressive momentum for programs like Social Security in this wild-card political landscape. Next, Rebecca talks with famed TV producer and political activist Norman Lear about his work on America Divided, a docu-series that pulls into focus entrenched inequality in our country—something we’ll want to keep a close watch on now more than ever. And wrapping up this week’s program is Nelson Schwartz, a business reporter for the New York Times who takes us behind the scenes of some of the factory workers depending on Trump to make good on his promises to save their jobs. But first, Jeremy Slevin returns to shatter one of the biggest post-election myths: that Trump won the election because of low-income voters. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Is Your Life Worth as Much as a White Man's?

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Nov 04, 2016


One of this week's most egregious revelations is that white and male victims in personal injury cases receive larger awards than people of color and women. No, you didn't misread that: Their lives are literally judged to be more valuable under the law. Then, the rise of childcare deserts and new research finding that more than half of kids living in rural areas reside in areas with scarce childcare options. Next, we'll take a look at the heavy toll of mass deportation raids on undocumented workers. And finally, the conservative myth that raising the minimum wage "kills jobs" gets knocked down yet another peg. But first, Brandon Tensley fills in for Jeremy Slevin to highlight this week's biggest stories in poverty.

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Harvard Strikes

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Oct 28, 2016


This week saw the end of a tense, almost three-week strike that sent shockwaves across Harvard’s campus. At issue? Dining hall employees at the wealthiest university on the planet—Harvard’s endowment hovers around $35 billion—have been scrambling to make ends meet. Here to talk about the strike is Luke O’Neil, a Boston-based journalist who covered the issue. Next, we unpack new analysis showing how, despite conservatives' claims about being the party of “family values,” it’s progressive policies like raising the minimum wage and expanding Medicaid that strengthen families. Helping us shine a light on the issue are Katherine Gallagher Robbins, Director of Family Policy at the Center for American Progress, and Yolanda Gordon, a mother of three from South Carolina. But first, Jeremy Slevin returns to highlight this week’s biggest stories in poverty. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Thank You, Anita Hill

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Oct 21, 2016


This month marks the 25th anniversary of Anita Hill’s famous testimony at Clarence Thomas’s confirmation hearings (and his subsequent confirmation as a Supreme Court justice). With sexual assault back in the headlines, we take a look at how far we’ve come since then—as well as the work ahead—with Lisalyn Jacobs of the Center for Survivor Agency and Justice. Next, Bryce Covert of ThinkProgress joins to discuss the hidden poisoning of poor children at a Los Angeles housing complex. Finally, we take a look at ballot initiatives in five states that could give workers a much-needed raise. But first, Jeremy Slevin kicks off the show with a run-down of the biggest stories in poverty from this week. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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The White Working Class

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Oct 14, 2016


This election cycle, stories about the white working class have dominated the news. But despite being widely covered, this group may also be one of the most misunderstood. We’re joined by journalist and native Kansan Sarah Smarsh to discuss what the mainstream media’s getting wrong when it comes to this voting bloc. Another issue that has gotten a lot of play in the 2016 election cycle is disability. But a little-known fact is that workers with disabilities can legally be paid far below minimum wage, with some earning just pennies an hour. To commemorate Disability Employment Awareness Month, we speak with Jordan Melograna, the filmmaker behind Bottom Dollars, a new documentary that shines a spotlight on the sub-minimum wage, and Cheryl Bates-Harris, an advocate with the National Disability Rights Network. But first, Jeremy Slevin returns to discuss this week’s news in poverty. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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#StopTheDebtTrap

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Thu, Oct 06, 2016


It’s fairly common knowledge that payday loans—advertised as quick and easy cash—routinely trap borrowers in endless cycles of debt. Less known is that state-level attempts to regulate them have proven largely useless. But the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed comprehensive rules that will rein in predatory lenders nationwide. To unpack how these regulations will help borrowers and to celebrate the close of the comment period, Joe Valenti, Director of Consumer Finance at the Center for American Progress, joins the show. Next, with the election just weeks away, we turn to the topic of ID cards. To discuss recent developments in voter suppression, and how barriers to documentation can impact everyday life, we sit down with Liz Kennedy, Director of Government and Democratic Reform at the Center for American Progress, and Laura Durso, Senior Director of the LGBT Research and Communications Project. But first, we kick off the show with Jeremy Slevin to discuss the biggest news in poverty this week. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Stop and Frisk

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Sep 30, 2016


Thanks to this week’s presidential debate, stop and frisk—yet another controversial police tactic that disproportionately targets people of color—has returned to the national spotlight. To unpack its legality and understand its connection to mass incarceration and police brutality, Jason Williamson, an attorney with the ACLU, joins the show. Another topic that has dominated headlines this election cycle is child care, which remains out of reach for far too many Americans, particularly those in low-wage jobs with unpredictable hours. To discuss solutions for a more equitable child care system—as well as the racial and gendered history of child care in America—Aleyamma Mathew of the Ms. Foundation and Mary Ignatius of Parent Voices join the show. But first, Jeremy Slevin returns to discuss this week’s news in poverty. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Lady Parts Justice

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Sep 23, 2016


Next week marks the 40th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, the notorious law that denies abortion coverage to Medicaid beneficiaries. Rebecca crashes the green room to talk with Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show, and the comics of Lady Parts Justice to explore an unlikely form of activism around reproductive rights: comedy. Next, we go behind the scenes with Planned Parenthood and the creators of “Across the Line,” a virtual reality experience that places viewers in the position of an abortion seeker en route to the clinic. And we take a look at how Hyde compounds systemic racism and income inequality with Jamila Taylor, who leads women’s health for the Center for American Progress. But first, we kick off a new segment, “In Case You Missed It,” a weekly roundup of what you need to know in poverty this week. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Party Like It's 1999

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Sep 16, 2016


The results are in: Americans made historic gains on poverty, income, and health insurance coverage in 2015, including the largest single-year reduction in the national poverty rate since 1967. This is huge news—and the first time since 1999 that Americans gained significant ground in all three of these areas. To dig into the new data, TalkPoverty Radio sits down with Bob Greenstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Also this week, The Houston Chronicle revealed that Texas has denied special education to tens of thousands of children with disabilities. Brian M. Rosenthal—the journalist who uncovered this scandal—joins to discuss his investigative reporting. And finally, Anna Guy of the AVID Prison Project unpacks the staggering impact of solitary confinement on inmates with mental illness, as well as advocacy efforts to fight back against this all-too common practice. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Racist Robots

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Sep 09, 2016


What a time to be alive. Robots can not only replace human labor—they can also be programmed to help recruit and hire humans, too. But it turns out that robots aren’t as unbiased as one might think. To discuss the implications of robot recruitment for low-income workers and workers of color, Mike Madowitz, an economist at the Center for American Progress, joins the show. Next up, in anticipation of the Census Bureau poverty data to be released next week, CAP senior fellow Shawn Fremstad joins to discuss why the official poverty measure is too damn low. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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EpiPen-Gate

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Thu, Sep 01, 2016


The recent price hike for the EpiPen has made it all but inaccessible to American families—even though it may very well be the difference between life and death. To discuss, we’re joined by Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works, and Maura Calsyn, the Director of Health Policy at the Center for American Progress. But first, we celebrate Labor Day, and the upcoming bill from Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and her colleagues that will help eliminate the gender and racial pay gap (it’s urgent: black women earn 60 cents for each dollar earned by a white man). To unpack the bill and discuss the future of equal pay, we are joined by Jocelyn Frye, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and former Policy Director to First Lady Michelle Obama. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Baton Rouge

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Aug 26, 2016


Louisiana is no stranger to natural disasters—but this time, the media has all but neglected the recent floods in Baton Rouge. To discuss the floods’ disproportionate impact on low-income Louisianans, we are joined by Danielle Baussan, Managing Director of Energy Policy at the Center for American Progress. Later in the show, we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the law that “ended welfare as we know it” and created our nation’s current cash assistance program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. To discuss the remains of our nation’s welfare system and unpack the long-term repercussions of the law, we are joined by Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Director of the Project on Deep Poverty at the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality. Finally, we are joined by Samuel Hammond, the Poverty and Welfare Policy Analyst for the Niskanen Center, who offers a libertarian’s critique of TANF. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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The One Percent

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Thu, Aug 11, 2016


Almost no one—just the wealthy estates of 2 in 1,000 Americans—pays any estate tax. And yet, conservatives have renewed their call for repealing the tax under the guise of helping working families. For a history of the estate tax, its role in addressing inequality, and what the consequences of repealing it could mean, we are joined by Harry Stein, Director of Fiscal Policy at the Center for American Progress. We also continue our summer reading series with journalist David Dayen, whose book, Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street's Great Foreclosure Fraud, examines how mortgage companies used false evidence to kick millions of families out of their homes, and how three ordinary Americans fought back. Alan Pyke of ThinkProgress then joins for another installment of the Weekly Worst, and we say goodbye to Tracey on her final episode of TalkPoverty Radio as she leaves CAP to move out West.

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#RestoreTheVRA

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Aug 05, 2016


August 6th marks the 51st anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, which put in place critical protections against discriminatory state policies that have the effect of disenfranchising communities of color. In the decades since, conservative attacks on voting rights—and a 2013 Supreme Court decision—have dramatically weakened the law. Meanwhile, as Ian Millhiser joins to discuss, a bevy of good news has emerged from the federal courts in recent weeks. And later in the show, we continue our summer reading series with Heather Boushey of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and author of Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Philadelphia

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Jul 29, 2016


With the #DemsinPhilly this week, we’re taking you on a tour of the “poorest big city in the U.S.” We talk with Witnesses to Hunger about the human faces behind the statistics and the power of photography to inspire change. And we hear from Community Legal Services’ Sharon Dietrich about what would move the needle in a city where more than 1 in 4 residents live in poverty. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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#BlackLivesMatter

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Jul 15, 2016


The recent police shootings of two black men – Philando Castile and Alton Sterling – followed by the shootings of five Dallas police officers, have reignited national conversations around policing, the Black Lives Matter movement, and gun violence in the U.S. To discuss the impact of these events on our country moving forward, we’re joined by Jamil Smith, Senior National Correspondent for MTV News. We also continue our summer reading series with Shaka Senghor, author of the New York Times Bestseller, Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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#WeNeedNine

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Jul 01, 2016


Despite not having a full bench, the Supreme Court has weighed in on a number of historic cases over the past couple weeks, covering critical topics including a woman’s right to choose, affirmative action, gun regulations, and immigration reform. To discuss these rulings, and why we need nine justices to preserve the legitimacy of the court, we are joined by our justice correspondent Ian Millhiser, Justice Editor for ThinkProgress and author of Injustices: The Supreme Court’s History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted. And as part of our Summer Reading Series, we air an encore presentation of our interview with Harvard sociologist Matthew Desmond, who discusses his groundbreaking book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Desmond shares a behind-the-scenes look at how eviction is not just a condition of poverty but a cause of it. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Obamaphones

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Jun 24, 2016


Instead of addressing our nation’s pressing gun violence problem, House Republican leadership spent this week trying to dismantle the Lifeline program, which helps low-income people afford mobile phone and broadband service. We discuss how advocates mounted a successful effort to fend off these attacks — and discuss Maine Governor Paul LePage's attack on struggling Mainers, this time a threat to eliminate the state’s food stamp program. Later in the show, we kick off our summer book series with a re-airing of our interview with Rebecca Traister, author of the New York Times bestseller All the Single Ladies. And we say goodbye to TalkPoverty Radio's beloved producer Alyssa Peterson. If your family needs affordable Internet options in California, please call 844-841-4636. For programs in other states, please visit everyoneon.org. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Orlando

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Thu, Jun 16, 2016


The attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando that served as a haven for the LGBT community is the deadliest mass shooting in our history. This week, we mourn with the victims, the injured, the families of the victims, the first responders, and the thousands of traumatized survivors of gun violence. But thoughts and prayers aren’t enough; we discuss what we can do to fight hatred and keep guns out of the wrong hands, especially highly-dangerous weapons of war. And in the second half of the show, in honor of Father’s Day, we unpack some of the myths around the “Deadbeat Dad,” and discuss why our punitive child support system desperately needs reform. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Paul Ryan's "Anti-Poverty" Plan

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Jun 10, 2016


Here we go again. This week, House Speaker Paul Ryan released yet another self-styled plan to fight poverty that actually does the opposite. To discuss the plan, as well as a true vision for fighting poverty and expanding opportunity, we’re joined by Jared Bernstein, former Economic Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden and Senior a Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. We then talk to Cory Mason, a state legislator in Ryan’s home state, to discuss why Ryan’s plan is the exact opposite of what his constituents need. Finally, we’re joined by Roach Brown, who was incarcerated for decades before receiving executive clemency and becoming host of the radio show Crossroads on WPFW. Check out his national mass incarceration radio-thon on June 17th. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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#ThanksObama

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Jun 03, 2016


ICYMI, President Obama just came out in support of expanding Social Security, our nation’s most effective anti-poverty program. This victory is the culmination of years of organizing by progressive activists like Alex Lawson, who serves as the Executive Director of Social Security Works. He joins the show to discuss why the movement has been so successful and where we need to go next. Later in the show, we unpack the bold new steps that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took this week to rein in the abusive payday lending practices that trap millions of Americans in a cycle of debt. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Working Overtime

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, May 20, 2016


Due to outdated overtime policies, millions of Americans haven’t been getting paid for all the time they work. But this week the Department of Labor announced important steps to update the rules requiring employers to pay workers time-and-a-half if they work overtime. We’ve got you covered with what you need to know about the new overtime rules and the 12.5 million Americans who will be helped. Later in the episode, we're joined by the filmmakers who made the short film "A Hug from Paul Ryan" as part of Sundance’s Take 5: Justice in America film series. And we explore how the Zika virus could hit low-income communities the hardest. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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HB2

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, May 13, 2016


This week, we discuss the federal government’s sweeping actions to protect the civil rights of transgender people, who are disproportionately affected by poverty due to widespread discrimination in housing, education, employment, and public accommodations. In fact, in her announcement that the Department of Justice would sue North Carolina over its discriminatory bathroom bill, Attorney General Lynch compared the state’s actions to Jim Crow and called for an end to state-sanctioned discrimination. Later in the show, we break down the recent decision by Google to ban all ads for payday loans on its site. And finally, we have another round of the Weekly Worst with Alan Pyke. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Obama Visits Flint

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, May 06, 2016


This week, we discuss President Obama’s remarks in Flint, Michigan, where families and leaders are still dealing with the ongoing effects of their water crisis. Obama’s visit comes on the heels of Michigan’s attorney general filing criminal charges against three government workers associated with the crisis, as well as Governor Snyder’s highly criticized promise to drink water from Flint for 30 days. To discuss these developments and the future of Flint, we talk to Jim Ananich, Michigan’s Senate Minority Leader, who is a Flint resident and represents part of the city. We also air an encore presentation of our interview with Curt Guyette of the ACLU of Michigan, who recently won the 2016 Hillman Prize for Web Journalism for breaking the story that Flint’s water was contaminated with lead. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Lemonade

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Apr 29, 2016


World Stop! Beyonce did it again, dropping her second visual album, Lemonade, during a widely anticipated HBO special last week. The album/film hybrid, seemingly inspired by the singer’s personal life, has been described as “a lyrical and visual dissertation on the soul of a black woman.” Lemonade almost exclusively showcases black women, incorporates visual and musical representations of the African diaspora, and touches directly on two of the largest tragedies for black Americans in the 21st century: Hurricane Katrina and the unjust killings of black men and boys. To discuss these themes, and some of the controversy surrounding the singer, Tracey is joined by her friends and colleagues here at CAP. In addition, four years ago this week, student loan debt in America topped $1 trillion. To discuss this widespread issue, Rebecca is joined by Kayla Wingbermuehle-Brown of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Democracy Spring

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Apr 15, 2016


After a 140-mile march from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., more than 400 protestors were arrested on the Capitol steps, the largest number of arrests for an act of civil disobedience in the Capitol’s history. The nonviolent protest was led by Democracy Spring, a coalition of more than 100 progressive groups fighting against the influence of money in politics and for strengthening the right to vote. To discuss this, we’re joined by Alex Lawson, executive director of Social Security Works, who participated in the protests. We’re also joined by Ari Rabin-Havt of SirusXm’s The Agenda – and author of the new book Lies, Incorporated: The World of Post-Truth Politics – who joins in on an extended version of the weekly worst with Alan Pyke of Think Progress. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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All the Single Ladies

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Apr 08, 2016


April 12th, otherwise known as Equal Pay Day, marks how far in the year that women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. It also means a special TalkPoverty podcast on the rise of unmarried women in America. These days, more and more American women are waiting to put a ring on it – including yours truly, Rebecca and Tracey. This week, we sat down with critically-acclaimed author and journalist Rebecca Traister to discuss this new generation of unwed women and its implications on work, family, and the future of America. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Working for Tips

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Thu, Mar 31, 2016


April 1st marks the 25th anniversary of the last time Congress raised the tipped minimum wage. Since 1991, the federal wage floor for tipped workers has stayed stuck at just $2.13 an hour. These workers -- disproportionately women and people of color -- are especially likely to live in poverty, are subject to high rates of wage theft, and experience high rates of sexual harassment in the workplace. In this week's episode, we dive into the history of the tipped minimum wage, the many ways tipped workers have their rights trampled in the workplace, and the policy solutions that would bring justice to the 4.3 million Americans working for tips. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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The Pink Tax

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Mar 25, 2016


While there has been much discussion over the gender wage gap in this country, the fact that female shoppers are often penalized at the cash register has only recently begun to gain traction among policymakers. On this episode, we discuss what is known as the “pink tax” – the phenomenon of retailers increasing the price of products, such as shampoo or razors, once they are marketed to women – despite being identical to men’s products. This gender-based discrimination is also baked into items like tampons and other sanitary products – as they aren’t deemed medically necessary in many states – placing extra sales tax burdens on female consumers and spurring a movement to #freethetampons. Later in the show, we break down the recent decision by the North Carolina legislature to pass discriminatory legislation that makes the state, as the New York Times editorial board put it, “a pioneer in bigotry” against LGBT people and other marginalized communities. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Evicted

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Mar 18, 2016


Everyone is talking about Harvard sociologist Matthew Desmond’s groundbreaking new book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Desmond joins TalkPoverty Radio for a behind-the-scenes look at how eviction is not just a condition of poverty but a cause of it. Next we’re joined by Congresswoman Gwen Moore, who represents Milwaukee as part of Wisconsin’s 4th District, as well as housing experts who share their views on what we can do to protect low-income renters from exploitation. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Super Tuesday

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Mar 04, 2016


This Super Tuesday, voters in 12 states went to the polls. To discuss, we break down what the results mean for anti-poverty efforts. We also feature excerpts from an event with Reverend Al Sharpton that focused on the intersection of the 2016 Presidential Election and issues facing communities of color. Later in the episode, we discuss the issue of judicial vacancies and how the resulting backlog of cases denies low-income people access to justice. And finally, we have another round of the Weekly Worst with Alan Pyke. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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#OscarsSoWhite

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Feb 26, 2016


It's Oscar season! And this year the Academy Awards arrive amid controversy for their overwhelmingly alabaster hue. With not a single person of color nominated in any of the acting, writing, or directing categories, the outrage around #OscarsSoWhite has many asking what the Academy values in a black performance. We're joined by Jamil Smith of MTV News to discuss an analysis by the New York Times finding that when it comes to black actresses in particular, it's only when portraying characters living in poverty that they get a shot at the golden statuette. But first, we sit down with Josh Eidelson, labor reporter at Bloomberg Businessweek, and Laura Durso of CAP's LGBT Progress team, to discuss the lack of federal workplace protections for LGBT people and a lawsuit against Walmart that could expand gay rights nationwide. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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No Paine, No Gaine

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Feb 19, 2016


In honor of President's Day (sort of), we nerd out about founding father Thomas Paine’s early vision of how to end poverty with Alex Lawson of Social Security Works and Ezra Levin of the Corporation for Enterprise Development. And we also sit down with Ian Millhiser, Justice Editor at ThinkProgress and author of Injustices: The Supreme Court's History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted to discuss Justice Antonin Scalia and what his passing means for the cases before the court. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Emergency Management

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Feb 12, 2016


Over the past few weeks, Michigan’s emergency manager system has been under intense scrutiny as the cities of Detroit and Flint are in the midst of two crises that particularly impact children. First, for the past few weeks, teachers in the Detroit Public School system have been organizing “sick-outs” to bring attention to poor pay, crowded classrooms, and deplorable school conditions. To discuss this, we’re joined by Terrence Martin, executive vice president for the Detroit Federation of Teachers. We’re then joined by Kim Mitchell, a long-time teacher in the city’s public schools. An hour away, in Flint, MI, the city continues to deal with the water crisis, and anticipate the long-term needs of the children who were exposed to lead. We’re joined by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who serves as a professor of pediatrics and human development at Michigan State University and Director of the Pediatric Residency Program at Hurley Medical Center. Her research on elevated lead levels in children helped sound the alarm around Flint’s water crisis, bringing national attention to the long term effects this lead exposure will have on children. We are also joined by Alan Pyke of ThinkProgress for another installment of the Weekly Worst. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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ABAWDs

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, Feb 05, 2016


More than half a million of the poorest Americans are at risk of losing vital nutrition assistance in the next few months, due to a little known provision in the food stamps program that will cause jobless workers to lose assistance while they look for work. Ed Bolen of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Lisa Hamler-Fugitt of the Ohio Association of Food Banks join us to discuss what's happening and what states are doing to fight back. Later in the episode, we are joined by Lisa Hamilton of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Ezra Levin of the Corporation for Enterprise Development to discuss the racial wealth gap. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Out of Luck

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Wed, Jan 20, 2016


This week, we're joined by Bryce Covert of ThinkProgress to discuss the dark side of lotteries. Rebecca Lenn of Media Matters for America analyzes the media's coverage of Paul Ryan’s poverty summit (spoiler – they mostly whiffed). And as always, we run through the Weekly Worst with Alan Pyke of ThinkProgress, who's with us this week and next as a guest co-host. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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The Conservative Approach to Poverty

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Thu, Jan 14, 2016


The GOP sure has been talking a lot about poverty. This past weekend, Speaker Ryan and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) co-hosted a big anti-poverty summit in Columbia, South Carolina, where they brought together several of the GOP presidential hopefuls as well as conservative thought leaders to share their ideas for “expanding opportunity in America." To discuss the GOP’s proposals for fighting poverty—and what folks on the left and the right think about them—we’re joined by Robert Doar, the Mordridge Fellow in Poverty Studies at the conservative American Enterprise Institute and former Commissioner of New York City’s Human Resources Administration under Mayor Bloomberg, and Jared Bernstein, senior fellow at the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and former chief economist for Vice President Biden.

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2016 SCOTUS Roundup

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Wed, Jan 06, 2016


We kick 2016 off by reflecting on the best stories and op-eds of 2015 that drew attention to critical but under reported issues, rebutted persistent myths, lifted up policy solutions, and even served as a catalyst for change. We are then joined by Ian Millhiser, Justice Editor for ThinkProgress and author of Injustices: The Supreme Court's History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted, who helps us break down some of the most high profile cases on the Supreme Court’s docket for this year. And while the year is young, Alan Pyke from ThinkProgress joins to share some of the worst stories of the year so far for another installment of the weekly worst. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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It's Time for a Change

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Thu, Dec 17, 2015


Between childcare, school, and medical expenses, raising a child is expensive. One necessity that is often not discussed is diapers, which can cost a family an average nearly $1,000 per year. Low-income families are especially hard-hit, spending on average nearly 14% of their annual income on diapers alone. To discuss this issue, we’re joined by Congressman Keith Ellison who recently introduced the Hygiene Assistance for Families of Infants and Toddlers Act. We are also joined by Joanne Goldblum, Executive Director of The National Diaper Bank Network, which is a leading a national movement to ensure that all families have access to clean, dry diapers. We are then joined by our colleague Sarah Edelman, Director of Housing Policy at CAP, to discuss a recent report we released on the link between affordable housing and access to opportunity. And then we wrap up with the final Weekly(ish) Worst of 2015 with Alan Pyke of ThinkProgress. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Criminal Records are a Family Sentence

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Thu, Dec 10, 2015


New analysis from CAP has found that nearly half of U.S. children now have at least one parent with a criminal record. To discuss the family consequences that can stem from the barriers associated with a parent’s criminal record, we’re joined by our colleagues Melissa Boteach, Vice President of the Poverty to Prosperity Program, and Todd Cox, CAP Senior Fellow and TalkPoverty Radio's criminal justice correspondent. We’re then joined by a 32-year-old mother of three from Philadelphia who discusses how a decade-old misdemeanor conviction continues to punish her whole family. We’re also joined by Jo-Ann Wallace, the President and CEO of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA), who discusses how the underfunding of public defense makes the right to counsel ring hollow for low-income defendants. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Fast for $15

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Thu, Dec 03, 2015


This holiday season, millions of Americans will be heading to large retailers to buy gifts for loved ones, but at what cost? Workers at Walmart, the world’s most profitable corporation, face unpredictable scheduling practices that make it hard to balance work and family obligations, and many go hungry during the year due to their meager wages. To hear how workers are fighting back, we speak with Nancy Reynolds, a cashier at a Florida Walmart who started a petition asking her employer to join other retailers in giving its employees a 10% discount on food. We then speak with Michelle Chen, a contributing writer for The Nation and a co-producer of Dissent Magazine’s Belabored podcast, to discuss how such activism intersects with the labor movement more broadly. Later in the show, we’re joined by Scott Rodd, a freelance journalist and photographer, who provides some insight on the unfortunate reality that covering poverty can require journalists to live in poverty. Last but not least, Alan Pyke of ThinkProgress returns for the Weekly Worst. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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The Digital Divide

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Thu, Nov 19, 2015


To kick things off, our friend Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works and co-founder of We Act Radio, returns to discuss some recent actions on Capitol Hill in the fight to protect and expand Social Security. We then shift gears for a special segment on poverty and technology. Tracey sits down with her mentor Dr. Freada Kapor Klein, Partner at The Kapor Center for Social Impact, to discuss the $40 million investment she and her husband are making to diversify Silicon Valley over the next three years. We’re also joined by John B. Horrigan, a senior researcher focusing on the internet and technology at Pew Research Center, who discusses gaps in access to technology and the need for “digital readiness” among low-income communities. And we’re joined once again by Alan Pyke of ThinkProgress for the latest installment of the Weekly Worst. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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A Fair Shot for All

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Thu, Nov 05, 2015


This week, we talk to Todd Cox, Senior Fellow and Legal Correspondent for TalkPoverty Radio, about President Obama’s announcement that the federal government would “ban the box,” giving people with criminal records a fair shot in hiring processes. Next, Rebecca is joined by Eduardo Porter of The New York Times and Indi Dutta-Gupta of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality to discuss welfare reform's legacy and what the election of Speaker Ryan means for people living in poverty. Tracey also reports from her trip to PolicyLink’s 2015 Equity Summit in Los Angeles, California where she connected with a number of leaders fighting for social justice. First, she sits down with Angela Glover Blackwell, President and CEO of PolicyLink, to discuss the goals of the Summit and how “equity is a superior growth model” for the economy. She then speaks with Alderman Antonio French of St. Louis, who gained national attention for covering the unrest in Ferguson in 2014. French joins to discuss the predatory fines and fees municipalities place on low-income people and people of color, and the future of Ferguson. Tracey also talks to Dixon Slingerland, Executive Director of the Youth Policy Institute, and one of the leaders of the Los Angeles Promise Zone. He discusses the challenges the neighborhoods in the zone face, and the progress they are making to revitalize the area. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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O Canada!

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Thu, Oct 22, 2015


On this week’s show, we kick things off by celebrating our neighbors to the North who elected Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister after he campaigned on an anti-poverty platform. In addition to Trudeau’s victory, there were some big wins for the First Nations people of Canada. To discuss this, as well as the work ahead to fight poverty among Native populations, we’re joined by our colleague Erik Stegman, an expert in American Indian and Alaska Native policy. In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we next discuss the intersection of poverty and domestic violence with Lisalyn Jacobs of Legal Momentum, an organization dedicated to ensuring economic and personal security for women and girls, and Dana Bolger of Know Your IX, a national survivor-run, student-driven campaign to end campus sexual violence. And we close things out with The Weekly(ish) Worst with Alan Pyke of ThinkProgress. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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DC’s Fight for Paid Leave

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Thu, Oct 08, 2015


Nearly every worker will experience a caregiving dilemma at some point in their working lives, yet only 12 percent of all private-sector workers have access to paid family leave. In a historic move, DC’s City Council is working to change that for workers in the nation’s capital. To discuss this landmark legislation, we’re joined by at-large Council members Elissa Silverman and David Grosso, the lead supporters of the measure, as well as Sheena Wadhawan, Advocacy Director of the Employment Justice Center. But first, we’re joined by Todd Cox, a Senior Fellow at CAP and TalkPoverty Radio’s new criminal justice correspondent, who helps us dissect The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, a groundbreaking piece of bipartisan legislation that promises to rein in our country’s “tough on crime” days with sensible reforms. And we’re joined once again by Alan Pyke of ThinkProgress for a special installment of the weekly worst. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Prison-Industrial Complex

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Tue, Sep 29, 2015


This past weekend highlighted two historic visits to U.S. prisons. First, Pope Francis spoke with a group of about 100 inmates in Philadelphia. Then HBO aired VICE’s special report, “Fixing the System,” which covered President Obama’s visit to a federal prison. To discuss the significance of these visits, the rise of “offender-funded justice,” and the country’s failed experiment with private prisons, we’re joined by Jeremy Haile, Federal Advocacy Counsel for The Sentencing Project, as well as Carl Takei, Staff Attorney at the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). We also speak with Rachel Tardiff, Deputy Director of Outreach for Media Matters for America, who breaks down the latest attempt in Maine to shame low-income Americans. And finally, we provide a sneak peek into the United Planning Organization’s discussion on “Poverty in the Media,” which brought together D.C. media personalities and anti-poverty activists. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Pope-isode

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Wed, Sep 23, 2015


Pope Francis is in the midst of his historic visit to the United States, and he is fearlessly political. To talk about what his visit means for the most marginalized in our society, we’re joined by Claire Markham, Outreach Manager for the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at Center for American Progress. We then board the famous 'Nuns on the Bus' tourbus to speak with Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby. In this role, Sister Simone has traveled to dozens of cities on a mission to transform our politics. Later in the episode, we’re joined by Alan Pyke of ThinkProgress who helps us identify this week's Weekly Worst. We then share highlights from an intriguing conversation about the Pope's vision for an inclusive society, led by Sally Steenland, Director of CAP's Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Digging into the New Poverty Data

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Tue, Sep 15, 2015


The new poverty numbers are out, and the news is mixed. While millions of Americans are experiencing the benefits of Obamacare, poverty and economic insecurity remain at unacceptable levels. To help us dig into the data, we’re joined by Arloc Sherman, Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, who goes over the good, the bad, and the ugly of the new poverty numbers. We’re then joined by our resident critic-in-chief, CAP Senior Fellow Shawn Fremstad, who helps us understand the limitations to how we measure poverty. We’re also joined by social scientists Kathy Edin and Luke Shaefer to discuss their new book $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, which examines how households are surviving on virtually no income. We finish things off with the return of the Weekly Worst with our friend Alan Pyke of ThinkProgress. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Labor Day

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Thu, Sep 03, 2015


On today’s episode, we’re celebrating Labor Day – a holiday recognizing the American labor movement and achievements of American workers. To kick things off, we’re joined by Steve Kreisberg, Director of Collective Bargaining for the public sector union AFSCME. He discusses the important role unions play in protecting workers, and why attacks on unions are misplaced. We’re then joined by Terrence McCoy of The Washington Post, whose recent article exposed how companies make millions off lead-poisoned, poor black residents of Baltimore. We’re also joined by Saqib Bhatti, a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and the Director of the ReFund America Project. He discusses the astronomical fees that cities pay for financial services and how cities should take a page out of the labor playbook by collectively bargaining with Wall Street to save money. We close things out with Clara Miller of the F.B. Heron Foundation, who discusses the role of philanthropy in the new economy. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Hurricane Katrina: Ten Years Later

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Thu, Aug 27, 2015


Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina made landfall, revealing the vulnerability of low-income communities and communities of color. To recognize this anniversary, we’re joined by a number of guests to better shine a light on the effects of extreme weather, racial inequality, and poverty. First, we’re joined by Dr. MarkAlain Dery, founder of the New Orleans radio station, 102.3 FM WHIV, which broadcasts TalkPoverty Radio each week. Dr. Dery, a physician at Tulane School of Medicine, discusses leading the Astrodome Health Clinic for evacuees of the storm and how New Orleans has changed. We’re also joined by Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League and former Mayor of New Orleans, who discusses how the recovery efforts are far from complete for the city’s poorest residents. We then hear from Sandy Rosenthal, activist and founder of Levees.org, who shares insights on the manmade aspect of the disaster. Lastly, Danielle Baussan, Managing Director of CAP’s energy team, discusses how social networks are a critical tool in fighting back against disaster. We also have footage from The Bill Press Show, where Tracey was a guest discussing environmental justice. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Happy Birthday Social Security!

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Thu, Aug 20, 2015


Happy (belated) 80th birthday Social Security! To celebrate the program that keeps more than 22 million Americans out of poverty every year, we’re joined by Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works, who joins us from the road in between birthday parties for Social Security in states across the country. We discuss recent attacks on the program with Michael Hiltzik, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Los Angeles Times. Rebecca sits down with Kevin Prindiville, Executive Director of Justice in Aging, to explore the myth that senior poverty is a thing of the past. And last but certainly not least, we’re joined by Mike Konczal, a fellow with the Roosevelt Institute and contributor to The Nation and Dissent to discuss the flaws in the conservative “voluntarism fantasy,” a world in which private charity fulfills all public needs. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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The Voting Rights Act at 50

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Thu, Aug 06, 2015


On August 6, 1965, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act, which arguably has done more to empower African Americans than perhaps any law since the Fourteenth Amendment. Unfortunately, a 2013 Supreme Court decision gutted a central component of the law, and conservative attacks on voting rights have disenfranchised vulnerable communities. To discuss the storied history of the Voting Rights Act and where we need to go to restore its protections, we speak to Michele Jawando, Vice President of Legal Progress at the Center for American Progress and Ari Berman, a contributing writer for The Nation magazine. Later, we are joined by Glenn Martin, Founder and President of JustLeadershipUSA, to discuss President Obama's exciting program that would restore Pell Grants to some incarcerated students. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Disability and Poverty: Breaking the Link

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Thu, Jul 30, 2015


July 26th marked 25 years since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To discuss how far we’ve come—and how far we still have to go—we’re joined by Talley Wells, Director of the Disability Integration Project at the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, for an overview of the ADA as well as the Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision, a critical civil rights case for people with disabilities. Courtesy of the Vera Institute, we feature remarks from Talila “TL” Lewis, founder of HEARD, on the impact of the criminal justice system on people with disabilities. We also hear from Alice Wong about the Disability Visibility Project, a partnership with StoryCorps to collect oral histories of people with disabilities. And we are joined by Michael Morris, Executive Director of the National Disability Institute, to discuss the work that lies ahead to ensure that disability and poverty no longer go hand in hand. For a transcript of the episode, click here. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Netroots Nation Roundup

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Thu, Jul 23, 2015


Last week we attended Netroots Nation in Phoenix, Arizona! In addition to our regularly scheduled Weekly Worst, we talked to Katie Klabusich, writer and reproductive justice activist, who discusses the need to include economic justice in all social justice movements. Rebecca also talked to Congressman Mark Takano (D-CA) about the push to raise the income threshold for overtime pay. We then hear from Analilia Mejia, Executive Director of New Jersey Working Families, about her work advocating for paid sick days for working families amid opposition from Governor Chris Christie (R) and the state legislature. And we close with the voices of the Black Lives Matter protesters who shifted the conversation of the Netroots Presidential Town Hall. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Big Fat Greek Lie

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Thu, Jul 16, 2015


This week we talk to Joan Walsh, editor-at-large for Salon.com, MSNBC political analyst, and author of “What’s the Matter With White People? Finding Our Way in the Next America.” We discuss 2016, the stigma around poverty, and race in the U.S. But first, we’re joined by Craig Harrington, Economic Policy Program Director at Media Matters for America, to discuss why comparing the U.S. economy to the Greek debt crisis makes no sense, and why conservatives are doing this anyway to promote austerity here at home. We also talk to Liz Ben-Ishai, Senior Policy Analyst at Center for Law and Social Policy, on how we can protect workers and help business at the same time by simply making work schedules predictable, and how new legislation can help. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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We Shall Overcome

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Thu, Jul 02, 2015


Economic justice is an essential part of civil rights. On the heels of major civil rights wins at the Supreme Court, we’re marking the 51st anniversary of the Civil Rights Act by discussing how far we have come, and how the fight must continue. We kick things off with Michele Jawando, Vice President for Legal Progress at CAP, who discusses the SCOTUS wins, calls for removing the confederate flag, and how the #BlackLivesMatter movement is a continuation of the Civil Rights Movement of 50 years ago. We are then joined by Rebecca Cokley, Executive Director of the National Council on Disability, who discusses how the fight for economic and social inclusion for people with disabilities has its roots in the civil rights movement and must be part of today’s fight. Finally, we’re joined by Katie Klabusich, writer and reproductive justice activist, who discusses the link between poverty, economic justice, and reproductive rights. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Art and Soul

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Thu, Jun 25, 2015


Join us and explore the role art plays in social justice movements. Tracey talks with Meg Noe, Curator and Director of Education for David Weinberg Photography, about the gallery’s commitment to educating the public on issues of social justice. She is then joined by Billy McGuinness, a Chicago-based artist whose work is currently on display at the gallery as part of the exhibit An Invisible Hand. Tracey also speaks with Ben Stone, Executive Director of Station North Arts & Entertainment, Inc., to discuss the role the arts plays in community change throughout his hometown of Baltimore. And Alan Pyke of ThinkProgress joins Tracey and Alyssa Peterson (filling in for Rebecca) for another rendition of the Weekly Worst.

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Supreme Court Countdown

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Thu, Jun 18, 2015


Rebecca talks with Ian Millhiser, Justice Editor for ThinkProgress and author of Injustices: The Supreme Court's History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted, about the five worst Supreme Court Justices ever and the four most important court cases this session for low-income families and communities. She is then joined by RJ Eskow, host of The Zero Hour, to unpack how Orange is the New Black got it wrong (way wrong) about a vital program for kids with disabilities. And as always(ish), Alan Pyke of ThinkProgress joins Tracey and Rebecca for the Weekly Worst. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Unpacking the Briefcase

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Thu, Jun 11, 2015


Rebecca and Tracey, who have criticized CBS's new reality show The Briefcase on air, talk directly with the show’s creator and producer, Dave Broome. They discuss what inspired him to focus on struggling families, debate the impact of the show, and hear why he believes he has created the most “real and raw” show on network television. Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works, talks with Rebecca about her testimony at a recent Congressional hearing focused on "waste, fraud and abuse" in safety net programs. Laura Durso and Sarah McBride of CAP’s LGBT Progress team join to discuss Caitlyn Jenner’s recent Vanity Fair cover and the conversations it has sparked around issues impacting the transgender community. And as always(ish), Alan Pyke of ThinkProgress joins for the Weekly(ish) Worst. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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We the People

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Mon, Jun 08, 2015


This episode is all about people fighting for their fair share of the “American Dream.” We’re talking with Hannah Groch-Begley of Media Matters for America about the new CBS show “The Briefcase” and whether it’s the latest example of “poverty porn.” Jared Bernstein, former chief economist to Vice President Biden and senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, joins to discuss his new book, The Reconnection Agenda, on getting back to full employment and how to ensure economic growth is widely shared. Slate’s Jamelle Bouie discusses his recent articles on race and housing, and why integration is so hard. And Linda Tirado, author of Hand to Mouth, returns to talk about her recent TalkPoverty.org column on what a real anti-poverty movement looks like. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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The Rich are Getting Richer

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Thu, May 28, 2015


We’re discussing inequality, or how the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Our friend Igor Volsky, ThinkProgress's Director of Video, joins us to discuss what happened when he hit the streets of DC to find out what Americans know about inequality in America. (Spoiler alert: the truth shocked them.) Tracey visits her hometown of Oakland, CA to explore the rise of gentrification in the Bay Area with the help of the organization Urban Habitat; Rebecca talks with Sarah Alvarez of Michigan Radio about why she launched Infowire, an innovative news source directed at low-income news consumers; and Alan Pyke returns for another rendition of the weekly(ish) worst. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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Where is Our Moral Compass?

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Thu, May 21, 2015


Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor and Publisher of The Nation kicks off our show to discuss the recent poverty summit with President Obama, the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership, and The Nation’s legacy since its founding by abolitionists 150 years ago. We are then joined by Patrick McCarthy, President and the CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, who talks about what we need to do to provide opportunity for all children in the child welfare system. Finally, Maya Pinto of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum gives us an inside look into the working conditions within the nail salon industry. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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The Ugly Truth About Austerity

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Wed, May 13, 2015


We’re going international! In the wake of the UK’s recent elections, Mary O’Hara of The Guardian discusses the nation’s devastating cuts to public benefits programs and how the U.S. can heed the warnings from across the pond. Back in the U.S., Tianna Gaines-Turner with Witnesses to Hunger discusses her experiences living in poverty and her advocacy work on Capitol Hill; and Maya Dusenbery from Feministing calls out the sexist structures holding women back. Our guests include Mary O’Hara, columnist for The Guardian and author of Austerity Bites: A journey to the sharp end of cuts in the UK; Tianna Gaines-Turner with Witnesses to Hunger, Maya Dusenbery, Executive Director for Editorial at Feministing.com; and Alan Pyke, Deputy Economic Policy Editor, ThinkProgress.

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All Eyes on Baltimore

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Fri, May 08, 2015


This week, we are talking Baltimore and moms. Our friends at Media Matters help us cut through the conservative media narratives that blame the Baltimore unrest on welfare; Sam Seder examines conservative rhetoric versus reality; Jen?e Desmond-Harris of Vox reports from Baltimore on what is happening on the ground; we take a look at how moms get blamed for basically all of our social ills; and more. Our guests include Sam Seder, host of the Majority Report and co-host of Ring of Fire; Rebecca Lenn, Director of Outreach at Media Matters for America; Jen?e Desmond-Harris, staff writer at Vox.com; Linda Blum, Associate Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University and author of Raising Generation Rx: Mothering Kids with Disabilities in an Age of Inequality; and ?Levester Joe Green II and Bryan Bello, co-directors of the film I am Levester Joe Green II. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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How We Punish the Poor

Author: Off-Kilter Podcast
Thu, Apr 30, 2015


This week, we cover a wide range of topics including recent events in Baltimore and what they say about poverty in America and the criminal justice system; policies in Kansas and Missouri that are taking food out of the shopping carts of low-income people; and the proposals that keep popping up to cut Social Security. We talk with Ben Jealous, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and Former President and CEO of the NAACP; Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works and co-owner of We Act Radio network; Linda Tirado, essayist and author of Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America; Alan Pyke, Deputy Economic Policy Editor of ThinkProgress; and Marc Mauer, Executive Director of The Sentencing Project. This episode originally aired as TalkPoverty Radio.

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