63 episodes

Critical Value is a podcast from the Urban Institute that explores issues of significance for research, policy, and people. We talk with experts and highlight the best available data and evidence to elevate the debate on topics that matter.

Critical Value The Urban Institute

    • Politics
    • 4.8 • 211 Ratings

Critical Value is a podcast from the Urban Institute that explores issues of significance for research, policy, and people. We talk with experts and highlight the best available data and evidence to elevate the debate on topics that matter.

    What Does COVID-19 Mean for the Future of Latino Entrepreneurship?

    What Does COVID-19 Mean for the Future of Latino Entrepreneurship?

    Over the past decade, the number of Latino entrepreneurs increased 34 percent—compared with 1 percent for all business owners in the US, but the pandemic may affect that growth. How might COVID-19 affect Latino entrepreneurship, and how can we ensure an equitable recovery? Host Justin Milner discusses trends with Marlene Orozco, lead research analyst with the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative, business owner Josh Melendez from Crossfit Be Someone, and Urban Institute researcher Jorge González.

    • 22 min
    Better Supporting Working Families with Kids in the Time of COVID

    Better Supporting Working Families with Kids in the Time of COVID

    The dramatic shift to online learning has many families struggling to balance work and virtual learning, especially parents who aren’t able to work from home. Host Justin Milner speaks with Urban Institute researchers, Megan Gallagher and Gina Adams, and Melissa Hicks, director of the Albina-Rockwood Promise Neighborhood about how remote learning has presented major challenges for students and parents and what can be done to support working parents with school-age children.

    • 21 min
    Why Charitable Giving and Philanthropy Matters Today

    Why Charitable Giving and Philanthropy Matters Today

    Charitable giving and philanthropy is as important today as ever. Americans from all backgrounds are giving in important and different ways. Host Justin Milner speaks with Urban Institute researcher Benjamin Soskis, Emily Boardman Ndulue, researcher and community manager with the Media Cloud Project at Harvard University, and Erica Rosenthal, director of research at The Norman Lear Center at USC about how trends on charitable giving are shifting and how the media can influence the discourse. 

    • 25 min
    Why Closing the Digital Divide Matters

    Why Closing the Digital Divide Matters

    Technology has transformed nearly every aspect of our lives, but technological innovations don’t always benefit everyone equally. And COVID-19 has revealed that this digital divide is even greater than we thought. Host Justin Milner speaks with Urban Institute researcher Alena Stern, chief information officer of Atlanta Gary Brantely, and Miguel Gamiño Jr., executive vice president for Global Cities at Mastercard, about why cities should care about tech equity and how they can achieve it.

    • 22 min
    What We’re Reading (and Watching) to Help Reflect on Race, Power and Privilege

    What We’re Reading (and Watching) to Help Reflect on Race, Power and Privilege

    This week’s New York Times list of best-selling books shows a country reading all about race and racism. On this episode, Urban offers its own reading (and watching) list. You'll hear from Urban staff about the books, movies and documentaries they are reflecting on to contextualize anti-racism, structural racism, police brutality and privilege in this moment. Links to all the recommendations can be found at: https://www.urban.org/criticalvalue

    • 23 min
    How Can We Alleviate Food Insecurity During the Pandemic?

    How Can We Alleviate Food Insecurity During the Pandemic?

    The pictures speak to the growing challenge of food insecurity in America: miles-long lines of people in cars waiting to receive emergency rations of food supplies. Host Justin Milner speaks with Urban senior fellow Elaine Waxman and Jodi Tyson of Three Square Food Bank in Nevada about the rapidly increasing food insecurity levels, lessons policymakers can learn from the Great Recession, and the ways food banks are stepping up as a critical frontline response.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
211 Ratings

211 Ratings

Maxwell Kent ,

Relevant content for a digital future

Milner’s podcast finds the intersection between story-telling and data analysis in a way that’s engaging, entertaining, and thought-provoking. As an data science student, this podcast inspires me about what opportunities can lie ahead. It also provides warnings about the societal impacts that these technologies have on society and how I can take personal steps towards creating equity and fairness in technology.

Welfare Matters ,

Fantastic talks with some suggestions

This series of talks is amazing, covering wide topics like justice, income support, tax, etc. it would be great if more can be introduced and discussed about different types of welfare programs in a bit detail (history, pros cons, potential reforms) such as food stamp, assisted housing, Medicaid Medicare, etc.

Bali Guy ,

My New go-to podcast for thoughtful policy talk

I love this podcast. Relevant topics with thoughtful guest speakers moderated by an intelligent, fair and accessible host. This podcast has it all! And anytime I feel blue during Corona season, I’m going to play and replay the Freeman Hrabowski episode over and over for dose of inspiration!

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