60 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

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    • 4.8, 207 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.

    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
    How Can We Address Historic Unemployment Rates?

    How Can We Address Historic Unemployment Rates?

    Since March 21, more than 30 million people have sought unemployment benefits—nearly one of every five workers. And the April jobs report coming out tomorrow will likely tell an even more distressing story of how the response to the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting unemployment rates, job losses, and earnings. So what should we do? Host Justin Milner asks researchers Greg Acs, Jesse Jannetta, Heather Hahn, and Shena Ashley for their best ideas on to get Americans into jobs.

    • 24 min
    Empowering the Next Generation through Higher Education

    Empowering the Next Generation through Higher Education

    Host Justin Milner speaks with former Urban Institute Board Member Freeman Hrabowski about how to make education more accessible, affordable, and effective for students of all backgrounds. Recognized by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in 2012, Hrabowski has served as the president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, for 27 years. He has led UMBC to new heights as a national leader in STEM education and in graduating students from diverse backgrounds.

    • 23 min
    How Can We Minimize Coronavirus Risks in Prisons and in Jails?

    How Can We Minimize Coronavirus Risks in Prisons and in Jails?

    Jails and prisons are ripe for rapid transmission of the coronavirus, putting residents, corrections staff, and the broader community at risk. In the latest in a series of podcast episodes on the pandemic, host Justin Milner talks to Brie Williams, physician and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, Johnny Perez, director of the US Prisons Program for the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, and Urban Institute policy associate Bethany Young. 

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
207 Ratings

207 Ratings

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!

Policy Researcher ,

Wonderfully educational and engaging.

This podcast turned me into a huge fan of the Urban Institute. I’m new to policy research and found this podcast to be both helpful and enjoyable. Love it!

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