Formerly TalkPoverty Radio, Off-Kilter is a podcast about poverty and inequality — and everything they intersect with. Each week, host Rebecca Vallas is joined by experts, advocates, activists, and other smart people to break down the issues of the day — and how we fight back. Heavy topics… but with a hefty dose of laughter and snark. Off-Kilter is powered by the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Find Off-Kilter on the Progressive Voices Network, the We Act Radio network in DC, local radio stations across the U.S., and as a podcast.We want to hear from you! Send ideas, pitches, and feedback to email@example.com.
Claudia Sahm on why we shouldn't be worried about inflation right now
Earlier this week, in a hearing on the state of America's economic recovery, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell testified before the Senate Banking Committee that the employment rate for low-wage workers—those hit hardest by the pandemic—is “probably above 20 percent.” With President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief package on the move in Congress, and with the first glimmers of what a $3 to $4 trillion infrastructure and jobs package might look like on the horizon to follow, Rebecca talks to Claudia Sahm, a senior fellow at the Jain Family Institute and a former economist at the Federal Reserve, about the economic debate over Biden’s COVID relief package, why we shouldn’t be worried about inflation right now, what concerns about "runaway inflation" have to do with the toxic culture of economics, and more.
The Case for a U.S. Child Allowance
Rebecca joined Greg Duncan and Sam Hammond for a panel discussion about the prospects for a U.S. child allowance -- and why it's needed now more than ever -- hosted by the American Constitution Society's New York Chapter. Subscribe to Off-Kilter on iTunes.
show notes: https://offkiltershow.medium.com/the-case-for-a-u-s-child-allowance-1bb04067c3d3
How Biden is Expanding SNAP
Rebecca talks to Brookings Fellow Lauren Bauer about the steps the Biden administration is taking to increase too-low federal food assistance benefits, starting with updating an archaic policy called the "Thrifty Food Plan" -- and the larger agenda to expand SNAP.
Show notes: https://offkiltershow.medium.com/how-biden-is-expanding-snap-c9c64b8013ce
When will the pandemic end?
Rebecca sits down with Be A Hero’s Matthew Cortland for a look at the challenges with the vaccine rollout so far, and what it would take to get to the vaccination rates we need in the U.S. and globally to bring the COVID-19 pandemic to an end.
Show notes: https://offkiltershow.medium.com/when-will-the-pandemic-end-45d6d69250c2
Inside the Raise the Wage Act, with EPI's David Cooper
Rebecca sits down with the Economic Policy Institute's David Cooper for a deep dive into Democrats' Raise the Wage Act, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025.
show notes: https://offkiltershow.medium.com/inside-the-raise-the-wage-act-with-epis-david-cooper-2d6ee58ab1f6
Vox's Ian Millhiser on why we need to nuke the filibuster to save democracy
Rebecca talks to Vox's Ian Millhiser about the ongoing debate over what to do with the filibuster -- and why it isn't just standing in the way of much of the Biden-Harris agenda, but key democracy reform measures the GOP wants to stop at all costs.
show notes: https://offkiltershow.medium.com/voxs-ian-millhiser-on-why-we-need-to-nuke-the-filibuster-to-save-democracy-c6d432e5fadb
Customer ReviewsSee All
The Sahm Rule
Excellent interview! So informative about government and our tax dollars!
The single best pod on poverty and inequality. Hands down.
I am consistently wowed by the caliber of guests on this show, the breadth of topics it covers, and the prescience on what the truly important stories of the day are. I appreciate how the guests range from high-profile--elected officials, world renowned researchers--to grassroots activists and folks living in poverty sharing their stories in a tremendously powerful way. And the infusion of humor is the icing on the cake. Hats off, OffKilter.
A policy tour de force
If you are interested in social policy, this is a great source of information that is broadly accessible. It combines policy "wonkiness" with personal stories and entertainment. The podcast is left leaning but should be a listen regardless of political affiliation. The description of social policy is effective because the host reviews the broad issues and then tries to dig deeper into the factors driving policy change. Hence even if you disagree with the perspective, the presentation is still quite useful in providing clarity to a policy stance. The host keeps the audience engaged in policy issues with questions that are easy to follow and try to mix substance with humor and entertainment. It's a challenging balance that this podcast pulls off. The other 5 star reviews are justified