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. Powered by The Century Foundation.
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An Open Letter from West Virginia Moms to Senator Manchin on Build Back Better
For this week’s Off-Kilter, Rebecca sat down with two of the West Virginia moms and organizers behind a movement they call Rattle the Windows for a look at what West Virginia families really want from their leaders in Washington in this critical moment—as something of an open letter to Senator Manchin.
The Long Road Ahead for the Millions with “Long COVID”
For this week’s Off-Kilter, Rebecca sat down with three dear friends and leaders from the disability community for a look at America’s frayed caring economy from the disability perspective; the policies we need to ensure COVID long-haulers aren’t left out in the cold; and how Democrats’ “Build Back Better” legislation could begin to make transformational change.
“The Kids Aren’t Alright”: Biden’s Plan for Overhauling America’s House-of-Cards Child Care System
To unpack what’s in Democrats’ child care and pre-K plan as the Build Back Better bill inches closer to passage, Rebecca sat down with two of the advocates behind the push to put child care and early learning within reach for all families: Julie Kashen, a senior fellow and director of women’s economic justice at The Century Foundation and board member of the Vote Mama Action Fund; and Amanda Perez, senior advocacy manager at Zero to Three.
“Crime, Boy, I Don’t Know….”
For a look at what we know and what we don’t know about the 2020 crime data—and the shifting politics around criminal justice reform—Rebecca sat down with Ames Grawert, senior counsel at the Brennan Center and Josh Hoe, the policy analyst at Safe and Just Michigan and the host of the Decarceration Nation podcast.
Inside the Push to Remake “the Fed”
With an historic debate brewing over what to do with the Federal Reserve, we thought it would be useful to pull together something of an explainer on the nation’s central bank and how it operates. This week, Rebecca sat down with Saqib Bhatti, co-executive director of the Action Center on Race and the Economy, better known as ACRE—and one of the groups leading the charge—to break it all down.
The Poverty Line Is Too Damn Low
To pull back the curtain on how the United States measures poverty, the problems with the official poverty measure, and the push to reform U.S. poverty measurement, Rebecca sat down this week with Shawn Fremstad (Center for Economic Policy Research), Shailly Gupta Barnes (Poor People’s Campaign and the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice), and David Brady (University of California-Riverside) to talk about how we can do better and why it matters so much.
A fantastic podcast
A consistently fantastic podcast
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Excellent interview! So informative about government and our tax dollars!