54 episodes

The Poverty Research & Policy Podcast is produced by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) and features interviews with researchers about poverty, inequality, and policy in the United States.

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    • 4.8, 11 Ratings

The Poverty Research & Policy Podcast is produced by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) and features interviews with researchers about poverty, inequality, and policy in the United States.

    Troy M. Williams and Simon Guma on Community Engagement and Institutional Change

    Troy M. Williams and Simon Guma on Community Engagement and Institutional Change

    In this episode, IRP and Morgridge Center for Public Service media intern Simon Guma talks to Troy M. Williams. They discuss Williams' path to pursuing a PhD at UW-Madison's School of Human Ecology, advice for students and researchers who are engaging with members of their communities, and the challenges of working in institutions that still have a lot of work to do when it comes to issues of race. 

    • 26 min
    Stephanie Canizales on the Experiences of Undocumented and Unaccompanied Youth Workers

    Stephanie Canizales on the Experiences of Undocumented and Unaccompanied Youth Workers

    In this episode, Stephanie Canizales of the University of California, Merced discusses her work talking to undocumented and unaccompanied youth workers in Los Angeles about their experiences and struggles with work and social integration in the United States.

    • 25 min
    Mario Small on How Social Networks and Social Capital Matter for Human Services Programs

    Mario Small on How Social Networks and Social Capital Matter for Human Services Programs

    Mario Luis Small of Harvard University talks about social networks and social capital and about some of his work looking at those things in the context of programs like Head Start.

    • 30 min
    Sarah Halpern-Meekin on "Social Poverty"

    Sarah Halpern-Meekin on "Social Poverty"

    This episode features Professor Sarah Halpern-Meekin, who discusses work from her 2019 book, Social Poverty. Halpern-Meekin is a sociologist at UW-Madison’s School of Human Ecology and La Follette School of Public Affairs.  

    • 33 min
    Peter Blair on Occupational Licenses and What They Signal in the Job Market

    Peter Blair on Occupational Licenses and What They Signal in the Job Market

    In this episode, Peter Blair of Harvard University talks about a paper called “Job Market Signaling through Occupational Licensing” he wrote with Bobby Chung that looks at how licenses people need for jobs contribute to differences in pay and if the story is different depending on someone’s race or gender. He also talks about culture challenges in the economics profession, mentoring, and how growing up in the Bahamas influenced some of his goals as an economist.

    • 22 min
    Jessica Calarco on Parents and the Power of Privilege in Schools

    Jessica Calarco on Parents and the Power of Privilege in Schools

    We’ve all heard stories about the rise in helicopter parenting—parents who do their kids’ homework, drop off things at school for them that they’ve forgotten, and intervene to smooth the path for their children. It’s become so common that many schools now have rules against this kind of parental behavior. But our guest for this episode, sociologist Jessica Calarco of Indiana University, says that for many privileged parents and families, these rules just don’t seem to apply. She set out to find out why and tells us about it in this podcast episode.

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Eric B G ,

So needed

As someone who works in the non profit sector helping to eliminate poverty everyday, it is so incredibly helpful to have real research available. The podcast format allows me to learn while I’m driving or exercising or working in the yard. Otherwise, I’m not sure I would take the time to learn as much as I should.

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