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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 offkilter@americanprogressaction.org.

OFF-KILTER with Rebecca Vallas Center for American Progress Action Fund

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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 offkilter@americanprogressaction.org.

    The Case for a Black Belt Regional Commission

    The Case for a Black Belt Regional Commission

    The Nation’s Greg Kaufmann on his recent article “Appalachia gets special funding. The black rural south deserves it too. PLUS: We mark Valentine’s Day for millionaires with Social Security Works’s Alex Lawson.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    #TrumpBudget

    #TrumpBudget

    This week on Off-Kilter, we break down the latest Trump budget with CAP’s Seth Hanlon and Lily Roberts, and Bobby Kogan, chief mathematician of the Senate Budget Committee.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    FAMILY Act

    FAMILY Act

    CAP’s Shilpa Phadke on the push for nationwide paid leave, as the House takes up its first-ever hearing on the FAMILY Act—PLUS: a deep-dive with EPI’s Ben Zipperer on why expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit should go hand-in-hand with raising the minimum wage.

    • 1 hr
    We Are Indivisible

    We Are Indivisible

    Ed Chung on the campaign to destroy bail reform in New York state—PLUS: Ezra Levin on the Indivisible movement three years on, his and Leah Greenberg’s new book, and the path to defeating Trump and Trumpism in 2020 and beyond.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    What’s on deck for 2020

    What’s on deck for 2020

    Rebecca sits down with Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Angela Hanks of the Groundwork Collaborative, for a preview of the year to come and the issues, stories, trends, opportunities, and threats to watch in 2020 when it comes to poverty and inequality.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Trump’s backdoor attack on Social Security disability

    Trump’s backdoor attack on Social Security disability

    The Trump administration’s latest target for sabotage? The Social Security disability programs. PLUS: Trump’s final rule taking food assistance away from 700,000 struggling workers, explained.

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

research_nerd ,

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.

DavisSantana ,

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

mclaren715 ,

Love this show!

Excellent review of important issues in economic policy, including a lot of stories that aren't covered elsewhere. Great fuel for the resistance.

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