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A podcast exploring the politics, implications and challenges of the basic income--a policy in which every person would receive a monthly check to cover basic expenses.

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A podcast exploring the politics, implications and challenges of the basic income--a policy in which every person would receive a monthly check to cover basic expenses.

    Bliss Broyard: An Intimate Look at Basic Income Recipients in Stockton

    Bliss Broyard: An Intimate Look at Basic Income Recipients in Stockton

    We have heard much about the basic income trial in Stockton, CA, and finally got some aggregate statistics earlier this year. These averages and other global reports are an important part of the story, but the actual experience of receiving unconditional cash is unique to each person. That becomes readily apparent through the in-depth profiles of five recipients, published by Bliss Broyard in New York Magazine. Broyard joined the podcast to reflect on her reporting and the lives she documented.

    Read all of her profiles and an overall summary here: http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/10/universal-basic-income-stockton-california.html

    • 30 min
    Morgan Harper: Running for Congress in Ohio on Universal Income

    Morgan Harper: Running for Congress in Ohio on Universal Income

    While Andrew Yang has brought basic income to the national stage, we are seeing more and more state and local politicians exploring the idea as well. One of them is Morgan Harper, who is seeking to represent Ohio’s 3rd Congressional District. Harper is running on a number of transformative policies, including universal childcare, Medicare for all, and universal income. She joined the podcast to discuss her campaign, challenging an incumbent from the same party, and her take on basic income.

    • 21 min
    Michael Stynes & Steve Nunez: Designing UBI Pilot Programs

    Michael Stynes & Steve Nunez: Designing UBI Pilot Programs

    While there is much excitement around the various basic income pilots in progress or under consideration in the U.S. and around the world, it is worthwhile to ask what their value is, and how we can design them to maximize their value. Michael Stynes, CEO of the Jain Family Institute, and Steve Nunez, JFI’s Project Lead for their Guaranteed Income Initiative, have helped shape active and proposed UBI pilots, including the one going on now in Stockton, California. They joined the podcast to discuss their work, and the future of UBI experiments.

    After the episode was recorded, JFI announced an exciting basic income trial in Marica, Brazil: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20191030006167/en/Announcing-Research-New-Large-Scale-Basic-Income-Policy

    • 32 min
    Sukhi Samra: Early Results From The Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration

    Sukhi Samra: Early Results From The Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration

    The Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED) has drawn national attention as a modern basic income trial. Recently, we got the first reports from basic income recipients there, who are receiving $500 a month for 18 months. The results back up a lot of what we’ve already seen from cash transfer trials, but we also have some powerful stories of personal transformation, enabled by the extra cash. These stories provide compelling first hand accounts of what a little economic security can do. Sukhi Samra, Director of SEED, joined the podcast to talk about what we’ve seen so far in Stockton.

    • 15 min
    Workers Strength Fund: Providing financial security to precarious American workers

    Workers Strength Fund: Providing financial security to precarious American workers

    For most of the late 20th century, having a job provided you with enough financial security to live a decent life in the United States. But today, millions of American workers are living in extreme precarity, just one emergency expense away from financial destitution. A new initiative called the Workers Strength Fund is aiming to combat this problem using unconditional cash. Jim spoke with Lead Product Advisor Rachel Schneider, Melissa Gopnik from Commonwealth, and Betsy Edasery from The Workers Lab about how this initiative works and what impact it’s having on people’s lives.

    As a reminder, you can support our work at the Basic Income Podcast by visiting glow.fm/basicincome.

    • 27 min
    Conrad Shaw: The UBI Calculator

    Conrad Shaw: The UBI Calculator

    If we were to fund a basic income of $1,000 a month with a wealth tax, a carbon tax, some program consolidation and deficit spending, how much would your bank account increase or decrease after your income and current government assistance are factored in? A new project, the UBI Calculator (ubicalculator.com), seeks to answer this question down to the dollar for many of the UBI plans being proposed today. The project’s creator, Conrad Shaw, joined the podcast to discuss the UBI Calculator and why he built it.

    • 16 min

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