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Replay: Understanding An Intersectional Framework of Economic Justice for People Living With Disabilities
As many as 23 million people in the United States are struggling with long Covid. The sometimes debilitating symptoms include brain fog, fatigue, difficulty breathing, and depression or anxiety.
But almost a year after the Biden administration released guidance stating that people with long Covid can be included under the Americans with Disabilities Act, receiving benefits has been a struggle.
Even before the pandemic, roughly one in four Americans were living with a disability. And while people with disabilities are more likely overall to experience financial difficulties…that is particularly true for people of color with disabilities. According to The Century Foundation, one in four Black disabled people were living in poverty as of 2020. That’s compared to one in seven white disabled people.At the end of May, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion held a hearing on financial inequities for people with disabilities, including those with long Covid.
Disability rights advocate and Century Foundation fellow, Vilissa Thompson testified at the hearing, and spoke with us more about the economic barriers that people with a disability face and gave us an intersectional framework for understanding economic justice for people living with a disability.
Preparing for War: The Extremist History of White Christian Nationalism and What Comes Next
Brad Onishi is a professor of religion and a former evangelical Christian. As he watched the January 6, 2021 insurrection in progress, he wondered: “would I have been there?” That experience is the lens through which he explores history and the future in his new book: “Preparing for War: The Extremist History of White Christian Nationalism — and What Comes Next.”
Replay: Debunking Gender Roles in the Animal Kingdom
According to zoologist Lucy Cooke, scientists have traditionally defined females in the animal kingdom with Victorian, sexist stereotypes. In her new book, “Bitch: On the Female of the Species,” Cooke debunks these outdated notions using examples throughout the animal kingdom of females breaking out of their passive roles and displaying aggression, competitiveness, and promiscuity.
We spoke with Lucy Cooke about looking at female animals with a new lens, one that shows that males and females are not as different as previously thought.
Davante Lewis is Louisiana's First Openly LGBTQ+ Public Commissioner
This Black History Month, Black.Queer.Rising. is back! We are profiling Black and Queer politicians/changemakers, artists, influencers, and more in this month-long series where we honor the impact of Black Queer legacies on today’s society and culture while we forge Black Queer futures.
For our first edition, we speak to Davante Lewis, Public Commissioner for Lousiana’s Third District. Lewis is the first Black, openly LGBTQ+ person elected to Louisiana's state government. We spoke with him about holding political office, representation, and what Black.Queer.Rising means to him.
Child Poverty Was Cut In Half-- Why Stop Now?
SNAP or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is one of the most critical policy tools we have to address hunger and poverty in the U-S. And during the pandemic, it was a literal lifeline.
Congress temporarily increased SNAP benefits giving a boost of 15 percent to everyone who needed it and allowing all families to max out their eligibility based on the size of the family. This month, the nearly three-year boost to a benefit used by more than 41 million Americans will end. And now that a carton of eggs costs about as much as college tuition, millions of families will have to stretch their food dollars even further. It’s a tough blow, especially given Child Tax Credit, expanded for the pandemic, was also allowed to expire.
Data from the Brookings Institute show that those monthly checks of up to $300 dollars per child lifted more than 3 and a half million children out of poverty. Something the Biden Administration was very proud of.
We speak with Jamila Michener, associate professor of Government at Cornell University. Co-Director of the Cornell Center for Health Equity, and Author of Fragmented Democracy: Medicaid, Federalism and Unequal Politics.
The Wellness to Qanon Pipeline
This past month, millions of Americans will have taken up new fitness, health and wellness pursuits. There is typically no shortage of influencers and so-called gurus ready to capitalize on this reliably-annual influx of customers, but that’s taken a more sinister turn in these recent, turbulent years. We discuss the increasing convergence of right-wing conspiracies with wellness circles, how authoritarianism became embedded in the modern history of yoga, and how to practice wellness with awareness.
We're joined by Matthew Remski, a yoga practitioner, co-host of the Conspirituality podcast and co-author of the upcoming book, "Conspirituality: How New Age Conspiracy Theories Became a Health Threat," with Julian Walker and Derek Beres.
Melissa Harris-Perry Keeps It Real
I first saw Ms. Perry at The New School in New York where she was a member of a panel with Chris Hayes, Eric Foner, and Katrina Vanden Heuvel. She keeps issues of dire importance to the vast underclass front and center, but she does it with panache, intelligence, and a great reserve of patience for a society that too often is dangerously indifferent to the majority of its members. Without people like her, determined, capable, honest reporters of the growing national crises we face each day we would be in a very sorrowful state indeed. Kudos to her, and her staff, for the good work they do to right ourselves for the common good.
…her style and stories are vital esp the deep dives.
Brilliant and Thoughtful
I have long been a fan of public intellectual Melissa Harris-Perry. I watched her MSNBC show weekly when it ran in the early to mid 2010s and was thrilled when she was named host of The Takeaway. She doesn’t disappoint. Her interviews are warm, thoughtful, bold, and unapologetic in naming racial justice, gender, disability rights, the importance of healthcare access (including abortion), democracy reform, and otherwise. Great range of topics and guests. Highly recommend.