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||CleanHow Neighborhood Gun Violence Impacts Communities||Neighborhoods with high rates of gun violence also tend to be dealing with high rates of poverty and limited opportunity – and these systemic challenges can have long-term impacts. Host Justin Milner talks with researchers Jocelyn Fontaine and Elsa...||12/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Amazon Opportunity: Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity||This week’s Amazon HQ2 announcement represents a unique opportunity for the Washington region. Host Justin Milner talks with Urban Institute president Sarah Rosen Wartell and senior vice president Margery Turner about how best to take advantage of...||11/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThinking Big about Big Data||The idea of “big data” can seem daunting -- but it has the potential to solve some of the big problems facing our country. Host Justin Milner speaks with Graham MacDonald, Khuloud Odeh, and Jessica Kelly from Urban’s tech and data team about how..||11/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCredit, Savings, and Financial Well-Being||The US is the wealthiest country in the world, but many Americans are still struggling to make ends meet. How can building credit and saving money lead to greater opportunity? Host Justin Milner speaks with Urban Institute Nittoli fellow Ricki Lowitz...||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDon’t Give Up on Homeownership Just Yet||These days, it can seem like buying a home is becoming increasingly impossible for young people. But homeownership still matters when it comes to building wealth, and there are supports out there to help. Host Justin Milner talks with housing finance...||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Spend Bezos’s $2 Billion||With the creation of the Bezos Day One Fund, Amazon’s founder committed $2 billion to alleviate family homelessness and create and operate preschools in low-income areas. Host Justin Milner speaks with experts Mary Cunningham and Erica Greenberg...||9/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpportunity Zones and Community Development||Opportunity Zones have the potential to make a huge economic impact on disinvested communities across the country. Host Justin Milner speaks with researchers Brett Theodos and Brady Meixell on how this brand-new economic development initiative works,...||9/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'The Children Are Our Future': Trends in Public Spending on Kids||Evidence shows that investing in children today can decrease poverty for the next generation of adults. Host Justin Milner speaks with researchers Heather Hahn and Cary Lou about the federal government’s current spending on kids, future projections...||8/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEvidence-Based Policymaking||How are lawmakers using evidence-based policymaking to ensure that taxpayer resources fund the most efficient and effective interventions? Host Justin Milner speaks with experts Demetra Nightingale and Ron Haskins about making decisions and crafting...||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAmazon and Economic Development||As Amazon conducts its search for a new corporate headquarters, cities are offering huge tax incentives to win over the retail giant – and ultimately stimulate local development. But are these tax incentives truly effective? What tradeoffs are state..||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Geography of Opportunity||In the US, where we live determines a lot about our lives – from the quality of education to the types of work opportunities available. How did we develop such wide disparities in access to opportunity? And what can we do to better support upward...||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMobility from Poverty||How can we dramatically increase mobility from poverty in the United States? Nisha Patel, executive director of the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty at the Urban Institute, has spent the past few years trying to answer this question. Host...||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Cities Can Promote Inclusive Growth||Economic growth doesn’t affect everyone in a city equally. Some populations experience great prosperity, while others get left out. But what if that’s not the narrative we have to buy into? Host Justin Milner speaks with Erika Poethig, head of the..||5/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMapping Police Violence: A Q&A with Samuel Sinyangwe||If you don’t know Samuel Sinyangwe’s name, you definitely know his work. He is one of the creators of Mapping Police Violence, the most comprehensive database of people killed by police in the US since 2013. In this live conversation with Urban...||5/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTreating the Opioid Crisis||The opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug crisis in American history, and it demands a multifaceted response. This week, we focus on one crucial facet: medical treatments for opioid addiction, including buprenorphine and methadone. These drugs are...||4/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Fair Housing Act at 50||April 11 marks the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, which banned race-based housing discrimination in America. Yet today the goals of this landmark civil rights law remain largely unrealized, and the gap between black and white homeownership...||4/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTax and Transfer||It's that time of year again. With the April 17 filing deadline fast approaching, we take a closer look at the transfer of benefits through the US tax system. Host Justin Milner talks to tax policy expert Elaine Maag about how the American household...||3/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Wealth Gap||The US economy seems to be in good health, but wealth inequality hasn't improved in the past 50 years. Host Justin Milner talks to Urban Institute expert Signe-Mary McKernan about the growing gap between rich and poor and the difference between wealth..||3/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat the New Tax Law Means for Businesses||The recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made dramatic, permanent changes to business taxation. Host Justin Milner chats with Mark Mazur, director of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, to understand how businesses are affected by the new law.||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBudget 2019||On Monday the President released his much-anticipated budget request to Congress for 2019, and just last week he signed a budget deal from Congress that set spending levels for the next two years. How do these two items interact, and how will they...||2/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Is Single-Payer?||Support for single-payer health care is at an all-time high in the US. But what does it mean to have a single-payer system, and how would it work? Justin Milner talks to health policy expert Linda Blumberg about the details and trade-offs that would...||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPreparing for Disaster||From the hurricanes in Puerto Rico and Texas to the wildfires in California, the US faced disaster after disaster in 2017. Host Justin Milner sits down with Carlos Martín, an Urban Institute senior fellow, to discuss why these devastating events are...||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRethinking long prison terms||Over the past few decades, people have been spending more time in prison, and the lengthiest prison terms have been getting even longer. Host Justin Milner sits down with Ryan King, an Urban Institute senior fellow, to discuss the policies behind the...||1/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Teaser||A preview of our brand new podcast, with host Justin Milner and Urban Institute president Sarah Rosen Wartell.||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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