OFF-KILTER with Rebecca Vallas
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
||CleanZombie Repeal||Earlier this month, Michelle Jones became a household name after her admission to Harvard’s Ph.D program was reversed due to her criminal record. NYU admitted her, and that’s where she’s begun her studies this fall. But Harvard’s controversial...||9/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Good News Poverty Report Trump's Budget Would Erase||This week the Census Bureau released its annual snapshot of poverty, health insurance, and income in the United States, and poverty is finally back to pre-recession levels. But this good news comes amid a political climate where any progress could...||9/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 27: Best Of||It’s not just U.S. politicians considering major cuts to programs that serve struggling families. Rebecca speaks with Mary O’Hara, a columnist with The Guardian, about how austerity is playing out in the United Kingdom. Next, Rebecca's...||9/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 26: Best Of||In the inaugural episode, host Rebecca Vallas was joined by Sarah Jaffe, author of Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt, which examines resistance movements in the U.S. and how they have the power to reshape American politics. Next, Katrina...||9/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFringe Views||Today in the United States, sweeping majorities of the public say they support fair housing laws and integrated schools. Nine in 10 say they would back a black candidate for president from their own party, and the same say they approve of interracial...||8/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#TakeThemDown||In the wake of the attacks in Charlottesville, the debate about confederate monuments has reached a fever pitch, with municipalities across the country moving forward to #takethemdown, and brave activists in Durham, North Carolina tearing down a...||8/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNetroots Nation 2017||This week, we brought Off-Kilter to Atlanta for the 2017 Netroots Nation, a yearly conference of progressive bloggers and activists. Listeners need no introduction for our first guest, Randy Bryce, who is running to unseat Speaker Paul Ryan in...||8/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSo-Called Tax Reform||After efforts to repeal Obamacare were dealt a deathblow (we hope), GOP leaders in Congress are turning their attention to so-called tax reform. CAP budget guru, Harry Stein, joins us to lay out the fight ahead: In a time of crushing income...||8/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDing Dong the Bill Is Dead||Paul Ryan said it best back in March: “Obamacare is the law of the land.” On Friday, for the first time in months, millions of Americans woke up with the comfort of knowing that their healthcare will remain intact. After a nail-biting week and...||7/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCreative Change||There’s been no shortage of news this week, between the healthcare debate, a House GOP budget proposal that slashes nearly every program that helps families afford the basics to pay for millionaire tax cuts, and Sean Spicer’s resignation. But...||7/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#KillTheBill||Following the election, it seemed all but certain that the Affordable Care Act would be immediately repealed. And while its fate remains uncertain, constituents have made it more and more difficult for Congress to strip them of their healthcare....||7/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#ADAPTandRESIST||With #TrumpCare deeply unpopular in all 50 states, the Senate has delayed voting on the bill for now — but the fight is far from over, as Rebecca and Jeremy explain in this week’s edition of In Case You Missed It. Meanwhile, disabled activists...||6/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrumpcare, Senate Edition||The mainstream media was all but silent on healthcare — until Thursday, when the Senate unveiled its own repeal legislation, crafted in secrecy. To unpack what’s in the bill, Rebecca and Jeremy are joined by Ryan Collins of the Center for...||6/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGun Violence and Pride, a Year After Pulse||June is a celebratory month for the LGBTQ community — but, this year, it also marks the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub massacre. The anniversary also coincides with a shooting that targeted Republican members of Congress this past...||6/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat You Missed While Comey Was Testifying||On Thursday, while Comey was testifying, Congress quietly took the opportunity to hack even further away at consumer protections and healthcare. Rebecca and Jeremy walk through what we missed while all eyes were on Comey, in this week’s installment...||5/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Resistance Will Be Inclusive||What does President Trump’s rollback of Obamacare’s contraception mandate mean, and what’s on deck for healthcare more broadly? Andy Slavitt joins to discuss. Next, Liz Kennedy explains the significance of the Supreme Court’s decision to hear...||5/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#TrumpCuts||President Trump released his budget this week, and as expected, it’s a body-slam to everybody but the wealthy. Harry Stein joins Rebecca and Jeremy to walk through some of the budget’s most egregious cuts. Next, Anna Chu and Bishop Dwayne Royster...||5/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOff-Kilter Broadcasts from the Ideas Conference||Last week, the Center for American Progress hosted its Ideas Conference, where progressive thought leaders put forth a bold agenda that looks beyond the current administration, with its policies that set us back decades. Host Rebecca Vallas sat down...||5/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanProtect Our Care||This week, House Republicans took a deeply unpopular step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act and ending Medicaid as we know it. Rebecca and Jeremy unpack — and vent about — their so-called replacement plan, and what comes next. With...||5/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRead My Lips: Tax Cuts for the Rich||This week, President Trump released his long-awaited, so-called tax plan — er, page. Max Ehrenfreund of WonkBlog joins with the nitty-gritty. Also this week, a judge blocked Trump’s order targeting sanctuary cities, and the Department of...||5/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToo Toxic for Fox||With Bill O’Reilly finally booted from Fox News following a string of sexual harassment accusations, Rebecca kicks off this week’s episode with a proper farewell to him, featuring Rebecca Lenn of Media Matters for America (and per usual, Jeremy...||5/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrump So Taxing||Does another government shutdown loom ahead? Harry Stein, the Center for American Progress’s budget guru, joins Rebecca and The Slevs to share the skinny on tax reform, budget fights, and the possibility of yet another government shutdown. Next,...||5/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGoodbye Rikers||After years of scrutiny and calls from advocates, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the closing of Rikers Island, the facility that embodies the very worst of our country’s failed experiment with mass incarceration. To discuss what’s...||5/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe 24 Million Person Question||It’s not just U.S. politicians considering major cuts to programs that serve struggling families. Mary O’Hara, a columnist with The Guardian, joins with an update on how austerity is playing out in the United Kingdom. Next, Sara Goldrick-Rab,...||5/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Wolf in a Silver Fox’s Clothing||Everyone’s talking about Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings were this week, and coincided with a unanimous ruling by all eight justices that he was wrong about a major disability ruling he made...||5/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScorched Earth Budget||President Trump released his first budget, which proposes dramatic cuts to nutrition, housing, job training, legal services, and more. Meanwhile, Republicans have declared war on a critical tool for enforcing legal rights and protections: the class...||5/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Day Without a Woman||As we commemorate this week’s ‘Day Without a Woman’ strike, this week’s Off-Kilter is an episode without Jeremy Slevin. Instead, Rebecca is joined by Michelle Chen, co-host of Dissent’s Belabored podcast, to unpack what this week’s strikes...||5/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLower Ed||This week, President Trump delivered a joint address to Congress, promising to ring in a “new era of greatness.” But he forgot to mention the $54 billion in cuts he’s seeking to programs that serve low- and middle-income Americans. Jared...||5/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Resistance Is Everywhere||To kick off the inaugural episode, host Rebecca Vallas is joined by Sarah Jaffe, author of Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt, which examines resistance movements in the U.S. and how they have the power to reshape American politics. Next, Ezra...||5/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Great policy talks and information
This podcast fills a gaping void in the media landscape. While the research behind systemic poverty is stacking up and popular opinion is more interested than ever in the problem of income inequality, the media has been slow to provide intelligent, fact-based reporting. The series just started but it looks like they're putting up new episodes weekly. Fans of Melissa Harris-Perry and Bill Moyers will EAT THIS UP.
Great new show on a much needed topic
Just started listening to this show and it is great so far. Rebecca and Tracey make a tough topic interesting and engaging.
My new favorite podcast for my commute!
Poverty gets so little attention in mainstream media (except in the fact-free world of Fox News, where it’s all makers vs. takers and food stamp surfers...) So glad to finally see a show entirely devoted to this important topic. Great interviews with amazing and interesting guests, including people living in poverty, whose voices are all too often ignored entirely. Thank you for this!