Poverty

Supreme Inequality: Adam Cohen

Adam Cohen, senior writer for Time magazine and prior member of The New York Times editorial board, is the author of Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court’s Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America. We discuss the power of the Supreme Court, the far-reaching consequences of the court’s decisions, and the decades-long consistency of rulings against America’s poor.

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Combating Extreme Poverty During COVID-19

We usually stick to a strict schedule of releasing episodes on Friday, but this week COVID-19 disrupted even that. For the last month, pervasive coverage of the virus has superseded almost all else. Despite the non-stop rigmarole, often overlooked groups of Americans—who currently bear the brunt of the disease—are still ignored. The virus disproportionately impacts…

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COVID-19 Special Edition

Bonus episode! We share four perspectives about the impact the global pandemic is having on America’s poor. We discuss healthcare, housing, cash transfers, homelessness, and bail.

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The End of Welfare: Kathryn Edin (Rebroadcast)

Kathryn Edin is one of the nation’s leading poverty researchers, who works in the domains of welfare and low-wage work, family, and life, through direct, in-depth observations of the lives of low-income populations. We discuss the evisceration of welfare, the rise of destitution, and the absolute necessity of cash in an advanced capitalist society.

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Ending Urban Violence: Thomas Abt

Thomas Abt is a Senior Fellow at the Council on Criminal Justice, and author of Bleeding Out, The Devastating Consequences of Urban Violence–and a Bold New Plan for Peace in the Streets. We talk about why violence must be tackled first, how it is the lynchpin of concentrated urban poverty, and what effective violence reduction strategies should look like.

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The Crisis in Higher Education: Liz Willen

Liz Willen is the Editor in Chief of the Hechinger Report, an independent, nonprofit, and award-winning newsroom that covers inequality and innovation in education. We discuss who is attending and completing college, who is not, and why higher education must be more widely accessible to all Americans.

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Kathryn Edin

Kathryn Edin is one of the nation’s leading poverty researchers, who works in the domains of welfare and low-wage work, family, and life, through direct, in-depth observations of the lives of low-income populations. We discuss the evisceration of welfare, the rise of destitution, and the absolute necessity of cash in an advanced capitalist society.

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