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The State of Working America Podcast

17 EpisodesProduced by Economic Policy InstituteWebsite

Raising workers' voices to make sure they are heard in the economic policy debate.

17 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

The Black Agenda

March 16th, 2022

38:58

Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman discusses her new book, The Black Agenda.

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Democracy, Race, and Justice: The Speeches and Writings of Sadie T. M. Alexander

August 3rd, 2021

47:49

Nina Banks discusses her new book "Democracy, Race, and Justice: The Speeches and Writings of Sadie T. M. Alexander." Banks, an economist, talks about her journey to unearth the economic insights of the first Black …

The Whiteness of Wealth

June 8th, 2021

32:30

Dorothy A. Brown discusses her new book, The Whiteness of Wealth: How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans—and How We Can Fix It. Brown, a law …

Fact-checking the labor shortage hype

June 3rd, 2021

25:16

Heidi Shierholz and Josh Bivens of the Economic Policy Institute fact-check current hype around the idea that a labor shortage is holding back U.S. …

Millennials Energize the U.S. Labor Movement

January 14th, 2020

39:01

Hosts Pedro da Costa and Rami Jackson talk to Kayla Blado, President of the Nonprofit Employee and Media Relations Director at EPI, and bargaining …

America's Labor Revival

January 7th, 2020

33:39

As workers around the country both union and nonunion ramp up their activism, Steven Greenhouse, author of Beaten Down, Worked Up and a long-time New York Times labor reporter, chronicles the recent labor revival.

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‘Curb Cut-Outs’: How Black America’s Struggles Bolster U.S. Democracy

December 17th, 2019

23:53

Tanya Wallace-Gobern, director of the National Black Worker Center Project, talks about all the ways in which Black Americans’ struggle for civil rights is at the core of the country’s democratic advancement.

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America's debtor prison system must be stopped

December 10th, 2019

31:52

Damion Shade, a criminal justice policy analyst at the Oklahoma Policy Institute, talks about the key challenges and prospects he sees for undoing …

Racialized Women's Unrecognized Community Work Uplifts Everyone

December 3rd, 2019

18:26

Nina Banks, economics professor at Bucknell University and a board member at the Economic Policy Institute, discusses her groundbreaking work on …

Native Americans Too Often Left Out of Economic Debate

November 26th, 2019

28:42

Season 2 of the podcast kicks off strong with Patrice Kunesh, director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis' Center for Indian Country …

‘I Want To See Myself in the Data’

November 19th, 2019

25:42

In the sixth and final episode of the State of Working America Podcast's first season, Rhonda Sharpe, director of the Women's Institute for Science, Equity and Race, talks about why we need to capture data in a way that …

Uber and the Gig Economy Fallacy

November 12th, 2019

25:42

The ubiquitous nature of ride-sharing makes it easy to forget that much of Uber and Lyft's business model relies on skirting basic regulations in …

Killing U.S. Manufacturing is a Policy Choice

November 5th, 2019

49:17

The U.S. manufacturing has been shrinking sharply in recent decades, but it’s not an accident or a historical inevitability. In Episode 4 of the State of Working America Podcast, host Pedro da Costa talks to Mickey Ray …

Building Worker Power

October 29th, 2019

26:31

EPI Policy Director Heidi Shierholz highlights all the ways that labor laws have been employed against workers over the years to curb their power and …

Reimagining the American Dream

October 22nd, 2019

27:41

President Barack Obama’s former deputy labor secretary Chris Lu joins the State of Working America Podcast in Episode 2, which explores the decline of worker power in recent decades, changing workforce demographics and …

America's Racist Economy

October 15th, 2019

25:35

The State of Working America Podcast’s debut episode features economist Valerie Wilson, from the Economic Policy Institute, discussing the central …

State of Working America Podcast Preview

October 9th, 2019

1:20

The Economic Policy Institute will soon launch the State of Working America Podcast, which is aimed at elevating workers’ voices in the economic …

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