The State of Working America Podcast
Millennials Energize the U.S. Labor Movement

Millennials Energize the U.S. Labor Movement

January 14, 2020

Hosts Pedro da Costa and Rami Jackson talk to Kayla Blado, President of the Nonprofit Employee and Media Relations Director at EPI, and bargaining chair at The Democracy Collaborative union, Katie Parker, about millennial activism, new sources of inspiration and recent victories for nonprofit union workers.

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The State of Working America Podcast is part of EPI’s effort to raise workers’ voices to ensure they are heard in the economic policy debate. Hosted by Pedro da Costa.

Core topics include workers' rights, inequality, race, gender, labor markets, education and immigration, but we're interested in all things related to social justice.
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America’s Labor Revival

America’s Labor Revival

January 7, 2020

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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The State of Working America Podcast is part of EPI’s effort to raise workers’ voices to ensure they are heard in the economic policy debate. Hosted by Pedro da Costa.

Core topics include workers' rights, inequality, race, gender, labor markets, education and immigration, but we're interested in all things related to social justice.
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‘Curb Cut-Outs’: How Black America’s Struggles Bolster U.S. Democracy

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

December 17, 2019

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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National Black Worker Center Project: https://nationalblackworkercenters.org/

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The State of Working America Podcast is part of EPI’s effort to raise workers’ voices to ensure they are heard in the economic policy debate. Hosted by Pedro da Costa.

Core topics include workers' rights, inequality, race, gender, labor markets, education and immigration, but we're interested in all things related to social justice.
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America’s debtor prison system must be stopped

America’s debtor prison system must be stopped

December 10, 2019

Damion Shade, a criminal justice policy analyst at the Oklahoma Policy Institute, talks about the key challenges and prospects he sees for undoing some of the damage from America's racist and punitive prison system not just on the people whose lives they hurt but also on the U.S. job market more broadly.

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The State of Working America Podcast is part of EPI’s effort to raise workers’ voices to ensure they are heard in the economic policy debate. Hosted by Pedro da Costa.

Core topics include workers' rights, inequality, race, gender, labor markets, education and immigration, but we're interested in all things related to social justice.
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Racialized Women’s Unrecognized Community Work Uplifts Everyone

Racialized Women’s Unrecognized Community Work Uplifts Everyone

December 3, 2019

Nina Banks, economics professor at Bucknell University and a board member at the Economic Policy Institute, discusses her groundbreaking work on minority women's unpaid collective labor—things like civic and community protests and organizing that ultimately lead to stronger basic rights and a better society for everyone.

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Related links

Mobilizing Economic Research to Address Socioeconomic and Racial Injustices
https://youtu.be/3hnNzlaSSnM

Nina Banks at Bucknell University
https://www.bucknell.edu/fac-staff/nina-banks

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The State of Working America Podcast is part of EPI’s effort to raise workers’ voices to ensure they are heard in the economic policy debate. Hosted by Pedro da Costa.

Core topics include workers' rights, inequality, race, gender, labor markets, education and immigration, but we're interested in all things related to social justice.
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Native Americans Too Often Left Out of Economic Debate

Native Americans Too Often Left Out of Economic Debate

November 26, 2019

Season 2 of the podcast kicks off strong with Patrice Kunesh, director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis' Center for Indian Country Development. She talks to host Pedro da Costa about the specific challenges facing various Native American communities across the nation, and offers an eclectic range of policy options to solve the most egregious economic problems.

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Read more

‘America First’ should start with the plight of the country’s abandoned Native population
https://www.businessinsider.my/economic-plight-of-native-americans-is-largely-invisible-fed-vp-2018-5/

Senate Testimony: “Lending Opportunities: Opening the Door to Homeownership in Indian Country”
https://www.minneapolisfed.org/speeches/2019/us-senate-testimony-lending-opportunities

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The State of Working America Podcast is part of EPI’s effort to raise workers’ voices to ensure they are heard in the economic policy debate. Hosted by Pedro da Costa.

Core topics include workers' rights, inequality, race, gender, labor markets, education and immigration, but we're interested in all things related to social justice.
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‘I Want To See Myself in the Data’

‘I Want To See Myself in the Data’

November 19, 2019

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 makes real-world sense of social, economic and racial trends.

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Women's Institute for Science, Equity and Race: http://www.wiserpolicy.org

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The State of Working America Podcast is part of EPI’s effort to raise workers’ voices to ensure they are heard in the economic policy debate. Hosted by Pedro da Costa.

Core topics include workers' rights, inequality, race, gender, labor markets, education and immigration, but we're interested in all things related to social justice.
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Uber and the Gig Economy Fallacy

Uber and the Gig Economy Fallacy

November 12, 2019

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 ways that harm drivers and passengers. That's the focus of this episode of the State of Working America Podcast, which features interviews with driver and activist Sergio Avedian and EPI Distinguished Fellow Larry Mishel, who has extensively researched and critiqued Uber's business model.

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More on Uber and the gig economy fallacy:

Uber and Lyft drivers run their own businesses? Give me a break [CNN Business]
https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/24/perspectives/uber-lyft-employees-ab5/index.html

Uber and the labor market: Uber drivers’ compensation, wages, and the scale of Uber and the gig economy [Economic Policy Institute]
https://www.epi.org/publication/uber-and-the-labor-market-uber-drivers-compensation-wages-and-the-scale-of-uber-and-the-gig-economy/

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The State of Working America Podcast is part of EPI’s effort to raise workers’ voices to ensure they are heard in the economic policy debate. Hosted by Pedro da Costa.

Core topics include workers' rights, inequality, race, gender, labor markets, education and immigration, but we're interested in all things related to social justice.
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Killing U.S. Manufacturing is a Policy Choice

Killing U.S. Manufacturing is a Policy Choice

November 5, 2019

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 Williams, a Firestone plant worker in Gadsden, Alabama, about his experience of over two decades in the sector. The second portion of the show is an interview with Rob Scott, EPI’s director of trade policy.

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The State of Working America Podcast is part of EPI’s effort to raise workers’ voices to ensure they are heard in the economic policy debate. Hosted by Pedro da Costa.

Core topics include workers' rights, inequality, race, gender, labor markets, education and immigration, but we're interested in all things related to social justice.
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Building Worker Power

Building Worker Power

October 29, 2019

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 influence in the labor market. We talk about the fresh wave of strikes around the nation and the renewed excitement around labor organizing, as well as new legislation aimed at restoring some of the worker power that corporations have gradually chipped away.

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The State of Working America Podcast is part of EPI’s effort to raise workers’ voices to ensure they are heard in the economic policy debate. Hosted by Pedro da Costa.

Core topics include workers' rights, inequality, race, gender, labor markets, education and immigration, but we're interested in all things related to social justice.
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