The State of Working America Podcast

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. 

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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Episodes

Season 1, Episode 1 • October 15, 2019

America’s racist economy

  • With Valerie Wilson, director of EPI’s Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy (PREE)
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Season 1, Episode 2 • October 22, 2019

Reimagining the American dream

  • With Chris Lu, former deputy secretary of labor under President Barack Obama, University of Virginia Miller Center fellow
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Season 1, Episode 3 • October 29, 2019

Building worker power

Season 1, Episode 4 • November 5, 2019

Killing U.S. manufacturing is a policy choice

  • With Mickey Ray Williams, Firestone plant worker in Gadsden, Alabama, and Rob Scott, EPI director of trade and manufacturing policy research
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Season 1, Episode 5 • November 12, 2019

 Uber and the gig economy fallacy

  • With driver and activist Sergio Avedian and EPI Distinguished Fellow Larry Mishel
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Season 1, Episode 6 • November 19, 2019

I want to see myself in the data

  • With Rhonda Sharpe, director of the Women’s Institute for Science, Equity and Race
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Season 2, Episode 1 • November 26, 2019

Native Americans too often left out of economic debate

  • With Patrice Kunesh, director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis’ Center for Indian Country Development
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Season 2, Episode 2 • December 3, 2019

Racialized women’s unrecognized community work uplifts everyone

  • With Nina Banks, economics professor at Bucknell University and a board member at the Economic Policy Institute
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Season 2, Episode 3 • December 10, 2019

America’s debtor prison system must be stopped • State of Working America Podcast

  • With Damion Shade, criminal justice policy analyst at the Oklahoma Policy Institute
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Season 2, Episode 4 • January 7, 2020

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

  • With Tanya Wallace-Gobern, director of the National Black Worker Center Project
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Season 2, Episode 5 • January 7, 2020

America’s labor revival

  • With Steven Greenhouse, author of Beaten Down, Worked Up and a long-time New York Times labor reporter
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Season 2, Episode 6 • January 7, 2020

Millennials Energize the U.S. Labor Movement

  • With Kayla Blado, President of the Nonprofit Employee and Media Relations Director at EPI
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Season 3, Episode 1 • June 3, 2021

Fact-checking the labor shortage hype

  • With Heidi Shierholz and Josh Bivens of the Economic Policy Institute
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Season 3, Episode 2 • June 8, 2021

The Whiteness of Wealth

  • With Dorothy A. Brown, author of The Whiteness of Wealth and Asa Griggs Candler Professor at Emory University School of Law
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Season 3, Episode 3 • August 4, 2021

Democracy, Race, & Justice: Writings of Sadie Alexander. Nina Banks

  • Nina Banks discusses her new book Democracy, Race, and Justice: The Speeches and Writings of Sadie T. M. Alexander.
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Season 4, Episode 1 • March 16, 2022

The Black Agenda

  • Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman discusses her new book, The Black Agenda.
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Season 5, Episode 1 • July 11, 2023

Ask An Expert: Why have the lowest-paid workers seen historic wage growth?

  • Economist Elise Gould discusses new Economic Policy Institute research showing that the lowest-paid U.S. workers saw historic wage growth between 2019 and 2022, even after accounting for high inflation.

 

Season 5, Episode 2 • August 25, 2023

Ask An Expert: What is the state of racial equity 60 years after the March on Washington?

Sixty years later, policymakers have failed to meet the economic demands of the March on Washington. Policy analyst Adewale A. Maye discusses new Economic Policy Institute research finding that post-civil rights era legislation has largely failed to address disparities in wages, wealth, and homeownership for Black Americans.

 

Season 5, Episode 3 • January 17, 2024

Ask An Expert: What does the surge in workers going on strike mean for racial and economic justice?

In 2023, workers across the country—from Hollywood writers to autoworkers, nurses, and Starbucks baristas—went on strike to improve their working conditions. Heidi Shierholz, president of the Economic Policy Institute and former chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor, discusses what this surge in labor actions means for workers and the fight for racial and economic justice.