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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. Powered by The Century Foundation. We want to hear from you! Send ideas, pitches, and feedback to offkiltershow@tcf.org.
 
Today’s world order is in unprecedented flux. The United States is navigating a new international system in which cannot dictate global rules. Conflict continues to destabilize the Middle East and attract an outsized share of policy attention around the world and in Washington. Host Thanassis Cambanis interviews activists and analysts about the most pressing issues in international policy. This podcast is produced by The Century Foundation, a progressive think tank that for more than one hun ...
 
James Corbett of corbettreport.com presents a weekly podcast series, "The Well-Read Anarchist." In this series, James will read the major works of the great anarchist philosophers, from the foundational anarchist writers of the early 19th century right through to the contemporary thinkers of the 21st century. Joining us along the way will be a range of guests who will help to explain and contextualize these works.
 
Our twenty-first century world is populated by a vast mix of religions and philosophies each claiming truth and that they can provide you with meaning and happiness. In contrast we have the claim of biblical Christianity that there is only one Truth, only one reality and only one God who exists and has spoken to us. By speaking to us God has informed us of the nature of reality and that happiness, purpose and meaning in life can only be realized when we orient our thinking and our lives to this
 
How and why did ancient Romans use myth to validate their power? Emperor Augustus legitimised his rule by entwining his own ancestry with the mythical stories of Rome's foundation, and created a divine aura around Rome as capital of the vast empire. This album visits key emblems associated with Rome's beginnings: the Forum and the Capitoline Hill with its statue of the she-wolf and Romulus and Remus; the Emperor Augustus's palace and ceremonial altar, and the 17th Century D'Arpino frescos of ...
 
This weekly class which is uploaded as a podcast episode explores a wide range of themes, topics, texts and traditions which demonstrate the exemplary lives and practices of Muslim women on the "Straight Path" throughout history and in contemporary times. Our aim is to emulate the righteous women who have come before us in order to navigate the turbulent reality of the modern world, by seeking guidance and inspiration from their religious, scholarly, social, cultural and educational stories ...
 
21st Century Mermaids is a new podcast dedicated to women and the ocean. Hosted by Danni Washington, each episode features a ‘mermaid’ who works in the ocean science and marine conservation fields. By sharing the stories of these modern day mermaids around the world, this podcast promotes ocean literacy and empathy, while championing access, agency, and equity for women and their allies in ocean conservation, leadership, and STEM fields. 21st Century Mermaids actively welcomes the United Nat ...
 
Welcome to Venn Presents, a series of conversations on the depth and richness of the Christian tradition, as we attempt to outwork it in our 21st century lives. Through this collection, host Sam Bloore and members of the Venn Foundation team will present aspects of their work and reflection, as well as that of the wider Venn community. Each short series will run across two or three episodes and the topics will be wide-ranging: from exploring Christian faith or doctrine; to engagement with wi ...
 
The foundations of modern skepticism and objective thinking are thought to be rooted in the philosophy of Rene Descartes, the French mathematician, philosopher and writer. This great sixteenth century thinker also gave us theories on mind-body dualism and the concept of ethics as the highest form of science. He is considered the Father of Modern Western Philosophy. His theories also led to the emancipation of humanity from the doctrine that the Church is the sole authority over Man and led t ...
 
The Beginning of Guidance (Bidayat al-Hidayat) is one of the last books written by the great 12th century Persian scholar, Imam al-Ghazali. It is intended to be a guidebook for structuring daily activities and rectifying the state of your heart as you strive to be a worshipful servant of God. The book covers three sections: acts of worship, avoiding misconduct and advice on keeping company with others. It begins with the intentions of seeking knowledge, the etiquettes of waking in the mornin ...
 
A thrilling spy story, a children's adventure, a charming portrait of early twentieth century life in London and the countryside and a heart warming family tale are all combined in this classic of children's literature The Railway Children by E Nesbit. The book has remained on the list of the best-loved children's books ever since it was first published as a serial story in The London Magazine in 1905. Later, it was published in book form and won acclaim from critics and readers across the w ...
 
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The Federal Reserve, better known as “the Fed,” has been in the spotlight quite a bit in recent weeks, following an apparent insider trading scandal embroiling several high-level officials at America’s central bank. And in the latest shoe to drop, disclosure documents made public in recent weeks reveal that the scandal of stock trading during the p…
 
Last month, the U.S. Census Bureau put out its annual snapshot of income, poverty, and health insurance in the United States—which serves as something of an annual report card on the economic well-being of America’s families. One of the most significant takeaways was the effectiveness of government relief at keeping people above the federal poverty…
 
As the debate over President Biden’s sweeping “build back better” agenda continues in Washington, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin hasn’t been shy about laying out his demands, as Democratic leadership in the House and Senate and the White House bend over backwards to garner his and Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s votes for reconciliation bill th…
 
In this class presentation we explore the lives of three very different women in the family of Sayyidna Abu Sufyan, may God be pleased with him, and the circumstances that led to the Qur'an being revealed about them. We embark on a journey from darkness into light through the study of these women. First we witness the depths of wretchedness in Arwa…
 
This week in Washington has featured no shortage of drama, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell saddling Democrats with the threat of both a government shutdown and default on the nation’s debts by withholding Republican votes for keeping the government funded or raising the debt ceiling. Meanwhile, despite months of forward momentum in Cong…
 
For all the talk about what’s in “Build Back Better” recovery legislation that Democrats are trying to move through Congress, one thing that’s not currently in the bill, in what many workers’ advocates say is a glaring omission, is anything to do with Unemployment Insurance—which was badly in need of a refresh long before the COVID-19 pandemic, to …
 
This week, millions of families across the United States are receiving their third monthly child allowance payment as implementation of the expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act earlier this year continues. Meanwhile, as “Build Back Better” legislation continues to come together in Congress, with key House commi…
 
Thirty-one years ago, the fabric of America's legal and policy landscape changed dramatically for people with disabilities in the United States when the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush, on July 26, 1990. But, as far we've come these past thirty-plus years, we still have incredibly far to g…
 
In this class, we explore four of the women companions about whose situations verses of the Qur'an were revealed. These situations mostly involve marriage and inheritance rights, and show us the complete faith, trust and certainty that these women had in their knowledge that Allah SWT and HIs Rasool SAWS would judge for them with nothing but all-en…
 
We begin this class with an overview of historical and contemporary representations of Sayyida Bilqis in pre- and non-Muslim traditions, observing some examples of the decline in the way she is portrayed, particularly over the past century. The second part of the class focuses on the Qur'anic verses of her story with Nabi Sulayman AS in surah al-Na…
 
What does the story of Sayyida Zulaykha and Nabi Yusuf alayhi salam in the Qur'an really tell us about women, passion and acting on it? In this episode we explore the events of the attempted seduction as described in the Qur'anic text, and examine three interpretive methods for understanding those events. We look at classical tafsir literature, poe…
 
Danni Washington speaks with Melissa Cristina ​Márquez, also known as the Mother of Sharks. Puerto Rican born and raised, Melissa has used her unique upbringing and love for sharks to become one of the biggest advocates for our oceans' top predator. First being introduced to sharks after watching Discovery's Shark Week as a child, Melissa took the …
 
Alhamdulillah this class on the woman of the Hajj - Sayyida Haajar - coincided with the first day of the 10 days of the sacred month of Dhul Hijja - the month of the Hajj. We discuss how Sayyida Haajar became part of the family of Nabi Ibrahim (Alayhi salam), we look at some 17th century European artwork depicting her 'banishment' to the desert. We…
 
This class takes us on a journey from the creation of men and women (our forefathers Sayyidna Adam and Sayyida Hawwa on them be peace) and the establishment of the principles and practices of their relationship in the metaphysical, unseen world, to looking at the consequences of nonadherence to those principles and practices in the contemporary wor…
 
Welcome back to our latest podcast series, The Good of Work. In this third and final episode, Sam Bloore is joined by John Dennison and Olivia Burne, who hosts the conversation. Previously, we’ve explored the meaning of work in light of God’s purposes for creation, and we’ve looked hard at the ways in which work has become corrupted and distorted b…
 
Millions of Syrians depend on international aid that comes through a single border crossing—aid that depends on an agreement with Russia. Every year, and sometimes more frequently, the UN Security Council fiercely debates its tenuous agreement to keep open aid crossings into Syria. The number of open crossings has steadily diminished, and today, on…
 
The story of Sayyida Asiya provides several opportunities to examine the lives of the many women in the story of Nabi Musa (AS), and we study the Qur'anic verses and hadith which address them all. This class also engages with surah al-Tahreem and the stories of the six women who are mentioned in it, and how it is a very important surah about the fa…
 
Before exploring the explanations of the events and meanings of the life of Sayyida Maryam, the Mother of 'Isa may peace be upon them both, we look at the what storytelling is and its role in the Qur'an. We also examine some of the scholarly arguments about whether Sayyida Maryam was a prophet or not, and how we should approach understanding her st…
 
In this episode, Danni goes deep with ocean engineer, Dr. Grace Young. Topics discussed range from Grace's upbringing in the landlocked Midwest of the United States and learning to dive in freshwater quarries to deep sea expeditions with Alphabet's Moonshot Factory. Dr. Grace Young is a Lead Scientist at X, Alphabet’s Moonshot Factory, where her te…
 
Our brief study of the life of the leader of the women of the Ummah on earth and in the celestial realm focuses on how to connect with her rank and emulate her in our daily lives. But to do this, we need a sound way of understanding her life story. What framework of understanding do we apply to find what we need from the events in her life? What ar…
 
Work is a key aspect of human flourishing. Indeed, as we explored in our first episode in this series, ‘The Good of Work,’ it is part of our vocation as human beings. But to only speak of the goodness of work is to neglect more pressing questions. Even when we understand God’s intentions for work, many of us experience it as difficult; at times, it…
 
In this class, we explore and analyze three distinct yet interrelated topics: A Prophetic educational methodology which includes a specific hadith on the four best women in Paradise. Ancient Arabia: Contexts and Contradictions. We discuss particular concepts in the social, cultural and economic context in which Sayyida Khadijah peace be upon her wa…
 
Syria faces an unprecedented food security crisis. Almost 60 percent of the country is now food-insecure, and more than a million Syrians cannot survive without food aid. The crisis has many causes, chief among them the country’s economic collapse and the depreciation of its currency. But disruptions to key imports such as wheat and fuel have also …
 
Welcome to this new series of classes from MISK Women - the Muslim Institute for Sacred Knowledge! The podcast uploads here are the class recordings which are lightly edited and presented here without the Q and A session at the end. In this first class, we introduce the course and some of the main objectives of studying the lives and legacies of Wo…
 
This week, Off-Kilter’s bringing you a conversation Rebecca moderated at The Century Foundation earlier this week, on the historic opportunity to make long overdue improvements to Supplemental Security Income as part of #BuildBackBetter—featuring Sen Sherrod Brown, Rep. Raul Grijalva, and Rep. Jamaal Bowman, as well as a panel of disability and sen…
 
Nearly 40 million people in the U.S. live below the official poverty line—which in 2021 is just $26,000 for a family of four. But while poverty is all too often portrayed as a personal failure, it’s actually the result of bad public policy choices. Public policy has purposefully erected barriers that deny access to basic needs, creating a society w…
 
Danni Washington jumps into a great conversation with Mauritian marine scientist, Josheena Naggea. Listen on to hear topics ranging from sea turtle hatchlings to the social and ecological benefits of caring for our seas. Josheena Naggea is an interdisciplinary scientist working to support marine governance in small island states who grew up in Maur…
 
Regional powers Iran and Saudi Arabia have a hand in nearly every hot spot around the Middle East. The two rivals don’t control what happens, but they can play a major role in destabilizing battleground states—or calming tensions. There are many spots ripe for diplomacy: the war in Yemen, the simmering instability in Iraq and Syria, the political c…
 
The April jobs data released by the Department of Labor last week spurred an avalanche of hysteria and conservative hand-wringing about supposedly widespread labor shortages, with many on the right pointing to pandemic jobless benefits as the bogeyman. In a particularly troubling move, on Wednesday of this week, 12 Republican governors announced th…
 
It’s striking: we spend the majority of our waking hours working to secure what we need, and (hopefully) contributing to the flourishing of our common life. And yet when it comes to understanding the good of our work, most of us mumble, or reach for a cliché. What does God make of your work, and why does he care? What does it mean to work well, and…
 
As leaders at all levels of government work to “build back better”—and to address the nation’s legacy of racial injustice and persistent racial inequality—removing barriers to employment for workers with records is more urgently needed than ever amid the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and downturn, to ensure not only a full but an equitable re…
 
“The War on Drugs has disproportionately harmed communities of color. People have lost jobs, education, housing, their liberty, their families, and their lives to this War. Now they deserve equity, justice, and repair: ownership of cannabis businesses, full and automatic expungement, and community reinvestment of tax revenue and corporate philanthr…
 
In this episode, Danni Washington has an explorative discussion with co-host and West Coast mermaid Dr. Erika Woolsey, about her upbringing, coral reef exploration, and integrating emerging technology into ocean education. Dr. Erika Woolsey, is a marine biologist, National Geographic Explorer, designer, Visiting Scholar at the Virtual Human Interac…
 
Off-Kilter continues our Second Chance Month series with two of the directly impacted leaders driving transformational change on second chance policies and rights restoration in the states, who also happen to be a powerhouse husband-wife team: Desmond Meade, executive director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, best known for the visionar…
 
Alhamdulillah, All Praise is for Allah, Lord of the Worlds, The Most Merciful, Gracious and Generous. May His peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet and Messenger, Muhammad and his noble family and companions. We have reached the end of our presentation of Imam al-Jawi's commentary Maraqi al-'Ubudiyyiah on Imam al-Ghazali's Bidayat al-Hida…
 
In recognition that a criminal record shouldn’t be a life sentence to poverty, there’s been a whirlwind of momentum in the states in recent years to expand eligibility for criminal record-clearing—with over half the states expanding laws for expungement, sealing, and other tools for enabling people to wipe their records clean so they can have a fai…
 
In this episode, Imam al-Ghazali explains the characteristics and qualities you should look for in a companion, then he advises on how to uphold your duties and responsibilities to that person as their friend. In summary, seek to be in the company of those who remind you of God and help keep you firm on the Straight Path,. If you are blessed with s…
 
Poverty researchers estimate that the income-boosting provisions in the American Rescue Plan Act, which President Biden signed into law last month, will cut child poverty in half, and that overall poverty in the U.S. will fall by one-third over the next year. But should we expect those promised reductions in poverty to transfer from spreadsheets to…
 
The final section of the Beginning of Guidance on Etiquette with the Creator and Creation begins with advice on how conduct oneself and be in the presence of the One Who never leaves you, Mighty and Majestic is He. Then we discuss the advice of our Master and Guide, Imam al-Ghazali and the significant contributions of Imam al-Jawi, on the best comp…
 
Tensions between Egypt and Turkey have run high for nearly a decade. Turkey has hosted Egyptian dissidents and opposition parties since the Egyptian coup in 2013; and the two countries support opposite sides in the Libyan War and have very nearly come into direct military conflict. Both are major U.S. partners, at least on paper: Turkey is a formal…
 
Amid a global pandemic that has killed people of color at dramatically higher rates, and forced so-called 'essential workers'--again, disproportionately people of color--to risk illness and death to keep the a struggling economy churning... the outlook for predominantly white corporate monopolists has never been brighter. According to a new report …
 
In this episode, we discuss the blessed Hadith of the great Companion, Sayyidna Mu'aath bin Jabal, may Allah be pleased with him, which summarises the transgressions of the heart and the journey of one's deeds towards Divine acceptance. As this is the conclusion of the second section of the book, Imam al-Ghazali offers his final advice to the stude…
 
Danni Washington makes the deep dive on marine protection and conservation with fellow mermaid, Mariasole Bianco. Mariasole coordinates the Young Professionals network of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, hosts a TV show in Italy about ocean wonders and issues, works with private sector on ocean responsibility, teaches at the University…
 
Results are in from the first year of a universal basic income experiment in Stockton, California, which gave randomly selected residents $500 per month with no strings attached—and they’re striking. The income boost improved recipients’ employment prospects, economic stability, physical and mental health, overall well-being, and more, according to…
 
Assalamu alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu Welcome back to the MISK women podcast series on Imam al-Ghazali's "Beginning of Guidance"! After a longer break than expected, we are back to complete the book, seeking to benefit from the great knowledge, wisdom and advice of the author and our noble and beloved commentator, Imam al-Jawi, may Allah h…
 
With President Joe Biden’s signature, the American Rescue Plan Act became law on Thursday of this week. This wide-ranging package of relief measures—which despite garnering widespread bipartisan support among voters, passed both chambers of Congress without a single Republican vote—authorizes a set of landmark expansions of existing income security…
 
Soon after taking office, President Biden announced that the United States would stop contributing offensive weapons to the war in Yemen. “This war has to end,” the president said. But the complex conflict in Yemen appears, to the contrary, to be heading for a new round of intense fighting, this time around the city of Marib. On this episode of Ord…
 
For this week's pod, we're bringing you a conversation Rebecca moderated at this week's National Academy of Social Insurance conference on "Pathways to Economic Security" about how America's social insurance and public assistance system is falling short for disabled people and care workers who provide home and community based care services; the hum…
 
On this episode of Order from Ashes, we talk with Dahlia Dassa Kaye, the lead author of a new RAND Corporation study that advocates a major overhaul of U.S. strategy in the Middle East. Washington can and should jettison legacy arrangements that no longer make sense. Multi-billion dollar military assistance deals with Israel, Egypt, and Jordan were…
 
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