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Episode 57

Baton Rouge

Louisiana is no stranger to natural disasters—but this time, the media has all but neglected the recent floods in Baton Rouge. To discuss the floods’ disproportionate impact on low-income Louisianans, we are joined by Danielle Baussan, Managing Director of Energy Policy at the Center for American Progress. Later in the show, we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the law that “ended welfare as we know it” and created our nation’s current cash assistance program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. To discuss the remains of our nation’s welfare system and unpack the long-term repercussions of the law, we are joined by Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Director of the Project on Deep Poverty at the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality. Finally, we are joined by Samuel Hammond, the Poverty and Welfare Policy Analyst for the Niskanen Center, who offers a libertarian’s critique of TANF.

Follow this week’s guests on Twitter:

Danielle Baussan:@DanielleBaussan
Indivar Dutta-Gupta: @IndivarD
Samuel Hammond: @hamandcheese

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Tracey Ross

Associate Director of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress, focusing on place-based responses to fighting poverty

Rebecca Vallas

Managing Director of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress. Previously, Rebecca worked directly with low-income individuals and communities as a legal aid attorney in Philadelphia

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