Bryce Covert is an independent journalist who writes about the economy. She is a contributing op-ed writer at the New York Times and a contributing writer at The Nation. Covert's writing has appeared in Time Magazine, the Washington Post, New York Magazine, the New Republic, and Slate. She has appeared on ABC, CBS, MSNBC, and NPR. Previously, Covert was Economic Editor at ThinkProgress, Editor of the Roosevelt Institute’s Next New Deal blog, and a contributor at Forbes. She has also worked as a financial reporter and head of the energy sector at mergermarket, an online newswire that is part of the Financial Times group. Covert studied at Hampshire College before transferring to Brown University, where she received her B.A. in English.
on today’s show… Bryce Covert, from The Nation Magazine, will join us to explain why Medicare expansion is transforming politics in red states like Kentucky. Heather Digby Parton will be here to run down all the biggest news of the week.
Democrats need to learn the lessons of their historic victory last month, when Virginia became the first Southern state in the post–civil-rights-movement era to entirely flip back to Democratic control.  Virgina Democrats now hold the governorship AND both houses of the state legislature.  How did they do it?  Joan Walsh says one key was that Republican attacks on abortion didn’t send Democrats running scared.Also: Trump’s pardons for war criminals: Jeet Heer says the military is right to stand up for the laws of war, but the basic issue is a political one, and the military can’t make this a political fight.  But the voters can.And Bryce Covert has been examining strikes in America over the last couple of years.  More workers went on strike last year than at any time since 1986 – more than 20 years ago.  They include public sector workers, like teachers and nurses, and corporate employees, like auto and hotel workers – and even low-paid, part-time and temporary people who don’t have unions—like fast food workers and Uber drivers.  Subscribe to The Nation to support all of our podcasts:
Wealthy Americans are applauded for their ability to make money passively – letting their money do the work for them. At the same time, poor Americans are often forced to justify that they are working enough to receive basic support. Bryce Covert joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the disconnect in how the American work ethic applies to workers based on the tax bracket they occupy, which she writes about in her Longreads article “The American Work Ethic.”
It's Radio Dispatch Best of 2018 and we're revisiting our interview with Bryce Covert on Medicaid work requirements, which have only gotten worse since we spoke to her in May. Also, Trump escalates the drone war. Photo courtesy of Bryce Covert 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - Annual Elf on the Shelf discussion 24:52 - Bryce Covert on medicaid work requirements 51:45 - Trump escalates Obama’s drone war 58:28 - “A.T.T.A.C.K” Arre! Arre! / Credits 60:00 - Finish
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