The U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 created the right to a minimum wage, with one huge exception — people with disabilities. We interview producer-director Jordan Melograna and play clips from “Bottom Dollars,” his documentary on sheltered workshops and the sub-minimum wage. How is it that nearly 250,000 people are currently and legally paid, … Continued
Maybe the way to end poverty is to give poor people money. The idea of a universal basic income in the U.S. isn’t new. Progressives pushed the concept in the 1960s and 70s, and several other countries have tried local experiments. But, tech industry leaders like Tesla’s Elon Musk have recently taken up the idea … Continued
Jacob Lesner-Buxton joins our crew for 30 minutes of analysis and reflection on the events of 2017 for people with disabilities. Some topics: 1. U.S. involved wars cause death and disability in Afghanistan, Mexico, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere 2. Electronic Visit Verification to be required in California IHSS homes 3. Trump – Defeat of … Continued
Fund Drive Special Laura Bock is an extraordinary blind white woman whose new memoir, Red Diaper Daughter tells an extraordinary story of three generations of rebels and revolutionaries. She talks about her communist and anarchist family… and her own journey though a life lived in struggle, self growth and organizing. Laura Bock’s begins her story … Continued
Josh Elwood talks with Mitch Jeserich about President Trump’s attitude toward disability. Then, we seek out disabled and deaf artists in South Africa with Leroy F. Moore Jr. and Simon Manda. Leroy F. Moore Jr is the founder of Krip Hop Nation. He recently visited seven South African cities with Simon Manda, the cofounder of … Continued
White, disabled, and genderqueer, Eli Clare’s new book, Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure, questions the typical hostility of the disability movement toward the mythology of The Cure. He explores his rage at the many ways the ‘search for the cure’ has ostracized and limited people with disabilities. But, then he dives deeper. Based in his … Continued
This April Fools Friday, nothing’s off limits on Pushing Limits. Sheela Gunn-Cushman hosts. Shelley Berman puts Robin Williams and Eliahu Ha Navee in the same paragraph. And Josh Elwood hands nuggets of wisdom to some politicians who particularly need them.