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OFF-KILTER with Rebecca Vallas

Mar 15, 2018

After last Sunday’s episode of 60 Minutes, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made the rounds on the internet in a truly cringe-inducing clip. If you’re somehow not among the millions who’ve already watched it, the conservative billionaire mega-donor has been behind a decades-long charter school experiment in Michigan. But when pushed to answer for its apparent failure, DeVos was unable to come up with anything even approaching an explanation. So Rebecca talks to someone who can: Allie Gross, a reporter at the Detroit Free Press and a former charter school teacher in the city.

Later in the show: “Opioids fill the news with a steady stream of stories of lives lost from overdose and abuse. What we rarely hear is the other side — opioids are also the most powerful pain medication we have. For me, they were life-restoring.” So writes Kate Nicholson in an op-ed in The Hill titled “The Other Side of the Opioid Epidemic.” Rebecca talks with Kate about her experience with chronic pain—and how we address opioid misuse without making it impossible for people like her to manage their pain.

But first, everything you need to know about the #BankLobbyistAct just passed by the Senate, the blue wave continues with Conor Lamb’s upset victory in PA-18, and more, with Indivisible’s Associate Policy Director Chad Bolt (and The Slevinator, of course), in another installment of In Case You Missed It.