Our podcast page features our own APHSA recordings as well as Essential Listening of interest to our members, including our Partners’ recordings. Podcasts allow us to take a deeper dive into important, timely topics effecting health and human services professionals and the individuals, families, and communities you serve. If you’re interested in adding to our podcast library with your own favorites, let us know!

APHSA Podcasts

Podcasts produced by APHSA, along with podcasts featuring APHSA as guest speakers.

From long ago policy decisions to the ways unspoken social rules and the technology in our pockets shape our behavior, Our Dream Deferred scans across fields to find experts with deep insights into why we are the way we are as a country, how it impacts our ability to deliver the public good, and what it will take to change.

Join co-hosts Tracy Wareing Evans and Karen Heller Key, national leaders in human services, a field that works to build communities where everyone thrives. A podcast of the American Public Human Services Association, Our Dream Deferred features discussions with brilliant voices from unexpected places whose insights and lived experiences help deconstruct the American story by illuminating what we’re up against, who has been left out of the narrative, and what counterforces can finally help fulfill our nation’s promise.

Today we hear from Tim Snyder, the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. Tim has written numerous books, including two that appeared on the New York Times best-seller list simultaneously, On Tyranny and The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America. Both volumes examine the rise of authoritarianism in the United States. As an historian specializing in the history of Central and Eastern Europe and the Holocaust, he draws parallels to our modern political climate and advises on how to defend our republic and individual freedoms. His advice: “Don’t obey in advance,” reminds each of us of our place in history, the responsibility we bear, and that everything we do has some kind of moral context, including looking away. If we become complacent, we then become vulnerable to the things we have chosen to forget.

Be a part of Our Dream Deferred: use the hashtag #OurDreamDeferred or write to us at [email protected]

This episode was produced by APHSA. Editing and sound design by Brandon Mitchell.
On Tyranny, a book by Tim Snyder
The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America, a book by Tim Snyder
The War on History Is a War on Democracy, Tim Snyder New York Times article

Today we hear from Phil Howard, who is a professor of sociology, information and international affairs, and the author of Lie Machines: How to Save Democracy from Troll Armies, Deceitful Robots, Junk News Operations, and Political Operatives. Studying information infrastructure and social systems at the same time, he provides a unique and integrated perspective on the impacts of social media on modern life, and why it matters. By illustrating how Artificial Intelligence (AI) and social media have been used to bring out the worst in us, Professor Howard helps us see a better path forward. His ideas for public agencies include mapping out how to better meet constituents on social media. Tune in for a wide-ranging and thoughtful conversation.

Be a part of Our Dream Deferred: use the hashtag #OurDreamDeferred or write to us at [email protected]

Phil Howard’s commentary and articles: https://philhoward.org/
The Navigator tool: https://navigator.oii.ox.ac.uk/
Oxford Internet Institute: https://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/

This episode was produced by APHSA. Editing and sound design by Brandon Mitchell.

In this week’s episode of Our Dream Deferred: Fulfilling the Nation’s Promise, we’re in conversation with Derrik Anderson, Executive Director at Race Matters for Juvenile Justice. Derrik helps us reflect on the American Dream in the context of taking a frank look at the lived experiences of people of color in the United States. Derrik uses a historical lens to explore policies, their impacts on systems and institutions, and the biases they can lead to, and encourages us to continually do the work to counter racism, white supremacy culture, and other injustices. Key will be to create a shared language across institutions and groups to address these problems – an activity you’re participating in just listening to this podcast!

Be a part of Our Dream Deferred: use the hashtag #OurDreamDeferred or write to us at [email protected]

This episode was produced by APHSA. Editing and sound design by Brandon Mitchell.
Link: https://rmjj.org/

These past few years, as our country has become more fragmented, and longstanding biases have come into plain sight, we’ve searched for ways to understand what we’re experiencing more deeply and to benefit from perspectives that can help us envision a path forward. In this week’s episode of Our Dream Deferred: Fulfilling the Nation’s Promise, we’ll cover the importance of narrative change and how to do it in a positive way, what we can do as leaders and organizations to contribute to meaningful change, and what behavioral science can teach us about how to reach the people and communities we serve. This episode’s guest is Anthony Barrows, a Managing Director at ideas42.

An overview & welcome to Our Dream Deferred. Find out how we will explore the American story, as inspired by Langston Hughes’ poem, Dream Deferred: “What happens to a dream deferred? / Does it dry up / Like a raisin in the sun? / Or fester like a sore--/ And then run? / Does it stink like rotten meat? / Or crust and sugar over--/ like a syrupy sweet? / Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. / Or does it explode?”

Unpacking the American Rescue Plan, Part 2
May 2021

In part two of the latest podcast episode from the Center for Accountability, Modernization, and Innovation (CAMI), listen to APHSA President & CEO Tracy Wareing Evans, in a discussion with CAMI Chairman Stan Soloway and former Representative John Faso, along with former OMB official Ed DeSeve, on the opportunities and challenges presented by the American Rescue Plan. You can check out Part 1 of Unpacking the American Rescue Plan here.

Using Prevention Strategies To Help Families Thrive (10/29/20)
APHSA has joined forces with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) to support the transformation of the child welfare system through a prevention first model. In this podcast, APHSA's President & CEO Tracy Wareing Evans, along with ASTHO’s CEO Michael Fraser, discuss the intersection of human services and public health and why it’s so important for these two sectors to work together to achieve a shared vision of thriving families.

Oregon DHS Moves Up The Human Services Value Curve
APHSA Director of Organizational Effectiveness Phil Basso joins the OR Department of Human Services for an overview of the organizational assessment APHSA is conducting to determine where Oregon is on the Value Curve and how it can ascend this maturity model to realize the potential of the people we serve.

Special Edition: Building a Resilient and Just Society
APHSA President & CEO Tracy Wareing Evans is a guest speaker on “Special Edition: Building a Resilient and Just Society,” a podcast produced by the National Academy of Public Administration.

Administrative Data in Health and Human Services
Our first APHSA Podcast series is a conversation inspired by the Pew Charitable Trust’s report, How States Use Data to Inform Decisions.

Administrative Data in Health and Human Services
This is the first of three conversations inspired by the Pew Charitable Trust’s report, How States Use Data to Inform Decisions. We speak with Dr. Bill Hazel, Virginia’s former Secretary of Health and Human Resources, and Tony Fung, Virginia’s former Deputy Secretary of Technology, to discuss their work as it relates to data, analytics, opioids, funding, and more.
Using Data in Health and Human Services Agencies
In our second conversation inspired by the Pew Charitable Trust’s report, How States Use Data to Inform Decisions, we talk with Lily Alpert, Senior Researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, about their curriculum specifically focused on helping state agencies utilize data to improve service delivery. We also dive into Tennessee's experience in training staff on using data to inform internal and program decisions with Britany Binkowski who served at the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, most recently as Special Assistant to the Commissioner, and is now the Director of New Allies at Youth Villages.
Using Quality Assurance to Promote Racial Justice
Join us for our final discussion inspired by the Pew Charitable Trust’s report, How States Use Data to Inform Decisions. This time we chat with Susan Smith who has worked with the Connecticut Department of Children for almost 24 years and is currently serving as the agency’s Director of the Office for Research and Evaluation. The materials discussed throughout the podcast that are related to Connecticut's data work are available below:

Essential Listening

Podcasts relevant to our APHSA members on topics ranging from HHS news to racial equity to lifestyle.

All In: Student Pathways Forward
May 2021

This podcast series hosted by Marc Goldberg is from Oregon's SkillSPAN efforts with the National Skills Coalition and Pathways to Opportunity. It highlights the collaboration and partnership between SNAP E&T and community colleges to support students. The latest episode focuses on elevating community college student voices in Oregon to shape inclusive higher education/workforce development policies, programs and partnerships that create economic mobility.

Ascend’s Student Parent Podcast: 1 in 5!
Twenty two percent -- or 1 in 5 undergraduates are parents. Ascend at the Aspen Institute launched 1 in 5, a new podcast focusing on the experience of students who are parents pursuing postsecondary credentials. Each episode features in-depth conversations with student parents and those who advocate for them in the fields of education, philanthropy, non-profit, and research. Listen to the first 12 episodes now.

How Fatherhood Programs Supported Dads During the Pandemic
In this episode of “On the Evidence” by Mathematica, guests discuss COVID-19’s implications for delivering fatherhood engagement services during and after the pandemic. Mathematica has been gathering information on what works in engaging fathers across a wide range of human services programs, with the goal of helping fathers and families thrive.

Public Leadership in the Time of COVID
The Urban Institute shares this podcast on COVID recovery. The country has now spent more than a year dealing with COVID-19. In a new podcast episode, local leaders discuss how they are working to support their communities and how they envision the road to recovery.

How Do You Measure Child Well-Being?
The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities shares this podcast from Milton Little Jr., president and CEO of United Way of Atlanta. Little reimagined his organization’s focus based on data, working to develop a child well-being index measuring 14 different indicators across health, education, and income at the family, community, and individual levels to assess need and set a baseline for improvement.

Speaking of Racism
A podcast series dedicated to frank, honest, and respectful discussions about racism in the United States. It has more than 50 podcasts over 2019-20, including episode 21 on Juneteenth with Historian Brigette Jones.

Family First
This podcast from the Child Welfare Information Gateway shares how the Family First Prevention Services Act has changed how we support families—especially when working with families who need mental health and substance use treatment services.

National Conference of State Legislatures - Our American States Podcast
COVID-19: Jeb Bush on Leadership, Federalism and the Challenges for States

Code Switch is a multi-racial, multi-generational team of NPR journalists who cover race and identity.

Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice. Co-hosts Chevon and Hiba give their unique takes on race and pop culture, and uplift narratives of hope, struggle, and joy, as we continue to build the momentum needed to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture.

GovLove - A Podcast About Local Government
GovLove is a podcast about the people, policies and profession of local government. From Mayors and City Managers to interns and everyone in between, we interview the people making a difference in their communities to learn about the great work being done at the local level.

Hope Through History -- with Pulitzer Prize Winning and Best Selling Author and Historian, Jon Meacham
Explores some of the most historic and trying times in American History, and how this nation dealt with these moments, the impact of these moments and how we came through these moments a unified nation. Season One takes a look at critical moments around the 1918 Flu Pandemic, the Great Depression, World War II, the polio epidemic and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Health Disparities
This podcast series from Movement is LifeTM covers health disparities in the U.S. with many episodes focusing specifically on COVID-19 and racial disparities in health.

This New York Times podcast released in 2019 tells the story of slavery in America on its 400th anniversary, a crucial part of history to understand in the ongoing conversation about race equity. In August of 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. America was not yet America, but this was the moment it began. On the 400th anniversary of this fateful moment, it is time to tell the story.

Work Life with Adam Grant
You spend a quarter of your life at work. You should enjoy it! Organizational psychologist Adam Grant takes you inside the minds of some of the world’s most unusual professionals to discover the keys to a better work life.