This week on OppCast, we break down just what it takes to get people back to work in this country: from policymakers who are plowing ahead on initiatives that will fight poverty across the nation, to passionate volunteers and ministry workers who are helping to transition individuals toward a life of pride and self-sustainability.

Hey, you there… so it’s Monday morning, long work week ahead, we know how it is.  That’s why on this week’s OppCast, we lay out everything you need to know in politics for this home stretch of election season.  From what we’ve learned since the debate, to how online hacking is shaping partisan politics, we’ll get your week started with a strong, caffeinated dose of opportunity.


This week on OppCast, we introduce listeners to our Comeback documentary series.  With a focus on revealing the people and their stories at the ground level of America today, Comeback charts a course for a new way to address our nation’s toughest, most entrenched social problems.

This week on OppCast, we go in-depth on one subject: the rising epidemic of opioid addiction in our nation’s heartland.  We take you to one small town in Ohio that has been hit especially hard by a surge of addiction and overdose deaths, asking the important question: when jobs have dried up, when opportunities are slim, how can we as a nation fight to curb drug abuse?

This week on OppCast, host John Hart talks in-studio with senior OpportunityLives writer Izzy Ortega, breaking down everything from the upcoming VP debate, to the reason why the best way to make something expensive is for Washington to make it “free.” Later we continue last week’s conversation with anti-violence leaders Antong Lucky and Omar Jahwar.

For the second episode of OppCast, we break down the importance and the likely outcomes of some of the most crucial Senate races in the country.  Later we bring you the first part of our conversation with Antong Lucky and Pastor Omar Jahwar, two urban specialists fighting gang violence and poverty on the ground in Dallas, Texas.

In the inaugural episode of OppCast, hosts John Hart and Ellen Carmichael break down how the current state of American society led to the crazy political year of 2016. Plus: Opportunity Lives contributor Patrick Brennan joins to discuss an innovative fix to the controversial minimum wage increase.

OppCast is a weekly podcast from Opportunity News Media that cracks through the surface of political commentary to reveal the people and passions behind the headlines. Amidst all the negativity in today’s media, we strive to focus on the positive stories in American politics: the doers, the reformers, the people who are making an impact both in Washington DC and your own community.