Solutions for the Underaffiliated

Solutions for the Underaffiliated

Solutions for the Underaffiliated is a podcast for people who want hope and action because they are fed up with finger-pointing and incivility. We represent action, by providing examples of it. Its purpose is to inspire people through the examples our guests from the region, state, and country describe. We talk about potential solutions related to: climate change, economic opportunity, education, rights and justice, healthcare, and public safety. During each episode, we lay out the current state of a particular issue from the perspective of our guest. Then we lay out the challenges, usually through a review of the key stakeholder, e.g. government, industry, the media, special interests, and regular Americans. We identify what needs to change. Then we explore solutions that are either already underway by the group or guest as well as actions our audience could take to influence change and hold people accountable.


September 21, 2023 47 mins

Ever thought you should drink less alcohol? Maybe you’re not at the bottom, but one leads to many. Less patient at home? Less sharp at work?

You don’t want to quit, but less would be better.

Alcoholics Anonymous could work, but opening up to strangers is daunting. Maybe you don’t believe in the philosophy or think it takes too much time.

Oar Health — — provid...

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Solving the rural hospital dilemma to address aging and isolation

How do we take on the facts that health tends to be worse and demand for mental health services and the suicide rate are rising in rural communities?

The core healthcare challenges in rural communities are transportation because people have to travel to get care and many senior citizens can no longer drive, social isolation, ...

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Disrupting the cycle of poverty with social supports.

Imagine not having food, no way to get to the grocery store, and not having a friend with a working car to get you there or to take your kids to school. That could happen every day to a family on Medicaid.

Imagine having an asthmatic child and not being able replace your carpet with solid flooring, so he misses school and you miss work t...

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Why do we need any more proof that having basic necessities, access to care, and social support leads to better health in order to help poor people live healthier, less expensive and more productive lives?

We all know that poor people can’t afford deductibles and copays, lack food, gas for a car, struggle with rent, and don’t have a social network with the means to help them. Instead of seeing a doctor t...

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Fires, floods, storms. Even if you’re not sure about whether carbon emissions are behind them, why not try something new for our kids just in case?

Let’s start with transportation since about 30 percent of United States greenhouse gas emissions come from the transportation sector. That’s driven by Americans’ everyday use of cars, trucks, trains and planes. 

I spoke with Ned Ryan Doyle, a se...

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Let’s use new federal infrastructure funds to improve life and protect cities from climate change, not just to create construction traffic from fixing roads, pipes and bridges.

How can we do better?

Solutions for the Underaffiliated spoke with Joe Kane, a Fellow at the Brookings Institution and economist, planner, and researcher. He works at the intersection of transportation, water, broadb...

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Is corporate medicine leading to an over-priced, hollowed out healthcare system characterized by dissatisfied patients and fewer healthcare providers, fed up with poor working conditions?

We spoke with Dr. Mitch Li, an emergency physician and founder of Take Medicine Back, which advocates for taking back medicine from corporate interests.

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Suburban sprawl came with a price. Urban living can reduce housing costs, political divisiveness, and carbon emissions.

We spoke with Andy Paul, a founding member Affordable Asheville, a chapter YIMBY Action, a national organization dedicated to affordable housing.

Less affordable housing, needing a car, and policies that promote wealth-based segregation have led to homelessness, increased ...

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America’s health crisis is about more than mental and physical conditions, and it costs even more than you think.

It will require  the seemingly impossible task of working together to make the United States healthy.

We spoke with Ted Smith, Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology and The Director, Center for Healthy Air, Water and Soil at the University of Louisville.

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We are all better off when people can afford their homes. Community Land Trusts (CLTs) are one way to expand affordable housing, but we need more homeowners to get on board.

Anna Zuevskaya, Executive Director, and Crystal Sheriff, Community Relations Manager, of the Asheville Buncombe County Land Trust explained the societal benefits of using community land trusts to provide affordable housing.

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Health provider consolidation pushes up the cost of care for people with employer-based coverage. In the process, it drives people who can’t pay from their bank accounts to put off care or go into medical debt.

We talked with John Hargraves, Director of Data Strategy of the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI), a non-profit, non-partisan organization focused on in Washington, D.C. It has a multi-payer, long...

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Ann Marie Traylor, the Executive Director of the Environmental Quality Institute (EQI) (, leads a team of volunteers who gather data to help stop chemicals from poisoning streams, bugs, amphibians, birds and so on up the food chain.

When it rains, water carries fertilizer, salt, and other chemicals from industrial and small farms, roofs, roads, parking lots and leaky sewage pipes to stream...

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Does the current healthcare system work for you?

If you can pay, your health is likely to improve or at least not get worse. 

Otherwise, premiums, deductibles, and costs of drugs and care are so high that many people put off care until they are eligible for Medicare, or they go into medical debt.

To help make the case for change, Solutions for the Underaffiliated explored thre...

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Filmmaker and historian David Weintraub spoke with us about his latest film, Nature’s Wisdom Through Native Eyes

It is the confluence of storytelling, native wisdom and nature’s intelligence that will help us heal our broken relationship with the living world. It's an intriguing look at history, culture and hope through the eyes of our nation’s First People. 

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Watching the weather? It’s simpler and less expensive than you might think to outfit your home with solar power, reduce your reliance on energy companies, and help reduce carbon emissions. 

We still need energy companies, but the right action can drive a faster and smoother transition. Advocate for more competition in power generation from wind and solar power companies; expanded use of solar panels on h...

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David Morris of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance explains how local government has more power than even they may realize. They have the authority, financial capability, bargaining power and responsibility to serve citizens. From sustainable electricity and broadband to healthcare and affordable housing, city governments can do more.  Read More

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We spoke with Marcus Walls of Homeward Bound, who told us about the types of people who are homeless, the experiences that land them in homelessness, and how hard it is to get out without a support network. Read More

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Mental Health GPS provides connects people in with peer counselors and mental health resources in urgent, but non-crisis, situations. Read More

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Check out the legal services an organization in North Carolina provides to middle- and low-income people, including immigrants, to help them get tax credits, quality healthcare, immigration services, drivers license restoration and more. You may want to see there is an organization like it in your area. Read More

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The consolidation of health systems into local monopolies owned by corporations means higher prices of care, longer wait times and greater inconvenience, and probably worse care as nurses and doctors work more hours for less pay and fewer benefits. Read More

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