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We The Podcast
The struggles and triumphs of working Americans
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April 29, 2017 07:17 AM PDT

Unions raise wages and worker protections for everybody – even if you’re not in a union! These jobs aren’t so simple either. It takes a lot of training to do what these men and women do every day. But as our education system becomes more and more out of reach, it’s getting harder and harder for men and women who want to work with their hands to get the training they need. Enter the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 82.

Music by: Keith Ellison and Podington Bear

March 30, 2017 09:20 AM PDT

There are millions of women around the country fighting for equal pay, for better working conditions, for an end to sexual harassment. But in an age of extreme right wing politics – the age of President Trump – what can we do to make our society better? I talked to some of the women who are leading that fight.

Music by: Podington Bear and Keith Ellison

December 18, 2016 05:37 PM PST

Millions of Americans lack credit scores or have scores that are too low to gain access to affordable credit. The problem affects young people, African-Americans, Latinos and immigrants, many of whom can't establish a credit score without taking on debt. We can solve that problem by expanding what is on a person's credit report.

Music by: Keith Ellison and Podington Bear

November 04, 2016 07:39 AM PDT

Two years ago, we started We the Podcast so we could tell stories about how people engage with the economy. Twenty-three episodes and 75,000 downloads later, we’ve covered everything from union organizing to payday loans to tax havens. With Election Day right around the corner, I decided to take a look back at past episodes and some of the issues that are at stake on Tuesday.

Music by: Keith Ellison and Podington Bear

October 24, 2016 06:51 AM PDT

Just last month, we found out that Wells Fargo Bank committed a years-long scam that stole from their customers, inflated their stock price, and lined the pockets of their top level executives. Then, those same executives pinned the whole thing on their low-level employees, thousands of whom were fired from their jobs.

I sat down with Ruth Landaverde. She worked at Wells Fargo and Bank of America and saw first hand what a high-pressure sales culture can do to a person.

Music by: Keith Ellison and Poddington Bear

September 30, 2016 08:49 PM PDT

We spend a lot of time talking about how important unions are. On this episode, we’re going to see organized labor in action on the streets of my home city, Minneapolis. Right now, almost 5,000 Minnesotan nurses are on strike. I went down to the picket line, and talked with a few of the striking nurses. I wanted to hear, straight from them, why this negotiation was so important that they’ve decided to go on strike.

Music by: Keith Ellison and Podington Bear

September 30, 2016 06:42 AM PDT

How many of you work 40 hours a week? If you’re a salaried worker, guess what: your employer is pretty happy. After all, they’re getting free work. That’s right. Millions of salaried workers are essentially working for free once they pass 40 hours during their work week. That’s because over the past 35 years, we failed to update our overtime pay regulations.

Music by: Keith Ellison and Podington Bear

September 07, 2016 06:18 AM PDT

Let’s be honest, few people enjoy paying their taxes. But most of us understand that taxes serve a critical purpose—the public good. And since we all benefit from these things, you’d figure that we would all contribute. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. According to a recent report by Oxfam America, the top 50 American companies hold $1.4 trillion overseas to avoid paying taxes. These are called tax havens

Music by: Keith Ellison and Podington Bear.

August 08, 2016 08:59 AM PDT

What does "home" mean to you? For millions of people in America, a safe and stable home is something they dream about but is out of reach. There is a housing crisis in this country. To get a better understanding of this problem, I talked with Matthew Desmond, author of the book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.

Music by: Keith Ellison and Podington Bear

July 20, 2016 06:39 PM PDT

Every single American has felt the benefits of the New Deal – and for low-income folks, working families, and seniors, the New Deal has been the difference between security and poverty. A lot of the credit for the New Deal goes to President Franklin Roosevelt, and rightly so. But it’s a little-known fact that the New Deal wouldn't have been as effective if it wasn't for one of FDR's closest friends and advisors - the first female cabinet secretary, Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins.

Music by: Keith Ellison and Podington Bear

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