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When talking about our economy, nightly newscasts only seem to report on the stock market and the unemployment rate. But that doesn’t tell us much about how millions of Americans are getting by. From prison phone rates to the high cost of diapers, Congressman Keith Ellison looks at how the people outside of the billionaire and millionaire class (you know, most of us) engage the economy.

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When talking about our economy, nightly newscasts only seem to report on the stock market and the unemployment rate. But that doesn’t tell us much about how millions of Americans are getting by. From prison phone rates to the high cost of diapers, Congressman Keith Ellison looks at how the people outside of the billionaire and millionaire class (you know, most of us) engage the economy.

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Love everything you do, keep up the good fight, I'm very proud of you!

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This is amazing! Thank you!

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Fan from Minnesota

By jasonrasche - Jun 30 2017
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Love everything you do, keep up the good fight, I'm very proud of you!

Educational and enlightening

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This is amazing! Thank you!

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We The Podcast

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When talking about our economy, nightly newscasts only seem to report on the stock market and the unemployment rate. But that doesn’t tell us much about how millions of Americans are getting by. From prison phone rates to the high cost of diapers, Congressman Keith Ellison looks at how the people outside of the billionaire and millionaire class (you know, most of us) engage the economy.

The Fight for $15 and a Union

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Six bucks. That’s all someone working full-time at the federal minimum wage would have left over after paying the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the United States of America. It’s time to give America a raise. It’s time to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. And how about a union? This is the story of the Fight for $15 and a Union. Music by: Podington Bear

Jun 27 2017

44mins

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Framing the Message with Professor George Lakoff

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George Lakoff is a professor of cognitive linguistics and philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley. Now, you might be asking yourself, “what does cognitive science, linguistic science, and phenomenology have to do with working families and the economy?” Well, as it turns out, quite a bit. Professor Lakoff studies the way that human beings think about ideas, including politics, and the way that the things we hear and say affect the things we believe. Music by: Podington Bear

Aug 10 2017

44mins

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Episode V: The Voting Gap

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What is driving the disconnect between our legislators and working Americans? Music: "Future People" & "Don't Wanna Fight" by Alabama Shakes from the album Sound and Color

May 22 2015

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Episode III: Right to Work

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When people can come together and ask for better wages and working conditions on the job, we all do better. Unfortunately, some politicians and corporations don’t see it that way.

Mar 27 2015

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Episode VI: Money in Politics

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How do the people outside of the millionaire and billionaire class (you know, most of us), engage with our economy and influence politics? Music: Viva La Vida by Coldplay

Jul 13 2015

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Episode VIII: Poverty and Shame

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This week on We The Podcast, we talk about how our society treats the poor. In what ways is poverty stigmatized and shamed in the world we live in, and what does this mean for low-income folks?

Sep 18 2015

21mins

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Labor Day with Lee Saunders

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On this special Labor Day episode of We The Podcast, Keith interviews Lee Saunders, President of AFSCME, about the history and future of labor rights in America.

Sep 04 2017

43mins

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Episode VII: Zero Waste

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If you threw away a piece of trash today, where would it go? How does this affect us? How will it affect our children? Is a world without waste possible? In this week's We The Podcast, we find out. Music: Redemption Song, by Bob Marley

Jul 31 2015

11mins

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Voting Rights/Ari Berman

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The Republican Party talks about "voter fraud" all the time. President Trump even claims he lost the popular vote because more than 3 million people voted illegally. Sounds like a big deal. But how common is voter fraud? And what might Republicans be aiming for if not a genuine interest in "election integrity?" This week on We The Podcast I talk about voting rights with The Nation correspondent, Ari Berman. Music by: Podington Bear

Jul 20 2017

25mins

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Racism and Economic Hardship with Keri Leigh Merritt

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Keri Leigh Merritt is the author of Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South. Keith and Keri Leigh Merritt discuss the link between economic hardship and the spread of racism throughout American history.

Oct 16 2017

45mins

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Women In the Age of Trump

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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

Mar 30 2017

30mins

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The Transgender Community and The Economy

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The transgender community is more visible than ever. But this increased visibility hasn’t improved the lives of all transgender people. Nationwide, violence against trans people – and trans women in particular – is at an all-time high. This sort of violence has far-reaching repercussions – high unemployment, difficulty accessing lifesaving healthcare, housing instability, and educational barriers. And we need to stop thinking of these injustices as separate from our economic lives. Music by: Keith Ellison and Podington Bear

May 10 2017

34mins

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Market Concentration with Barry Lynn from Open Markets Institute

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Barry Lynn is the head of the Open Markets Institute, a think tank that examines the problem of corporate consolidation, market concentration, and monopoly power. These issues make it hard for workers to find jobs, take power away from working people, and make it hard for small businesses to break into the market. This week, Keith and Barry explore monopoly power, and why it matters to you - yes, you!

Oct 01 2017

41mins

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Pre-Existing Conditions

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For years, millions of Americans were frightened of two words: pre-existing conditions. Before the Affordable Care Act, private insurance could deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. That's what Republicans want to return to. To learn more about about pre-existing conditions and what could happen if the Republican proposal becomes law, I talked with Andy Slavitt, the former Administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Obama. Music by: Podington Bear

Jul 16 2017

40mins

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The Gender Lens

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Women experience the economy different than men. They pay more for everything from clothes and hygiene products, to dry cleaning and vehicle repairs. This is called "the pink tax". Terry O'Neill is the President of the National Organization for Women, one of our oldest and best feminist organizations in this country. She stopped by my office to talk on a number of issues and how we can get women the equality they deserve. Music by: Keith Ellison and Podington Bear

Jun 14 2017

22mins

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Market Concentration

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A few weeks ago, we learned that Amazon is buying Whole Foods for $13 billion. When big firms merge, it drives up market concentration. But how does that affect working people or local businesses? I talked with my friend Rep. Ro Khanna about market concentration and how it hurts working families. Music by: Podington Bear

Jul 06 2017

26mins

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Episode IV: Faith and the Economy

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Faith is critical to the lives of so many working Americans, so I talked to Sister Simone Campbell, Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman and Imam Makram El-Amin about what faiths in the United States tell us about the economy. MUSIC: "Let It Carry You" and "With the Ink of a Ghost" by José González from the album Vestiges and Claws (2015).

Apr 18 2015

10mins

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Unions Leading in Education

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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

Apr 29 2017

17mins

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Special Investigation: Franchising

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A special We The Podcast investigation into the way franchisees, the people who own corporate restaurant franchises, are treated by their parent companies.

Aug 04 2015

32mins

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Credit Access

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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

Dec 19 2016

16mins

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Social Wealth Funds with Matt Bruenig

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Matt Bruenig, founder of the People's Policy Project, joins We The Podcast to discuss wealth inequality and a potential solution: a social wealth fund. With similar concepts already implemented in Alaska and Norway, is a social wealth fund the answer to our inequality crisis?

Jul 30 2018

22mins

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Nancy Altman - Medicare For All

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Social Security Works' Nancy Altman joins Rep. Keith Ellison remotely to discuss why Medicare for All is more efficient than the privatized health insurance status quo, and the idea's deep roots in America's own history.

Jul 27 2018

16mins

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We The Podcast - Dream Act Now with Erika Andiola

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We need a DREAM Act to protect 800,000 Dreamers whose lives were thrown into turmoil by Donald Trump. Dreamer activist Erika Andiola put her body on the line for this movement and joins us to discuss next steps.

Feb 07 2018

18mins

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Taking on Amazon with Lina Khan and Stacy Mitchell

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On this We The Podcast, we sit down with Lina Khan (Open Markets Institute) and Stacy Mitchell (Institute for Local Self-Reliance) on the monopolistic rise of the Amazon corporation and what it means for workers, small business and local power.

Dec 15 2017

30mins

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Franchising: Part II

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This week, Keith revisits the topic of franchising, with former guest Megan Edwards, who joined with other franchisees to successfully sue Curves Gym for unfair treatment of franchisees.

Oct 27 2017

12mins

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Racism and Economic Hardship with Keri Leigh Merritt

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Keri Leigh Merritt is the author of Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South. Keith and Keri Leigh Merritt discuss the link between economic hardship and the spread of racism throughout American history.

Oct 16 2017

45mins

Play

Market Concentration with Barry Lynn from Open Markets Institute

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Barry Lynn is the head of the Open Markets Institute, a think tank that examines the problem of corporate consolidation, market concentration, and monopoly power. These issues make it hard for workers to find jobs, take power away from working people, and make it hard for small businesses to break into the market. This week, Keith and Barry explore monopoly power, and why it matters to you - yes, you!

Oct 01 2017

41mins

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Labor Day with Lee Saunders

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On this special Labor Day episode of We The Podcast, Keith interviews Lee Saunders, President of AFSCME, about the history and future of labor rights in America.

Sep 04 2017

43mins

Play

Framing the Message with Professor George Lakoff

Podcast cover
Read more
George Lakoff is a professor of cognitive linguistics and philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley. Now, you might be asking yourself, “what does cognitive science, linguistic science, and phenomenology have to do with working families and the economy?” Well, as it turns out, quite a bit. Professor Lakoff studies the way that human beings think about ideas, including politics, and the way that the things we hear and say affect the things we believe. Music by: Podington Bear

Aug 10 2017

44mins

Play

Voting Rights/Ari Berman

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The Republican Party talks about "voter fraud" all the time. President Trump even claims he lost the popular vote because more than 3 million people voted illegally. Sounds like a big deal. But how common is voter fraud? And what might Republicans be aiming for if not a genuine interest in "election integrity?" This week on We The Podcast I talk about voting rights with The Nation correspondent, Ari Berman. Music by: Podington Bear

Jul 20 2017

25mins

Play

Pre-Existing Conditions

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For years, millions of Americans were frightened of two words: pre-existing conditions. Before the Affordable Care Act, private insurance could deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. That's what Republicans want to return to. To learn more about about pre-existing conditions and what could happen if the Republican proposal becomes law, I talked with Andy Slavitt, the former Administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Obama. Music by: Podington Bear

Jul 16 2017

40mins

Play

Market Concentration

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A few weeks ago, we learned that Amazon is buying Whole Foods for $13 billion. When big firms merge, it drives up market concentration. But how does that affect working people or local businesses? I talked with my friend Rep. Ro Khanna about market concentration and how it hurts working families. Music by: Podington Bear

Jul 06 2017

26mins

Play

The Fight for $15 and a Union

Podcast cover
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Six bucks. That’s all someone working full-time at the federal minimum wage would have left over after paying the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the United States of America. It’s time to give America a raise. It’s time to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. And how about a union? This is the story of the Fight for $15 and a Union. Music by: Podington Bear

Jun 27 2017

44mins

Play

The Gender Lens

Podcast cover
Read more
Women experience the economy different than men. They pay more for everything from clothes and hygiene products, to dry cleaning and vehicle repairs. This is called "the pink tax". Terry O'Neill is the President of the National Organization for Women, one of our oldest and best feminist organizations in this country. She stopped by my office to talk on a number of issues and how we can get women the equality they deserve. Music by: Keith Ellison and Podington Bear

Jun 14 2017

22mins

Play

The Transgender Community and The Economy

Podcast cover
Read more
The transgender community is more visible than ever. But this increased visibility hasn’t improved the lives of all transgender people. Nationwide, violence against trans people – and trans women in particular – is at an all-time high. This sort of violence has far-reaching repercussions – high unemployment, difficulty accessing lifesaving healthcare, housing instability, and educational barriers. And we need to stop thinking of these injustices as separate from our economic lives. Music by: Keith Ellison and Podington Bear

May 10 2017

34mins

Play

Unions Leading in Education

Podcast cover
Read more
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

Apr 29 2017

17mins

Play

Women In the Age of Trump

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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

Mar 30 2017

30mins

Play

Credit Access

Podcast cover
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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

Dec 19 2016

16mins

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Best of We the Podcast (Special Election Day Episode)

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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

Nov 04 2016

45mins

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Bank Workers

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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

Oct 24 2016

34mins

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