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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!

Educational and enlightening

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This is amazing! Thank you!

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82 Ratings
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73
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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

By Biol409 - Feb 27 2017
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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.

Rank #1: 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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Rank #2: 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
44 mins
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Rank #3: 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
45 mins
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Rank #4: 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
41 mins
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Rank #5: 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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Rank #6: 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
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Rank #7: 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
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Rank #8: 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
21 mins
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Rank #9: 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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Rank #10: 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
44 mins
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Rank #11: 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
30 mins
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Rank #12: 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
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Rank #13: 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
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Rank #14: 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
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Rank #15: 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
43 mins
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Rank #16: 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
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Rank #17: 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
10 mins
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Rank #18: 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
17 mins
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Rank #19: 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
32 mins
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Rank #20: 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
16 mins
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