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You Talk It. We Live It.

You Talk It. We Live It.

All of America's top ten talk shows are hosted by millionaires and billionaires! This is not one of them. You Talk It. We Live It. is a talk show about, by and for working people. Hosted by three women who know the every day realities of struggling to keep food on the table, pay the bills, educate their families while supporting friends and community. This show will bring you unfiltered perspectives of the issues confronting the working class.
Should the federal gov't raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and expand Section 8?
In the first episode of Season 4 of YTWL hosts River Scholl and Ellen Quale are joined by guest host Maria Picar to discuss the campaign to raise the federal minimum wage and the positives and negatives of expanding America's biggest rental assistance program — Section 8. Below are some of the pros and cons for raising the federal minimum wage:Pros: Raising the minimum wage would increase economic activity and spur job growth.The Economic Policy Institute stated that a minimum wage increase from the current rate of $7.25 an hour to $10.10 would inject $22.1 billion net into the economy and create about 85,000 new jobs over a three-year phase-in period.Increasing the minimum wage would reduce poverty.According to a 2014 Congressional Budget Office report, increasing the minimum wage to $9 would lift 300,000 people out of poverty, and an increase to $10.10 would lift 900,000 people out of poverty.A higher minimum wage would reduce government welfare spending.If low-income workers earned more money, their dependence on, and eligibility for, government benefits would decrease. The Center for American Progress reported in 2014 that raising the federal minimum wage by 6% to $10.10 would reduce spending on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) by 6% or $4.6 billion.Cons:Increasing the minimum wage would force businesses to lay off employees and raise unemployment levels.The Congressional Budget Office projected that a minimum wage increase from $7.25 to $10.10 would result in a loss of 500,000 jobs. [5] In a survey of 1,213 businesses and human resources professionals, 38% of employers who currently pay minimum wage said they would lay off some employees if the minimum wage was raised to $10.10. 54% said they would decrease hiring levels. Raising the minimum wage would increase poverty.A study from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland found that although low-income workers see wage increases when the minimum wage is raised, “their hours and employment decline, and the combined effect of these changes is a decline in earned income… minimum wages increase the proportion of families that are poor or near-poor.” [47] As explained by George Reisman, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Economics at Pepperdine University, “The higher wages are, the higher costs of production are. The higher costs of production are, the higher prices are. The higher prices are, the smaller the quantities of goods and services demanded and the number of workers employed in producing them."A minimum wage increase would hurt businesses and force companies to close.60% of small-business owners say that raising the minimum wage will “hurt most small-business owners,” according to a 2013 Gallup poll.Source ProCon.org
May 31 2021
1 hr 16 mins
COVID -19: Perspectives on India #19An Artist's Tale: A Conversation with Musician Hauk Heimdallsman #18An Artist's Tale: A Conversation with Director and Voice Actor Sommer Martin #17COVID -19: Transit Workers — How are our transit workers faring during the pandemic? #16
You Talk It. We Live It host Ellen Quale talks with Amalgamated Transit Union 757 (ATU 757)  President Shirley Block about the ATU's work during the pandemic and their fight for fair pay and benefits, a safe, secure working environment and democracy in the workplace.ATU 757 organizes public transit workers in Oregon and Southern Washington. Here are 5 interesting facts about unions:Union members earn better wages and benefits than workers who aren’t union members. On average, union workers’ wages are 19% higher than their nonunion counterparts.More than 75% of union workers have jobs that provide health insurance benefits, but less than half of nonunion workers do.Unions help bring more working people into the middle class. In fact, in states where people don’t have union rights, workers’ incomes are lower.Working people in a union are five times more likely to participate in an employer-provided pension plan than working people without a union.Unions help employers create a more stable, productive workforce—where workers have a say in improving their jobs.Source AFL-CIOAnd some disclaimer stuff: No guarantee is given regarding the accuracy of any statements or opinions made on the podcast or website.  The content here is for informational and entertainment purposes. Views and opinions expressed in the podcast and website are our own and do not represent that of our work places. However, we do welcome any comments, suggestions, or correction of errors. This website or podcast should not be used in any legal capacity whatsoever.
Feb 15 2021
28 mins
An Artist's Tale: A Conversation with Musician and Artist Dulcie Taylor #15
COVID-19 has brought the entertainment industry to its knees and artists of all stripes are struggling  just like the rest of us but really how are they doing? What is life like now for the working musician?   Join our hosts Ellen Quale,  Emily Metcalfe and River Scholl as they talk with artist and musician Dulcie Taylor about the trials of creating during a pandemic. Dulcie learned a hard music lesson at an early age – don’t leave your ukulele unattended in a porch chair at the beach. Some clueless teenager can sit on it and smash it to bits. The demise of her ukulele was a tough moment for ten-year-old Dulcie but that Christmas her Mother bought her a guitar and Taylor’s lifelong love of singing and songwriting began. In hindsight, a grown-up Taylor sees the smashed ukulele as something of a blessing in disguise…after all, she has shared the stage with a long and impressive list of artists, including Jerry Lee Lewis, Asleep at the Wheel, Guy Clark, John Gorka, and Kathy Mattea. - source dulcietaylor.com And some disclaimer stuff: No guarantee is given regarding the accuracy of any statements or opinions made on the podcast or website.  The content here is for informational and entertainment purposes. Views and opinions expressed in the podcast and website are our own and do not represent that of our work places. However, we do welcome any comments, suggestions, or correction of errors. This website or podcast should not be used in any legal capacity whatsoever.
Jan 30 2021
28 mins
Behind the Camera: Women in the Film and Television Industry; A conversation with Emmy Award Winner Donna Quante #14
In this first episode of Season Three of  You Talk It. We Live It hosts Ellen Quale,  Emily Metcalfe and River Scholl talk with camera operator and producer Donna Quante about her experiences in the film and television industry.  Quante, an Emmy award winning camera operator and producer took home an Emmy three times for Benson, Golden Girls and the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Here are some interesting facts to digest.2019-2020 SEASONOverall, women accounted for 31% of individuals working in key behind-the-scenes positions.Women comprised 30% of all creators, directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and directors of photography on broadcast programs, 31% on cable programs, and 35% on streaming programs.63% of programs employed 5 or fewer women in the behind-the-scenes roles considered. 16% of programs employed 5 or fewer men.Overall, women fared best as producers (39%), followed by writers (36%), executive producers (32%), directors (30%), creators (28%), editors (17%), and directors of photography (8%).94% of the programs considered had no women directors of photography, 81% had no women editors, 76% had no women directors, and 73% had no women creators.Women accounted for 28% of creators. This represents a historic high.Programs with at least 1 woman creator employed substantially greater percentages of women in other key behind-the-scenes roles and featured more female characters than programs with exclusively male creators. For example, on programs with at least 1 woman creator, women accounted for 69% of writers versus 20% on programs with no women creators.Programs with at least 1 woman executive producer featured more female protagonists, and more women in other key behind-the-scenes positions, than programs with exclusively male executive producers. For example, on programs with at least 1 woman executive producer, women accounted for 39% of writers. On programs with exclusively male executive producers, women comprised 12% of writers.Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film And some disclaimer stuff: No guarantee is given regarding the accuracy of any statements or opinions made on the podcast or website.  The content here is for informational and entertainment purposes. Views and opinions expressed in the podcast and website are our own and do not represent that of our work places. However, we do welcome any comments, suggestions, or correction of errors. This website or podcast should not be used in any legal capacity whatsoever.
Jan 15 2021
30 mins
Insurrection in Washington, D.C., #13How do non-Christians celebrate the holidays? **BONUS**COVID -19: Perspectives from Barbados. #12
Nov 30 2020
25 mins
Can lobbyists help working class people? A conversation with Oregon lobbyist Mike Selvaggio #11
In this episode of You Talk It. We Live It  Host River Scholl, speaks with Oregon lobbyist Mike Selvaggio about the role of lobbyists in our state and federal governments and their ability to affect positive change. Below are some interesting facts about lobbyists. But first, what exactly is lobbying?Lobbying as defined by the Encyclopedia Britannica is;  any attempt by individuals or private interest groups to influence the decisions of government; in its original meaning it referred to efforts to influence the votes of legislators, generally in the lobby outside the legislative chamber. Lobbying in some form is inevitable in any political system.And the  term 'lobbyist'  was derived from the act of standing in the lobbies right outside of voting chambers to influence lawmakers at the last minute. 1. They Are Master CommunicatorsFirst and foremost, every successful lobbyist is a master communicator. They state their objectives clearly and confidently without losing focus of their desired goal, which is crucial to a movement’s success. Solid communication skills are the foundation of any good argument, and that’s what a lobbyist needs to get results.2. They Are ConnectedOften, lobbyists have a clear inside scoop on an issue, granting them a unique perspective that allows them to credibly predict the outcome of a movement. They have a thorough understanding of the inner workings of a company or campaign, and they’re skilled at leveraging their experience to reach goals.3. They Are Invested in a CauseMany lobbyists hold causes close to their hearts. This is especially true at the local level, throughout grassroots movements that affect communities or certain groups. While data and statistics are important to lawmakers when it comes to backing a cause, they must first be captivated by a story. Legislators value getting to see exactly how an issue affects their constituents as its more compelling and human than graphs and charts.4. They Are BoldFinally, lobbyists take risks. They’re bold in how they go about spreading their messages. -sourced from USC Annenberg School of JournalismPhoto by Andrea Piacquadio from PexelsDisclaimer:No guarantee is given regarding the accuracy of any statements or opinions made on the podcast or website.  The content here is for informational and entertainment purposes. Views and opinions expressed in the podcast and website are our own and do not represent that of our work places. However, we do welcome any comments, suggestions, or correction of errors.This website or podcast should not be used in any legal capacity whatsoever.
Nov 14 2020
31 mins
Who you calling working class?#10
In this tenth episode of You Talk It. We Live It  hosts Emily Metcalfe and River Scholl speak with Professor Betsy Leondar Wright, an economic justice activist about class and classism in the United States. Here are some interesting facts about class and classism in the United States:Classism is differential treatment based on social class or perceived social class. Classism is the systematic oppression of subordinated class groups to advantage and strengthen the dominant class groups. It’s the systematic assignment of characteristics of worth and ability based on social class.There are six social classes in America.  The upper class (3% of the population ) is divided into upper-upper class (1% of the U.S. population, earning hundreds of millions to billions per year) and the lower-upper class (2%, earning millions per year). The middle class (40%) is divided into upper-middle class (14%, earning $76,000 or more per year) and the lower-middle class (26%, earning $46,000 to $75,000 per year). The working class (30%) earns $19,000 to $45,000 per year.  The lower class (27%) is divided into working poor (13%, earning $9000 to 18,000 per year) and underclass (14%, earning under $9000 per year). People of color will become a majority of the American working class in 2032. This estimate, based on long-term labor force projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and trends in college completion by race and ethnicity, is 11 years sooner than the Census Bureau projection for the overall U.S. population, which becomes “majority-minority” in 2043.Americans generally like unions and broadly support the right of workers to unionize. A majority (55%) holds a favorable view of unions, versus 33% who hold an unfavorable view, according to the 2018 Center survey mentioned above. In a 2015 survey, large majorities said manufacturing and factory workers (82%), public transportation workers (74%), police and firefighters (72%) and public school teachers (71%) should have the right to unionize. About six-in-ten (62%) said fast-food workers should be able to unionize.Overall, 67% of Americans favor increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $15, according to a Pew Research Center survey from earlier this year. Sourced from: Class Action, the Economic Policy Institute and the Pew Research CenterPhoto by Andrea Piacquadio from PexelsAnd some disclaimer stuff: No guarantee is given regarding the accuracy of any statements or opinions made on the podcast or website.  The content here is for informational and entertainment purposes. Views and opinions expressed in the podcast and website are our own and do not represent that of our work places. However, we do welcome any comments, suggestions, or correction of errors. This website or podcast should not be used in any legal capacity whatsoever.
Oct 30 2020
28 mins
Two white women talk about race, protests and Black Lives Matter in America. #9
In this wide ranging special episode of You Talk It. We Live It host River Scholl and her special guest Nikki Jackson talk about the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, the protests in Oregon and the resurgence of Black grassroots efforts towards equity and equality; and its implications for white people in America.Here are some interesting facts:During the 2015–2016 school year, Black students represented only 15% of total US student enrollment, but they made up 35% of students suspended once, 44% of students suspended more than once, and 36% of students expelled. The US Department of Education concluded that this disparity is “not explained by more frequent or more serious misbehavior by students of color.”In New York City, 88% of police stops in 2018 involved Black and Latinx people, while 10% involved white people. (Of those stops, 70% were completely innocent.)In one US survey, 15.8% of students reported experiencing race-based bullying or harassment. Research has found significant associations between racial bullying and negative mental and physical health in students.From 2013 to 2017, white patients in the US received better quality health care than about 34% of Hispanic patients, 40% of Black patients, and 40% of Native American patients.Black women are 3 to 4 times more likely to experience a pregnancy-related death than white women, even at similar levels of income and education.Black Americans are more likely than white Americans to be arrested. Once arrested, they are more likely to be convicted, and once convicted, they are more likely to experience lengthy prison sentences.Black Americans and white Americans use drugs at similar rates, but Black Americans are 6 times more likely to be arrested for it.On average, Black men in the US receive sentences that are 19.1% longer than those of white men convicted for the same crimes.In the US, Black individuals are twice as likely to be unemployed than white individuals. Once employed, Black individuals earn nearly 25% less than their white counterparts.One US study found that job resumes with traditionally white-sounding names received 50% more callbacks than those with traditionally Black names.In the US, Black workers are less likely than white workers to be employed in a job that is consistent with their level of education.Sourced from: https://www.dosomething.orgAnd some disclaimer stuff: No guarantee is given regarding the accuracy of any statements or opinions made on the podcast or website.  The content here is for informational and entertainment purposes. Views and opinions expressed in the podcast and website are our own and do not represent that of our work places. However, we do welcome any comments, suggestions, or correction of errors.Photo credit: Photo by Brett Sayles from Pexels
Oct 15 2020
1 hr 1 min
Are the teachers okay? A conversation with Jaime Rodriguez President AFT- Oregon. #8
In this episode of You Talk It. We Live It  River Scholl speaks with President of AFT - Oregon Jaime Rodriguez about teaching during COVID-19 and the ever shifting needs and responsibilities of teachers during the pandemic. Here are some interesting facts about education in the United States:How many teachers are there in the U.S.?In America's public schools there are 3.2 million full-time-equivalent teachers, according to federal projections for the fall of 2020.How many schools are there in the U.S.?There are 130,930 K-12 schools in the U.S., according to 2017-18 data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). What are the racial demographics of teachers?When it comes to race, America’s teachers look very different from its student population.79.3% White9.3% Hispanic6.7% Black2.1% Asian1.8% Two or more races0.5% American Indian/Alaska Native0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific IslanderWhat percent of teachers are women?Teaching continues to be a profession dominated by women. According to 2017-18 numbers from NCES 76.5 percent of teachers are female, while 23.5 percent are male.What's the average U.S. teacher salary?The average base salary for teachers is $57,900, according to 2017-18 data from NCES.Information sourced from www.edweek.orgPhoto credit:icon0.comAnd some disclaimer stuff: No guarantee is given regarding the accuracy of any statements or opinions made on the podcast or website.  The content here is for informational and entertainment purposes. Views and opinions expressed in the podcast and website are our own and do not represent that of our work places. However, we do welcome any comments, suggestions, or correction of errors. This website or podcast should not be used in any legal capacity whatsoever.
Oct 1 2020
30 mins
A conversation with Marvin Peña Grassroots Engagement Coordinator at VOZ Workers' Rights Education Project. #7
In this first episode of Season Two of You Talk It. We Live It, host Emily Metcalfe is joined by Marvin Peña, Grassroots Engagement Coordinator at VOZ Workers' Rights Education Project to talk about Voz's work to empower, engage and promote grassroots organizing amongst day laborers and immigrants in Oregon.Here are some interesting facts about Voz:Voz is a worker-led organization that offers leadership development workshops and  support to day laborer leaders in getting engaged in their community. Voz is led by a joint Board of community members and Day Laborers. The Day Laborer Committee makes up half of the Board of Directors, and is elected from active Voz members every year.Day laborers bring a wealth of skills, knowledge, and life experiences to Voz and their leadership.Some of Voz's Recent Day Laborer Committee victories include:Raising the minimum wage to $17Making Workforce Development the top organizational strategic priorityBuilding a more secure fence to increase safety at the Worker CenterUpdating the Code of Conduct at the Worker Center to prioritize inclusivity and accountability to ensure that the Worker Center is a safe space for all.-sourced from Voz. Find more information about Voz here: https://portlandvoz.org And some disclaimer stuff: No guarantee is given regarding the accuracy of any statements or opinions made on the podcast or website.  The content here is for informational and entertainment purposes. Views and opinions expressed in the podcast and website are our own and do not represent that of our work places. However, we do welcome any comments, suggestions, or correction of errors. This website or podcast should not be used in any legal capacity whatsoever.
Sep 13 2020
25 mins
No more stolen sisters. The pandemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). #6
Jul 30 2020
20 mins
Revolutionize the Revolution. #5
You Talk It. We Live It host River  talks with American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter and founder of Portland's Fingers Crossed Interpreting Andrew Tolman, and their efforts to help make protests in Portland, Oregon more  accessible to the D/deaf community. Here are some interesting facts about the D/deaf community:  Deaf with an uppercase D Deaf with an uppercase D is often used to describe people who were born deaf, or who became deaf and actively engage in the deaf community.  People who identify as uppercase Deaf tend to prefer using sign language, as it may be their first language. The deaf community has its own culture and sense of identity, based on a shared language. Deaf people (with a capital D) are usually proud of their Deaf identity.  Deaf with a lowercase d Deaf with a lowercase d is used to describe anyone who has the medical condition of hearing loss.   People who identify as lowercase d deaf tend not to have a strong connection to the deaf community. They are also most likely to use speech over sign language. Sometimes deaf is used to refer to people who are hard of hearing too.   Hard of Hearing Hard of hearing is used to describe someone with mild to moderate hearing loss.  Those who identify as hard of hearing often don’t use sign language as their preferred language. - sourced from deafunity.org Disclaimer:No guarantee is given regarding the accuracy of any statements or opinions made on the podcast or website.  The content here is for informational and entertainment purposes. Views and opinions expressed in the podcast and website are our own and do not represent that of our work places. However, we do welcome any comments, suggestions, or correction of errors.This website or podcast should not be used in any legal capacity whatsoever.
Jul 28 2020
30 mins
Sex crimes and affluence. #4Artist Helen Amirian talks about her work and her journey of self discovery. #3

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