Being a person of color in the country -SMSL021



Kyler sits down with Luis and Samantha Escobedo to talk about their experience as a mixed-race married couple.  Luis was born in Mexico and came to Colorado with his family at eight years old.  Sam was born and raised in southern Colorado.  They explain how their cultural differences have informed them as adults and what they teach their children.


Being a person of color in the city- SMSL019



A wonderful group of women, from varying backgrounds, sit down with Jessica to discuss what it is like being a person of color in Los Angeles and how they plan to talk to their children about race in the US.  Please join Raniyah Copeland, Maria Alex Cobian Alvarado, Shima Razavi Gacek, and Elizabeth Ito talk honestly about their worries regarding divisive speech that now litters the news and political rhetoric.

The second part of this series will include Kyler’s discussion with folks in rural Colorado.


What is America Thinking? Pre-election wrap up -SMSL018



Kyler and Jessica sit and discuss Trump’s rallying cries, political ads, coverage, and late breaking news could affect the election.  They will be back after all the results are in to rehash takeaways and surprises from the “most” important election of our time.


Tariffs Recap: The Trade War with China -SMSL017



Jessica and Kyler recap his interview with Jim Ehrlich and discuss the impending 200 billion dollar tariff Trump adds on Chinese goods. They wonder if there will be any winners when the war comes to a close. Kyler also throws in some new observations from his fellow farmers after a trip to Washington, DC. where he joined them to lobby for changes to the new Farm Bill.


Tariffs- What the Ag industry is saying. SMSL016



Kyler shares a thoughtful discussion with Jim Ehrlich, Executive Director, of the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee about the new tariffs being imposed on our trade partners by the Trump administration.  They speak at length about the purpose of tariffs and how the tricks of trade have rippling effects throughout the world.  Mr. Ehrlich does a wonderful job of breaking down a topic that can be only described as confusing to the average American.


Mental Illness- Recap Discussion SMSL015



Jessica and Kyler welcome a special guest to recap their interviews regarding mental health. Their mother, Beth Brown, had a long career in the mental health field and offered a valued take on the topic.  Beth helped establish a rehab facility in Saint Louis, MO for adults with severe mental illness named Independence Center.  The conversation is a nice overview of an issue that doesn’t get a lot of money or discussion although mental illness does touch most American families today.


Mental Illness- Country SMSL014



Kyler interviews Clay Hamilton, a local machinist, whose family owns a farm in southern Colorado.  Clay’s father, a farmer, took his own life after suffering from depression for many years. Unfortunately, statistics are showing that this is a common story in rural America.  Kyler and Clay hit on a few reasons why suicide rates are highest amongst farmers than any other occupation.

 

 


Mental Illness- City SMSL013



Jessica starts off the series on Mental Illness with an interview with, Lauren Turner, a psychiatric social worker for the Department of Mental Health in Los Angeles County.  The two discuss services available for youth suffering from severe mental health issues and what obstacles they encounter coming out of a system that provides more assistance for kids than young adults. They also speak on how an urban environment can directly affect one’s mental health.

The interview was conducted on the phone so we apologize for the poor quality.

Kyler picks up the next episode after investigating how rural Colorado is looking to help an increase of farmers looking for mental health services.


So you live in the city-SMSL012



The interviewer becomes the interviewee.  Kyler askes Jessica what life is like in a big metropolitan area, especially one as spread out as Los Angeles.  They discuss a variety of topics; from raising kids to safety and diversity.

Jessica follows up with Kyler about a couple of things regarding technology and WiFi.

Next month, we’ll be back talking about a current topic.