Jessica and Kyler review what they learned from their discussions on race in the US. They conclude that the more people leave themselves open to uncomfortable moments the more progress our culture could find when it comes to bias and discrimination. This most likely won’t be the last time this topic comes up on the pod and that’s perhaps a good thing. Hopefully, the news will continue to push us to have more conversations about race/ethnicity and what it means to be a citizen of the United States.
Kyler and Jessica chat about the 2018 mid-term election results and those still being tallied.
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.
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.
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.
Jessica and Kyler turn on each other… well to interview. This month we try something different. Kyler’s busy schedule has opened an opportunity for the siblings to interview each other about their respective lifestyles. In part one, Jessica asks Kyler what is like to live in the country? Where do you buy clothes? How do your kids trick-r-treat? What are the benefits and challenges of living in a small community?
Next time the tables will turn and Jessica will speak on living in a large city.
Kyler and Jessica are back to wrap up what they’ve learned from their conversations on gun rights and gun control. They seem to agree that the problem is of course once again bigger than the weapons themselves. The Parkland, Florida students have successfully made the issue something our representatives must answer to. So now the questions is – what happens next? Will we see this issue taken up by those running in November?
Saturday, March 24th is the March for our Lives. We have been overwhelmed and impressed by the students of Parkland who refuse accept complacency rather than action in the fight for gun control measures. For part two in our Gun Rights series, we sat down with educators Tom Tichy, Milcah Hawk and Steve Lange, to hear their thoughts on mass school shootings, teachers with guns and efforts to keep their students and themselves safe. Everyone agreed the most important thing we can do is vote.
Part 3, of our #MeToo series, is a discussion between our hosts about what they have gathered from talking to women about the movement. Kyler states that his interview gave him an understanding of the issue that he could never have understood before. They agree that their conversations instilled that this problem is a cultural reckoning that has seeped into greater issues of power, morality and gender roles. Listen in as they break down what their guests agreed upon and how they saw the issue slightly differently.