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 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.
Kyler and Jessica chat about the 2018 mid-term election results and those still being tallied.
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.
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.
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.
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.