Segment 1: Local leader of Fight for $15 told his personal story at a U.S. House hearing to support an increase of the federal minimum wage.
It's been a decade since Congress authorized a federal minimum wage increase. Currently, two bills passing through the U.S. House of Representatives look to nationally hike the least amount paid to workers to fifteen dollars by 2024. We talked about the possible positive and negative effects of higher wages and what the opportunity to speak directly to federal lawmakers meant for one Kansas City advocate.
- Terrence Wise, worker-leader of Stand Up KC, the local chapter of Fight for 15
- Ben Zipperer, economist with Economic Poliy Institute
Segment 2, beginning at 25:39: February marks National Heart Month when Americans are encouraged to join the battle against heart disease.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States and the progress in lowering the number of heart-related deaths in this country has been slow. We learned some of the causes preventing good heart health and six lifestyle changes women and men can take to help reduce the risk of a cardiac event.