"It’s not only heresy, but it’s also hypocritical to make the Bible the state book while passing policy that doesn’t care for the least of these."@ElizabethforTN of @FaithAdvocates joined @Whataboutuspod1 to talk about Christianity and TN politics.
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) April 9, 2021
“What About Us?” is a discussion about policies that impact rural Tennesseans. We dive into a variety of topics like healthcare, small businesses, employment, education, and the environment. Tennessee is 93% rural with over 1.5 million residents, but resources and attention are often directed to urban areas. The rural way of life is valuable and we want to preserve it.
We need more diversity and inclusion in our national and state discussions. Tullahoma City Alderman Rupa Blackwell joins the show to discuss how she is helping to elevate these issues in her rural community.
"That's the beauty of diversity – we have so much to learn from each other."
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) March 26, 2021
Bruce Baird DDS joins to talk about the patients he volunteers to care for twice a month in Beersheba Springs, Tennessee. Dental care is a basic need that all people have a right to – this is yet another area where Tennessee could do a better job for its citizens.
Check out and support the Beersheba Springs Medical Clinic
"Dental Medicaid stops at age 21 in Tennessee. That's not true in most other states."
Bruce Baird, DDS joins @Whataboutuspod1 to talk about inequities in dental care and the urgent need for comprehensive dental coverage for Tennesseans.
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) March 12, 2021
For Black History Month and in honor of Rosa Parks’ birthday (February 4th!), we take a look at her life, including the importance the Highlander Folk School in Monteagle, Tennessee had on her life and activism. Another connection Parks had to Tennessee were the words spoken by then-Senator Frist as she was lying in state in the US Capitol Rotunda.
"Rosa Parks thought about her grandfather at the door with a shotgun protecting her family from the KKK."
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) February 26, 2021
“Why can’t we feed everyone? This is the United States!” You’ve donated or received food assistance during the pandemic, will the need ever end? In this two-part episode, you’ll hear from a local community group that uses unused food portions to feed people in their area, and from the Tennessee Justice Center, which defines and discusses the reasons for food insecurity. What can we do to alleviate it now and eliminate it post-pandemic?
Rick Wright, Director of Dining Services University of the South
Rev. David Goodpaster, Director of Otey Memorial Parish’s Community Action Committee
Signe Anderson Director of Nutritional Advocacy at Tennessee Justice Center
"As a result of COVID19, we are reaching close to 54 million people experiencing food insecurity."
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) February 12, 2021
How are the responses to AIDS in South Africa and COVID in the US similar and how do we stop denialism before it kills us? Renee Schatteman, Associate Professor of Postcolonial and World Literature at Georgia State University, joins the show to talk about what we can learn from South Africa’s mistakes during the AIDS epidemic and their successes in their response to COVID. Cultural considerations come to the podcast! We apologize for a few audio issues in this episode but hope you enjoy the substantive content.
Read Renee’s article here
"Recovering from denialism takes time. And for the US, with cases exploding and more than 3,000 deaths per day, there isn’t much time to spare."
Prof. Renee Schatteman on what we can learn from South Africa's AIDS epidemic response on #WhatAboutUs.
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) January 29, 2021
Jess Wilson joins again to talk about local food farming programs during the Covid pandemic as well as issues our farmers continue to face as they try to bring income and work equality to a rural industry.
Jess’ Business: In Town Organics and Summer Fields
"If we want to encourage young people to move into our rural communities, then they have to be able to access land and have access to capital."
Small Farmer Jess Wilson talks about how fair wages, healthcare, etc, are all issues that impact farmers.
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) January 15, 2021
Perceived problems with the 2020 election are historical but many things like government IDs, long lines, limited hours, closed polling places, intimidation and misinformation have been chipping away at our ability and willingness to vote for years. We the people will need to overcome voter fraud in all its forms or risk losing our right to self-govern.
LISTEN 🎧 "In the ‘greatest nation in the world’ there is sometimes a 6-hour wait to vote…IT IS UNACCEPTABLE."@watkinstribe8 talking w/ @sandrafrice55 on #WhatAboutUs about all the ways in which we need to be combatting voter suppression.
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) December 18, 2020
Dr. John Palisano, former Professor at the University of the South, joins again to talk about the Coronavirus and why it has proven to be so deadly, but also about the amazing science and technology that will bring us vaccines in the next few weeks. How do vaccines work and why it is so important to get one? Effective and safe – welcome back science, we missed you!
"We have come a long way…people think we are rushing into the vaccine, but no – our technology is moving us forward."
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) December 14, 2020
All of our great Rural Caucus candidates were defeated. TNDP Rural Caucus Chair Anne Quillen tells us why Democrats struggle to win in Tennessee. In reality, we all have many similarities in our ideas and dreams of a good life but when misinformation and divisiveness rule no one will be able to achieve them. We discuss how Democrats can better get their message to more voters and create a better Tennessee.
LISTEN 🎙 "We might have more things in common than you’d expect. It takes that one-on-one."@afquillen talks with @sandrafrice55 on #WhatAboutUs about how crucial it is to do deep organizing through one-on-one conversations in rural TN.
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) November 27, 2020