30 episodes

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.

What About Us is part of The TN Holler Podcast Network. Visit www.tnholler.com to keep up with The Tennessee Holler's relentless coverage that seeks to lift up progressive voices and shine a light on injustices throughout Tennesee.

What About Us? Sandra Rice

    • Government
    • 5.0, 12 Ratings

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.

What About Us is part of The TN Holler Podcast Network. Visit www.tnholler.com to keep up with The Tennessee Holler's relentless coverage that seeks to lift up progressive voices and shine a light on injustices throughout Tennesee.

    Our Schools Reopening Amidst a Pandemic with Civil Miller-Watkins

    Our Schools Reopening Amidst a Pandemic with Civil Miller-Watkins

    Civil Miller-Watkins is running for State Senate District 26  and joins me to discuss TN’s plan for students to return to school amid a pandemic. She is a mother of 8, a current school board member, and is very familiar with homeschooling and virtual learning. The lack of state plans for managing COVID19 and school reopening as well as a lack of broadband in all rural areas makes learning more difficult in Tennessee.

    • 35 min
    Unity and A High School Mascot

    Unity and A High School Mascot

    Franklin High School’s mascot is a colonel and if you wonder if he is a Confederate - the school colors of blue and grey, fight song “Dixie” and the depiction of the bars and stars of the battle flag on the school seal make it obvious. Their mascot is a rebel against the United States to maintain slavery and a rebel against an order to desegregate schools, so no wonder African-American students and alumnae have asked for decades to have these symbols of oppression and exclusion removed. Guest Shanae Williams knows her history, and so do the hearts of community members who have signed a petition for change (change.org/changeFCHS). How will they fare with the county school board and conservative residents in this time of sustained desire to end to systemic racism in all its forms?

    What About Us? is honored to be a part of the TN Holler Podcast Network.

    • 35 min
    How About Our History?

    How About Our History?

    What if we studied a truer version of history, with all its failed and bloody battles, gruesome beatings, lynching, slavery and theft of land from Native Americans? Would we be a better nation, a better people?  Dr. John Willis, professor of Southern History at the University of the South tells a true story of what residents of a rural Tennessee town experienced in the lawless conditions late in the Civil War.

    • 48 min
    What About Our Teachers and Schools?

    What About Our Teachers and Schools?

    The TN budget was cut by $1 billion in June due to reduced revenue from the COVID 19 and financial crises.  The rainy day fund and Gov Lee's pet voucher program are  "safe" but public school teachers and schoolchildren were kicked to the side of the curb. But public school teachers and children were kicked to the side of the road again. State Senate candidate for District 14 Chase Clemons discusses how rural Tennessee values for quality education are not shared by our representatives in the General Assembly.

    • 49 min
    Women and Mothers in Tennessee

    Women and Mothers in Tennessee

    Candidate for State Senate District 16 Sheila Younglove talks about how TN policies affect the lives of mothers and women in the state. From unspent federal dollars for temporary assistance, high rates of gun violence against women, refusal to expand Medicaid, or even post-partum benefits, the health and safety of women is not a priority for our legislators.

    • 48 min
    What About Us and COVID19?

    What About Us and COVID19?

    Dr. Susan Andrews, Medical Director of Beersheba Springs Medical Clinic in underserved Grundy County laments the sluggish national and state responses to the Covid 19 and economic crises. The least Tennesseans can do is wear a mask, social distance and avoid gatherings. Why can’t many even do that?

    • 53 min

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