audio by subject health economic development politics
59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)
SODA TAX. Two California cities are proposing taxes on sodas and other sugary beverages. Richmond and El Monte, both cities with large Latino populations, are taking on sodas in an effort to fight diabetes and obesity that plague their communities. Some community members oppose the taxes, saying they will hurt low-income pocketbooks more.
Guests: Rosa Soto, Southern California Regional Director, California Center for Public Health Advocacy, Baldwin Park, CA, www.publichealthadvocacy.org ; Andre Quintero, Mayor of El Monte, El Monte, CA, www.ci.el-monte.ca.us ; Rosa Lara, Resident, community organizer, Community Coalition Against the Beverage Tax, Richmond, CA.
59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)
OBAMACARE BATTLE. The Republican-led House of Representatives voted to defund the Affordable Care Act, sparking a battle that could shut down the federal government. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) followed up with a marathon filibuster speech against “Obamacare” in the Senate. Still, the Senate agreed to consider a bill that will keep the government temporarily open. Current funding for all federal agencies expires on October 1st and the clock is ticking for lawmakers. This segment explores the politics behind this new battle. Plus, a prerecorded interview with the highest-ranking Latina in the White House on the topic, and the upcoming launch of the health insurance marketplaces.