Podcast: Counter Stories, episode 2

Dayton signs minimum wage increase into law.
Gov. Mark Dayton signed the minimum wage increase into law on Monday, April 14, 2014, while Jacquita Berens and her daughter Ashia Rhodes, 5, of Robbinsdale looked on. Berens is currently working three jobs, and says the minimum wage hike will help make ends meet.
Tom Scheck/MPR News

In this installment of "Counter Stories," we feature a discussion of Minnesota's new minimum wage law and its socioeconomic impact.

This year lawmakers approved a gradual increase in the state's minimum wage to $9.50 an hour. At the Capitol, it was heralded as a major victory for working people and the poor, but some say it still isn't enough to take a meaningful bite out of poverty.

Also in this episode: mainstream beauty standards and how they affect children of color. Anthony Galloway shares his struggle with maintaining his daughter's positive self image in the face of negative societal pressures about her hair.

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