The Sum of Us
E4 | Kansas City, MO: Flipping Burgers
Terrence Wise was a Black man flipping burgers at a McDonald’s in Kansas City, Missouri. Bridget Hughes was a white woman punching the clock at a local Burger King. Neither saw a way out of their dead-end jobs until they teamed up to join the movement for a living wage. These improbable modern-day labor leaders share the story of their friendship and how they came to see racism as the common enemy in the battle against poverty in America.
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Host and Creator: Heather McGhee
Original Music and Theme Song by: Thee Sacred Souls
Producers: Cassim Shepard, Ryan Kailath, Emilce Quiroz, Joaquin Cotler and Juan Diego Ramirez, with help from Liliana Ruiz, Sophia Lo, Susanna Kemp and Alissa Vladimir
Senior Producers: Nicole Rothwell, Jeanne Montalvo, and Fernanda Echavarri
Editors: Sandy Rattley and Maria Garcia
Mix Engineers: Stephanie Lebow and Julia Caruso
Researchers: Lynn Kanter and Carolyn Lipka
Executive Producer for Futuro Studios: Marlon Bishop
Executive producers for Higher Ground: Mukta Mohan, Dan Fierman, Anna Holmes, and Janae Marable
Editorial assistant for Higher Ground: Jenna Levin
Executive producers for Spotify: Daniel Ek, Dawn Ostroff, Julie McNamara and Corinne Gilliard
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