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Learn what keeps Central Minnesota moving! We take a look at big topics and see how they impact our everyday lives in the cities, towns, and fields of Minnesota's heartland.

Learn what keeps Central Minnesota moving! We take a look at big topics and see how they impact our everyday lives in the cities, towns, and fields of Minnesota's heartland.

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United States

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Learn what keeps Central Minnesota moving! We take a look at big topics and see how they impact our everyday lives in the cities, towns, and fields of Minnesota's heartland.

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English

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3203092926


Episodes

Rebroadcast 4: Episode 12 Working 9 to 5

12/15/2021
In January of 2020, for only the second time in the history of American labor statistics, women outnumbered men in the American workforce - a headline-making milestone. At the same time, however, another rare but significant story was developing - one that would ultimately lead to the worst job-losses among women in the history of our country. The pandemic hit female-dominated industries the hardest: Hospitality, education, health care, and retail. By April of 2020, the pandemic had caused...

Duration:00:32:38

Repost 3: Episode 25 Border to Border Internet

12/8/2021
The pandemic has shone a light on how much we rely on our ability to connect to one another online when we are unable to connect in-person. And, as with many other areas of our infrastructure, it exposed where our communities fall short at connecting the public to businesses, schools, and services across the digital divide. Where does Minnesota stand when it comes to providing accessible high speed internet service state-wide? Guests: Diane Wells, Office of Broadband Development Show...

Duration:00:27:40

Rebroadcast 2: Episode 14, Migrating Forests

12/1/2021
On hot days, it’s not unusual to find folks in the Eastern half of Central Minnesota taking refuge beneath the cooling canopy of our largely maple and oak deciduous forests. We hike the winding trails, enjoy the shaded swimming holes, and camp within the shelter of these forests. The state parks and trails have been crowded this summer, in spite of the unusually hot June, because the people of Minnesota love the outdoors. And while the state Legislature finally agreed on a deal that will not...

Duration:00:31:57

Rebroadcast 1: Gratitude and Episode 28 - How To Have Hard Conversations

11/24/2021
Season 1 is done! This is the first rebroadcast of our holiday season break. Thought this episode in particular would be useful right now... ----- As the 2021 holiday season approaches, many of us are looking forward to seeing our beloved family and friends gather around the table together once again after a long time apart. Many of us are also dreading the possibility of having hard conversations at these gatherings. How can we prepare to have hard conversations with people we genuinely...

Duration:01:00:55

Episode 33: Microplastics Everywhere

11/17/2021
There has been a lot of news lately about the presence of microplastics in everything from our food and water to our bodies. How did this even happen? Guests: Mary Kosuth, Research Assistant and PhD student at the U of M School of Public Health Episode sponsor: Susie Osaki Holm - thank you for your generous support! Show Notes: Mary Kosuth’s paper: Anthropogenic contamination of tap water, beer, and sea salt Microplastics: What are they and why should we care? The World’s Plastic Pollution...

Duration:00:36:43

Episode 32: Climate Change and Children‘s Health

11/10/2021
This year’s United Nations Climate Conference, COP 26, will - for the first time - center the impact of climate change on human health. From the very urgent severe weather crisis that has seen an uptick in storms and wildfires to the more long-term effects of climate impacts on our food systems, there is a lot to discuss. Today, however, we want to know: How is climate change affecting the health of our youth here in Central Minnesota? Guest: Cathy Kulus, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician and Medical...

Duration:00:25:27

Episode 31: The farming method that ties it all together

11/3/2021
Over the past several months we’ve covered a variety of environmental and agriculture topics, from water quality to soil health to forest sustainability. Today, I’m interviewing a guest who takes these threads and weaves them together in the story of the practice of silvopasture. Guest: Tyler Carlson, Owner and operator of Early Boots Farm, and Silvopasture and Agro-Forestry lead for the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota. Show Notes: Early Boots Farm Silvopasture Learning...

Duration:00:41:44

Episode 30: Land Stewardship Project

10/27/2021
Stewardship is defined as the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care. We are in the midst of a series on environmental topics. As the United Nations Global Climate Conference is nearing, we thought it was important to emphasize the issues that will be discussed there, and relate them back to our own lakes, streams, forests, and pastures. How do we, in our small corner of the world, ensure that we are being good stewards of the land Guests: Laura...

Duration:00:23:06

Episode 29: Climate Generation

10/20/2021
The effects of our changing climate are visible all around us. Over the past six months we have discussed how climate change is impacting our weather, our forests, our waters, and our food supply. I was a child in the 1980s. I have spent my whole life listening to arguments about the reality of events that are measurable, verifiable, and happening around us. Forty years. We have had forty years to address this issue from a basic standpoint of good stewardship of the earth. All arguments...

Duration:00:31:25

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

10/13/2021
This podcast started with a vision of elevating voices and stories of folks who live in, work in, and influence the region of Central Minnesota. Some of our topics stretch across the world, tying us to faraway people and places. Others are very much a matter of local interest, but are stories that just about anyone in a rural community could relate to. We have delivered twenty eight episodes so far, and have plenty more in the works. Our core group of volunteers is small but mighty, and I...

Duration:00:02:11

Episode 28: How to Have Hard Conversations

10/6/2021
As the 2021 holiday season approaches, many of us are looking forward to seeing our beloved family and friends gather around the table together once again after a long time apart. Many of us are also dreading the possibility of having hard conversations at these gatherings. How can we prepare to have hard conversations with people we genuinely care about? Guests: Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Conference panelists: Wendy Bjorklund, St. Cloud State University Pam...

Duration:00:57:33

Episode 27: Fixing Forefeiture

9/29/2021
Today I’m joined by State Auditor Julie Blaha to discuss what exactly it is that a state auditor does, and what we can expect from changes to Minnesota’s Civil asset Forfeiture laws that passed the legislature this past session. Guest: State Auditor Julie Blaha Show Notes: Changes to Minnesota's civil asset forfeiture laws pass Legislature Office of the State Auditor Episode Manager: Theresa Meis Become a Patron of our show! Produced by Riverside Productions LLC Music by Epidemic Sound...

Duration:00:33:04

Episode 26: The Dirt on Soil Health

9/22/2021
It’s fair to say that most of us go day to day without giving a second thought to how healthy the soil is beneath our feet. But for our friends and neighbors in the agriculture industry, the health of their soil is quite important. What is soil health, and why is it so important? Guests: Jim Chamberlin, Conservationist Show Notes: Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota Happy Dancing Turtle - based in Pine River, MN: From soil health and regenerative agriculture to nature play and...

Duration:00:34:43

Episode 25: Border to Border Internet

9/15/2021
The pandemic has shone a light on how much we rely on our ability to connect to one another online when we are unable to connect in-person. And, as with many other areas of our infrastructure, it exposed where our communities fall short at connecting the public to businesses, schools, and services across the digital divide. Where does Minnesota stand when it comes to providing accessible high speed internet service state-wide? Guests: Diane Wells, Office of Broadband Development Show...

Duration:00:26:55

Episode 24: A Trip to The Fishing Museum

9/8/2021
We’ve been hitting some pretty heavy topics hard and fast lately, so we decided to slow down and wander up for a visit to the Minnesota Fishing Museum and Hall of Fame in Little Falls, Minnesota. Guest: Brenda Perlowski, Museum Docent Show Notes: Minnesota Fishing Museum and Hall of Fame Fishing Tackle Value Guide mentioned in the episode Episode Manager: Bruce Anderson Become a Patron of our show! Produced by Riverside Productions LLC Music by Epidemic Sound Twitter...

Duration:00:26:18

Episode 23: The Labor Fight Continues

9/1/2021
For many people the labor movement is a snapshot in time. It evokes memories of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seger singing songs at rallies and black and white photos of workers on strike. We might be reminded now and then that we have our weekends thanks to the Labor movement, but… that “we” doesn’t actually include all of us. Not everyone is afforded the same considerations for their personal time, and not everyone is paid for the real value of their labor. Ahead of the Labor Day weekend, we...

Duration:00:28:13

Episode 22: Protecting Our Land

8/25/2021
Parks, public land, and green spaces are important to us for so many reasons. They provide that place where we can connect to nature - something that can be hard to do in this modern world. They offer habitat and food sources for wildlife. They help keep our climate in balance. How do we ensure that the green spaces we enjoy today are preserved for future generations? Parks, public land, and green spaces are important to us for so many reasons. They provide that place where we can connect...

Duration:00:36:15

Episode 21: A Bipartisan Solution to Climate Change

8/18/2021
Decades ago, oil companies like Exxon were already studying the science of Climate Change. According to an investigation that uncovered internal documents from the 1970s, senior scientist James Black of Exxon warned the management committee, “In the first place, there is general scientific agreement that the most likely manner in which mankind is influencing the global climate is through carbon dioxide release from the burning of fossil fuels," Black continues, “present thinking holds that...

Duration:00:36:11

Episode 20: Child Care Is Work

8/11/2021
The pandemic has been and continues to be a revelatory event, exposing the strengths and weaknesses in so many aspects of our infrastructure, economy, and culture. One thing, above all else, caused a massive ripple in all three: Closed child care centers. What value does our society place on our children - all of our children - having access to safe, quality care? And what does the state of child care access look like today? Guest: Marcia Schlattman, a Program Director at...

Duration:00:45:36

Episode 19: Teach Your Children Well

8/4/2021
A couple of episodes ago, I spoke with two Civics and Social Studies teachers about the importance of learning about Civic Engagement. We discussed how this important topic is covered starting as young as Kindergarten, and how it is vital to continue to challenge ourselves into adulthood to keep up with our civic knowledge and engagement. That episode was brought about in part because of the rumblings out there that claimed “they don’t teach civics anymore.” Well, today’s episode can be...

Duration:00:30:34