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#27: Duty-Bound Journalism With Chris Serres
“You cant do this work from a desk.” Chris Serres is a reporter for the Star Tribune covering social services and issues affecting society’s most vulnerable populations. In the interview, we discuss his reporting on individuals with mental illness and the elderly. More specifically, we explore his eye-opening work that exposed statewide injustices happening to these two groups and their families. His 2015 series of articles, titled “A Matter of Dignity,” explored Minnesota’s archaic and...
#26: New Look at Women's Health with Dr. Beth Westie
“The scariest part of the journey is before you actually start.” Dr. Beth Westie is the founder and creator of the 12 Week Female Fat Solution. She has made it her mission to change the way women view their health. Alongside my wife and special co-host, Sara Gove, we have a wide-ranging conversation with this fascinating entrepreneur who is full of passion, charisma, and knowledge. Dr. Beth talks about her mission to educate women about the nuisances of the female body and how that affects...
#25: From Africa to America - The Basil Ajuo Story
“We grew up in a community where people were killed every day.” In this episode of Twin Cities Podcast, Mike welcomes Basil Aujo to speak about his incredible journey from Cameroon, Africa to Minnesota. Basil talks about the realities of growing up in a poor African village with limited resources and little access to healthcare. Basil was raised by his grandmother who preached the importance of education and community service. Those two pillars serve as a framework for the inspiring life...
#24: A Product of His Own Curiosity - Andy George
“It didn’t start with a message, it started with curiosity.” Andy George is the host and creator of How To Make Everything (HTME), a popular YouTube video channel that features Andy attempting to make everyday items from scratch by hand. What started out as pure curiosity into the components of ordinary products has given Andy a regional Emmy award, an appearance on the Rachel Ray show, and nearly 30 million videos views. Perhaps more fascinating than the success of HTME, is Andy’s...
#23: The Opportunity Chaser - Shayla Hoheisel
“I think bucket lists are limiting.” Shayla Hoheisel (IG: @livingonaoneway) is a world traveler, YouTube video blogger, and entrepreneur, but more importantly she is creating the life she wants for herself. And she wants you to do the same. The Lakeville, Minn., native caught the travel bug a few years ago and decided to take it up full time. After a few months on the road, her friends and family wanted frequent updates so she started a video blog called Living on a One Way. The blog has...
#20: Purple Politics With MinnPost's Briana Bierschbach
Briana Bierschbach (@bbierschbach) is an award-winning journalist currently working for the MinnPost (@MinnPost) as a political reporter. In this episode, Briana gives us a behind-the-scenes look at what its like to cover the people, policy, and purple politics of the Minnesota Legislature. She describes her role at MinnPost as trying to help people make sense of what’s happening at the state capitol, and focusing on the "why" of the story as opposed to the what. Briana analyses the strong...
#19: Mickeli Bedore - The Man On Fire
“There’s nothing worse than regret.” Have you ever felt that itch to start something new or take a professional risk? If the answer is yes, then I recommend you listen to the story of Mickeli Bedore (@mickelibedore). Mickeli is the Founder and CEO of Bedore Business Group (@BedoreGroup), which is an outsource sales company that is comprised of highly experienced and talented sales professionals. Mickeli is also the co-founder of an outdoor adventure company called Otium (@OtiumOutdoors)....
#18: Craig Minowa of Cloud Cult
“No revolution can be won with negativity.” Craig Minowa is a composer and the lead singer of the indie rock band Cloud Cult (@CloudCult), and also the co-founder of Earthology Records. Cloud Cult has produced 11 albums in two decades, and in 2004, was named Artist of the Year at the Minnesota Music Awards. Earthology Records was the first record label in the U.S. to create 100% postconsumer recycled CD packaging. In 2002, Craig and his wife Connie unexpectedly lost their two-year old son...
#17: Amelia Rayno On Facing Unfortunate Choices, Sports Journalism, & Bigfoot
“As a reporter, you never want to be a part of the story.” Amelia Rayno (@AmeliaRayno) is a food, travel, and features reporter for the Star Tribune. Prior to her current role she covered the University of Minnesota Athletic Department, mainly the Gophers’ men’s basketball team, for six years. In August of 2015, Amelia penned a very personal article detailing the sexual harassment she endured at the hands of former Gopher Athletic Director Norwood Teague, all-the-while having to report on...
#15: Laughing With Comedy Nerd Justin Severson
“It’s all about sharing it with somebody.” To be a nerd essentially means to be an expert in something, which is a perfect way to categorize Justin Severson (@stpaulrockcity), a self-described comedy nerd. Justin is the host of No Laugh Track Podcast, the official podcast for Minneapolis-based Acme Comedy Company, where he interviews headlining comics on a weekly basis. Justin’s guests are a collection of world-class comedians that have appeared on David Letterman, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno,...
#13: Medical Cannabis with Dr. Andy Bachman
“We started with a seed and a big dream.” Dr. Andy Bachman is the CEO/President and Co-Founder of LeafLine Labs, one of just two authorized providers of medical cannabis in the state of Minnesota. Dr. Bachman is a board-certified physician with more than a decade of emergency room medical experience. It was in the ER that Dr. Bachman saw firsthand the epidemic of opioid misuse in this country. After years of watching addiction and overdose rates soar, Dr. Bachman felt a responsibility to...
#9: The Yoga Nomads on Escaping Corporate America
“Think less, feel more.” Anne Rapp and Brandon Quittem (@theyoganomads) were tired of feeling like cattle being herded into a life they didn’t want. Working in “Corporate America” left them feeling unfulfilled, stressed, and dissatisfied. The two first met during a week-long on-boarding session at Oracle for new software sales reps. They were paired together for a training exercise, but blew off the assignment to talk about travel. (Do you sense any foreshadowing here?) The duo eventually...
#6: The Art of Selling Hot Dogs with Nate Beck
Nate Beck is the owner of Natedogs, which is a hot dog cart that has been serving up delicious wieners for the past five years in the Twin Cities. In fact, Natedogs' tagline is "quality wieners, MN farms" because Nate acquires his hormone-free dogs from local farms. He has been dubbed by several local and national publications as “Best Hot Dogs in America” and even listed as one of the “Best Food Trucks in America.” The professionally trained singer uses his background in the arts to...
#3: Drones with Michael Welsh of Sky Candy Studios
Michael Welsh owns Sky Candy Studios, a local video production company that focuses on aerial photography/videography, and shares his expertise on all things drones. Michael talks about how he bought his first drone off an impulse buy from Brookstone and then skipping out on college to start his company. We discuss the different industries that benefit from drone technology and how Amazon is investing heavily into drones and its use for delivering packages. We even talk about one of his...
#2: Polyamory with Jennifer from Poly in the Cities Podcast
Mike explores the topic of polyamory with Jennifer who co-hosts a podcast called Poly in the Cities, which deals with the daily realities of living a polyamorous lifestyle. Jennifer talks about misconceptions in the mainstream public regarding polyamory, when she was first introduced to the idea, being married while being poly, hosting a podcast and much more. Jennifer deserves a lot of credit for agreeing to be on Twin Cities Podcast. She shares many personal aspects and stories about her...
#1 Introduction to Twin Cities Podcast
In the first episode of Twin Cities Podcast, Mike discusses his motivation for starting a long-form interview podcast. He talks about the value he gained from listening to well-known podcasters such as Dan Carlin, Tim Ferriss, Joe Rogan, and Marc Maron. Mike details the very night when the idea for Twin Cities Podcast was born, which involved a booze-filled summer evening with his brother-in-law Paul. He also talks about his hopes for the listeners and how the guests on TCP might help them...