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Podcasts

Avoid the Potholes and Fall Into My Eyes Instead...

Brandon Boat

    R.T. Rybak came to Minneapolis City Hall in 2001 without ever having previously served in public office. He didn’t get much time to ease into the job. Before Rybak even fully moved into his office, the Minnesota Twins threatened to move to a new town unless they got a new stadium, there was a leadership fight on the city council, and the city budget faced a $5 million shortfall. 
    All of that and much more is detailed in Rybak’s new memoir, Pothole Confidential: My Life as Mayor of Minneapolis. The book offers a firsthand account of leading the state’s largest city for three terms: a campaign for more affordable housing, responding to the 35W Bridge collapse, conducting the first same-sex marriages in the state, bitter stadium politics, and much more. 

From Somalia to the Minneapolis City Council

Brandon Boat

First elected in 2013, Abdi Warsame serves on the Minneapolis City Council. He represents Ward 6 which includes much of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.  Born in Somalia, Warsame is currently the highest level elected Somali-American in the country. We asked him about his incredible personal story, his views on local politics, and what he thinks of his fellow council. 

A History of Minneapolis' Skid row

Brandon Boat

Once upon a time, Minneapolis tried to keep their citizens with a penchant for hard drinking—lumberjacks, farmhands, and railroad workers—into the oldest quarter of Minneapolis. It was an era of flophouses, preachers and nuns trying to save souls and a bar owner named John Bacich, aka Johnny Rex. The Star Tribune’s James Shiffer has written a new book about Minneapolis’s Skid Row and its king.

Does Size Matter? A Question of Small Town Vitality

Brandon Boat

We’ve all heard about the death of small towns both here in Minnesota and across the country. But are things so simple and dire? Will our children only read about rural towns in books? Are we all destined to live in towering skyscrapers in mega cities of 10 million people each? Probably not, but what is the economic and cultural future of small towns? Featuring Dr. Kathy Draeger, Statewide Director of the University of Minnesota Sustainable Development Partnerships.

Affordable Home Companion

Brandon Boat

The Affordable Housing debate in the Twin Cities region has been called one of the fiercest in the country. We sat down with three experts to find out why. Featuring Nelima Sitati-Munene, executive director of African Career, Education & resource, Owen Duckworth, Coalition organizer for the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability, and Ed Goetz, Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Mrs. Smith Goes to St. Paul

Brandon Boat

Minnesota’s second-in-command is our extra special guest for the season kick-off of T2P2.  Join us and Lt. Governor Tina Smith as we ask her hard hitting questions like: What should we do with Minnesota’s budget surplus? What’s her working relationship with Governor Dayton like? And, wait... what exactly does a Lt. Governor do anyway? 

Two Congressmen: One Show

Brandon Boat

What will happen when congressmen Tom Emmer (MN-6, GOP) and Tim Walz (MN-1, DFL) are The Theater of Public Policy’s on-stage guests? Will we end partisan bickering with improv comedy? Or, in true Minnesota fashion, will they just talk about the weather? Find out!

Money Money Money

Brandon Boat

Chris Farrell, Senior Economics Contributor to American Public Media’s Marketplace, and Cardiff Garcia, US editor of the Financial Times’s Alphaville, joined us to make sense of the Fed’s interest rate policies, “un-retirement,” globalization, and what the heck is going on in Cuba.

Infrastructure of Dreams

Brandon Boat

They say an improv comedy show about infrastructure investment policy can’t possibly be funny. We talked with Vinn White, U.S. DOT Senior Transportation Policy Advisor, and Casey Dinges, Senior Managing Director at the American Society of Civil Engineers about roads, bridges, transit, and dedicated lanes for hover-bikes.

Norm Ornstein

Brandon Boat

Washington gridlock, elections, pundrity and more all in our chat with Norm Ornstein, Resident Scholar of the American Enterprise Institute. He offers up answers and more questions about all things politics. 

Church and State

Brandon Boat

Some people think church and state should be the best of friends and others think of them as worst enemies that shouldn't even be in the same room together.  How does this all play out in the real world? How did it get this way and what can be done about it? We talked with Rev. Barry Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.

Meet Minneapolis

Brandon Boat

What does Minneapolis do to attract visitors and what goes into a proposal for hosting a major conference or event the Super Bowl? Meet Minneapolis has the answers and it's not to keep building more stadiums.

Design, for Good!

Brandon Boat

Tom Fisher, former Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota and the 5th most published author on architecture in America talks with us about how our world will change, the importance of design,  and he looks into his crystal ball to talk about the future of driver less cars.