The performing art of drag has seen a recent boom in popularity due in part to hit reality TV show, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”. We will talk with two drag artists who are based in the Twin Cities about what is it like to be based and perform in the Midwest and how does community play a role in their lives. Get the inside scoop, henny!
Guest: Mary Cathryn Ricker, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Education
Before school lets out for summer, meet Minnesota’s new Education Commissioner. A longtime teacher herself, Ricker has some big challenges in front of her, from closing one of the worst achievement gaps in the country to dealing with approximately sixty snow days this past winter.
Guests: Sarah Palm, Researcher, Nature Based Therapeutics at the University of Minnesota, Colleen Crockford, Human-Animal Bond Social Worker with Crockford Consulting and Dr. Tim Lewis, Professor at the University of St. Thomas
We will talk with three experts about how animals are used in therapy today and about the cutting edge of research in this field. Will there also be dogs at the show? Come and find out!
Guest: Javier Morillo-Alicea, President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 26
Chelsie Glaubitz Gabiou, President, Minneapolis Regional Labor AFL-CIO
The Labor Movement helped build the middle class in the United States. Yet union membership has been declining for decades. Recent court decisions have raised new challenges and questions about labor’s future.
Guest: Nora Slawik, Chair, Metropolitan Council
Imagine being the head coordinator for a region comprising seven counties and 188 different communities. Now imagine trying to those places to work together on everything from housing and land stewardship to transportation and energy.
Guests: Mark Haverman, Executive Director, Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence. and Jim Schowalter, Former CEO of the Council of Health Plans
Whether to renew the Provider Tax, replace it with something else, or scrap it all together is one of the hottest and wonkiest debates at the Minnesota Legislature this term. We’ve got two experts and some improv comedy to help make sense of it all.
Guest: Dave Hutch , Hennepin County Sheriff
Last year, former Metro Transit sergeant Dave Hutch unseated longtime Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, becoming the first openly gay sheriff in the Midwest. Sheriff Hutch has promised reform across the department.
Guests: Marion Greene, Hennepin County Commission Chair, Representative for District 3 and Angela Conley, Representative, Hennepin County Commission District 4
From transportation to housing, parks to waste water, the Hennepin County Board has a say in a myriad of issues that affect citizens’ daily lives.
Guest: Attorney General Keith Ellison
After six terms in U.S. House, Keith Ellison ran to be Minnesota’s Attorney General, and won. In his first few months in this new position, his office has joined a multi-state lawsuit against President Trump’s emergency border wall declaration, taken a special focus on wage theft in Minnesota, and made the office more public than it had been under his predecessor.
Executive Function- sounds important right? And it is. Turns out it’s our ability to regulate thoughts, actions and emotions. Which are all super important for us to lead productive, fulfilling lives as adults. Learn more about this important predictor of academic and life success through interviews, discussion and humor. Free Show
Guests: Senator Melisa Franzen, Senate District 49
Leili Fatehi, Campaign Manager, Minnesotans for Responsible Marijuana Regulation
Talk of legalizing recreational marijuana burned brightly at the Minnesota Legislature early this session, then went out in a puff of smoke.
In an era of climate change and political chaos, it’s easy to forget that sometimes disasters are averted. Science writer Maggie Koerth Baker has been looking at examples in history when humans either worked together to avoid an environmental calamity, or just got lucky. What’s the secret to not destroying the planet or ourselves? We’ll ask.
If Xcel Energy wants to increase prices or CenterPoint wants to build a new natural gas plant, they first need to a sign-off from the Public Utilities Commission. Two members of this quasi-judicial regulatory body join us to explain just what exactly they do, and why the public should be paying attention.
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler has announced he will step down at the end of this academic year. The search is on for a new leader for Minnesota’s premier institution of higher learner. What do you look for in a University president? How do you find qualified applicants? Can anybody apply? Bring your résumé to the show and find out!
One of the most contentious policy debates in the state circles around whether or not Minnesota should permit more companies to develop new mines, particularly around the Boundary Waters. We have two well-informed guests with two very different ideas on how the state should proceed. Let’s give them both a beer, add in some improv comedy, and see what happens!
Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender is leading a new, more progressive city council. Meanwhile, a new comprehensive plan for the city called Minneapolis 2040 is leading to a war of yard signs. We will ask her about that and when we can finally all get pet goats.
The Peabody Award-winning, In The Dark is one of the best examples of a new form of journalism: the investigative podcast. What goes into making an investigative podcast series? How does the medium change how the story is told? Can the producers give us a sneak peak at Season 3?
To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the Pioneer Press’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Yet St. Paul’s daily newspaper is in a precarious spot. New ownership of the paper has been cutting newsroom staff, despite generating profits. Pioneer Press journalist Dave Orrick joins us.