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.
One in four people in the United States has a criminal record. FOUR in four Americans have done something in their past that had they been caught or in a different circumstance, would be criminal. The organization We Are All Criminals works to get people to think differently about what it means to be a criminal, our justice system, and how we treat one another.
It’s been a long election season. We deserve a laugh. It’ll be a night of original sketch comedy inspired by Minnesota politics, improv with some special political guests, and music throughout the show from Minneapolis’s premiere source of pop jams for your feelings about laws, City Counselor. Not to mention multiple surprise appearances you won’t want to miss.
An evening of comedy improv with themes relevant to the Highland Park (Ward 3) community, featuring the cast of The Theater of Public Policy at Summit Brewing. Food and beverages available for purchase. Free Admission!
Anything Could Happen: An Improv Comedy Preview of the 2018 Election with Mary LaHammer, Briana Bierschbach and the Theater of Public Policy
Melvin Carter won a decisive victory in St. Paul’s mayoral against a number of strong opponents. In his first six months, he’s been faced with questions about increasing the number of police officers in the city, budgets to repair aging roads, and the third-rail of St. Paul politics, trash collection. We’ll solve all of them through improv comedy.
Who would have thought to have a pig deliver baseballs to umpires midgame? Or run a steamroller over a mountain of disco records? Or gets heralded as the funniest member of a trio that also includes Bill Murray? The answer is Mike Veeck, co-owner of the St. Paul Saints.
St. Paul is currently considering a proposal to raise its minimum wage. Is $15 an hour the right amount? Should tips count toward that $15 for restaurant workers? How quickly should the wage increase for different-sized businesses? Hear what city Councilwoman Rebecca Noecker and two members of the Citizen League’s minimum wage study committee are weighing as they try and come to a final proposal.
Even in the land of the Church Basement Ladies, people’s relationships with faith institutions are changing. More Millennials are religiously unaffiliated than any previous generation. How and why are young people redefining the role of faith in their lives? What do these changes mean for religious institutions? Would it help to update the Old Testament with some well-placed hashtags?
Major road construction has slowed and rerouted traffic on a number of Twin Cities thoroughfares. Minnesota’s Commissioner of Transportation, Charlie Zelle, promises it will get better soon, with newer roads, more accessible bus options, and the groundwork for a self-driving future. We’ll ask him about it if he’s able to make it through the traffic to join us.
New Minneapolis City Council member Phillipe Cunningham is a leader in the GLBT community and beyond. How has that movement changed over the generations? We will ask him and organizer/scholar Charlie Rounds.