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That Podcast In Hutch

That Podcast in Hutch explores the people, places, and events that make Hutchinson a vibrant and engaging community. We’ll step beyond the headlines, to hear the real-life stories from our community and develop a deeper understanding of policy and people.

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TPiH 39 Jackson Swearer

In this episode of That Podcast in Hutch, I sit down with a familiar voice - Jackson Swearer. A few weeks ago, Jackson attended the Aspen Ideas Festival. This is a signature event of the Aspen Institute. Curious and engaging minds from around the world gather in Aspen for the festival to learn from experts, and each other, and to explore big ideas and questions of our day. The Aspen Institute's mission statement lays it out pretty well: "We drive change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the greatest challenges of our time."I wanted to ask Jackson about his experience, partly because I knew it would be a fun conversation. But also because I could tell how energizing the experience was from his uncharacteristically frequent and animated social media posts. We unpack some of what he learned at the conference, as well as how beneficial it is to a community like Hutchinson when we invest in people who can learn more about the world and bring that knowledge back to our town. 

1hr 12mins

14 Jul 2022

Rank #1

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TPiH 38 Tyler Kershner

In this week's episode of That Podcast in Hutch, I visit with my friend Tyler Kershner. We met years ago on the annual Biking Across Kansas event - and we've become close friends in the time since. We talk about some of the challenges that come with riding a bicycle across the state, as well as the unique experiences that keep us coming back year after year. We also share our stories about what prompted us to sign up for BAK in the first place - and what keeps us on our bikes after all these years. This is a fun conversation between two people who have an unusual love for cycling. I hope you enjoy sitting in. 

50mins

30 Jun 2022

Rank #2

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TPiH 37 - Katie Gibbons and April West

In this week's episode I visit with Katie Gibbons and April West, from Hutchinson's Milestone Clubhouse.You'll learn more about the mental health clubhouse model and the good it can do for those struggling with mental illness. I think you'll find that we're lucky to have this helpful tool in our community.

47mins

16 Jun 2022

Rank #3

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TPiH 36 Pippin Williamson

This week's edition of That Podcast in Hutch takes you to the brew room of one of my favorite places in the world - Sandhills Brewing in Hutchinson. I've long told people what's being done with beer at Sandhills is nothing short of art. Pippin Williamson visits with me about his interest in brewing, and some of the early experimentation that created a number of failures to get to the delicious craft beers that are now enjoyed at their two locations - one in Hutchinson and the other in Mission. But I think you'll find in this conversation that there's a lot more than meets the eye in brewing a good keg of beer. And there's more to a brewery than the beer that's served there. It's a community space, where people can meet, work, relax, and learn. And that's one of the things I've always enjoyed about breweries - including Sandhills. The atmosphere feels a lot like home. You'll also learn about the steps taken to move from basement home brewing to a full-fledged craft brewery - in a measured way that hoped for growth but recognized the risk of failure. I hope you'll enjoy this visit with Pippin as much as I enjoyed having it. 

48mins

9 Jun 2022

Rank #4

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TPiH Update

This week, instead of the traditional format for That Podcast in Hutch I’m going to send you over to another podcast to check out – The Higher Points. Nate Hiatt and Nick Sowers produce The Higher Points – where they bring in a variety of guests to have meaningful and insightful conversations. This week, they asked if I would join them – and I had a good time visiting with them. We covered a lot of ground and had a really good visit. Nate’s family also owns High Point Pharms – which grows and produces local CBD products. Their tag line is “We Know it Because We Grow it.”  There’s been a little transition period coming out of the legislative session and getting back on track with “normal” life. I’m working on getting some new guests lined up and producing more powerful content for everyone. In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy my visit with Nate and Nick. https://www.thehigherpoints.com/

5mins

2 Jun 2022

Rank #5

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TPiH 35 – Sharon Mandel

Warning: This episode contains some graphic depictions of death and death scene investigation. If you’re sensitive to this sort of thing, proceed with caution.  For the next several weeks, I want to focus on the issue of overdose deaths and in particular fentanyl poisoning. And it is poisoning, because most people who are dying from fentanyl use are completely unaware of the substance’s presence.  The numbers are staggering, too. In the first half of 2021, there were 388 overdose fatalities, which is a 54 percent increase over the same time in 2020. That gives Kansas the 3rd highest overdose death increase in the country. But what are we doing about it? Well, not much, it turns out. And efforts this year in the Kansas House to decriminalize fentanyl testing strips have met unreasonable resistance from a handful of members in the Kansas Senate.  Those members have wrongly argued that fentanyl testing strips (FTS) won’t save lives – and that allowing these to be legal will somehow encourage people to use drugs. Nothing could be further from the truth, and you’ll come to understand that in the next several episodes. The research and data on this is clear – when people have tools like FTS, and they learn of the presence of fentanyl, users adjust their behaviors in life saving ways.  Last week, I visit with former U.S. Attorney Stephen McCallister. He was appointed in 2018 by President Trump to serve the state of Kansas. You’ll hear him explain how fentanyl grew in severity during his time in that role, and how the introduction of fentanyl has been “game changing” in what we thought we knew about drugs in America.  In this  episode, you’ll hear from Sharon Mandel, who is the special deputy coroner for Shawnee County. In her work as a death investigator for Forensic Medical of Kansas, she’s seeing more people who have died of drug overdoses, including an increased death rate from fentanyl – which is often found in counterfeit Oxycontin pills called “Dirty 30s.” The CDC recorded more than 107,000 overdose deaths in the U.S in 2021 – a new record. Historically, over 60 percent of those deaths are the fault of fentanyl. The DEA recently sent out an alert about the abundance of fake pills laced with fentanyl, and small town police departments are finding fentanyl-laced marijuanana. Whatever judgements people might have about drugs and drug use, the facts are clear: Fentanyl deaths are increasing at an alarming rate, and they’re striking every segment of our society. Inaction, or old thinking, is no longer an option if we have any hope to save lives.  Stephen McCallister – https://law.ku.edu/people/stephen-mcallister Sharon Mandel – https://www.washburnlaw.edu/publications/washburnlawyer/issues/49-2/04.pdf

53mins

19 May 2022

Rank #6

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TPiH 34 – Stephen McCallister

For the next several weeks, I want to focus on the issue of overdose deaths and in particular fentanyl poisoning. And it is poisoning, because most people who are dying from fentanyl use are completely unaware of the substance’s presence. The numbers are staggering, too. In the first half of 2021, there were 388 overdose fatalities, which is a 54 percent increase over the same time in 2020. That gives Kansas the 3rd highest overdose death increase in the country. But what are we doing about it? Well, not much, it turns out. And efforts this year in the Kansas House to decriminalize fentanyl testing strips have met unreasonable resistance from a handful of members in the Kansas Senate. Those members have wrongly argued that fentanyl testing strips (FTS) won’t save lives – and that allowing these to be legal will somehow encourage people to use drugs. Nothing could be further from the truth, and you’ll come to understand that in the next several episodes. The research and data on this is clear – when people have tools like FTS, and they learn of the presence of fentanyl, users adjust their behaviors in life saving ways. In the first episode, I visit with former U.S. Attorney Stephen McCallister. He was appointed in 2018 by President Trump to serve the state of Kansas. You’ll hear him explain how fentanyl grew in severity during his time in that role, and how the introduction of fentanyl has been “game changing” in what we thought we knew about drugs in America. In the second episode, you’ll hear from Sharon Mandel, who is the special deputy coroner for Shawnee County. In her work as a death investigator for Forensic Medical of Kansas, she’s seeing more people who have died of drug overdoses, including an increased death rate from fentanyl – which is often found in counterfeit Oxycontin pills called “Dirty 30s.”The CDC recorded more than 107,000 overdose deaths in the U.S in 2021 – a new record. Historically, nearly 70 percent of those deaths are the fault of fentanyl. The DEA recently sent out an alert about the abundance of fake pills laced with fentanyl, and small town police departments are finding fentanyl-laced marijuanana. Whatever judgements people might have about drugs and drug use, the facts are clear: Fentanyl deaths are increasing at an alarming rate, and they’re striking every segment of our society. Stephen McCallister – https://law.ku.edu/people/stephen-mcallisterSharon Mandel – https://www.washburnlaw.edu/publications/washburnlawyer/issues/49-2/04.pdf

1hr 6mins

12 May 2022

Rank #7

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TPiH 33 – Lynn Rogers

Lynn Rogers currently serves as the Kansas State Treasurer – a role most known for helping people find out if they have any unclaimed property. Most of us have likely seen or stopped by the Treasurer’s booth at the Kansas State Fair over the years. There’s much more to the job than giving people their abandoned money, and Lynn helps explain some of the daily ins and outs of the job. But Lynn has held a number of public service positions throughout his career. He’s been Lieutenant Governor, and Kansas Senator, a Wichita School Board member, and even a member of his children’s parent teacher association. He also has an extensive career in finance and farm credit services – and he’s managed that career through some rocky waters. In this podcast, we explore some of what he’s learned throughout his years of service, and how some of the work he’s done has created new experiences and opportunities that have both enriched his life and broadened his horizons. 

46mins

5 May 2022

Rank #8

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TPiH REBROADCAST – Tim Smith

This week Kansas Legislature passed a bill to allow the use of driverless vehicles – specifically large trucks. In the lead up to the vote, the big groups that support it (Koch Industries, Walmart, Americans for Prosperity, and the Kansas Chamber) sent out a brief explaining why this is needed. They relied largely on the truck driver shortage. Since I’ve been tied up in Topeka, and since this was a topic of conversation up here, it seemed like a good time to pull out a previous episode with my friend Tim Smith. Tim has been a longtime trucker, and spent much of his career as a long haul trucker. If we’re going to make policy decisions and say it’s because of a driver shortage, we might want to hear from people who have done the job. The conversation with Tim has been one of the most-listened episodes. You’ll learn a bunch of things about trucking you never knew before – and you’ll have a better understanding of why people are leaving the industry. link to the bill http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2021_22/measures/documents/ccrb_sb313_01_0000.pdfThe report from the ATA – https://www.trucking.org/sites/default/files/2021-10/ATA%20Driver%20Shortage%20Report%202021%20Executive%20Summary.FINAL_.pdf

1hr 7mins

28 Apr 2022

Rank #9

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TPiH 32 – Chris Courtwright

I want to thank everyone for all of your patience, prayers, and support during the past couple of weeks. And I especially want to thank Jackson for stepping in to keep That Podcast in Hutch rolling while I focused on a family crisis. Mitch is out of the hospital, working toward recovery, and doing much better than the first days after the accident. So many of you reached out with thoughts, prayers, and words of encouragement. Our family feels blessed to have such a good community of thoughtful and caring people. I’m glad to be back in the studio – and this week my guest is Chris Courtwright. He’s a member of the Governor’s Council on Tax Reform, and he worked for 34 years as the principal economist for the Kansas Department of Legislative Research. In that role, he provided members of the legislature with non-partisan economic information to help inform policy decisions. He also served on the prestigious Consensus Revenue Estimating group – which crunches data and trends in the economy to create an estimate of tax receipts in the coming year. This group’s work forms the basis of every governor’s budget – and it is the information on which all budget and tax decisions are based each fiscal year. Chris and I talk about his experiences in those roles, as well as the ongoing discussion about the effort to eliminate the state sales tax on groceries. This is an idea that’s been talked about for years – but there’s been a real effort to get it done this session. Chris has a lot of historical knowledge about the sales tax on groceries, and I think you’ll find his insights interesting and educational. 

1hr 4mins

21 Apr 2022

Rank #10