Twin Cities Podcast

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Twin Cities Podcast

By Mike Laninga

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By Mike Laninga

The top 10 most popular episodes of Twin Cities Podcast.

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Top 10 Episodes of Twin Cities Podcast

Rank #1: #31: Feeding 10 Billion People by 2050 with Fred Haberman

Aug 11 2018
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Fred Haberman has been working to take the organic food movement mainstream for more than 20 years. In our conversation, we talk about that state of that movement and the pressing challenge to sustainably feed 10 billion people by 2050. Along with his wife Sarah, the duo started a full-service marketing agency where they tell the stories of pioneers who are making a difference in the world. His agency has worked with some of the top brands in the country including, Organic Valley, Annie's, Earthbound Farm, Daiya, Volvo, Allina Health, Boston Scientific, and many more. Fred also discusses his newer company called Urban Organics that applies the practice of aquaponics to produce many types of vegetables and fish. Oh, did I mention he is the founder of the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships that takes place annually in Minneapolis? This guy is endlessly fascinating. Enjoy! FRED'S FAVORITES IN THE TWIN CITIES FAVORITE MEAL UNDER $15: Cossetta: Sausage Pizza FAVORITE PUBLIC SPACE: The lakes in Minneapolis FAVORITE ANNUAL EVENT: U.S. Pond Hockey Championships HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE TWIN CITIES: “If you like the outdoors, and you love biking, and you like a good food scene, it's extraordinary. I love it." MOST FASCINATING PERSON YOU KNOW: Bob Sheehy, CEO of Bright Health STATE OF THE UNION MESSAGE: “We have to begin thinking about and solving immediately for how we are going to sustainably feed 10 billion by 2050."

Rank #2: #30: The Duke Pieper Story

Aug 01 2018
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Duke Pieper was a youth hockey phenom who seemed destined for a long career on the ice. On the night of his first high school varsity game as a freshman, Duke suffered a cavernous hemangioma, better known as a brain bleed, and was ultimately given a 5 percent change to live.  In his compelling book, I'm Alive: Courage, Hope, and a Miracle, Duke recounts his difficult and courageous struggle to survive, battling months of paralysis, multiple surgeries, massive nerve damage, and countless other setbacks. During our conversation, Duke opens up about the difficulty of giving up the sport he loves, living with physical limitations, and his plans for the future.  Be sure to check out what Duke is up to by visiting the Pieper Hope and Courage Foundation. Enjoy!  DUKE'S FAVORITES IN THE TWIN CITIES FAVORITE MEAL UNDER $15: Republic: Burger & Fries FAVORITE PUBLIC SPACE: Rosland Park (Edina) & Public Hockey Rinks FAVORITE ANNUAL EVENT: Fourth of July HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE TWIN CITIES: “It's the state of hockey. People love their hockey around here." MOST FASCINATING PERSON YOU KNOW: My father STATE OF THE UNION MESSAGE: “If you can get your mind right and get the right attitude, you can overcome anything and do whatever you want to do in your life."

Rank #3: #29: Gender Differences in Public Relations

May 25 2018
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Amelia Reigstad is a public relations practitioner and newly-minted faculty member at the University of Minnesota. She developed Crosspoint Communications, a full service consultancy agency from a grassroots level in 2007 and taught a variety of public relations and communications courses at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the University of Victoria, and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Amelia is currently completing her Ph.D in media and communications and recently published her initial findings of a study that explores gender differences in the public relations industry. We dedicated most of our conversation to the key learnings of this fascinating study. Enjoy! SOME TOPICS DISCUSSED: Her transition from the PR world to academia Running her own consultancy business Differences in communication styles of men & women The concept of Performativity Gender vs. personality Negative stereotypes of a PR practitioners Work-life balance for mothers A table of diverse minds Competition among female colleagues AMELIA'S FAVORITES IN THE TWIN CITIES FAVORITE MEAL UNDER $15: Washington Square Grill: Mango Martini (& maybe some french fries) FAVORITE PUBLIC SPACE: White Bear Lake FAVORITE ANNUAL EVENT: MN State Fair HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE TWIN CITIES? “I would describe the Twin Cities as culturally sound in wide variety of ways. I couldn’t have chosen a better place to move to outside of Canada.” STATE OF THE UNION MESSAGE “I really feel the US has a lot to learn in regards to how other countries do things."

Rank #4: #28: Jumping Without a Safety Net - Lori Myren-Manbeck

Apr 14 2018
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“Most of us want kindness. We start there.”  Lori Myren-Manbeck is the founder and CEO of Inclusivi-tee, a subscription-based t-shirt company that donates to “forward-focused” non-profit organizations. Lori holds a PhD in Geriatric Psychology and has enjoyed a fulfilling career providing care to vulnerable individuals. Today, Lori’s passion for “taking care of each other” has never been stronger. In November of 2016, Lori noticed a deeper level of concern about the environment and social inequality.  She quickly decided she had to do more. Equipped with little business experience, Lori established her non-profit and has faced a bittersweet challenge ever sense. The entrepreneur talks about taking the biggest risk of her life, and despite years of trying to hide from the world, she is now out front leading with her heart.  Enjoy!  Editor's Note: The audio introduction states that Inclusivi-tee donates 100% of its profits, and the business model did commence this way. However, they recently shifted to 50% as part of their learning process.  TOPICS MENTIONED: Raising $25,000 on Kickstarter Planned Parenthood criticism Her experiences with the United Church of Christ Feeling invisible in her youth Documentary - Word of Honour: Reclaiming Mandela’s Promise Spirituality and shared consciousness. 2016 U.S. Presidential Election Common ground is shared kindness 2017: A year of saying yes LORI'S FAVORITES IN THE TWIN CITIES FAVORITE MEAL UNDER $15: Qdoba (nachos and queso dip) FAVORITE PUBLIC SPACE: Lake Riley FAVORITE ANNUAL EVENT: Bayfront Blues Festival MOST FASCINATING PERSON YOU KNOW? Nancy Chakrin HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE TWIN CITIES? “Wonderful place for art, culture, and theatre. You can always find something unique and fun to do.” STATE OF THE UNION MESSAGE “It is imperative that we continue to watch out for each other and take care of each other."

Rank #5: #27: Duty-Bound Journalism With Chris Serres

Feb 10 2018
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“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 dehumanizing healthcare system for those with mental illness. In honor of their work, Chris and his colleagues were named finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting.  More recently, Chris penned a five-part series that took a deep look at Minnesota’s elderly care industry called “Left to Suffer.” What he found was an alarming number of crimes committed against senior citizens and thousands of allegations receiving little to no attention from state authorities. Our conversation focused primarily on these two projects, however we discuss several journalism-related topics.  Among those include Chris’ approach to immersing himself in the lives of his subjects, current shortfalls of media, giving people hope, and much more.  Enjoy!  Topics mentioned: Ageism Journalism building communities MN Consumer Workgroup Report on Elder Abuse Differences between nursing homes and assisted living facilities Care giving being undervalued “Freedom is an endless conversation.” Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee and Walker Evans Unconventional interview settings Finding new ways to tell stories Shaming people to do the right thing The Twin Cities bubble CHRIS' FAVORITES RELATED TO THE TWIN CITIES Favorite Meal Under $15: Taco Taxi Favorite Public Space: Minneapolis Institute of Art Favorite Annual Event: St. Paul Winter Carnival Half Marathon How would you describe the Twin Cities? "There are a lot of opportunities to meet people and expand your horizons, but you have to take advantage of it." State of the Union Message “I'm a big believer that you can make life whatever you want. Recognize your own potential and ignore those that think you can’t achieve it.”

Rank #6: #26: New Look at Women's Health with Dr. Beth Westie

Jan 28 2018
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“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 their health differently than men. She explains that most of the information about diet and nutrition in circulation today has been based on the male body, and that women have been left without a proper roadmap. Dr. Beth addresses the frustration a lot of women feel in trying to live a healthy lifestyle. We also explore the challenges that Dr. Beth has faced in charting this new path. For many years, she ran a successful chiropractic medicine practice, but when she realized “the pull” toward this new area of women’s health was too powerful to ignore, she sold her practice. This decision tested old friendships she had in the industry, but it also dared her to live a more fulfilling life. And if you’re interested in goat farming, we got you covered. Enjoy! Topics mentioned or discussed: Importance of eating protein during breakfast Burn Boot Camp in Eden Prairie Eastern medicine The exclusion of women from medicinal research The calorie myth Inches over pounds The Minnesota Vixen Ashwagandha and other adaptogens Dr. Beth's YouTube Channel BETH'S FAVORITES RELATED TO THE TWIN CITIES Favorite Meal Under $15: The Wind Mill Cafe (omelet, hash browns, & coffee) Favorite Public Space: Minnesota River Favorite Annual Event? MN State Fair How would you describe the Twin Cities? "Lots of art, history, culture, great food, nicest people ever, almost to a fault." State of the Union Message “Find your passion and follow that to no end.”

Rank #7: #25: From Africa to America - The Basil Ajuo Story

Dec 29 2017
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“We grew up in a community where people were dying 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 Basil has created for himself in the Twin Cities. In 2016, MN Governor Mark Dayton appointed Basil to the Minnesota State Board of Trustees where he holds a leadership position and represents the student voice. He is also the chairman and executive director of a non-profit called the International Institute for Caring, where he focuses on education, human rights, immigration, and mental health, among other challenging issues. This is a remarkable story about opportunity, vision, and serving others. Enjoy! TOPICS MENTIONED OR DISCUSSED: Education as an investment The impact of AIDS in Cameroon Serving in the Red Cross at age 11 Basil’s first TV images of the U.S. Fear of the Cameroon government Depression and isolation North Hennepin Community College Metro State University Basil’s vision for the future Non-profit success stories BASIL'S FAVORITES IN THE TWIN CITIES Favorite Meal under $15 MamaTi's Favorite Public Space: Downtown Minneapolis How would you describe the Twin Cities? "I like to use my eyes when I'm downtown. I would tell them about buildings, roads, and shopping. The Twin Cities is a real place for business" State of the Union Message “Building confidence in immigrants is an investment in our nation.”

Rank #8: #24: A Product of His Own Curiosity - Andy George

Nov 17 2017
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“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 back-story and how this once “quiet” and “timid” kid made a conscious decision to redefine himself. He became dissatisfied with how he was living his life and started to make changes. Take a listen to this remarkable story of transformation, tenacity, and curiosity. Enjoy! TOPICS MENTIONED OR DISCUSSED: His $1,500 sandwich that went viral Video of Andy falling into a cranberry pit His five-month trip around the world Embracing failure and providing a narrative Active problem solving Raising silk worms in his apartment Stress-induced migraines YouTube and demonetizing content Focus on the platform Patreon Collaboration with Grant Thompson (@thekindofrandom) ANDY'S FAVORITES IN THE TWIN CITIES Favorite Meal under $15 Pho 79 Favorite Public Space: Theodore Wirth Park Favorite Annual Event Northern Spark State of the Union Message “Open yourself up, be curious, and look into spots you never even thought about.”

Rank #9: #23: The Opportunity Chaser - Shayla Hoheisel

Oct 27 2017
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“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 now exploded to more than 6,000 YouTube subscribers and is closing in on one million views. This charismatic nomad details her voyage in a comical and entertaining fashion. Even when Shayla talks about personal issues, her delivery remains light-hearted, but still genuine. Equipped with her optimism and gut feelings, Shayla does not hesitate to meet people and create new experiences. She talks about the importance of pushing past her fears and brining a good attitude toward every situation. Above all, Shayla believes in the power of connecting and networking with people. She actually reached out to me about coming on the podcast ... and I'm glad she did. Enjoy! TOPICS MENTIONED OR DISCUSSED: Sitting at different lunch tables in high school Repairing yurts at Burning Man (@BurningMan) Working a surf camp in Costa Rica Selling tacos & cocktails in Puerto Rico Helping refugees in Greece The breast pump & Botox video Three things she looks for when traveling Using Instagram to map her trips Common misconceptions about her She owns a van that lives on the west coast Shayla's Ted Talk SHAYLA'S FAVORITES IN THE TWIN CITIES Favorite Meal under $15 Giant coffee from Starbucks Most Fascinating Person You Know: Her sister and nephew How Would You Describe the Twin Cities “Breweries and music" State of the Union Message “Consciously create the life you want."

Rank #10: #22: A Good Kind of Crazy with Jared Kamrowski

Oct 08 2017
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“There’s no such thing as a once in a lifetime trip.” Meet Jared Kamrowski. Jared recently quit his full-time job as a federal bank examiner to focus solely on his passion project, Thrifty Traveler (@thriftytraveler). To put it simply, Thrifty Traveler is a website that posts daily flight deals and offers valuable insight on numerous topics including, credit card rewards, traveling on a budget, and many other helpful pieces of money saving content. Jared talks about the decision to leave a comfortable career to venture out on his own and what it feels to be his own boss. He walks us through a typical day, which starts around 5 a.m., and how he aggregates daily flight deals for the website and his subscribers. Jared is also a credit card rewards ninja and he provides us with helpful tips on the traveling hacking game. Over the last several years, he has signed up for more than 100 credit cards and has more points than he knows what to do with. A few minutes spent exploring his social media will give you an idea of the places that his points have taken him. We cover many topics in this podcast and I’m sure you will find several gems of useful info that you can apply right away. He even busted a huge travel myth that I regarded as common fact! Enjoy! TOPICS MENTIONED OR DISCUSSED: How he caught the travel bug Credit score myths Odd criticism he receives from online trolls Thrifty Traveler’s tipping point moment The journey to obtain the name Thrifty Traveler The reddit feed called Churning Traveling to and from Cuba His favorite travel spot JARED'S FAVORITES IN THE TWIN CITIES Favorite Meal under $15 Tennessee Hot Chicken at Revival Favorite Public Space Lake Harriet Favorite Annual Event: Anything Oktoberfest How Would You Describe the Twin Cities “People who move here stay here." State of the Union Message “The world is a massive place, beautiful place, full of wonderful people, and they might appear different on the first meeting. People are more alike than they are different. If you just sit in one corner of the world for your entire life, and you never go out and you never see or meet or talk to any of those people ... I think its going to warp your understanding of the world. I think its absolutely essential to be a good person, global citizen, to go out and push yourself out of that comfort zone, live life, take that vacation. Do not be that person in your office that thinks themselves a hero because they didn’t take a vacation last year. "

Top 10 Episodes of Twin Cities Podcast

Rank #1: #31: Feeding 10 Billion People by 2050 with Fred Haberman

Aug 11 2018
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Fred Haberman has been working to take the organic food movement mainstream for more than 20 years. In our conversation, we talk about that state of that movement and the pressing challenge to sustainably feed 10 billion people by 2050. Along with his wife Sarah, the duo started a full-service marketing agency where they tell the stories of pioneers who are making a difference in the world. His agency has worked with some of the top brands in the country including, Organic Valley, Annie's, Earthbound Farm, Daiya, Volvo, Allina Health, Boston Scientific, and many more. Fred also discusses his newer company called Urban Organics that applies the practice of aquaponics to produce many types of vegetables and fish. Oh, did I mention he is the founder of the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships that takes place annually in Minneapolis? This guy is endlessly fascinating. Enjoy! FRED'S FAVORITES IN THE TWIN CITIES FAVORITE MEAL UNDER $15: Cossetta: Sausage Pizza FAVORITE PUBLIC SPACE: The lakes in Minneapolis FAVORITE ANNUAL EVENT: U.S. Pond Hockey Championships HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE TWIN CITIES: “If you like the outdoors, and you love biking, and you like a good food scene, it's extraordinary. I love it." MOST FASCINATING PERSON YOU KNOW: Bob Sheehy, CEO of Bright Health STATE OF THE UNION MESSAGE: “We have to begin thinking about and solving immediately for how we are going to sustainably feed 10 billion by 2050."

Rank #2: #30: The Duke Pieper Story

Aug 01 2018
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Duke Pieper was a youth hockey phenom who seemed destined for a long career on the ice. On the night of his first high school varsity game as a freshman, Duke suffered a cavernous hemangioma, better known as a brain bleed, and was ultimately given a 5 percent change to live.  In his compelling book, I'm Alive: Courage, Hope, and a Miracle, Duke recounts his difficult and courageous struggle to survive, battling months of paralysis, multiple surgeries, massive nerve damage, and countless other setbacks. During our conversation, Duke opens up about the difficulty of giving up the sport he loves, living with physical limitations, and his plans for the future.  Be sure to check out what Duke is up to by visiting the Pieper Hope and Courage Foundation. Enjoy!  DUKE'S FAVORITES IN THE TWIN CITIES FAVORITE MEAL UNDER $15: Republic: Burger & Fries FAVORITE PUBLIC SPACE: Rosland Park (Edina) & Public Hockey Rinks FAVORITE ANNUAL EVENT: Fourth of July HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE TWIN CITIES: “It's the state of hockey. People love their hockey around here." MOST FASCINATING PERSON YOU KNOW: My father STATE OF THE UNION MESSAGE: “If you can get your mind right and get the right attitude, you can overcome anything and do whatever you want to do in your life."

Rank #3: #29: Gender Differences in Public Relations

May 25 2018
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Amelia Reigstad is a public relations practitioner and newly-minted faculty member at the University of Minnesota. She developed Crosspoint Communications, a full service consultancy agency from a grassroots level in 2007 and taught a variety of public relations and communications courses at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the University of Victoria, and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Amelia is currently completing her Ph.D in media and communications and recently published her initial findings of a study that explores gender differences in the public relations industry. We dedicated most of our conversation to the key learnings of this fascinating study. Enjoy! SOME TOPICS DISCUSSED: Her transition from the PR world to academia Running her own consultancy business Differences in communication styles of men & women The concept of Performativity Gender vs. personality Negative stereotypes of a PR practitioners Work-life balance for mothers A table of diverse minds Competition among female colleagues AMELIA'S FAVORITES IN THE TWIN CITIES FAVORITE MEAL UNDER $15: Washington Square Grill: Mango Martini (& maybe some french fries) FAVORITE PUBLIC SPACE: White Bear Lake FAVORITE ANNUAL EVENT: MN State Fair HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE TWIN CITIES? “I would describe the Twin Cities as culturally sound in wide variety of ways. I couldn’t have chosen a better place to move to outside of Canada.” STATE OF THE UNION MESSAGE “I really feel the US has a lot to learn in regards to how other countries do things."

Rank #4: #28: Jumping Without a Safety Net - Lori Myren-Manbeck

Apr 14 2018
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“Most of us want kindness. We start there.”  Lori Myren-Manbeck is the founder and CEO of Inclusivi-tee, a subscription-based t-shirt company that donates to “forward-focused” non-profit organizations. Lori holds a PhD in Geriatric Psychology and has enjoyed a fulfilling career providing care to vulnerable individuals. Today, Lori’s passion for “taking care of each other” has never been stronger. In November of 2016, Lori noticed a deeper level of concern about the environment and social inequality.  She quickly decided she had to do more. Equipped with little business experience, Lori established her non-profit and has faced a bittersweet challenge ever sense. The entrepreneur talks about taking the biggest risk of her life, and despite years of trying to hide from the world, she is now out front leading with her heart.  Enjoy!  Editor's Note: The audio introduction states that Inclusivi-tee donates 100% of its profits, and the business model did commence this way. However, they recently shifted to 50% as part of their learning process.  TOPICS MENTIONED: Raising $25,000 on Kickstarter Planned Parenthood criticism Her experiences with the United Church of Christ Feeling invisible in her youth Documentary - Word of Honour: Reclaiming Mandela’s Promise Spirituality and shared consciousness. 2016 U.S. Presidential Election Common ground is shared kindness 2017: A year of saying yes LORI'S FAVORITES IN THE TWIN CITIES FAVORITE MEAL UNDER $15: Qdoba (nachos and queso dip) FAVORITE PUBLIC SPACE: Lake Riley FAVORITE ANNUAL EVENT: Bayfront Blues Festival MOST FASCINATING PERSON YOU KNOW? Nancy Chakrin HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE TWIN CITIES? “Wonderful place for art, culture, and theatre. You can always find something unique and fun to do.” STATE OF THE UNION MESSAGE “It is imperative that we continue to watch out for each other and take care of each other."

Rank #5: #27: Duty-Bound Journalism With Chris Serres

Feb 10 2018
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“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 dehumanizing healthcare system for those with mental illness. In honor of their work, Chris and his colleagues were named finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting.  More recently, Chris penned a five-part series that took a deep look at Minnesota’s elderly care industry called “Left to Suffer.” What he found was an alarming number of crimes committed against senior citizens and thousands of allegations receiving little to no attention from state authorities. Our conversation focused primarily on these two projects, however we discuss several journalism-related topics.  Among those include Chris’ approach to immersing himself in the lives of his subjects, current shortfalls of media, giving people hope, and much more.  Enjoy!  Topics mentioned: Ageism Journalism building communities MN Consumer Workgroup Report on Elder Abuse Differences between nursing homes and assisted living facilities Care giving being undervalued “Freedom is an endless conversation.” Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee and Walker Evans Unconventional interview settings Finding new ways to tell stories Shaming people to do the right thing The Twin Cities bubble CHRIS' FAVORITES RELATED TO THE TWIN CITIES Favorite Meal Under $15: Taco Taxi Favorite Public Space: Minneapolis Institute of Art Favorite Annual Event: St. Paul Winter Carnival Half Marathon How would you describe the Twin Cities? "There are a lot of opportunities to meet people and expand your horizons, but you have to take advantage of it." State of the Union Message “I'm a big believer that you can make life whatever you want. Recognize your own potential and ignore those that think you can’t achieve it.”

Rank #6: #26: New Look at Women's Health with Dr. Beth Westie

Jan 28 2018
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“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 their health differently than men. She explains that most of the information about diet and nutrition in circulation today has been based on the male body, and that women have been left without a proper roadmap. Dr. Beth addresses the frustration a lot of women feel in trying to live a healthy lifestyle. We also explore the challenges that Dr. Beth has faced in charting this new path. For many years, she ran a successful chiropractic medicine practice, but when she realized “the pull” toward this new area of women’s health was too powerful to ignore, she sold her practice. This decision tested old friendships she had in the industry, but it also dared her to live a more fulfilling life. And if you’re interested in goat farming, we got you covered. Enjoy! Topics mentioned or discussed: Importance of eating protein during breakfast Burn Boot Camp in Eden Prairie Eastern medicine The exclusion of women from medicinal research The calorie myth Inches over pounds The Minnesota Vixen Ashwagandha and other adaptogens Dr. Beth's YouTube Channel BETH'S FAVORITES RELATED TO THE TWIN CITIES Favorite Meal Under $15: The Wind Mill Cafe (omelet, hash browns, & coffee) Favorite Public Space: Minnesota River Favorite Annual Event? MN State Fair How would you describe the Twin Cities? "Lots of art, history, culture, great food, nicest people ever, almost to a fault." State of the Union Message “Find your passion and follow that to no end.”

Rank #7: #25: From Africa to America - The Basil Ajuo Story

Dec 29 2017
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“We grew up in a community where people were dying 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 Basil has created for himself in the Twin Cities. In 2016, MN Governor Mark Dayton appointed Basil to the Minnesota State Board of Trustees where he holds a leadership position and represents the student voice. He is also the chairman and executive director of a non-profit called the International Institute for Caring, where he focuses on education, human rights, immigration, and mental health, among other challenging issues. This is a remarkable story about opportunity, vision, and serving others. Enjoy! TOPICS MENTIONED OR DISCUSSED: Education as an investment The impact of AIDS in Cameroon Serving in the Red Cross at age 11 Basil’s first TV images of the U.S. Fear of the Cameroon government Depression and isolation North Hennepin Community College Metro State University Basil’s vision for the future Non-profit success stories BASIL'S FAVORITES IN THE TWIN CITIES Favorite Meal under $15 MamaTi's Favorite Public Space: Downtown Minneapolis How would you describe the Twin Cities? "I like to use my eyes when I'm downtown. I would tell them about buildings, roads, and shopping. The Twin Cities is a real place for business" State of the Union Message “Building confidence in immigrants is an investment in our nation.”

Rank #8: #24: A Product of His Own Curiosity - Andy George

Nov 17 2017
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“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 back-story and how this once “quiet” and “timid” kid made a conscious decision to redefine himself. He became dissatisfied with how he was living his life and started to make changes. Take a listen to this remarkable story of transformation, tenacity, and curiosity. Enjoy! TOPICS MENTIONED OR DISCUSSED: His $1,500 sandwich that went viral Video of Andy falling into a cranberry pit His five-month trip around the world Embracing failure and providing a narrative Active problem solving Raising silk worms in his apartment Stress-induced migraines YouTube and demonetizing content Focus on the platform Patreon Collaboration with Grant Thompson (@thekindofrandom) ANDY'S FAVORITES IN THE TWIN CITIES Favorite Meal under $15 Pho 79 Favorite Public Space: Theodore Wirth Park Favorite Annual Event Northern Spark State of the Union Message “Open yourself up, be curious, and look into spots you never even thought about.”

Rank #9: #23: The Opportunity Chaser - Shayla Hoheisel

Oct 27 2017
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“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 now exploded to more than 6,000 YouTube subscribers and is closing in on one million views. This charismatic nomad details her voyage in a comical and entertaining fashion. Even when Shayla talks about personal issues, her delivery remains light-hearted, but still genuine. Equipped with her optimism and gut feelings, Shayla does not hesitate to meet people and create new experiences. She talks about the importance of pushing past her fears and brining a good attitude toward every situation. Above all, Shayla believes in the power of connecting and networking with people. She actually reached out to me about coming on the podcast ... and I'm glad she did. Enjoy! TOPICS MENTIONED OR DISCUSSED: Sitting at different lunch tables in high school Repairing yurts at Burning Man (@BurningMan) Working a surf camp in Costa Rica Selling tacos & cocktails in Puerto Rico Helping refugees in Greece The breast pump & Botox video Three things she looks for when traveling Using Instagram to map her trips Common misconceptions about her She owns a van that lives on the west coast Shayla's Ted Talk SHAYLA'S FAVORITES IN THE TWIN CITIES Favorite Meal under $15 Giant coffee from Starbucks Most Fascinating Person You Know: Her sister and nephew How Would You Describe the Twin Cities “Breweries and music" State of the Union Message “Consciously create the life you want."

Rank #10: #22: A Good Kind of Crazy with Jared Kamrowski

Oct 08 2017
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“There’s no such thing as a once in a lifetime trip.” Meet Jared Kamrowski. Jared recently quit his full-time job as a federal bank examiner to focus solely on his passion project, Thrifty Traveler (@thriftytraveler). To put it simply, Thrifty Traveler is a website that posts daily flight deals and offers valuable insight on numerous topics including, credit card rewards, traveling on a budget, and many other helpful pieces of money saving content. Jared talks about the decision to leave a comfortable career to venture out on his own and what it feels to be his own boss. He walks us through a typical day, which starts around 5 a.m., and how he aggregates daily flight deals for the website and his subscribers. Jared is also a credit card rewards ninja and he provides us with helpful tips on the traveling hacking game. Over the last several years, he has signed up for more than 100 credit cards and has more points than he knows what to do with. A few minutes spent exploring his social media will give you an idea of the places that his points have taken him. We cover many topics in this podcast and I’m sure you will find several gems of useful info that you can apply right away. He even busted a huge travel myth that I regarded as common fact! Enjoy! TOPICS MENTIONED OR DISCUSSED: How he caught the travel bug Credit score myths Odd criticism he receives from online trolls Thrifty Traveler’s tipping point moment The journey to obtain the name Thrifty Traveler The reddit feed called Churning Traveling to and from Cuba His favorite travel spot JARED'S FAVORITES IN THE TWIN CITIES Favorite Meal under $15 Tennessee Hot Chicken at Revival Favorite Public Space Lake Harriet Favorite Annual Event: Anything Oktoberfest How Would You Describe the Twin Cities “People who move here stay here." State of the Union Message “The world is a massive place, beautiful place, full of wonderful people, and they might appear different on the first meeting. People are more alike than they are different. If you just sit in one corner of the world for your entire life, and you never go out and you never see or meet or talk to any of those people ... I think its going to warp your understanding of the world. I think its absolutely essential to be a good person, global citizen, to go out and push yourself out of that comfort zone, live life, take that vacation. Do not be that person in your office that thinks themselves a hero because they didn’t take a vacation last year. "