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the new book by Roberta Walburn

Roberta Walburn writes fascinating biography of crusading federal judge Miles Lord

Judge Miles Lord was a unique man who went from modest roots on the Iron Range to being one of the most colorful and prominent judges in the country. Roberta Walburn, a Minneapolis attorney who served as one of the judge's law clerks, has written a portrait of Lord as a man and a judge. She talked with Ann Possis about the book, "Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice."


 

Chuck Gould, director of the International Co-operative Alliance, on The Roadhouse

Chuck Gould is the director of the International Co-operative Alliance, based in Brussels, and a part-time resident of Cook County. He joined CJ recently to talk about the international co-operative movement and why it's important. We have two co-ops here that are integral to the community: Arrowhead Electric, and Cook County Whole Foods Co-op.


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Did you know you can borrow library books by mail? For free? Here's the scoop

You can borrow paperback books and other materials from the Arrowhead Library System via U.S. Mail--free of charge. ALS Executive Director Jim Weikum joins Tracy Benson to explain. 


A scene in Montana, from Lars Hasselblad-Torres' "Search for America"

One man's 'Search for America'--listening to what ordinary folks think about democracy

Lars Hasselblad-Torres, a Vermont writer, artist and educator, is making a road trip across the country to find out what regular people have to say about democracy and about making our country 'a more perfect union'. Dave caught up with him somewhere near the West Coast to learn more about his project, "Search for America," and what he's finding so far. You can follow his trip and blog here.


2016 IgNobel Awards

2016 IgNobel prizes awarded--research that first makes you laugh, then makes you think

The IgNobels are awarded every year at Harvard University for research that first makes people laugh, then makes them think. Mike Reeves chatted with Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, about this year's awards, the incredible prizes involved, and why the whole thing got started. Nature (magazine) calls the IgNobel awards "the highlight of the scientific calendar." Celebrating research like the effect of wearing trousers on the sex life of rats, or assessing the perceived personalities of rocks, who could argue?


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Hands for Humanity, Minnesota-based nonprofit serving children & families in Ecuador

Kate Welp, a surgical cardiac nurse at Mayo Clinic and regular Grand Marais Rec Park guest, founded Hands for Humanity in 2002, a few years after adopting her daughter from Ecuador. She joined Dave to explain the conditions and needs in Ecuador, what kinds of projects they do, and how volunteers are involved. You can learn more here.


 

Restorative justice: A different approach to addressing crime and harm between people

Restorative justice is an approach to repairing harm that considers all parties involved and focuses more on healing and rebuilding than it does on punishment. Kay Pranis, senior associate at the Center for Restorative Justice at Suffolk University in Boston, will give a talk about the process at Cook County Higher Education Thursday, July 28 at 7 p.m. She joined Dick to explain what restorative justice is and give a preview of her talk.


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Renewable energy projects could add many jobs to NE Minnesota economy

A recent report from the U of MN's Energy Transition Lab indicates that biomass and solar energy expansion could add over 2,000 jobs to the NE Minnesota economy. Ellen Anderson, executive director of the lab, joined Dave to talk about the study and the projects involved. You can learn more about the Energy Transition Lab's work here. 


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Dr. Anton Treuer touring state answering questions, dispelling myths on Indian people and culture

Dr. Anton Treuer is professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University, and author of 14 books, including "Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians but Were Afraid to Ask." He stopped by the studio on his way to the Grand Marais Public Library to give a talk based on the book. He chatted with Dick about common cultural myths, and about the importance of creating a safe space for people to ask questions. You can learn more about Dr. Treuer and his work here.


 

Five Minnesota cities chosen for climate-smart exchange program with Germany

Five Minnesota cities are partnering with five award-winning German cities to explore and implement economically beneficial, climate-smart energy strategies for both. Dr. Sabine Engel, of the U of MN Institute on the Environment, is the project leader. She spoke with Dave about the project, how it works, and why it's important for both countries. You can learn more about the project and the Institute here.