Public Affairs

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Mel Duncan of Nonviolent Peaceforce, on peaceful civilian response to conflict around the world

Dick spoke Sept. 13 with Mel Duncan, co-founder and director of advocacy & research of Nonviolent Peaceforce.


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Cook County GO Team presents draft economic vision to community

WTIP’s Kelly Schoenfelder attended last night’s GO Team meeting at St. John's Catholic Church in Grand Marais.


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Marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom

Aug. 28 is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech. But many other important figures spoke that day as well. Dr. Catherine Squires, professor of commmunications studies at the University of Minnesota, joined Buck recently to talk about the march, including people and messages from the event that are often overlooked.


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Warren, Minn. patrol car incident still a mystery...could it have met a UFO?

In 1979, a mysterious incident involving a bright light and a Warren patrol car left unexplained damage to the car, a deputy (Val Johnson) with strange injuries but no memory of the event, and no plausible explanation. Marshall County Historical Society vice president Mike Johnson spoke with Buck Aug. 16 about the incident. Thirty-four years later, the car is still the most popular exhibit at the historical society's museum in Warren.


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Should we treat drug use as a crime or a public health issue?

Naya Arbiter, vice president of the Amity Foundation, a nonprofit that provides drug treatment services, and Sarah Gordon, HIV counseling coordinator with the MN Dept. of Health, joined Dick Swanson Aug. 2 to discuss the possibility that approaching drug use as a public health issue rather than a crime would save money and lives. The conversation was prompted by a recent documentary film. "Breaking the Taboo." You can watch the 52-minute film at hulu.com. See a brief trailer here.


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Shawn Perich shines light on new generation's influence on Grand Marais, Cook County

Buck & Dick spoke recently with Shawn Perich, publisher of North Shore Highway 61, about the "Grand Marais renaissance" he sees taking place with a creative new generation in the community. Twenty- and 30-somethings are making their way and revitalizing Cook County in the process. You can read his full article here.


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Bobby Tufts, 4-year-old mayor of Dorset, Minn. has big role for a little guy

Buck Benson chatted recently with Emma Tufts,  mother of Bobby Tufts, the 4-year-old mayor of Dorset, Minn. Although he can't fix traffic tickets, he does have a platform, a slogan, and business cards. Pretty delightful stuff--take a listen.
 


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Faroe Islanders share stories of life in remote part of the world

John & Harriet, a couple from the Faroe Islands, joined Dick Swanson July 5 in Studio A. They're visiting Cook County for a few weeks, and gave a talk and slide show about their homeland at North House later that evening. The Faroe Islands are a remote, rocky place in the sea almost equidistant from Norway, Denmark, and Scotland.


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Microfinance through the lens of travel memoir: "The International Bank of Bob"

Ann Possis chatted recently with Bob Harris, author of "The International Bank of Bob," a delightful book about the world of microlending and the difference it makes in people's lives. Bob traveled the world visiting with people he'd made small loans to through Kiva, an online lending platform. What he found will make you laugh, cry, and be inspired.


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Katherine Loflin, the "City Doctor," on what attaches people to a place, and why it matters

Dr. Katherine Loflin joined Ann Possis May 17 to talk about her work in "placemaking". She advises elected officials, planners, businesspeople, and community leaders who are trying to improve their cities and towns. Learn about the three main qualities that attach people to a place, why they're important, and how they relate to business, tourism, and more.