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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ann Possis spoke May 3 with Erin Stojan Ruccolo of Fresh Energy, and Amanda Bilek of the Great Plains Institute, about the outlook for renewable energy in Minnesota. Thirteen percent of the state's electricity currently comes from renewables. Erin and Amanda talk about ideas and initiatives for making renewables a larger part of our energy base. They were in Grand Marais for the Northern Sustainability Symposium May 3-5.
Buck spoke May 3 with Dmitry Orlov, author of the award-winning book Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects, and of the forthcoming The Five Stages of Collapse: Survivors' Toolkit. Born in Russia, he moved to the U.S. while a teenager, and traveled back repeatedly to observe the Soviet collapse during the late '80s and mid-'90s. He talked about why the thinks the U.S. is headed for collapse, and how people must change their lives to survive.