David Welch

Community Conversations

1st, 3rd and 5th thursday, 7-8pm

On the first Thursday of every month from 7-8 p.m. WTIP hosts a live interactive conversation on an issue of community importance. Guests are invited into the studio and listeners are invited to call in or email with questions, comments, and concerns. This participatory program is designed to give everyone a voice in the discussion of public affairs issues that shape our community. To participate in the conversation call 218-387-1070 or email us at [email protected]boreal.org.

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September 29, 2022
WTIP and StoryCorps’ One Small Step – A Special Community Conversation

WTIP started outreach for One Small Step in June of 2022. Since then, we’ve had over 80 community members sign up to be a part of this very unique initiative. Created by StoryCorp, One Small Step was designed to serve as an antidote to polarization and political division within communities, large and small.

We’ve been heartened by the reflections of people who have completed their recorded conversations. Many participants shared that they have gotten a lot out of the experience, and that it has even changed the way they think about community and about each other.
In this one hour news special, we hear directly from some of the people who have taken that one small step. We hope it helps to inspire you to think differently about what it means to be a part of community.

Image: Scott Benolken and Steve Fernlund outside WTIP after completing their One Small Step conversation. Photo by Barbara Jean Meyers, 2022.

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Conversations on Health and Wellbeing: Shaking up Minnesota’s health care

In this installment of Conversations on Health and Wellbeing, host Kristin DeArruda Wharton learns more about innovations in health care and disruptive systems that have, and are changing the status quo of caring for individuals and families.

Kristin speaks with Elizabeth Chidothe, a nurse practitioner with Nice Healthcare, healthcare innovated providing comprehensive primary care to employers for just $30 per employee per month.

Kristin also speaks with Dr. Steve Calvin, perinatologist and founder of the Minnesota Birth Center, to learn about how licensed birth centers created a new option for families seeking birthing care that ultimately changed birthing care in hospitals as well.