13 episodes

"August 2 Stories" is a Talon podcast series created in the 2017-18 school year. It allowed members of the Minnehaha Academy community in Minneapolis to tell their stories of surviving the gas explosion of August 2, 2017, which destroyed the core of the 104-year-old campus. The series is hosted by M.A. senior Emma Melling. WINNER: The New York Times Student Podcast Awards. WINNER: First Place, Digital Story of the Year, Podcast division, National Scholastic Press Association.

August 2 Stories M.A. Journalism

    • Society & Culture

"August 2 Stories" is a Talon podcast series created in the 2017-18 school year. It allowed members of the Minnehaha Academy community in Minneapolis to tell their stories of surviving the gas explosion of August 2, 2017, which destroyed the core of the 104-year-old campus. The series is hosted by M.A. senior Emma Melling. WINNER: The New York Times Student Podcast Awards. WINNER: First Place, Digital Story of the Year, Podcast division, National Scholastic Press Association.

    August 2 Stories #11: Seniors Hannah Pope, Grace Kirkpatrick, and Erik Ostrem

    August 2 Stories #11: Seniors Hannah Pope, Grace Kirkpatrick, and Erik Ostrem

    "August 2 Stories" is a Talon podcast series designed to allow members of the Minnehaha Academy community that were in north campus when the explosion occurred on August 2, 2017 to tell their stories. The series is hosted by M.A. senior Emma Melling. This episode is divided into three segments and features seniors Hannah Pope, Grace Kirkpatrick, and Erik Ostrem. Pope and Kirkpatrick were at north campus the day of the explosion for cross country practice, while Ostrem was on the soccer field. All three seniors reflect on their experiences on August 2 and the impact that the explosion had on their school year as a whole.

    • 22 min
    August 2 Stories #10B: Laura DuBois

    August 2 Stories #10B: Laura DuBois

    "August 2 Stories" is a Talon podcast series designed to allow members of the Minnehaha Academy community that were in north campus when the explosion occurred on August 2, 2017 to tell their stories. The series is hosted by M.A. senior Emma Melling. This episode is a shortened version of an interview with Minnehaha chef Laura DuBois. Laura was in the school kitchen when her husband Don called over the radio that there was a gas leak and that they needed to get out. Laura escaped the building about ten seconds before it exploded. She was later reunited with her husband. This interview was recorded on May 11, 2018. To listen to the full length version of this episode, listen to "August 2 Stories #10A: Laura DuBois."

    • 4 min
    August 2 Stories #10A: Laura DuBois

    August 2 Stories #10A: Laura DuBois

    "August 2 Stories" is a Talon podcast series designed to allow members of the Minnehaha Academy community that were in north campus when the explosion occurred on August 2, 2017 to tell their stories. The series is hosted by M.A. senior Emma Melling. This episode features Minnehaha chef Laura DuBois. Laura was in the school kitchen when her husband Don called over the radio that there was a gas leak and that they needed to get out. Laura escaped the building about ten seconds before it exploded. She was later reunited with her husband. This interview was recorded on May 11, 2018.

    • 12 min
    August 2 Stories #9: Dave Cairns

    August 2 Stories #9: Dave Cairns

    "August 2 Stories" is a Talon podcast series designed to allow members of the Minnehaha Academy community that were in north campus when the explosion occurred on August 2, 2017 to tell their stories. The series is hosted by M.A. senior Emma Melling. This episode features Minnehaha parent and Executive Director of Covenant Pines Ministries, Dave Cairns. Cairns was in his office in the Northwest Conference house (located on the north end of the back parking lot at north campus) when the explosion happened. He yelled for someone to call 911, then ran into the cloud of debris spewing from the rubble, ready to start looking for survivors and help in any way he could. This interview was recorded on March 19, 2018.

    • 27 min
    August 2 Stories #8: Nancy Cripe, Sam Terfa and Jonathan Bird

    August 2 Stories #8: Nancy Cripe, Sam Terfa and Jonathan Bird

    "August 2 Stories" is a Talon podcast series designed to allow members of the Minnehaha Academy community that were in north campus when the explosion occurred on August 2, 2017 to tell their stories. The series is hosted by M.A. senior Emma Melling. This episode features science teacher Nancy Cripe and technology support employees Sam Terfa and Jonathan Bird. Cripe, Terfa and Bird were together in the library computer lab when the explosion happened, and together they watched as the library floor fell away after the blast. This interview was recorded on February 26, 2018.

    • 30 min
    August 2 Stories #7: Josh Thurow

    August 2 Stories #7: Josh Thurow

    "August 2 Stories" is a Talon podcast series designed to allow members of the Minnehaha Academy community that were in north campus when the explosion occurred on August 2, 2017 to tell their stories. The series is hosted by M.A. senior Emma Melling. This episode features Minnehaha Athletic Director Josh Thurow, who was in the gym at north campus when the explosion happened. In this interview, Thurow reflects on having gone through this experience with his girls' basketball team and how he has moved forward personally. This interview was recorded on January 29, 2018.

    • 15 min

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