23 episodes

From street theatre to fine art, ramen to injera, maple forests to grass that grows right up to the road, the north indeed extends much deeper than commonly known.

This is a show about the nature and culture of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Dispelling the myths of 'Minnesota nice' for the urbane side of cities that the world, country, and even some Minnesotans haven’t experienced. In each episode we explore the food scene, the art scene, the sidewalk scene, meeting the people you’ve never known, standing right outside your door.

Deep North Steve Ray

    • Places & Travel
    • 5.0 • 102 Ratings

From street theatre to fine art, ramen to injera, maple forests to grass that grows right up to the road, the north indeed extends much deeper than commonly known.

This is a show about the nature and culture of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Dispelling the myths of 'Minnesota nice' for the urbane side of cities that the world, country, and even some Minnesotans haven’t experienced. In each episode we explore the food scene, the art scene, the sidewalk scene, meeting the people you’ve never known, standing right outside your door.

    Neighborhoods

    Neighborhoods

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    Within Minneapolis and St. Paul there are 84 neighborhoods. Unique enclaves scattered with shops, parks, museums, and Universities. Boundaries are blurry but when meandering from one to another, distinct identities emerge. On this show, we stroll through one of the 84 neighborhoods that, in its odd uniqueness, represents one of the many eclectic corners of MSP.

    • 13 min
    Minnesota Skyways: Are they worth it?

    Minnesota Skyways: Are they worth it?

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    On today's show- the climate controlled hallways that elevate Minneapolis and St. Paul humans to the second floor. The value of these skyways is a contentious issue. Some say they kill street life and hurt small business.  Others see the skyways as an asset for less mobile populations, and a comfortable way to get out of the office.
    But for this show,  we’re going to set the debate aside and take a walk through these elevated hallways. With professional place maker, Max Musicant, we’ll explore how design affects people, how people shape the built environment, and how these spaces foster civic life.
    Music by Enjoy the Cat, and Zack Baltich

    Interested in experimenting with public design? Try transforming your front yard into a place that makes your community come alive by grabbing the free front yard tool kit from the Musicant group.

    • 16 min
    Creatives, Artists, Owners in St. Paul

    Creatives, Artists, Owners in St. Paul

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    On today's show:
    An old factory on the Minneapolis St. Paul border has forgone it’s 20th century widgets for much different wares. Today coffee roasts, beer brews, drills grind, and golf clubs putt. The building’s new tenants embody the potential of creative enterprise and inspire the artist in all of us.
    Music by Enjoy the Cat, the Limozine Group, Zack Baltich, and Chad (the Tipsy Kangaroo naughty puppet review keyboardist)
    Do you think MN is more than just an uninhabited chunk of land? Leave a review on iTunes and let us know.   
    Featured in this show:
    Can Can Wonderland Vestibule Trailers True Stone Coffee roasters Naughty Puppet Review Creative Enterprise Zone

    • 17 min
    MSP's Branding Problem

    MSP's Branding Problem

    Follow @St3veRay to hear about eclectic happenings throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul.
    In this episode, Jay Walljasper (author of The Great Neighborhood Book) and Alexandra Connett (Minneapolis transplant) make a case for a city beyond cows, cold, and camp snoopy. Before moving to Minneapolis, Alexandra had no expectations for Minnesota, "Everyone was asking me why I was moving to the middle of nowhere." Since arriving, her experience has been much different than she had imagined. 
    Walljasper says Alexandra isn't a unique case and that this perception is partially Minnesotans fault. In the age of social media and the brand called you "it's time that MSP set aside its suburban sensibility and proudly say we are a city." 
    Music by Zack Baltich and intro music by Enjoy the Cat
    Click here to learn more about Jay Walljasper
    Interested in partnering with Deep North? Email DeepNorthPodcast@gmail.com

    • 11 min
    Winter Markets- European and Hmong

    Winter Markets- European and Hmong

    It’s cold here. Embracing it instills community in very different ways. In this episode we visit the spaces shifting the paradigm of what it means to gather during winter.
    Featured happenings:
    European Christmas Market Hmong Village Get exclusive Minneapolis and St. Paul musings by subscribing to the email list at deepnorthpodcast.com.
    Music by Enjoy the Cat, the Limozine Group, Zack Baltich.

    • 15 min
    Streetcars, Czech Cuisine, Instagram as Art

    Streetcars, Czech Cuisine, Instagram as Art

    Alternative Wednesday morning musing on the street, food, and art scene of MSP.
    Featured happenings:
    Southwest Light Rail Line The Czech Chef Instagram Strategy and the Power of Video @FoodstFilms and @EatDrinkDishMPLS Get exclusive Minneapolis and St. Paul musings by subscribing to the email list at deepnorthpodcast.com. Music in this show is by Anthony Novak, Brian Thavis, Saint John's A.C.R. Male Chorus, and yours truly.

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
102 Ratings

102 Ratings

Patrik6 ,

Tells MPLS / St Paul's stories brilliantly

Love learning about my city. Bigly entertaining.

Foodpreneur Christine ,

Great podcast!

I learned so much listening to this podcast and had fun along the way! Steve has a way of making this city really come to life, making me feel like I was there.

Doc Zhivago ,

I think you should listen.

Production quality is high, topics are compelling, and the show is indulging to listen to as a MN resident; I am excited to share with outsiders. No one loves Minnesota more than a Minnesotan so the prospect of a self-aggrandizing, extensive examination (which in the eyes of a believer can only be viewed as evidence) that validates our affection is not only a welcome addition to my subscriptions, but could possibly be considered ‘high art’? 5-stars.

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