23 episodes

Milwaukee and the Midwest are attracting the attention of the coasts in the areas of tech innovation, entrepreneurship, lifestyle and political importance. This new podcast, co-produced by WisPolitics.com and UW-Milwaukee, will help tell that story. The show's host, Steven Olikara, is a nationally-recognized political entrepreneur and commentator, Wisconsin native, and founder/CEO of the Millennial Action Project.

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    • 4.8 • 18 Ratings

Milwaukee and the Midwest are attracting the attention of the coasts in the areas of tech innovation, entrepreneurship, lifestyle and political importance. This new podcast, co-produced by WisPolitics.com and UW-Milwaukee, will help tell that story. The show's host, Steven Olikara, is a nationally-recognized political entrepreneur and commentator, Wisconsin native, and founder/CEO of the Millennial Action Project.

    #22 - Milwaukee Bucks Senior Vice President Alex Lasry on Building a Winning Team

    #22 - Milwaukee Bucks Senior Vice President Alex Lasry on Building a Winning Team

    In the latest episode of “Meeting in Middle America,” host Steven Olikara interviews Milwaukee Bucks Senior Vice President Alex Lasry, who discusses his work developing the team over the past four years as well as the rise of the Bucks’ star player, Giannis Antetokounmpo. Lasry also talks about his past work in politics, his path to joining the Bucks’ organization and the team’s more recent involvement in social issues.

    “Meeting in Middle America” is a collaboration between the Lubar Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee and WisPolitics.com/WisBusiness.com. Sponsored by WAGET and Bridge & Build.

    • 31 min
    #21 - Attorney General Josh Kaul and former AG JB Van Hollen on Safe Voting

    #21 - Attorney General Josh Kaul and former AG JB Van Hollen on Safe Voting

    In the latest episode of “Meeting in Middle America,” host Steven Olikara interviews Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul and former Attorney General JB Van Hollen, who recently joined a bipartisan effort aimed at ensuring and promoting safe voting called VoteSafe Wisconsin. Kaul and Van Hollen, who served as the state’s Attorney General from 2007 to 2015, are co-chairs of the organizations, which also includes a number of groups including the Millennial Action Project, the Milwaukee Bucks and We Can Vote. The podcast highlights trends leading up to next month’s presidential election, including a record number of absentee ballots being cast.

    “Meeting in Middle America” is a collaboration between the Lubar Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee and WisPolitics.com/WisBusiness.com. Sponsored by WAGET and Bridge & Build.

    • 27 min
    #20 - Husco International President Austin Ramirez on the Future of Midwest Manufacturing

    #20 - Husco International President Austin Ramirez on the Future of Midwest Manufacturing

    The latest episode of “Meeting in Middle America” with host Steven Olikara features a discussion with Austin Ramirez, president and CEO of Husco International, a Wisconsin-based company that designs and manufactures automotive components. In this week’s podcast, Ramirez provides an overview on the current state of Midwest manufacturing, as well as where it’s going. He also discusses his views on political reform, highlighting how shifting incentives for elected officials could lead to more productive legislative leadership.

    “Meeting in Middle America” is a collaboration between the Lubar Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee and WisPolitics.com/WisBusiness.com. Sponsored by WAGET and Bridge & Build.

    • 34 min
    #19 - Trek Bicycle President John Burke on Saving America

    #19 - Trek Bicycle President John Burke on Saving America

    The latest episode of “Meeting in Middle America” with host Steven Olikara features an interview with John Burke, president of Trek Bicycle. The conversation highlights Burke’s latest book, “Presidential Playbook 2020: 16 Nonpartisan Solutions to Save America.” Burke details some of his top recommendations, focusing on topics including campaign finance, climate change, public unions, legislative leadership and more.

    “Meeting in Middle America” is a collaboration between the Lubar Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee and WisPolitics.com/WisBusiness.com. Sponsored by WAGET and Bridge & Build.

    • 34 min
    #18 - Steven Olikara: My Interview with Martin Luther King III

    #18 - Steven Olikara: My Interview with Martin Luther King III

    The latest episode of “Meeting in Middle America” with host Steven Olikara features a conversation with reporter Stephanie Hoff revisiting a recent interview with Martin Luther King III. Olikara and Hoff discuss several clips from the Millennial Action Project’s Future Summit event, where King delivered a keynote address. The podcast highlights diverse individuals finding common ground amid divisive political landscapes, formerly fringe movements coming into the mainstream, and the concept of the “sixth gear.”

    “That sixth gear is where the vision for your purpose is absolutely clear, and you’re willing to make sacrifices for that purpose and it’s often an inconvenient path to get there,” Olikara said. “When you have this clear sense of purpose, you know why you’re doing the work you’re doing.”

    “Meeting in Middle America” is a collaboration between the Lubar Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee and WisPolitics.com/WisBusiness.com. Sponsored by WAGET and Bridge & Build.

    • 37 min
    #17 - Political Implications of Farming Trends

    #17 - Political Implications of Farming Trends

    The latest episode of “Meeting in Middle America” with host Steven Olikara features an interview with journalist and author Dan Kaufman focused on Kaufman’s recent New Yorker article, “How Suffering Farmers May Determine Trump’s Fate.” The conversation explores the changing fortunes of farmers and how trends in agriculture could influence the national political climate. Kaufman, a Wisconsin native, previously published a book called “The Fall of Wisconsin,” and has also written for the New York Times Magazine.

    “Meeting in Middle America” is a collaboration between the Lubar Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee and WisPolitics.com/WisBusiness.com. Sponsored by WAGET and Bridge & Build.

    • 26 min

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