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We take a look at big topics and see how they impact our every day lives in the cities, towns, and fields of Minnesota's heartland.

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We take a look at big topics and see how they impact our every day lives in the cities, towns, and fields of Minnesota's heartland.

    Rebroadcast 4: Episode 12 Working 9 to 5

    Rebroadcast 4: Episode 12 Working 9 to 5

    In January of 2020, for only the second time in the history of American labor statistics, women outnumbered men in the American workforce - a headline-making milestone. At the same time, however, another rare but significant story was developing - one that would ultimately lead to the worst job-losses among women in the history of our country. 



    The pandemic hit female-dominated industries the hardest: Hospitality, education, health care, and retail. By April of 2020, the pandemic had caused 4.2 million women to exit the labor force.
    And even as there was a slight rebound in early summer of 2020, losses continued to chip away at any gains made as more women excited the labor force to be caregivers of young children. By early spring of 2021, there was still a 2 million job deficit among women in the labor force.

    In a speech in April of 2021, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said, "Our policymaking has not accounted for the fact that people’s work lives and their personal lives are inextricably linked, and if one suffers so does the other."

    What can we learn about the real cost of personal and family labor by reflecting on how this pandemic-fueled recession disproportionately affected women? 



    Guests: 
    Dr. Sucharita Sinha Mukherjee, Professor of Economics, CSB/SJU
    Chef Madelyn Adamski, Community Member and Small Business Start-Up


    Show Notes:


    Report: Great Recession, great recovery? Trends from the Current Population Survey 


    Article: As the overall job market stumbles back, women still struggle to recover lost employment


    Article: Why Some Women Call This Recession a ‘Shecession’


    Article: A year from the start of the women’s recession, 2 million women are still out of the workforce


    Article: Women outnumber men in the American workforce for only the second time


    Report: When Women Lose All the Jobs: Essential Actions for a Gender-Equitable Recovery


    Article: St. Cloud business survey: Unemployment benefits hurting hiring

    Article: Central Minnesota firms struggle with worker shortages, supply chain issues  


    Survey Report: RESULTS OF MAY 2021 SURVEY OF GREATER ST. CLOUD/CENTRAL MINNESOTA ORGANIZATIONS 


    Data: Minnesota Unemployment 


    Data: Labor Force Participation Rates 


    Report: Wage Inequality and the Stagnation of Earnings of Low-Wage Workers: Contributing
    Factors and Policy Options 


    Report: A SLOW CLIMB BACK FROM THE “SHE-CESSION”: HIGH JOBS DEFICIT IN CHILD CARE AND SCHOOL SECTORS CONTINUES 


    Report: YOUNG WOMEN WORKERS STILL STRUGGLING A DECADE AFTER
    THE GREAT RECESSION: LESSONS FOR THE PANDEMIC RECOVERY 


    Article: Women Left Their Jobs To Be Caregivers. A Business Coalition Wants Companies To Help 


    Article: After mass closures and too little support, post-pandemic child care options will be scarce


    Data: American Time Use Survey 


    Press release: Warren, Jones and Colleagues Reintroduce Universal Child Care and Early Learning Act and Call for President Biden to Invest $700 Billion in Child Care

    Press release: Clark Introduces the Child Care is Infrastructure Act 


    Report: Child care in rural Minnesota after 2020 


    Data: Minimum-wage rates in Minnesota 


    Data: Cost of Child Care in Minnesota 


     


    Episode Manager: Malik Stewart


    Produced by Riverside Productions LLC


    Music by Epidemic Sound

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    Featured Songs:
    Mannerisms - Charles Holme
    Clockings - Marten Moses
    Everyday Hustle - Matt Large
    I’m Free - DJ DENZ The Rooster
    Just In Time For Dessert - Trabant 33
    Labor Life - Giants’ Nest

    • 32 min
    Repost 3: Episode 25 Border to Border Internet

    Repost 3: Episode 25 Border to Border Internet

    The pandemic has shone a light on how much we rely on our ability to connect to one another online when we are unable to connect in-person. And, as with many other areas of our infrastructure, it exposed where our communities fall short at connecting the public to businesses, schools, and services across the digital divide. 



    Where does Minnesota stand when it comes to providing accessible high speed internet service state-wide?

    Guests:
    Diane Wells, Office of Broadband Development 



    Show Notes:


    Minnesota Office of Broadband Development


    A look at Minnesota's digital divide during a pandemic


    Minnesota lawmakers agree to spend $70 million on improving broadband access across the state


    Governor’s Task Force on Broadband Minnesota Population Trends


    Infrastructure Bill Passed by Senate Includes Historic, Bipartisan Broadband Provisions



     


     


    Episode Manager: Bruce Anderson

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    Featured Songs:
    Divine Wire - Martin Klem


    Digital Dreams - Nylonia


    Digital Jungle - Lucention

    • 28 min
    Rebroadcast 2: Episode 14, Migrating Forests

    Rebroadcast 2: Episode 14, Migrating Forests

    On hot days, it’s not unusual to find folks in the Eastern half of Central Minnesota taking refuge beneath the cooling canopy of our largely maple and oak deciduous forests. We hike the winding trails, enjoy the shaded swimming holes, and camp within the shelter of these forests. The state parks and trails have been crowded this summer, in spite of the unusually hot June, because the people of Minnesota love the outdoors. 

    And while the state Legislature finally agreed on a deal that will not force the closure of State Parks this July, as we step into the middle of our Minnesota summer, we find ourselves along with roughly half the nation in a worsening state of drought.

    Prairie grasses and lawns have been bleached pale. Fallen forest debris stands dry like a bed of kindling among struggling trees. The State has already lost 35,000 acres to a higher than average number of fires this year, and is bracing for more. 

    What do these prolonged periods of severe drought mean for the future of our forests, and what can we do to take an active part in their preservation?


    Guest: Dr. Lee Frelich, Director of The University of Minnesota Center for Forest Ecology

    Show Notes:
    US Drought Monitor 


    In fast-warming Minnesota, scientists are trying to plant the forests of the future


    Carbon cycle of forests


    Nature Conservancy in Minnesota 


    Using plants to control buckthorn







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    Featured Songs:
    Fever Trees - Martin Clem
    Oak Trees - Likeminds

    • 31 min
    Rebroadcast 1: Gratitude and Episode 28 - How To Have Hard Conversations

    Rebroadcast 1: Gratitude and Episode 28 - How To Have Hard Conversations

    Season 1 is done! This is the first rebroadcast of our holiday season break. Thought this episode in particular would be useful right now...

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    As the 2021 holiday season approaches, many of us are looking forward to seeing our beloved family and friends gather around the table together once again after a long time apart.

    Many  of us are also dreading the possibility of having hard conversations at these gatherings.

    How can we prepare to have hard conversations with people we genuinely care about?


    Guests:

    Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Conference panelists:



    Wendy Bjorklund, St. Cloud State University


     


    Pam Secklin, St. Cloud State University


     


    Jennifer Senchea, St. Cloud State University


     


    Suzanne Stangl-Erkens, St. Cloud State University


     


    Scott Wells, St. Cloud State University




    Show Notes:

    Book: Talking across the divide: How to Communicate with People You Disagree with and Maybe Even Change the World  


    Bridge Alliance


    More in Common


    Common Ground Committee




    Episode Manager: Scott Wells

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    Featured Songs:
    I'm Still Listening - Justnormal


    Meet You There - Eric Feinberg

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 33: Microplastics Everywhere

    Episode 33: Microplastics Everywhere

    There has been a lot of news lately about the presence of microplastics in everything from our food and water to our bodies. How did this even happen?

    Guests: Mary Kosuth, Research Assistant and PhD student at the U of M School of Public Health

    Episode sponsor: Susie Osaki Holm - thank you for your generous support!

    Show Notes: 


    Mary Kosuth’s paper: Anthropogenic contamination of tap water, beer, and sea salt
    Microplastics: What are they and why should we care?  


    The World’s Plastic Pollution Crisis, Explained


    Waste Land - an episode of Planet Money


    ​​Plastic Pollution is Killing Sea Turtles


    Your Laundry Sheds Harmful Microfibers. Here’s What You Can Do About It


    What Companies Are Behind the Global Surge in Single-Use Plastic


    Loop’s Revolutionary Reusable Packaging System - Coming to Some Big Stores


    Bottle Bill States and How They Work


    Oregon Bottle Deposit ($ .10) and Bottle Drop Redemption Centers


    Oregon Governor Signs Country’s Second EPR Law For Packaging 


    The Race to Develop Plastic-Eating Bacteria


     







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    Featured Songs:
    Hollow Inside - Daxten


    Ocean Flow - West & Zander

    • 37 min
    Episode 32: Climate Change and Children‘s Health

    Episode 32: Climate Change and Children‘s Health

    This year’s United Nations Climate Conference, COP 26, will - for the first time - center the impact of climate change on human health. From the very urgent severe weather crisis that has seen an uptick in storms and wildfires to the more long-term effects of climate impacts on our food systems, there is a lot to discuss.


    Today, however, we want to know: How is climate change affecting the health of our youth here in Central Minnesota?

    Guest: Cathy Kulus, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician and Medical Director of Pediatric Hospital Medicine Program at the St. Cloud Hospital

    Show Notes:


    TedxStCloud Presentation by Kathy Kulus, MD and John Mahowald, MD., Oct. 30, 2020


    How climate change impacts health


    Young People Are Anxious About Climate Change And Say Governments Are Failing Them 


    Climate Changes Children’s Health


    Climate change and child health: a scoping review and an expanded conceptual framework


    Episode Managers: Eve and Gary Wallinga

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    Featured Songs:
    I Need Nature - Alex Ora
    Playground Fun - Alex Ora

    • 25 min

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