Think Again MN




<- Back to Main Think Again MN Page


Glenn Ford – Food Deserts

March 9, 2013

This month Glenn Ford, CEO of Praxis Marketplace provides a sobering and inspirational view of food deserts, social determinants of health, and his new grocery store on Plymouth and Penn – Happily serving urban food traditions.

 John Farrell

Buy Local (Energy) with John Farrell

January 13, 2013

We launch 2013 with John Farrell, Senior Researcher at the local Institute for Local Self-Reliance and organizer for the Minneapolis Energy Options campaign. The grassroots campaign is challenging the energy monopoly of Xcel and Centerpoint Energy and creates a vision to give the citys homes and businesses a clean, local alternative to dirty, imported energy.


Tom Berg and Rep. Martin Sabo discuss a Minnesota Miracle

December 8, 2012

This month its a discussion of Tom Bergs new book, Minnesota Miracle, by two people at the center of a state that worked in the 1970s, Tom Berg and former U.S. Rep. Martin Sabo.



Higher Education: Problems and Prospects

October 13, 2012

This month we talk with the Director of the Minnesota Office of Higher EducationLarry Pogemiller about the challenges of higher education access for Minnesota students.  His office is a cabinet-level state agency that provides students with financial aid programs and information to help them gain access to postsecondary education, and manages the $150 million State Grant Program.  Prior to being appointed by Governor Dayton last year, Senator Pogemiller served 30 years in the state legislature, specializing in tax and education policy.

Download: Stone Arch Discussion Slides


Minnesota Care

September 8, 2012

Sen. Linda Berglin and Rep. Lee Greenfield  discuss Minnesota Care (MNCare), a subsidized health care program for people who live in Minnesota and do not have access to health insurance. MNCare was created in 1992 by the Minnesota Legislature (a part of the Grand Consensus) and is administered by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. It is funded by member premiums, the State of Minnesota, and a tax on health care providers. MNCare provides an alternative to private market plans for low income residents of MN.

A long-time legislator, Sen. Berglin is now Hennepin Countys Health Policy Program Manager.  Rep. Greenfield served 21 years in the Minnesota House, representing Minneapolis.


Civil Rights and the Minnesota Marriage Amendment

July 14th, 2012

Richard Carlbom joins the Stone Arch conversation for a discussion of civil rights and the constitutional ballot measure on marriage. He is the Campaign Manager of Minnesotans United for All Families, the official campaign that will defeat the constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.


The Grand Consensus with Iric Nathanson and Lori Sturdevant

June 9th, 2012

Iric Nathanson and Lori Sturdevant host a conversation on Irics new history project, A Grand Consensus, examining the unique historical features that put Minnesota on the cover of Time Magazine as a State That Works.


Taxes with the MN Budget Project’s Nan Madden

April 14th, 2012

This podcast features Nan Madden, Director, MN Budget Project at the MN Council of Nonprofits. Madden is an active voice for tax fairness, a balanced approach to MN’s budget, adequate funding for government programs and author of numerous publications on fiscal issues and economic self-sufficiency.


Elizabeth Frost, MD

March 10th, 2012

Elizabeth Frost, co-chair of Physicians for a National Health Program  (PNHP) talks about health care reform.


Voter ID

February 11th, 2012

Carol Johnson, board member of Citizens for Election Integrity, MN., and Jennifer Jewell Thomas, coordinator of the Voting Rights Group, MN Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance, co-authors of Facts About Ineligible Voting and Voter Fraud in MN lead a discussion opposing voter photo id. Video: Democracy for All?


Vance Opperman

January 14th, 2012

Businessman and long-time DFLer Vance Opperman, shares his perspective on politics and government.


Future of the Minnesota Legislature

December 10th, 2011

Representative Paul Thissen (DFL-63A) talks about the future of the Minnesota legislature.


Building the Progressive Base

November 12th, 2011

Tom Vellenga is president of Heartland Democracy, a new group using direct public engagement strategies to win over Midwestern hearts and minds to progressive goals. In all of its work, Heartland integrates progressive values and thinking across subjects to build a coherent approach.


Jill Davis & Jenny Arneson, Minneapolis Public Schools

October 8th, 2011

Minneapolis School Board Directors Jill Davis & Jenny Arneson talk about challenges and strengths of the Minneapolis Public Schools and respond to questions from an interested audience.

September 2011 DFL Podcast

Rep. Phyllis Kahn and Sen. Larry Pogemiller

September 10th, 2011

Can the legislature ever raise taxes? Will next year’s budget require another one-time fix? Where are the jobs? House and Senate representatives answer these questions and more on this Stone Arch discussion podcast.


Steve Fletcher from MN Organizing for Change

August 13th, 2011

MN Neighborhoods Organizing for Change brings grassroots organizing to issues like great public schools and supporting low-income families damaged by the mortgage crisis. Steve Fletcher, the executive director, shares the mission and work of this new organization.


Minneapolis Parks: Vision for the Riverfront

June 11th, 2011

Minneapolis Park Board Commissioner Liz Wielinski, and Mary Delaittre from Groundwork, talk about proposals for the Upper Mississippi River development plan.

Download: Upper River Development Map


Smart Investments in Transportation

May 14th, 2011

Matt Kane is a policy and research analyst with Growth and Justice. This podcast is a discussion of traffic congestion, freight, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and better connecting low-income Minnesotans to jobs.


Getting There Faster

April 9th, 2011

Peter Wagenius, Policy Director for City of Minneapolis, specializing in transportation discusses transit innovations, including streetcars on Central Avenue.

Download: Powerpoint | Start Tribune Article  


Considering the Minnesota Legislature

March 12th, 2011

Minnesota Representative Erin Murphy discusses current topics from legislative session, including healthcare reform.


Current Political Climate

February 12th, 2011

Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin updates us on Hennepin County’s current political climate, future of health care, transit and metro governance.


Think Again MN Podcast Archive ~ 2010