Access to Democracy in the Star Tribune

A nice profile by Rachel Hutton of the Star Tribune, featuring Alan Miller and our program Access to Democracy published here. It is titled “An Eagan octogenarian hosts a cable access show on politics that goes deep but stays civil”. Thank you, Rachel!

We are especially delighted that Hutton captured our favorite octogenarian’s true essence (“senior geriatric curmudgeon”) – a more lively octogenarian has not been seen in the wild as yet!

The picture below shows the “Executive Suite” of ATD: Katie Miller (front, in a brown dress) – Supreme Leader and Executive Leader, Producer Sharon Miller, and Curmudgeon-in-Chief Alan Miller.
 

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Dr. Chaunda Scott, Anthony Scott & Chris Crutchfield
[10-23-2020]

MINNESOTA’S BLACK COMMUNITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY is a new publication, the culmination of years of research and work started by the late Walter Scott, and updated in a sleek, bound edition replete with copious headshots and photos of the many diverse personalities and locations which are so much a part of Minnesota’s landscape, plus historical material, while focusing on today, and the future. Edited by Prof. Chaunda Scott, her brother Anthony Scott (children of Walter) and brothers and civic activists, Dr. Charles Crutchfield and Christopher Crutchfield, the book is available at Barnes & Noble and local bookstores.

We regret that technical audio issues prevented DR. Chaunda Scott to speak and be seen on the screen in this video. We look forward to hosting her again on our show later this year!

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[10-23-2020]

Brian Ryks, Executive Director/CEO Metropolitan Airports Commission
[10-23-2020]

Brian Ryks, Executive Director and CEO of the Minneapolis Metropolitan Airports Commission (the MAC) discusses with Guest Host Bill Raker the MSP operations before and during the Pandemic. Brian, in his position since 2016, explains the role and extent of the “airport system” serving the Greater Twin Cities communities and the state. Brian oversees a staff of some 650 and manages an annual operating budget of $400 million. MSP is the 17th largest airport in the U.S. handling some 40 million travelers a year, supporting 86,000 operation-related jobs, and processing $16 billion per year through the local economy. MSP has been named the Best Airport in North America (not just the US) for its size for four consecutive years through surveys conducted by the Airports Council International. MSP has the most extensive noise abatement program among all airports in the nation, having invested over a half-billion dollars to mitigate noise over the communities around the airport. MSP operates as a P&L business without any tax-payer funding. The number of travelers passing through MSP dropped by some 90% at the beginning of the Pandemic, resulting in a major negative impact on revenue and services. Brian explains the numerous extensive measures MSP has taken to help ensure the safety of passengers using the airport.

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Robert Mrazek, Congressman, Author, Film Maker
[10-23-2020]

Robert J. Mrazek, former five-term Congressman and Navy veteran, is the author of 11 books, historical non-fiction as well as novels. He is also the writer and co-director of the award-winning film The Congressman. Four of Mrazek’s books have won National awards and his latest book, The Indomitable Florence Finch, is destined not only for an award later this year, but is on track to become a feature film or a television series. Mrazek, a Cornell University graduate, divides his time between Ithaca, New York, and Monhegan Island (pop. 67), 12 nautical miles off the coast of Maine.

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[10-23-2020]

Brian Freeman, Author
[10-9-2020]

BRIAN FREEMAN has been an Access to Democracy guest several times over the years. Working on three books at one time, his novel “Thief River Falls” is currently an Amazon top 10 list best seller. He is also the author of “The Bourne Evolution,” the latest book in the Jason Bourne saga originally authored by the late Robert Ludlum, and is working on his next Bourne novel, scheduled for release next year. His current best-seller in the Jonathan Stride series, “Funeral for a Friend,” was released in September and he has several other books in the hopper. Brian discussed the rigors of writing multiple books at the same time, and his partnership with his wife Marcia, who handles the business end of his career and serves as his initial editor.

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