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Dr. Geoffrey Thompson, a surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, is head of the department’s Endocrine Surgery division, a Professor of Medicine at Mayo and one of America’s top surgeons. He was also Alan’s surgeon in his recent operation at the Mayo, and discusses the importance of the thyroid, along with displaying actual photos and diagrams of Alan’s surgery. He was recently the recipient of Mayo’s most prestigious award.
Steve Hunegs, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas. An attorney, Hunegs has been on Access to Democracy often over the years, discussing today the organization’s mission, affiliations with other religious and community leaders, and the proliferation of violence against religious communities worldwide.
James Backstrom, Esq., is the Dakota County Attorney, running unopposed in 2018 for his eighth term, an office which he has held since 1987. Well known as an Elvis impersonator in his private life, Backstrom and Alan talked about crime statistics in Dakota County, the proliferation and dangers of opioids and their drain on budgets as well as on law enforcement, and how criminal justice has changed in Backstrom’s decades of service.
RUTH COVELL ALLEN is a marketer, former television personality and bassoonist of note. She is also Alan’s first cousin. In an interview entitled “La Familia” the cousins talked about their lives, families, and reminiscences from their early days until today, also touching on some topical subjects and highlights of Ruth’s interesting and varied career.
HON. PAUL ANDERSON, Minnesota Supreme Court (ret.) Justice has been a frequent guest and guest host on Access to Democracy program. He and Alan waded into the myriad of issues facing voters in the 2018 election, both national and statewide, from the proposed U.S. Supreme Court nomination as well as challenging cases, to the immigration crisis, constitutional, Bill of Rights and redistricting matters.
Prof. Richard Painter, of the Minnesota College of Law and former chief ethics lawyer for Pres. George W. Bush is seeking the nomination of the DFL to the US Senate, for the seat held by Sen. Tina Smith. Guest Host Prof. David Schultz, one of Minnesota’s best known political experts, questions Painter on a variety of issues and topics in a far-reaching discussion. Painter has challenged Smith to a debate, a challenge left unanswered.