DANN PETERSON has been a fixture in Twins Cities theatre life for over forty years – as an actor, director and educator. Most often associated with Theatre in the Round, now in its 66th year as the area’s oldest community theatre, Dan has served twice as the Chair of the TRP Board, and discussed with Alan the upcoming season, and the procedures which are followed for everything from casting to costuming.
Dakota County Commissioner JOE ATKINS, who has served as a Mayor and a 14-year member of the MN House of Representatives, has been an interview guest of “Access” for more than a decade. Joe’s beliefs in serving the voters include a bi-weekly newsletter, and listening sessions held regularly in each city of his District.
BRISKET is a four-year old Tibetan Spaniel who is specially trained as a therapy dog. With her owners, local entrepreneurs Sheila and Keith Hittner, who also had to be specially trained, Brisket regularly visits hospitals, senior homes, schools, and other facilities where her unique talents are enjoyed by a wide variety of people. Brisket has also “authored” two books, and has a stuffed replica which will shortly be available for sale.
St. Paul native Melvin Carter has served the last several years appointed by Governor Dayton to be the Executive in charge of the MN Children’s Bureau. Prior to that he served six years on the St. Paul City Council. Carter recently entered the crowded race for the DFL nomination to become the DFL candidate for Mayor, and discussed both his background and plans for the city.
David Housewright is one of Minnesota’s most prolific and well-known writers. His most recent novel in the Rushmore McKenzie series, now available, is “What the Dead Leave Behind.” He is returning to the Holland Taylor series for his next novel, and he discuses with Alan the background of the multiple series and his writing habits and character choices.
This in-depth interview with Rep. Erin Murphy, candidate for governor, by ATD co-host Dr. Roxanne Meshar, outlines her vision for Minnesotans including single payer health care, tuition-free education, attracting good jobs, addressing racism, systemic injustice and climate change.