Dr. Rob Shumer
[8-21-2020]

Dr. Rob Shumer spent half a century devoted to education at all levels from kindergarten to graduate school, in the field of Service Learning. He shares his experience with us in this interview, and talked of his recent book, “Where’s the Wisdom in Service Learning?” with chapters by a dozen leaders in the field. Service Learning involves working for the common good, in a civil society, where people can benefit from learning by doing. Rob also talked about current trends in education, and their benefits and shortcomings.

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Sheriffs Tim Leslie of Dakota County and
David Hutchinson of Hennepin County
[8-21-2020]

Sheriff DAVE “HUTCH” HUTCHINSON of Hennepin County took office after the 2018 election, to step into a world of COVID-19 about a year and a half later, and the murder of George Floyd, among other crises. He relied on his friend and mentor, Sheriff TIM LESLIE of Dakota County, a long time friend of Access to Democracy program, for guidance and advice. Together they tackled some of the biggest problems that law enforcement has ever faced in Minnesota, but with it all, Hutch has instituted innovations which have received high praise. The two Sheriffs shared some of that experience and trauma for our viewers.

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David Hutchinson of Hennepin County
[8-21-2020]

Cellin Gluck, Filmmaker, Director, Writer
[8-7-2020]

CELLIN GLUCK, named one of the top 50 Asian Americans in the Film Industry, has directed or was involved in more than 50 films, both Japanese and American, including one nominated in 2019 for a Japanese Oscar. He directed the Japanese “Sideways”, “Persona non Grata” and has made films all over the world. Cellin and Alan met over 40 years ago when Cellin had just graduated from Pomona College, CA, and his late multi-cultural parents, writers and curators of a Persian Art museum in Japan, spent a week with Alan in the Kyoto area forming a friendship which endured for decades. Cellin also spoke of the toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken in the Hollywood film industry.

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[8-7-2020]

Matt Goldman, Author
[8-7-2020]

MATT GOLDMAN, novelist and Emmy winning TV writer, has just published his fourth novel in the “Nils Shapiro” series, “Dead West”, all thrillers with a humorous side. He is about to launch a new TV series, and is working on another novel. Working on both coasts, Matt discussed the difference between writing a TV series show in collaboration with others, and the solitude involved in writing a novel. Avi (our Webmaster, and host of our zoom shows), inquired about where the plot ideas come from, and the process involved in bringing those ideas to fruition.

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Rick King, COO Thomson Reuters & Bill Raker
[7-24-2020]

Rick King, COO of Thomson Reuters in Eagan, and Chair of the Blue Ribbon Council on MN IT, is interviewed by guest host Bill Raker. Rick was appointed by MN Governor Walz to chair the Council which recently issued its report on the state of Information Technology in MN. Rick explains the composition and purpose of the Council and the scope and methodology of its work. He shares the key findings and recommendations for improving the security, efficiency, coordinated development, and usability of Minnesota’s technology infrastructure.

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[7-24-2020]