Melodie Bahan Exec. Dir. MN Film and TV, and Mark Bradley TwinCities SAG-AFTRA
[4-23-2021]

Melodie Bahan, is the Executive Director of MN Film and TV which promotes Minnesota in the forefront of media productions produced in MN. Mark Bradley represents the TwinCities SAG-AFTRA, the union representing the acting profession on stage and screen. Both urged the passage of bills currently in the legislature which would offer tax credits to the industry, and would return Minnesota to its once prominent position as a leading location for television and movie production.

 

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Dr. Scott Jensen, GOP MN Gubernatorial Candidate

Dr. Scott Jensen has previously appeared as our guest, both in his role as a physician and a Republican State Senator. He is now an announced candidate for the GOP Gubernatorial nomination. He and Alan spend a good deal of time talking about the Corona Virus pandemic, how it has affected the practice of medicine, and some of his unique and controversial opinions about COVID-19, masking requirements, and whether he felt that vaccinations were essential for all. As always, it was a spirited dialogue.


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James “Jim” Backstrom, Retired Dakota County Attorney
[4-23-2021]

James “Jim” Backstrom, served as Dakota County Attorney from 1987 until his retirement in February, 2021. During that period, as the County grew, so did the requirements and innovations in law enforcement, as well as civil law. The pandemic caused multiple problems to the office, particularly a large backlog in handling both civil and criminal matters. Backstrom also talked of his most successful and disappointing cases, and promised to continue his well-known ELVIS impersonations.

 

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Senator Lindsey Port, MN Senate District 56
[4-9-2021]

First term MN State Senator Lindsey Port, representing Senate District 56, enthusiastically invites people to be part of the discussion. She doesn’t just say that, she means it. Senator Port talks with guest host Holly Jenkins about a bill she introduced which she worked on collaboratively with students. She also shares her thoughts about the MeToo movement and how a recent finding by the State Supreme Court has helped shine a spotlight on long-known bad legislation, which is now being revised to better protect women. Considering the current level of “behind closed door” negotiations, Senator Port is a welcome sign of change to come in years ahead.

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[4-9-2021]

Ted Flaum, CEO of St. Paul Jewish Federation
[4-9-2021]

Ted Flaum, CEO of the St. Paul Jewish Federation, has a long career working with charitable and philanthropic organizations and institutions. In his discussion with guest host Don Shelby, he talked about his career choice in helping those less fortunate, about some current problems in society in this era of pandemic, and the two exchanged personal stories about their lives and careers.

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