Who The Folk?! Secretary of State Steve Simon

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What’s it like to administer an election where more than 30 times the number of people requested mail-in ballots? Welcome to the life of Secretary of State Steve Simon in the oddest election year in recent memory. We talk about why voting by mail is a public service in the coronavirus era, how you can […]

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Who The Folk?! Chief Mike Goldstein

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What’s it like being a police chief right now? Mike Goldstein, the city of Plymouth’s police chief and director of public safety has an answer to that. Goldstein talks about what it’s like to lead a police department in the best of times, why he’s opted for transparency, and what the past few weeks have […]

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Who The Folk?! Madalina Kelner

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Madalina Kelner, is a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and an artist who will be presenting her first post-graduate gallery show, Behind The Veil, later this month at the Homewood Studio in North Minneapolis. We talk about the strangest senior year ever, what her plans for the future are, and how Behind the […]

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Who The Folk?! Dudley Deshommes-Kohls

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On this week’s Who The Folk?! Podcast, we talk to Dudley Deshommes-Kohls, a black, gay, Jew who is also a nurse in the time of a global health pandemic. Mostly this week, however, I listen. I don’t try to fix. I don’t ask ‘what can I do’. I listen to and try to learn from […]

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Who The Folk?! Shira Yardley

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What’s it like to build a massive garden from scratch every year? This week we’re joined by Shira Yardley, who works at the Sabes JCC as a job coach with the inclusion program, but is also the garden manager. Shira talks about how the program has transformed itself in the coronavirus era, and how the […]

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Who The Folk?! Ronen Pink

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Who knew that having a 3D printer would be so important right now? Ronen Pink certainly didn’t. But the tool he bought himself eight years ago with Bar Mitzvah money has proven invaluable. Pink has been 3D-printing and assembling face shields that are needed and in short supply during the coronavirus crisis. Pink talks about […]

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Who The Folk?! Alisha Baines Simon

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This week we talk to Minnesota Department of Health’s Alisha Baines Simon about some of the COVID-19 data modeling that she has been apart of. We talk about what her pre-COVID job was at MDH, how the data gets used, and what she’s looking forward to in post-shelter-in-place life, on this week’s Who The Folk?! […]

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