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Todd Casey of Better Futures MN

Brett Johnson spoke with Todd Casey, one of the shift supervisors at Better Futures Minnesota. Todd talked about his experience working for Better Futures Minnesota and how they’ve helped him transition to a post-incarceration life.

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Prof. David Flynn on State Owned Banks

After one of our recent 4 PM shows we had several callers suggest that Minnesota should have a public, state government owned bank. So Brett Johnson then spoke with University of North Dakota economics professor David Flynn about how North Dakota, despite being heavily Republican, has a state owned bank. They discuss the history of…

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Molly Beck (Matt McNeil Show 9/19/19)

Matt starts today’s show speaking with Molly Beck of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about Wisconsin politics including Sean Duffy and Jim Sensenbrenner not running for reelection and the latest on the Foxxcon boondoggle.

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David Schultz (MN Progressive Repartee 9/4/19)

Brett Johnson was recently joined by Hamline University political science professor David Schultz. They discussed parallels on how the DFL is trying to drive young voter turnout in 2020 with legalizing recreational marijuana to what the DFL did in 2012 getting young voters to the polls to vote against the anti-marriage amendment. They also talked…

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Matt McNeil – Curt Brown Interview

Matt speaks with Curt Brown, author of Minnesota, 1918: When Flu, Fire, and War Ravaged the State. In 1918, Minnesota and its residents were confronted with a series of devastating events that put communities to the test, forcing them to persevere through untold hardship. First, as the nation immersed itself in the global conflict later…

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Matt McNeil – Doug Hoverson Interview

Matt speaks with Doug Hoverson, author of The Drink That Made Wisconsin Famous: Beer and Brewing in the Badger State. Few places on Earth are as identified with beer as Wisconsin, with good reason. Since its first commercial brewery was established in 1835, the state has seen more than 800 open and more than 650…

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Tommye Myrick – The Matt McNeil Show – July 25, 2019

Tommye Myrick, actress from “Cane River” about the romance between two African Americans who come from a different class background. This 1982 feature film is being screened at the Walker Art Center Friday July 26th 2019. It took a year to restore the film. The director Horace Jenkins was an Emmy-award winning documentary filmmaker, and…

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Jack Rice (MN Progressive Repartee 7/5/19)

Brett Johnson speaks with lawyer and former CIA officer Jack Rice about Iran. They discuss how the Trump administration has escalated tensions between the US and Iran and what an all-out war between the two countries would look like.

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Jared Yates Saxton – May 7, 2019

Doug Pagitt spoke with Jared Yates Sexton, author of The Man They Wanted Me to Be. They discuss how toxic masculinity led to the rise of Donald Trump and Jared’s personal experiences growing up with father figures who had similar personality traits as Trump.

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Kevin Featherly (MN Progressive Repartee 3/11/19)

On the Minnesota Progressive Repartee, Brett Johnson spoke the capitol reporter for MinnLawyer, Kevin Featherly, about the latest legislative news. They talked about the Senate hearing on legalizing marijuana, some “interesting” arguments Republicans made against a proposed equal rights amendment, and possible changes to Minnesota’s parole system.

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Adam Duininck (Matt McNeil Show 2/5/19)

Matt McNeil speaks with Adam Duininck, director of government affairs for the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters. Matt discusses with Adam why his union endorsed a Republican candidate (Jason Rarick) in Tuesday’s special Senate district 11 election.

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Alex Jones Calls The Minnesota Progressive Repartee – January 31, 2019

Hunter Hawes and Erik Nelson get a call from Alex Jones that the St Paul Winter Carnival is a false flag red herring about the government weaponizing the weather through HAARP.

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Andrew Yang (Democratic Presidential Candidate)

Hunter Hawes speaks with 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang. Yang is an entrepreneur and founder of Venture for America. Its mission is “to revitalize American cities and communities through entrepreneurship” by training recent graduates and young professionals to work for startups in emerging cities throughout the United States. Hunter and Yang discuss his background…

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Phil Wolgin – Minnesota Progressive Repartee (1/22/19)

Brett Johnson of the Minnesota Progressive Repparte spoke with Phil Wolgin, managing director immigration policy at the Center for American Progress. They tackled a big question that sometimes gets missed in the border wall debate. Do border walls actually work? They also talk about some of the poison pills that were put in the so-called…

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Hunter Cantrell (New MN-56A Rep)

Brett Johnson and Hunter Hawes speak with the newly elected house representative from district 56A, Hunter Cantrell. Cantrell is just 23 years old and he discusses how he was able to get elected at such a young age and what he wants to accomplish in the legislature.

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