Pork Pond Gazette

Pork Pond Gazette

There is nothing better than good conversation. People connecting through stories or shared experiences. Whether it's politics, religion, culture or something else, as long as we can discuss it, rationally and without hate or prejudice, conversation is the one thing that can unite us. Join me as I have a conversation. Feel free to chime in yourself through the comments. That's what this podcast is about. I'm genuinely glad you are here.

Episodes

July 28, 2021 24 min

In this episode I once again tackle the news.  From the January 6th Select Committee, to COVID anti vaxxers, to Minnesota State Representative John Thompson. 

A couple updates from this episode that had not played out at the time of recording.

Woman Drives Across Capitol Lawn
John Thompson press conference.
Sartell-St. Stephens superintendent responds to accusations about equity survey

This episode is sponsored by Kahuna Window Clea...

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In this episode I pretend to be a journalist.  The key word is pretend.  I simply cannot deliver the news without comment.  I've tried.  Trust me when I tell you it is impossible.  We talk about some items making the news a the beginning of the week.   
Talks on President Joe Biden's infrastructure bill in the Senate have come to a stand still after a bi-partisan group (11 Republicans and 11 Democrats) attempted to pay for a...

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July 14, 2021 39 min

My guest for this episode is Rebecca Desens a woman who is, in no particular order, a warrior princess, the Director of the Anoka County (MN.) Historical Museum, an Amazing wife, and a friend and advocate for all those who suffer with invisible disabilities.  We talk about her struggles with and diagnosis of EDS in 2018.  What it's like to live with a disability that most people can't see, and the support that she gets from...

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July 7, 2021 36 min

In this episode I speak with Brandon from the Starting Nowhere Podcast about Critical Race theory.  Is it dangerous to teach our kids this or is it just another made up culture war?  Are K-12 schools actually teaching it?  We delve into all of this and more. 

Get more info from NPR here, here and here.

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June 29, 2021 26 min

In this episode I dig into the recent Pew Study that uncovers the fact that less than fifty percent of Americans say they belong to a Church, Synagogue or Mosque.  Why are people leaving churches? 

BARNA study on young adults leaving the church.

Also, if you belong to this church, I will pray for your eternal soul.

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June 23, 2021 29 min

In this episode I speak with Tracy Pierce, the Co-founder of Acorn Housing Services, LLC.  They help individuals in Minnesota who are on Medical Assistance or MA find and maintain stable housing.  

I learned a lot from this conversation and one of the things I learned came fro m Tracy herself when she said. "Housing is Healthcare".  I never thought about it that way.  

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June 17, 2021 35 min

In this episode I speak with Eric Ebner.  Eric is a Veteran who started Protocol 46, a cyber security firm in St. Paul, MN.   Eric and his team of mostly Vets keep their clients' systems safe from hacker and ransom ware attacks.

We talk about his motivation for starting this company his deep and abiding love for his country and his sense of honor and duty.  It was a great conversation and I hope you enjoy listening as much as I ...

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June 8, 2021 26 min

Mike goes solo on this episode to discuss some things that have been in the news and on his mind including; the Senate Report on the January 6th Capitol attack, taxing the wealthy, the Winston Smith killing and no more Snow Days?

Senate Report on January 6th.

Pro Publica Report on the wealthy and taxes.

The killing of Winston "Boogie" Smith

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May 28, 2021 53 min

In this episode I speak with Adam Basciano who is the co-founder and National Director of IPF Atid, Israel Policy Forum’s young professionals network.  We discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the efforts by his organization to bring about a Two State Solution to this part of the world.   Adam was kind enough to share some great articles and videos on this conflict.  If you are interested in learning more please fell free to...

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May 24, 2021 32 min

In this episode I speak with April Bielefeldt. April is the owner of Your Photo Travel Guide, booking trips and providing guide services primarily in New England during Autumn but all over the U.S. really.  We talk about the pandemics effect on her business and how she came out the other side in better shape than when she went in.  We also discuss what travel will look like going forward. 

You can also catch up with April at her Yo...

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May 16, 2021 30 min

Join me and my guest Stephanie March, Senior Food and Dining Editor for Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine, to uncover why restaurants have a labor shortage what some innovative Chefs' are doing about it and a closer look at an industry we thought we knew. 

If you want a better look into food and dining (not to mention great recipes and, well, food porn) follow Stephanie here and here.

Also make sure to try out the fine establishmen...

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 I started this episode as a statement and a question;  "If we are stuck on arguing about taking guns away from citizens, we are not addressing the real question, that is, how do we keep guns from people who would do harm with them?  I reached out to Pat Watson, someone I knew because he is a founder of a Moderate Gun Owners Facebook Group

To be honest, I was not prepared for Pat's answer to that question.  We, as gun owners...

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April 28, 2021 53 min

In this episode I speak with my son, Richard Combs, about his experience with Meth.  The issue is even more of a problem than the Opioid crisis.  We talk about the crisis and how it is decimating the LGBTQ community and why there may be hope.  We look at studies and social experiments that point to a new way of thinking, like the Rat Park and Portugal's unique and successful attempt to drive down addiction and HIV rates.

If you ...

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April 22, 2021 24 min

In this episode I speak with Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch; an Immigration Lawyer from Austin, Texas.  We talk about immigration policy; what we're getting right and what we're getting wrong, who are the immigrants at our border and why we're having such a hard time accommodating those crossing.   

If you would like to learn more about immigrant justice or would like to help in some way, I strongly encourage you to look into Ve...

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April 18, 2021 46 min

In this episode we speak with El Chenier, a non-binary person who is a Professor and mentor t those who are non-binary and those who are trans and, most importantly to me, a patient, calm educator of all things gender.
I reached out to El because I wanted to have a conversation about gender identity.  My son, is transgender and although he came out to me several years ago, I had a hard time choosing to learn about what went into tha...

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April 15, 2021 24 min

In this episode I speak with Gabrielle Jones, founder of Black America Summit.  We talk about her organization which brings people together to discuss issues facing Black Americans and discusses and strategizes ways to deal with them.  I am so incredibly grateful to Gabrielle for taking the time to speak with me and help me understand and think about some of these issues.

If you are interested in learning and growing and understandi...

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In this episode I speak with Graham D. Brown  founder of Pikkal & Co., host of four podcasts and Master Storyteller.  We talk about how we use stories to sell both ourselves and our brands; be it personal or professional and how the new age of audio (via Clubhouse or Podcasting) has changed the narrative.

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In this episode I speak with Mark Flagel.  Mark is an Attorney and resident of Frankfort, IL. where he is also a Committeeperson representing the 21st Precinct as Frankfort Township.  He is also a Democrat.
We talk about the For the People Act; passed in the House along party lines and now sitting in the U.S. Senate where it faces long odds of being passed without working on the Filibuster which Republicans have threatened to use to...

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March 24, 2021 41 min

In this Episode I speak with Maria (not her real name).  Maria is a Police Officer in a small town in the Southeast United States.  She discusses her experience and reaction to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25th, 2020.   
We talk about how Police Departments in the U.S. can go about building back trust with the communities they serve the need for more training. 

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March 17, 2021 32 min

In this episode I speak with Brandon from the Starting Nowhere Podcast about the rise of Christian Nationalism in the U.S.  What is it?  Are we a Christian Nation?  Is Christian Nationalism dangerous?  Listen in and leave your thoughts. 

Ever listen to a Podcast and think 'I could do that!'   Ever want a platform to get your voice out there but didn't know how to start?  The answer is Buzzsprout.  I have used Buzzsprout...

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