The basic idea of the circular economy is that in production, nothing should be wasted, and everything at the end of its life should be made into something else. Dave talked with Nathaniel Springer, an economist in the U of MN Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, to learn more. Here's a great article about it from the Institute on the Environment (U of MN). Nat also recommends the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as a place to learn more.
Everybody loves Grand Marais' World's Best Donuts--so Julie Carlson invited second- and third-generation donut makers Dee Brazell and Stacey Hawkins, and their mom, Sherrie Lindskog, to stop by The Roadhouse and chat about the fun stories and history behind this family-run business. Their first 'cash register' was a tackle box.
***WARNING***: Listening to this story may cause severe cravings and/or sudden trips to downtown Grand Marais.
What do those labels on 'ecofriendly' products really mean? Dave chatted with Dr. Tim Smith of the U of MN Institute on the Environment's NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise to learn what to look for and how to better read those labels. Dr. Smith suggests the Good Guide phone app as one of many tools to help make more environmentally-friendly buying decisions.
Greg Nichols is part of the Sawtooth Mountain Maple Syrup Company in Lutsen--currently the largest sugarbush in Minnesota. He sat down with Dave Seaton recently to explain the intricacies of organic maple syrup production. You can see their Facebook page to learn more.
In the wake of the Silver Bay City Council ban of Bent Paddle beer, we wondered...how effective are boycotts anyway? Brayden King is professor of managment and organizations at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago. He talked with Ann Possis about why and when boycotts work, and explained how modern communications have changed the playing field.
Duluth's shipping season just opened, and it's big business. Adele Yorde, PR director for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, chatted with Dave recently about shipping in Duluth-Superior and what it means to the area. You can go to www.duluthboats.com for ship arrivals and departures--it's updated several times a day.
Following the recent crash of a driverless car, there's been a lot of talk about these vehicles. Frank Douma is a transportation policy expert and director of the state and local policy program at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the U of MN. He chatted with Dave recently about the challenges and advantages of driverless cars, and what the future might hold for this technology.
You know his voice...now learn about who's behind it. Hollywood voiceover professional Bill Ratner chatted with Dave about how he got started in the business, what it's like, and what prompted him to write his book, "Parenting for the Digital Age." He will appear at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts Tuesday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss children and the media.
Prof. Mae Davenport of the U of MN Department of Forest Resources, along with colleagues from many other fields, has just completed a study on how climate change could affect tourism on the North Shore. She chatted with Ann Possis about the study's scope and key findings. You can learn more by attending one of two workshops being held, March 15 at Lutsen Resort and March 16 at Grand Superior Lodge in Two Harbors, both 5 to 8 p.m. RSVPs are required: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612 624 2721.
For 20 years now the Birchwood Cafe has served innovative, sustainable food in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis. Birchwood owner Tracy Singleton and Chef Marshall Paulsen have created a cookbook that helps people get the Birchwood taste at home. Ann Possis spoke with Tracy recently. You can learn more about the cafe, its philosophy, and the cookbook here.