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Mike Heaton is a boomerang Iowan. He grew up in Mount Pleasant and left for 20 years before returning to his roots to raise his family in Southeast Iowa. Mike has a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management, is a former lobbyist and worked and traveled globally for UNICEF USA. Mike is the President of Traction Steam Communication, a media production company based in Mount Pleasant.
Jacob Dodds is native to southeast Iowa for more than 10 years where he has lived with his wife and three kids. Jacob has been a paramedic for 20 years, in several different urban and rural emergency medical service systems across Iowa. His degree is in Public Administration, and he is currently director of the local EMS system. He is passionate about healthcare and rural expansion.
Kellen is a relative new-comer to rural life, and brings an eye for data and analytics. Originally from Canada, his career began in academics where he still teaches, though his professional background is in data science. Kellen holds a PhD in political science and spends most of his time working on analytics projects. Husband and father of one young toddler, who keeps him on his toes.
A brand new weekly podcast that's focused on issues that concern everybody. Analysis of weekly events that effect both rural and urban communities alike. Hear about issues that matter the most and affect Americans in a variety of ways. This means politics, but delivered so that anyone can find a way to relate. We try to bridge the rural-urban divide, push back in rural red America with a progressive message, and provide a little entertainment along the way. Hosted from Mount Pleasant, in lovely southeast Iowa.
Voices from diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Guests are sought out for their unique viewpoints on the issues and events being discussed. We strive for a citizen's perspective as much as possible. Our intention is to hear from as many people as possible that can help us cross the rural-urban divide. This podcast interviews people from various backgrounds: law and politics, entrepreneurs, community leaders, elected officials, health care professionals, even folks from the entertainment industry.
Join us in our journey to help broaden the perspectives of urban and rural folks alike. We seek to help close the rural-urban divide, and give voice to rural communities around the country. From a progressive point of view, we want to engage with those who both agree and don't agree with where we are coming from. Ultimately, this is a podcast centered on politics - from the view of the left side of the spectrum - but we are blue dots in a red sea. It's important to hear from all sides.
Join us in building pathways forward.
It is pretty obvious that the world of podcasting doesn’t really need yet another trio of white men sharing their opinions to the world. So we are owning our privilege. We understand that white men have an unfair advantage in society at this point in history, especially in rural communities. We understand that our opinions and experiences are very limited when it comes to important social issues. One of our goals is to use that privilege to help level that playing field. In addition to their expertise and wisdom, our diverse guest list helps to provide perspectives on diversity, privilege and life in rural America in the post Trump era.
Additionally, its not easy being a progressive white man in rural America. There are many social and cultural barriers that keep people from speaking up about progressive issues. We hope to help normalize progressive politics in rural communities and bring civil debate with diverse ideas back to rural communities.