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22 minutes | Mar 31, 2020
Coronavirus: Behind the Curve
President Trump feuds with more Democratic governors as coronavirus cases soar in more states. The president touts rapid testing and reverses course on his “back to business” timeline as the My Pillow CEO calls for prayer in the Rose Garden and Sesame Street joins the battle against the disease.
18 minutes | Mar 24, 2020
Coronavirus: The Politicians and The Pandemic
With cases of coronavirus surging across the country, President Trump shifts his focus to the economy and vows to restart it “very soon”. The president and Illinois’ governor feud online, then make peace as ventilators sell to the highest bidders.
20 minutes | Mar 17, 2020
Coronavirus: Recovery Stories
As millions of Americans practice social distancing in the safety of their homes and fears grow over the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, those who have recovered from the virus are sharing their stories. Recovering patients describe their symptoms and lack of testing.
37 minutes | Mar 3, 2020
Stopping the Spiral of Silence
Co-Founder and CEO at Chicago-based TruePublic, Kaben Clauson, describes how the company is revolutionizing public polling with an engaging new mobile app. Clauson breaks down the dangerous impact of “cancel culture” and explains the importance of asking controversial questions as the 2020 election approaches.
27 minutes | Feb 25, 2020
Legal Cannabis Meets High Technology
Co-Founder and Chief of Staff at Chicago-based Fyllo, Aristotle Loumis, explains how the company is helping emerging marijuana brands navigate a vast array of regulations on the state and local levels. Loumis discusses why legacy brands are having trouble breaking into the cannabis market and how regulators are unfairly modeling rules after the tobacco and alcohol industries.
24 minutes | Feb 18, 2020
Illinois’ Crushing Debt Crisis
Illinois Policy Institute Budget and Tax Research Director Adam Schuster calls out the political forces digging deeper holes for taxpayers as the state battles a $224 billion debt fiasco. Schuster provides examples of humiliating pension abuses and proposes what he calls modest changes to pull Illinois out of the red.
39 minutes | Feb 11, 2020
Illegal Pot Still Thrives in Illinois
“Mark”, a high-profile operator in the shadowy world of illegal marijuana, describes how burdensome taxes and regulations are funneling more business to traditional sources for pot in Illinois. “Mark” provides a revealing first-person perspective on the marijuana underworld and breaks down tensions between communities and Chicago police.
24 minutes | Feb 1, 2020
An ICE Raid Drives Divides in Iowa
Chairwoman of the advocacy group Iowa Welcomes its Immigrant Neighbors Tammy Shull recounts the panic that spread through the town of Mount Pleasant when ICE agents raided a local concrete plant. First Presbyterian Church Pastor Trey Hegar explains what he calls an “ethic of care” from both sides of the immigration debate.
20 minutes | Jan 30, 2020
The Dark Depths of Disinformation
In a world in which foreign governments and political interests sow anxiety and confusion, Iowa entrepreneur Ian Miller is using a horrifying brand of agriculture-inspired disinformation to help people face their fears. We’ll take you to The Slaughterhouse haunted attraction in Des Moines, where “the people are the pigs.”
21 minutes | Jan 29, 2020
The Truth About Iowa Wind Energy
We break down claims from President Trump about wind turbines and explain Iowa’s domination in the wind energy sector. An Iowa environmental expert warns of disinformation campaigns from out of state and a small town lawyer describes how he battled a power company in court and won.
14 minutes | Jan 28, 2020
Small Farms and Broken Bonds in Iowa
Iowa Angus Association President Cody Jensen discusses how the collapse of small farms has contributed to the unraveling of close-knit communities in Iowa. Jensen describes the pressures of mounting financial debt and proposes a strategy to help unite Americans in rural and urban areas.
11 minutes | Jan 23, 2020
The Rise of Women Farmers
Melissa Eshelman explains how a growing number of women farmers are taking the reins on family farms and launching their own operations. Eshelman discusses overcoming gender bias in the agriculture industry and helping connect and empower other women through the FarmHer media empire.
17 minutes | Jan 22, 2020
Risks and Rewards in Iowa’s Farm Economy
Iowa Soybean Association President Lindsay Greiner discusses the need for biodiesel tax credits and what drives China’s huge demand for soybeans. He also takes a stand in the debate over corporate farms and explains how one of the darkest chapters in the history of American agriculture pushed him to prepare for the future.
20 minutes | Jan 21, 2020
Iowa Agriculture’s Head Honcho
Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig discusses what he calls unprecedented access to decision-makers under the Trump administration and issues that have caused friction with farmers. He also weighs in on how the rise of biofuels have pitted farmers against oil executives, and Iowa’s commitment to combating the “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico.
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