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2 minutes | Aug 10, 2020
CLIP: 1936 Rural Electrification Act
As part of Executive Order 7037 signed by Roosevelt, Congress passed the Rural Electrification Act in 1936, which provided funding to electric co-ops to provide electricity to rural parts of the US. Many of these co-ops still exist today. Listen as Zack makes his musical career debut in his explanation of the 1936 Rural Electrification Act set to music performed by Keifer and Scott of Algona, IA
28 minutes | Jul 15, 2020
S1 E2 Pt. 2: The Tech Multiplier Effect
Welcome to the Ninety-Seven, where we believe rural America is the next place to pioneer. Part 2 of The Tech Multiplier Effect focuses on the 'rural digital divide' and ways to solve it. Solutions include a $100 billion congressional bill to make broadband a public utility (like electricity) and the creation of new companies to run broadband to rural. What divide stands in the way of this obvious move? The partisan divide. Featuring interviews with Rep. Ro Khanna, Larry Irving and Jim Estep
31 minutes | Jul 2, 2020
S1 E2 Pt. 1: The Tech Multiplier Effect
Welcome to the Ninety-Seven, where we believe rural America is the next place to pioneer. In this two-part episode, Zack chats with a variety of guests including Rep. Ro Khanna of California's 17th District; Larry Irving of Irving Group; Charles Ashley III of Cultivating Coders; Kagan Coughlin of Base Camp Coding Academy; and Jim L. Estep of the High Technology Foundation. They discuss what is known as the 'tech multiplier effect' and its impact on rural communities, as well as the innovative projects and ideas that are already occurring and taking shape in those same communities. Musical performances by Keifer and Scott of Algona, IA.
31 minutes | May 15, 2020
S1 E1: This is the Ninety-Seven – Pageland, SC
Welcome to the Ninety-Seven, where we believe rural America is the next place to pioneer. In this first episode, you'll meet Timothy Griffin of Pageland, SC(Population: 2,668). Tim shares the struggles he and his community have dealt with in the face of COVID-19, as well as the many ways they have come together – including the story of a generous $10,000 donation from a local company to support small businesses Zack also chats with Lucious Spiller of Clarksdale, MS (Population: 15,304) via Zoom, to see how COVID-19 has affected his life as a musician. This is the Ninety-Seven.
6 minutes | May 13, 2020
Welcome to the Ninety-Seven
The COVID-19 pandemic is making people re-evaluate the way they live, work, and play. Many urban residents are now deciding to relocate to rural communities for better health, lower living costs, and a higher quality of life. But would you believe that rural communities are also better poised for advanced innovation, career growth, business incubation, education, and startups? We believe rural is the next place to pioneer. Season 1 of the Ninety-Seven podcast is called "The Great Pause" and will explore what communities can do to prepare for recovery and growth in a post-COVID-19 world.
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