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Rebroadcast 4: Episode 12 Working 9 to 5

Rebroadcast 4: Episode 12 Working 9 to 5

December 15, 2021

In January of 2020, for only the second time in the history of American labor statistics, women outnumbered men in the American workforce - a headline-making milestone. At the same time, however, another rare but significant story was developing - one that would ultimately lead to the worst job-losses among women in the history of our country. 

The pandemic hit female-dominated industries the hardest: Hospitality, education, health care, and retail. By April of 2020, the pandemic had caused 4.2 million women to exit the labor force.
And even as there was a slight rebound in early summer of 2020, losses continued to chip away at any gains made as more women excited the labor force to be caregivers of young children. By early spring of 2021, there was still a 2 million job deficit among women in the labor force.

In a speech in April of 2021, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said, "Our policymaking has not accounted for the fact that people’s work lives and their personal lives are inextricably linked, and if one suffers so does the other."

What can we learn about the real cost of personal and family labor by reflecting on how this pandemic-fueled recession disproportionately affected women? 

Guests: 
Dr. Sucharita Sinha Mukherjee, Professor of Economics, CSB/SJU
Chef Madelyn Adamski, Community Member and Small Business Start-Up

Show Notes:

Report: Great Recession, great recovery? Trends from the Current Population Survey 

Article: As the overall job market stumbles back, women still struggle to recover lost employment

Article: Why Some Women Call This Recession a ‘Shecession’

Article: A year from the start of the women’s recession, 2 million women are still out of the workforce

Article: Women outnumber men in the American workforce for only the second time

Report: When Women Lose All the Jobs: Essential Actions for a Gender-Equitable Recovery

Article: St. Cloud business survey: Unemployment benefits hurting hiring

Article: Central Minnesota firms struggle with worker shortages, supply chain issues  

Survey Report: RESULTS OF MAY 2021 SURVEY OF GREATER ST. CLOUD/CENTRAL MINNESOTA ORGANIZATIONS 

Data: Minnesota Unemployment 

Data: Labor Force Participation Rates 

Report: Wage Inequality and the Stagnation of Earnings of Low-Wage Workers: Contributing
Factors and Policy Options 

Report: A SLOW CLIMB BACK FROM THE “SHE-CESSION”: HIGH JOBS DEFICIT IN CHILD CARE AND SCHOOL SECTORS CONTINUES 

Report: YOUNG WOMEN WORKERS STILL STRUGGLING A DECADE AFTER
THE GREAT RECESSION: LESSONS FOR THE PANDEMIC RECOVERY 

Article: Women Left Their Jobs To Be Caregivers. A Business Coalition Wants Companies To Help 

Article: After mass closures and too little support, post-pandemic child care options will be scarce

Data: American Time Use Survey 

Press release: Warren, Jones and Colleagues Reintroduce Universal Child Care and Early Learning Act and Call for President Biden to Invest $700 Billion in Child Care

Press release: Clark Introduces the Child Care is Infrastructure Act 

Report: Child care in rural Minnesota after 2020 

Data: Minimum-wage rates in Minnesota 

Data: Cost of Child Care in Minnesota 

 

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Featured Songs:
Mannerisms - Charles Holme
Clockings - Marten Moses
Everyday Hustle - Matt Large
I’m Free - DJ DENZ The Rooster
Just In Time For Dessert - Trabant 33
Labor Life - Giants’ Nest

Repost 3: Episode 25 Border to Border Internet

Repost 3: Episode 25 Border to Border Internet

December 8, 2021

The pandemic has shone a light on how much we rely on our ability to connect to one another online when we are unable to connect in-person. And, as with many other areas of our infrastructure, it exposed where our communities fall short at connecting the public to businesses, schools, and services across the digital divide. 


Where does Minnesota stand when it comes to providing accessible high speed internet service state-wide?

Guests:
Diane Wells, Office of Broadband Development 


Show Notes:

Minnesota Office of Broadband Development

A look at Minnesota's digital divide during a pandemic

Minnesota lawmakers agree to spend $70 million on improving broadband access across the state

Governor’s Task Force on Broadband Minnesota Population Trends

Infrastructure Bill Passed by Senate Includes Historic, Bipartisan Broadband Provisions

 

 

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Divine Wire - Martin Klem

Digital Dreams - Nylonia

Digital Jungle - Lucention

Rebroadcast 2: Episode 14,  Migrating Forests

Rebroadcast 2: Episode 14, Migrating Forests

December 1, 2021

On hot days, it’s not unusual to find folks in the Eastern half of Central Minnesota taking refuge beneath the cooling canopy of our largely maple and oak deciduous forests. We hike the winding trails, enjoy the shaded swimming holes, and camp within the shelter of these forests. The state parks and trails have been crowded this summer, in spite of the unusually hot June, because the people of Minnesota love the outdoors. 

And while the state Legislature finally agreed on a deal that will not force the closure of State Parks this July, as we step into the middle of our Minnesota summer, we find ourselves along with roughly half the nation in a worsening state of drought.

Prairie grasses and lawns have been bleached pale. Fallen forest debris stands dry like a bed of kindling among struggling trees. The State has already lost 35,000 acres to a higher than average number of fires this year, and is bracing for more. 

What do these prolonged periods of severe drought mean for the future of our forests, and what can we do to take an active part in their preservation?


Guest: Dr. Lee Frelich, Director of The University of Minnesota Center for Forest Ecology

Show Notes:
US Drought Monitor 

In fast-warming Minnesota, scientists are trying to plant the forests of the future

Carbon cycle of forests

Nature Conservancy in Minnesota 

Using plants to control buckthorn

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Fever Trees - Martin Clem
Oak Trees - Likeminds

Rebroadcast 1: Gratitude and Episode 28 - How To Have Hard Conversations

Rebroadcast 1: Gratitude and Episode 28 - How To Have Hard Conversations

November 24, 2021

Season 1 is done! This is the first rebroadcast of our holiday season break. Thought this episode in particular would be useful right now...

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As the 2021 holiday season approaches, many of us are looking forward to seeing our beloved family and friends gather around the table together once again after a long time apart.

Many  of us are also dreading the possibility of having hard conversations at these gatherings.

How can we prepare to have hard conversations with people we genuinely care about?


Guests:

Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Conference panelists:

Wendy Bjorklund, St. Cloud State University

 

Pam Secklin, St. Cloud State University

 

Jennifer Senchea, St. Cloud State University

 

Suzanne Stangl-Erkens, St. Cloud State University

 

Scott Wells, St. Cloud State University



Show Notes:

Book: Talking across the divide: How to Communicate with People You Disagree with and Maybe Even Change the World  

Bridge Alliance

More in Common

Common Ground Committee

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I'm Still Listening - Justnormal

Meet You There - Eric Feinberg

Episode 33:  Microplastics Everywhere

Episode 33: Microplastics Everywhere

November 17, 2021

There has been a lot of news lately about the presence of microplastics in everything from our food and water to our bodies. How did this even happen?

Guests: Mary Kosuth, Research Assistant and PhD student at the U of M School of Public Health

Episode sponsor: Susie Osaki Holm - thank you for your generous support!

Show Notes: 

Mary Kosuth’s paper: Anthropogenic contamination of tap water, beer, and sea salt
Microplastics: What are they and why should we care?  

The World’s Plastic Pollution Crisis, Explained

Waste Land - an episode of Planet Money

​​Plastic Pollution is Killing Sea Turtles

Your Laundry Sheds Harmful Microfibers. Here’s What You Can Do About It

What Companies Are Behind the Global Surge in Single-Use Plastic

Loop’s Revolutionary Reusable Packaging System - Coming to Some Big Stores

Bottle Bill States and How They Work

Oregon Bottle Deposit ($ .10) and Bottle Drop Redemption Centers

Oregon Governor Signs Country’s Second EPR Law For Packaging 

The Race to Develop Plastic-Eating Bacteria

 

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Hollow Inside - Daxten

Ocean Flow - West & Zander

Episode 32: Climate Change and Children‘s Health

Episode 32: Climate Change and Children‘s Health

November 10, 2021

This year’s United Nations Climate Conference, COP 26, will - for the first time - center the impact of climate change on human health. From the very urgent severe weather crisis that has seen an uptick in storms and wildfires to the more long-term effects of climate impacts on our food systems, there is a lot to discuss.

Today, however, we want to know: How is climate change affecting the health of our youth here in Central Minnesota?

Guest: Cathy Kulus, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician and Medical Director of Pediatric Hospital Medicine Program at the St. Cloud Hospital

Show Notes:

TedxStCloud Presentation by Kathy Kulus, MD and John Mahowald, MD., Oct. 30, 2020

How climate change impacts health

Young People Are Anxious About Climate Change And Say Governments Are Failing Them 

Climate Changes Children’s Health

Climate change and child health: a scoping review and an expanded conceptual framework

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I Need Nature - Alex Ora
Playground Fun - Alex Ora

Episode 31: The farming method that ties it all together

Episode 31: The farming method that ties it all together

November 3, 2021

Over the past several months we’ve covered a variety of environmental and agriculture topics, from water quality to soil health to forest sustainability.

Today, I’m interviewing a guest who takes these threads and weaves them together in the story of the practice of silvopasture.

Guest: Tyler Carlson, Owner and operator of Early Boots Farm, and Silvopasture and Agro-Forestry lead for the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota.

Show Notes:
Early Boots Farm  

Silvopasture Learning Network 

Sustainable Farming Association’sAgroforestry page 

The Savanna Institute - Non-profit working on silvopasture in the Upper Midwest based in  Madison, Wisconsin.  

Soil Health Case Studies - Silvopasture  

Grassland 2.0

Scholarly articles recommended by Tyler:
A reconceptualization of open oak and pine ecosystems of eastern North America using a forest structure spectrum

Recognizing loss of open forest ecosystems by tree densification and land use intensification in the Midwestern USA

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In the Grass - Jon Algar

Birds and Trees - Eric Feinberg

Episode 30: Land Stewardship Project

Episode 30: Land Stewardship Project

October 27, 2021

Stewardship is defined as the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care.

 

We are in the midst of a series on environmental topics. As the United Nations Global Climate Conference is nearing, we thought it was important to emphasize the issues that will be discussed there, and relate them back to our own lakes, streams, forests, and pastures.

 

How do we, in our small corner of the world, ensure that we are being good stewards of the land

Guests: Laura Schreiber, Land Stewardship Project Policy Organizer, soil health

Show Notes:
Land Stewardship Project

2021 Legislative Session Wrap-Up: Good News for Soil Health, Local Foods, Emerging  Farmers — Bad News for Healthcare

Land Stewardship Project - Five Year Plan (2019- 2024…A Vision for the Future)

The Board of Water and Soil Resources survey

Implementing BWSR Climate Change Initiatives: Healthy Soils, Cover Crops and Water Storage and Treatment >>>Accepting responses through November 12th, 2021<<<

Land Stewardship Project Land Access Forum - sign up! November 10th 2021

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Daydream - Luwaks

Backyard Stories - Sum Wave

Episode 29: Climate Generation

Episode 29: Climate Generation

October 20, 2021

The effects of our changing climate are visible all around us. Over the past six months we have discussed how climate change is impacting our weather, our forests, our waters, and our food supply.

I was a child in the 1980s. I have spent my whole life listening to arguments about the reality of events that are measurable, verifiable, and happening around us.

Forty years. We have had forty years to address this issue from a basic standpoint of good stewardship of the earth. All arguments aside, shouldn’t we be conducting our industry and our lives in such a way that we minimally impact the home we will be passing on to our children? 

Guests: 
Kristen Poppleton, Senior Direct of Programs for Climate Generation - A Will Steger Legacy
Zaria Romero, Youth Climate Activist

Show Notes:
Climate Generation - A Will Steger Legacy

Climate Generation -  A Window Into COP26

United Nations COP 26 

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - Current State of Climate Crisis
Activists ‘born into the climate crisis’ face another challenge: Fear of the future

Past Episodes That Deal With Climate:
Episode 3: Out For Adventure
Episode 4: Our Changing Waters
Episode 5: On The Farm
Episode 9: I’m In Love With My Car
Episode 10: What’s the Buzz?
Episode 14: Migrating Forests
Episode 18: The Climate of Fishing
Episode 21: A Bipartisan Solution to Climate Change
Episode 26: The Dirt on Soil Health

For conversations:
Episode 28: How to have hard conversations
State of Minnesota - Climate Conversations 

 

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Something's Coming - Dye O
Shadows Fade Away (Instrumental Version) - Kit Maizy
I Let Your Smile Fade Away (Instrumental Version) - Loving Caliber

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

October 13, 2021

This podcast started with a vision of elevating voices and stories of folks who live in, work in, and influence the region of Central Minnesota. Some of our topics stretch across the world, tying us to faraway people and places. Others are very much a matter of local interest, but are stories that just about anyone in a rural community could relate to.

We have delivered twenty eight episodes so far, and have plenty more in the works. Our core group of volunteers is small but mighty, and I want to thank them for making all of this possible.

I also want to thank you, listeners, for making this worth our time. Every single time you tell another person to listen, you’re elevating our educational messaging and broadening the reach of local, independent media.

We’re off this week - after ten months straight of weekly meetings, interviews, and production, we’re going to take a breather. But we’ll be back next week with more great content!

If you’re still new here, go ahead and dig through that back catalog. Our interviews touch on urgent yet timeless matters, so they are as relevant today as they were four months ago.

And we’d love to hear feedback from you! We see the numbers and know you’re listening, but we want to know more about YOU! Send us feedback at host@minncentralcurrents.org.

Thanks again for making all this work worthwhile, and for being curious about how you can positively impact the world around us! 

Episode 28: How to Have Hard Conversations

Episode 28: How to Have Hard Conversations

October 6, 2021

As the 2021 holiday season approaches, many of us are looking forward to seeing our beloved family and friends gather around the table together once again after a long time apart.

Many  of us are also dreading the possibility of having hard conversations at these gatherings.

How can we prepare to have hard conversations with people we genuinely care about?


Guests:

Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Conference panelists:

Wendy Bjorklund, St. Cloud State University

 

Pam Secklin, St. Cloud State University

 

Jennifer Senchea, St. Cloud State University

 

Suzanne Stangl-Erkens, St. Cloud State University

 

Scott Wells, St. Cloud State University



Show Notes:

Book: Talking across the divide: How to Communicate with People You Disagree with and Maybe Even Change the World  

Bridge Alliance

More in Common

Common Ground Committee

Episode Manager: Scott Wells

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Featured Songs:
I'm Still Listening - Justnormal

Meet You There - Eric Feinberg

Episode 27: Fixing Forefeiture

Episode 27: Fixing Forefeiture

September 29, 2021

Today I’m joined by State Auditor Julie Blaha to discuss what exactly it is that a state auditor does, and what we can expect from changes to Minnesota’s Civil asset  Forfeiture laws that passed the legislature this past session.


Guest: State Auditor Julie Blaha

Show Notes:
Changes to Minnesota's civil asset forfeiture laws pass Legislature

Office of the State Auditor

 

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Odd Numbers - Frank Jonsson

Lucky Number Ten - Martin Klem

Episode 26: The Dirt on Soil Health

Episode 26: The Dirt on Soil Health

September 22, 2021

It’s fair to say that most of us go day to day without giving a second thought to how healthy the soil is beneath our feet.

But for our friends and neighbors in the agriculture industry, the health of their soil is quite  important.

What is soil health, and why is it so important?


Guests: Jim Chamberlin, Conservationist

Show Notes:

Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota
Happy Dancing Turtle - based in Pine River, MN: From soil health and regenerative agriculture to nature play and environmental education we aim to provide programs, experiences, and learning that changes lives.
Slake test - NRCS Agronomist Ray Archuleta demonstrates a simple way to test the  health and stability of your soil. 
Symphony of the Soil - Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an  artistic exploration of the miraculous substance: soil. (2 hrs 17 min)  

Conquest of the Land - Commissioned by the first chief of the Soil Conservation Service during the Dust Bowl,  Conquest of the Land Through 7000 Years looks at the history of agricultural  conservation and how it has determined the survival of civilizations over time.  

Articles from Natural Resources Defense Council  

Dirt to Soil: Proving the Power of Regenerative Agriculture (October 2018)  

Why Regenerative Agriculture  

SECOND STATE OF THE CARBON CYCLE REPORT  

SOCCR2 is an authoritative decadal assessment of carbon cycle science across North  America, developed by over 200 experts from the U.S., Canadian and Mexican governments,  national laboratories, universities, private sector, and research institutions. 

Kiss the Ground - Netflix documentary on regenerative agriculture - 84 minutes 

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Into the Earth - King Peaks

Silent Earth - Walt Adams

Episode 25: Border to Border Internet

Episode 25: Border to Border Internet

September 15, 2021

The pandemic has shone a light on how much we rely on our ability to connect to one another online when we are unable to connect in-person. And, as with many other areas of our infrastructure, it exposed where our communities fall short at connecting the public to businesses, schools, and services across the digital divide. 


Where does Minnesota stand when it comes to providing accessible high speed internet service state-wide?

Guests:
Diane Wells, Office of Broadband Development 


Show Notes:

Minnesota Office of Broadband Development

A look at Minnesota's digital divide during a pandemic

Minnesota lawmakers agree to spend $70 million on improving broadband access across the state

Governor’s Task Force on Broadband Minnesota Population Trends

Infrastructure Bill Passed by Senate Includes Historic, Bipartisan Broadband Provisions

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Featured Songs:
Divine Wire - Martin Klem

Digital Dreams - Nylonia

Digital Jungle - Lucention

Episode 24: A Trip to The Fishing Museum

Episode 24: A Trip to The Fishing Museum

September 8, 2021

We’ve been hitting some pretty heavy topics hard and fast lately, so we decided to slow down and wander up for a visit to the Minnesota Fishing Museum and Hall of Fame in Little Falls, Minnesota.


Guest: Brenda Perlowski, Museum Docent

Show Notes:

Minnesota Fishing Museum and Hall of Fame

Fishing Tackle Value Guide mentioned in the episode

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A Day Like Yesterday - Headlund

Flying Kites - Station Story

You and the Sun - Station Story

Ducklings Gone Fishing - Martin Klem

Episode 23: The Labor Fight Continues

Episode 23: The Labor Fight Continues

September 1, 2021

For many people the labor movement is a snapshot in time. It evokes memories of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seger singing songs at rallies and black and white photos of workers on strike. We might be reminded now and then that we have our weekends thanks to the Labor movement, but… that “we” doesn’t actually include all of us. Not everyone is afforded the same considerations for their personal time, and not everyone is paid for the real value of their labor.

Ahead of the Labor Day weekend, we wanted to stop for a moment to look at the labor movement - what it has given us, what it looks like today, and what changes in our culture of work mean for labor moving forward.


Guests: Joe Baratta, Union Member

Show Notes:
History of the Labor Movement

A Brief History: The US Department of Labor 

The history of the AFL-CIO 

After this CEO raised his company's minimum wage to $70,000, he said the number of babies born to staff each year grew 10-fold and revenue soared 

 

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Tired of Fighting Blues - Will Harrison

The Oldest Tale - Benjamin Carey

A Hard Day's Work - Medite

Nothin' Left Blues - Peter Crosby

More Hard Work - Josef Falkenskold

Episode 22: Protecting Our Land

Episode 22: Protecting Our Land

August 25, 2021

Parks, public land, and green spaces are important to us for so many reasons. They provide that place where we can connect to nature -  something that can be hard to do in this modern world. They offer habitat and food sources for wildlife. They help keep our climate in balance.

How do we ensure that the green spaces we enjoy today are preserved for future generations?

Parks, public land, and green spaces are important to us for so many reasons. They provide that place where we can connect to nature -  something that can be hard to do in this modern world. They offer habitat and food sources for wildlife. They help keep our climate in balance.

How do we ensure that the green spaces we enjoy today are preserved for future generations?


Guests:
Kris Larson, Executive Director, Minnesota Land Trust

Eve and Gary Wallinga, Community Members

Show Notes:

Minnesota Land Trust

Sierra Club - North Star Chapter
Audubon Society - Minnesota Chapters

City of St. Cloud Comprehensive Plan - Parks, Recreation, and Environmental Features

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Fairview Park - Ove Meyers

Human Nature - Francis Wells

In the Park - Ecovillage.mp3

Episode 21: A Bipartisan Solution to Climate Change

Episode 21: A Bipartisan Solution to Climate Change

August 18, 2021

Decades ago, oil companies like Exxon were already studying the science of Climate Change. According to an investigation that uncovered internal documents from the 1970s, senior scientist James Black of Exxon warned the management committee, “In the first place, there is general scientific agreement that the most likely manner in which mankind is influencing the global climate is through carbon dioxide release from the burning of fossil fuels," Black continues, “present thinking holds that man has a time window of five to 10 years before the need for hard decisions regarding changes in energy strategies might become critical."

 

That was in 1977. Since then, a review of climate models developed during the 1970s has shown that scientists were, in fact, correct in their predictions about the changing climate.

 

The impact of burning fossil fuels is undeniable - even from within fossil fuel companies. The good news is that some of these companies are now making an effort to shift to providing energy from greener sources. But we still have a long way to go in a short time.

 

How do we reduce the output of carbon and other greenhouse gases in a way that encourages big corporations to act with haste without the burden of saving our future falling on the shoulders of those with the fewest resources?



Guest: Henry Jakubowski, Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus CSB/SJU

Show Notes:

 

Citizens Climate Lobby

 

Join the CCL

 

Contact Your Minnesota Congress Members and Senators


IPCC Report

White House: Clean energy tax credits, electricity standard are priorities for reconciliation package
Why has Andy Karsner frightened the mighty ExxonMobil?

Even 50-year-old climate models correctly predicted global warming

St. Cloud dam generators shut down due to low river flows for first time since 1988

Dozens of residences evacuated as northeastern Minnesota wildfire spreads

Sartell issues complete ban on non-essential water use due to drought

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Fire Still Burning - Craft Case
The To-Do List - Craft Case

Episode 20: Child Care Is Work

Episode 20: Child Care Is Work

August 11, 2021

The pandemic has been and continues to be a revelatory event, exposing the strengths and weaknesses in so many aspects of our infrastructure, economy, and culture. 

 

One thing, above all else, caused a massive ripple in all three: Closed child care centers.


What value does our society place on our children - all of our children - having access to safe, quality care? And what does the state of child care access look like today?

 

Guest:
Marcia Schlattman, a Program Director at Milestones

Show Notes:

Article: Policymakers Used to Ignore Child Care. Then Came the Pandemic

Article: COVID-19’s disruptions disproportionately hit child care workers

Resource: State of Minnesota Child Care Resources

Resource: Milestones

Resource: Parent Aware

Phone Resource: 651-290-9704 ext 260 Child Care Information Specialist

 

Episode Manager: Kelli Olson

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More Hard Work - Josef Falkenskold

Hard at Work - Trabant 33

Episode 19: Teach Your Children Well

Episode 19: Teach Your Children Well

August 4, 2021

A couple of episodes ago, I spoke with two Civics and Social Studies teachers about the importance of learning about Civic Engagement. We discussed how this important topic is covered starting as young as Kindergarten, and how it is vital to continue to challenge ourselves into adulthood to keep up with our civic knowledge and engagement.

That episode was brought about in part because of the rumblings out there that claimed “they don’t teach civics anymore.”

Well, today’s episode can be framed, in part, as a response to “they don’t teach critical thinking skills anymore”

So what are we talking about today?

Early Childhood Education, and why it is important to the development of future adults with strong critical thinking skills. 

Guest:

Jennie VonderHaar, Preschool Teacher and Director of Bethlehem Lutheran Early Childhood Center

 

Show Notes:

Paper Monsoon

InBrief: The Science of Early Childhood Development

Parent Aware 

Robert Munsch

 

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Not Much of a Trouble - More than Family
The Eyes Have It - Jerry Lacey

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