Community Conversations

First Monday of each month at 6pm

Community Conversations is a monthly program on KUMD dedicated to topics of interest in our community and fostering our community connections.

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Freelance writer Jonah Lehrer and psychology professor at California State University Fresno Dr. Martin Shapiro are the guests at UMD's first Creativity Conference. 

In addition to classroom appearances, panel discussions and TED Talk-style lectures, they joined KUMD's Lisa Johnson in the studio to talk about creativity and the brain.

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Even though one out of four people suffer from some form of mental illness, the stigma persists. Find out what a pair of UMD alums (and documentary filmmakers) and Miss Minneapolis 2014 are doing to change the public perception of mental illness and its sufferers.

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What are the root causes of homelessness ... and why do some call it "a spiritual failing of our country"? Our guests are Rick Klun, executive director of Center City Housing; Bob Grytdal, Duluth's Human Rights Officer and Lee Stuart, executive director of CHUM (Churches United in Ministry).

Flickr/Thomas Marthinsen

For months, the publicity surrounding synthetic drugs in Duluth took the spotlight off an even more pervasive trend: the abuse of prescription medication.(Resources for addicts and their families are available here.)

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What makes a man batter a woman, and how are we contributing to the spread of domestic violence in the way we raise boys in this society?

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You may have heard about the push for STEM learning in the schools - STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. And no wonder, since that's where more and more good jobs and salaries are - including right here in the Northland. But the number of graduates in these fields is decreasing and girls and women continue to be underrepresented.

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Community Conversations goes over the Duluth City Council meeting regarding sustainability

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Community Conversations takes a disturbing look at a problem more widespread in the Northland than anyone thought, with guests from PAVSA, the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the Institute for Trafficked, Exploited and Missing Persons. Sex trafficking - what it is, what it's NOT, and the conversations you should be having with your kids.

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St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin; Duluth Superintendent of Schools Bill Gronseth; Craig Grau, retired political science professor at UMD; and Gunsmith Brent Gurtek of French River Muzzleloaders are our guests.

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Clinical neuropsychologist Dr. Michael Sharland, senior research scientist Dr. Steve Waring and Dr. Angela Hauger, a clinical gero-psychologist at the College of St. Scholastica are our guests.

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Duluth Mayor Don Ness, Jim Benning of Public Works, and Marianne Bohren of WLSSD join us for a conversation about Duluth's aging infrastructure, past, present and future.

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