Public Affairs

A panel discussion on companion animals and the part they play in our lives, plus the changes coming up thanks to the Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill, which went into effect July 1.

Flickr/Alex

Duluth City Councilor Emily Larson; JP Rennquist, community activist and advocate for fathers and familes and the head of UMD’s Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies department, Beth Bartlett, meet to talk about the Women's Economic Security Act.

LoLaVisuals/David Cowardin

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.

Flickr/ scribbletaylor

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.)

Topeka Library/Flickr

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?

Argonne National Laboratory/Flickr

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.

Ira Gelb/Flickr

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.

Amy Buser/Flickr

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.

Maury Landsman/Flickr

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.

Randen Pederson/Flickr

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.

Reflections of 9/11

Sep 8, 2011

Listen to KUMD's radio panel discussion from September 9th, 2011 "Reflections of 9/11" with host Lisa Johnson.

Reflections on 9/11

Guest panelists include Paula Pedersen from the UMD Psychology department, Dan Martin from the UMD Sociology Department and Nik Hassan, from the Twin Ports Muslim Center. These wonderful experts shared their perspectives on how the tragedy of September 11th changed our world forever.

Lola | Animal Allies
Lola is a grey tabby domestic short hair who is 4 years old. She came to us from a previous home and is now looking for her new loving home! Lola is a very energetic and playful cat who loves feather wands and laser pointers. This sweet girl is also a big fan of scratching posts. 

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