R-Town Season 20


Season 20 - Episodes

Episode 2001

Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara checks in with Park Planner Jeff Feece to learn more about the Soldier’s Field master plan. We visit a tribute to the trucking industry of the early to mid 1900s, and we learn more about the sport of curling. Danielle Teal sits with Aikong See to learn about Hope Central and the Project Hope Movement. Lastly, Nicole visits with Cheryl Thode and Wendell Amstutz to talk about mental wellness in the new year.

Episode 2002

Alison Zelms, Rochester city administrator, walks us through the city's 2-year operating budget; we check in with Steve Schmidt after his retirement from Rochester Civic Music; Danielle Teal dives into scuba with Szablis Klee of Southeast Scuba Escape; we visit Art Heads Emporium, a reimagined Rochester business; and Michael Wojcik tells us what's happening in Rochester.

Episode 2003

Nicole meets with Meaghan Sherden, MPH, and Michael Melius from Olmsted County Public Health to discuss the recent rise in COVID-19 cases and what makes the Omicron variant unique. We discuss taxes with David Oeth from the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program to learn what might look different as you file this year. We check out the "Homecoming Queen" exhibit at the Rochester Art Center, and visit the new Treedome storefront on Broadway.

Episode 2004

Nicole checks in with Patrick and Sarah Phelan, co-owners of Fiddlehead Coffee Co., to discuss their newest location opening in Rochester this spring. Danielle Teal chats with Sheila Buehler APRN, CNP, to learn more about her new business, Foot Care Professionals LLC. Andy Smith tells us all about the recently opened Garden Party Books, and we meet Sarge, a K9 who competed in a national police dog competition. Finally, Nicole discusses the the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Mayors Challenge with Rochester Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director Chao Mwatela and Community Co-Designer and Equity Specialist Wafa Elkhalifa.

Episode 2005

Nicole chats with the President of the Rochester NAACP Wale Elegbede about the upcoming Black History Month Speaker Series. Danielle Teal visits with Chef Eman Abdulmuaty from SETO Bakery. We meet Rochester piano teacher Mackenzie Roberts, and head back to Gray Duck Theater & Coffeehouse to chat with Andy Smith. Lastly, we meet Brenda Kardock, Adam Dickinson, and Catherine Davis with the Rochester Public Library Foundation.

Episode 2006

Nicole sits down with Dan Fifield, RN, from The Landing MN to discuss how their nonprofit has grown in the last three years. We head to Silver Lake Foods to explore the oldest grocery store in Rochester, and visit Quarry Hill Nature Center to hear what they do when the weather gets chilly. Danielle Teal checks in with Christine Beech to learn about her business, Copiavia, and how they are helping nonprofits. Lastly, Nicole meets author Leilani Raashida Henry and Abby Currier, the Community Engagement and Events Coordinator with the History Center of Olmsted County. They discuss Henry's new book, The Call of Antartica: Exploring and Protecting Earth's Coldest Continent, and the upcoming author discussion at the History Center on February 19th.

Episode 2007

Nicole meets with Psalms Frye, owner and Doula of Peace and Compassion Birth Services. Danielle Teal checks in with Dan Sweeney from Great Harvest Bread Co. in Rochester. We learn a little bit more about cross-country skiing, and we learn how to be smart salters throughout the winter with Sadie Neuman. Lastly, we sit down with Dr. Tej Khalsa to discuss their new podcast The Last Breath Podcast, designed to connect you to your inner being, higher meaning, and greater purpose.

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