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Twin Cities Agenda and host/creator Steve Ray present a brand new podcast collaboration to identify once and for all what is at the core of our Twin Cities culture.

Jay Walljasper and Alexandra Connett make a case for a city beyond cows, cold, and camp snoopy. Before moving to Minneapolis, Alexandra had no expectations for Minnesota, “Everyone was asking me why I was moving to the middle of nowhere.” Since arriving, her experience has been much different than she had imagined

Jay Walljasper, author of The Great Neighborhood Book, says Alexandra isn’t a unique case and that this perception is partially Minnesotans fault. In the age of social media and the brand called you “it’s time that MSP set aside its suburban sensibility and proudly say we are a city.”

Music by Zack Baltich and intro music by Enjoy the Cat.

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An old factory on the Minneapolis St. Paul border has forgone it’s 20th century widgets for much different wares. Today coffee roasts, beer brews, drills grind, and golf clubs putt. The building’s new tenants embody the potential of creative enterprise and inspire the artist in all of us.

Music by Enjoy the Cat, the Limozine GroupZack Baltich, and Chad (the Tipsy Kangaroo naughty puppet review keyboardist).

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This week on Deep North: The climate controlled hallways that elevate Minneapolis and St. Paul humans to the second floor. The value of these skyways is a contentious issue. Some say they kill street life and hurt small business Others see the skyways as an asset for less mobile populations, and a comfortable way to get out of the office.

But for this show, we’re going to set the debate aside and take a walk through these elevated hallways. With professional place maker, Max Musicant, we’ll explore how design affects people, how people shape the built environment, and how these spaces foster civic life.

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Music by Enjoy the Cat, and  Zack Baltich.

Interested in experimenting with public design? Try transforming your front yard into a place that makes your community come alive by grabbing the free front yard tool kit from the Musicant group.

It’s cold here. Embracing it instills community in very different ways. In this episode we visit the spaces shifting the paradigm of what it means to gather during winter.

Music by Enjoy the Cat, the Limozine Group, and  Zack Baltich.

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Unique enclaves scattered with shops, parks, museums, and universities. Boundaries are blurry, but when meandering from one to another, distinct identities emerge. On this show, we stroll through one of the 84 neighborhoods that, in it’s odd uniqueness, represents how eclectic the different corners of Minneapolis can be.

Music by Enjoy the Cat, the Limozine Group, and Zack Baltich.

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Created and hosted by Steve Ray in collaboration with Twin Cities Agenda, the Deep North podcast seeks to dispel the “…myths of Minnesota nice for the urbane side of cities that the world, country, and even some Minnesotans haven’t experienced. In each episode we explore the food scene, the art scene, the sidewalk scene, meeting the people you’ve never known, standing right outside your door.”

This episode: Water and North Minneapolis

The Mississippi River in North Minneapolis and what will become of the Upper Harbor Terminal

With more than 10,000 lakes and more shoreline than Florida, Hawaii, and California combined, it’s difficult to travel anywhere in Minnesota without crossing a lake, waterfall or river. The name Minneapolis even comes from a combination of the Dakota Sioux word “mini,” meaning water and the Greek word “apolis” meaning city.

Despite its abundance and the profound connection between Minnesotans and their water, some families in North Minneapolis have been cut off from the river for generations. But with the city’s recent acquisition of 48 acres of Mississippi river waterfront, known as the Upper Harbor Terminal, this could change.Music by Enjoy the Cat, the Limozine GroupZack Baltich, and Anthony Novak.

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In the first episode of season 2, Steve Ray explores the streets of Minneapolis by bike, experiences the state of our streets, enjoys a few beers, and discusses the future – in one form or another.

“Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up.” — American artist Chuck Close