Pressroom Podcast

Tune in every Wednesday to hear Duluth News Tribune reporters Brady Slater, Christa Lawler and Tom Olsen talk with local guests about music, shipwrecks, giant ducks, politics, food and more.

Latest Episodes
Episode 94 - Honoring Duluth's movers and shakers
Wed Sep 13 01:30:00 EDT 2017
All the 20 Under 40 Award winners will be announced in Thursday's Duluth News Tribune, but we are going to give you a sneak peek of who made the list and how we decide who makes the cut.

Laura Mullen, one of four co-founders of Bent Paddle Brewing Company, and Nate LaCoursiere, an assistant city attorney, join reporters and two of this year's award judges Christa Lawler and Brooks Johnson to share what they do, why they love Duluth and how they want to make Duluth a better place to work, play and raise a family. 

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Episode 93 - Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken
Wed Sep 06 01:30:00 EDT 2017
He was raised here, went to Denfeld High School, and has spent the last 26 years on the Duluth Police Department.

"Yup, I grew up in Morgan Park, Minnesota, as I always say," Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken said on this week's episode.

News Tribune reporters Brady Slater and Tom Olsen pepper the chief with questions ranging from what was young Mike Tusken like as a kid growing up in Duluth to what has he learned the most in his year and a half of being the top dog in the department. 

Not much is off limits, including heroin and use of deadly force. And we even learn a secret hobby of his. 

Episode 92 - Catching up with Michelle Lee
Wed Aug 30 01:30:00 EDT 2017
This week Christa Lawler and Brady Slater catch up with Michelle Lee, former news anchor for the local NBC affiliate. In her first time back on air since her retirement 8 months ago, Lee shares what she is up to now.

"That was one part of my life and I'm really proud of it and I love the people there, but I have not been back to the newsroom," Lee said about her time at KBJR. "I do a little social media with the folks I used to work with, but I'm trying to reinvent myself."

She's finding that to be harder than she thought. The first thing she did publicly after her retirement was attend the Women's March on Washington. Lee shares that experience, what life has been like away from the newsroom, and her possible political aspirations. 

Episode 91 - Take It With You
Wed Aug 23 01:00:00 EDT 2017
You may recognize our guests' voices on this week's episode. 

You've probably heard them on your computer, in your podcast queue, or perhaps in the Underground theater in the Duluth Depot.

Blake Thomas and Mary Fox with Take It With You join Christa and Brady to discuss where their idea for a live radio theater podcast came from, how they got started (one of our fav origin stories thus far) and what goes into preparing for a show. 

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Episode 90 - Traveling to totality
Wed Aug 16 01:00:00 EDT 2017
You may have heard about this solar eclipse thing that is happening in a few days. Well we just happen to have two people in the newsroom who are traveling to the middle of the country to view the moment of totality. 

Photo editor Bob "Astro Bob" King and managing editor Andrew Krueger are traveling to Nebraska to view the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. Bob shares his insight from viewing and photographing previous eclipses while Andrew shares what he hopes to see when experiencing his first total eclipse. 

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Episode 89 - City Girl Coffee
Wed Aug 09 01:00:00 EDT 2017
Her parents started Alakef Coffee Roasters in Duluth in the early 90s and for the past few years Alyza Bohbot has been adding her own flare to the company with the addition of her socially responsible City Girl Coffee Brand.

Her "unapologetically feminine" brand is sourced from women-owned or managed farms from all over the world and a portion of every sale goes back to the organizations that help support those women. Hear Alyza talk about her mission, how she got here, and what plans lie ahead for both brands. 

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Episode 88 - Duluth artist Kay Kurt
Wed Aug 02 01:00:00 EDT 2017
From her first paining on an attic window shade when she was a little girl to having her work recently featured in a New York City gallery, Duluth artist Kay Kurt joins the podcast to tell us how she got her start and how she found herself focused on painting giant pieces of candy. 

"The white chocolates was for me a liberation in a sense that I had no preconception about anybody ever having painted candy," Kurt says. "And that's what I needed. I needed a fresh subject."

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Episode 87 - The Duluth Experience
Wed Jul 26 01:00:00 EDT 2017
Whether it’s by bike, kayak, or pint glass, the way visitors (and residents) explore Duluth takes on many forms these days. And Dave Grandmaison, co-owner of The Duluth Experience has a little something to do with that.

“There was a niche to be filled,” said Grandmaison, who started the tour company in 2012 with a few friends.

On this week’s podcast, he shares with us how the Duluth Experience came to be, what types of tours they offer and what to expect when you book a tour with them.

What we are into this week: Glensheen Mansion play, bean bag toss, handkerchief, and the Beach Boys.

Episode 86 - Duluth community newspapers
Wed Jul 19 01:30:00 EDT 2017
Located in the "cave" of the Duluth News Tribune newsroom is where you'll find today's guests.

Get to know the women behind two new community weekly newspapers. Western Weekly editor Teri Cadeau and Eastern Observer editor Elly Power share their journalism backgrounds and what they hope these print only publications will become for residents of Duluth. 

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Episode 85 - Gaelynn Lea to premiere song for LSCO concert
Wed Jul 12 01:00:00 EDT 2017
The Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra begins its concert seasons this week. Artistic director Warren Friesen highlights the four concerts, including one that features Duluth-based violinist and singer/songwriter Gaelynn Lea Tressler.

Last spring, Gaelynn Lea won NPR's "Tiny Desk Concert" and gained national attention. She has traveled the world in the last year and she will be debuting a new work for the LSCO concert on July 27.