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The Hot Dish

The Hot Dish

By One Country Project
On the One Country Project's The Hot Dish, former U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp serves up insight into issues affecting rural Americans.
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What is Rural?
In this episode of the Hot Dish Podcast, Senator Heidi Heitkamp sits down with Dr. Glenda Humiston, President of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of California along with Rob Larew, President of the National Farmers Union. Together, they discuss lack of access to federal programs for those in rural areas, and the need to rethink notions of “urban” and “rural.”
May 17, 2022
Season 3 Episode 5: Senator Debbie Stabenow on Agriculture and Climate Change
Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee Debbie Stabenow joins OCP founder Heidi Heitkamp on the Hot Dish podcast to discuss the historic, bipartisan Growing Climate Solutions Act and how farmers can play a leading role in climate action. They discuss the impact of voluntary, climate-smart agriculture and Senator Stabenow gives a sneak peek at the upcoming Farm Bill. 
September 22, 2021
Season 3 Episode 4: Meet the OCP Board: Secretary Mike Espy!
Meet OCP's newest Board Member, former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy! Tune in and hear Secretary Espy's discussion with OCP co-founder Heidi Heitkamp on how to unite the country as one, the importance of rural communities in moving the country forward, and the hardships and rewards of running for office in rural states like Mississippi. 
September 08, 2021
Season 3 Episode 3: Biden's First 100 Days with Matthew Dowd
Matthew Dowd joins OCP co-founder Senator Heidi Heitkamp to discuss President Biden's First 100 Days in office and why strong local leadership is critical to helping rural America grow their economy and thrive. 
May 27, 2021
Season 3 Episode 2: DNC Chair Jaime Harrison on Rural Democrats and the American Rescue Plan
Chairman of the DNC Jaime Harrison joined OCP Board members Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, Sen. Joe Donnelly, Leader Anthony Daniels, and J.D. Scholten to discuss the state of the Democratic Party in rural America, the American Rescue Plan, and the DNC's strategy for 2022.
April 12, 2021
Season 3 Episode 1: Rural Campaigns with J.D. Scholten, Amanda Litman, and Tessa Gould
One Country Project board member J.D. Scholten sits down with Run For Something executive director Amanda Litman and One Country Project executive director Tessa Gould to talk about running effective Democratic campaigns in rural America.
March 10, 2021
Season 2 Episode 17: 2020 Wrap-Up with Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Donnelly, Ashton Clemmons, and J.D. Scholten
In the final episode of 2020, One Country Project board members Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Donnelly, Ashton Clemmons, and J.D. Scholten sit down to discuss the 2020 election cycle, what the results mean, and how Democrats can connect and engage with rural America.
December 23, 2020
Season 2 Episode 16: Rural Renaissance with Libby Schneider
One Country Project co-founder Heidi Heitkamp sits down with Libby Schneider, rural political director at the Democratic National Committee, discuss the birth of a rural renaissance within the Democratic Party and the efforts leading up to 2020 to engage with and organize rural communities.
November 13, 2020
Season 2 Episode 15: Back to School with Ashton Clemmons and Adrienne Schweer
In this special back to school episode featuring OCP board members Senator Heidi Heitkamp and North Carolina State Representative Ashton Clemmons and Bipartisan Policy Center Fellow Adrienne Schweer, we discuss the realities of virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, what it means for working families, and the need for a national paid leave policy. 
September 03, 2020
Season 2 Episode 14: Veterans with Senator Joe Donnelly and Paul Rieckhoff
In this episode, OCP co-founder Senator Joe Donnelly speaks to his friend, Paul Rieckhoff about the importance of supporting our nation's veterans and the role rural America plays.  Paul is the host of Angry Americans, an independent news and politics podcast, and president of Righteous Media.
July 29, 2020
Season 2 Episode 13: Issues in Indian Country with Jodi Archambault
This episode, Senator Heitkamp speaks to Jodi Archambault (Hunkpapa and Oglala Lakota), a strategic advisor for the Bush Foundation and former Special Assistant to the President for Native American Affairs for the White House Domestic Policy Council, Deputy Assistant Secretary to the Assistant-Secretary Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior and separately as the White House Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs under the Obama Administration.   Jodi and Senator Heitkamp spoke about race in the United States, the resilience of Native Americans, Christopher Columbus, and COVID-19.  Below are the resources Jodi spoke about throughout the episode.  Reading List Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (2017) By David Grann  Website: Twitter: Facebook: A true account of the Osage Murders, a series of crimes against the Osage people in the early 1920s, which resulted in the death of more than 20 Indians and stripped tribal rights to large oil deposits on the reservation. God is Red: A Native View of Religion (1973) By Vine Deloria Jr, Standing Rock Sioux A nonfiction exploration of traditional Native American religious beliefs in relation to Western Christianity. Ceremony (1977) By Leslie Marmon Silko, Laguna Pueblo Facebook: Twitter: A fictional novel based on the oral traditions and ceremonial practices of the Navajo and Pueblo peoples. The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History (2005) By Joseph M. Marshall, Sicangu Lakota Facebook: A study of Lakota Culture through the life of Crazy Horse, a revered leader and celebrated native icon. ALSO BY Joseph Marshal: In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse (2015) A fictional story following Jimmy McClean, a young Lakota boy, as he discovers his native heritage through the story of Crazy Horse. Education Illuminative: A Native-led initiative to “challenge the negative narrative that surrounds Native communities and to ensure accurate and authentic portrayals of Native communities are present in pop culture and media.” National Congress for American Indians: The nation’s oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments and communities. How to Help Native American Rights Fund: National Congress for American Indians: Illuminative: Indian Collective:
July 08, 2020
Season 2 Episode 12: Voting with Stacey Abrams
Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives Stacey Abrams joins Senator Heitkamp for an episode that covers voting, the 2020 Census, and how to win in 2020.
June 04, 2020
Season 2 Episode 11: Politics and the 2020 Election with James Carville
Senator Heitkamp speaks with James Carville about the upcoming 2020 election and what it means to be a rural voter. 
May 28, 2020
Season 2 Episode 10: Rural Health and COVID-19 with Dr. Irwin Redlener
Dr. Iwin Redlner is a national leader in disaster preparedness and the public health ramifications of terrorism and large-scale catastrophic events. As founder and president of the Children's Health Fund, he is a renowned advocate for access to healthcare for all children. Dr. Redlener is also a clinical professor in Health Policy and Management and Pediatrics at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. 
May 18, 2020
Season 2 Episode 9: Clean Energy and Climate Change with Dr. Julio Friedmann
In this episode, Senator Heitkamp speak to Dr. Julio Friedmann, a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Global Energy Policy at Columbia University and former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Fossil Energy at the Department of Energy under President Obama. Websites Dr. Friendmann Spoke About: Global CCS Institute Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy
February 28, 2020
Season 2 Episode 8: Campaigning in Rural America and Impeachment with David Axelrod.
In this episode, Senator Heitkamp speaks to CNN Senior Political Commentator, David Axelrod, about all things impeachment and 2020.
January 30, 2020
Hot Dish Season 2 Episode 7: Holiday Edition
In the spirit of the holidays, our One Country Project Board Members talk about their favorite organizations that give back to their communities.  Senator Heitkamp speaks to Melanie Heitkamp of Youthworks ( Ashton Clemmons speaks to Gene Blackmon of Prestige Barber College ( Anthony Daniels speaks to Dick Fountain of the Boy and Girls Club of North Alabama ( JD Scholten speaks to Angela Kofoot of Voluntary Action Center of the Iowa Great Lakes and Meals on Wheels. ( Senator Donnelly speaks to Steve Camilleri of the South Bend Center for the Homeless and the Robert L. Miller Sr. Veteran’s Center (
December 24, 2019
Hot Dish Season 2 Episode 6: Ashton Clemmons
Meet Ashton Clemmons, One Country Project's newest board member. Hear her and Heidi Heitkamp speak about their experiences as women leaders and why Ashton's time as an educator was so influential. 
November 19, 2019
Season 2 Episode 5: Meet the OCP Board
Heidi Heitkamp and the OCP Board meet for their first Hot Dish episode together. JD Scholten, Anthony Daniels, and Ashton Clemmons talk about their rural experiences and why they joined the One Country Project. 
October 30, 2019
Season 2 Episode 4: Gun Violence with John Cohen
Senator Heitkamp speaks with John Cohen, Senior Expert on Global Threats for the Argonne National Laboratory and Adjunct Professor in Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program.
September 17, 2019
Season 2 Episode 3: Rural Education with Anthony Daniels
One Country Project's newest board member, Alabama State Representative and House Minority Leader, speaks about the importance of investing in rural education.
September 03, 2019
Season 2 Episode 2: JD Scholten and Running in Rural America
In this episode, one of One Country Project's newest board members, JD Scholten, speaks to Senators Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Donnelly about his experience running in Iowa's 4th district and what he learned about running for office in rural America. 
July 18, 2019
Season 2 Episode 1: Welcome Back!
In this episode, Senator Heidi Heitkamp speaks with One Country Project co-founder Senator Joe Donnelly about why they joined forces to launch the One Country Project. Democratic pollster, Doug Usher, weighed in later to speak about how data informs the messaging of the organization.
June 12, 2019
Episode 17: Chat with Former North Dakota Senator Kent Conrad
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December 14, 2018
Episode 16: Protecting the Northern Border
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp speaks with Mary Delaquis, who for 16 years was on the front lines of securing North Dakota’s busiest port of entry as Pembina’s Area Port Director. Then, Heitkamp talks to author Porter Fox, who traveled the Northern Border by canoe, car, freighter, and foot. Fox illustrates the vastness of the border and challenges we face to secure it in his book, Northland: A 4,000-Mile Journey Along America's Forgotten Border.
September 11, 2018
Episode 15: The Farm Bill's Importance to Rural America
U.S Senator Heidi Heitkamp interviews Tom Vilsack, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Governor of Iowa, and Ryan Pederson, a North Dakota farmer and Vice President of the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association to discuss the 2018 Farm Bill’s wide-ranging impact on rural America, from crop insurance and safety net programs to rural development and nutrition assistance. Vilsack and Pederson also shared their concerns about the administration’s trade war and the economic uncertainty it is causing farmers and ranchers.
August 16, 2018
Episode 14: Honoring Vietnam Veterans with Filmmaker Ken Burns and North Dakota Vietnam Veterans of America President Dan Stenvold
As Americans celebrate the 4th of July, Senator Heitkamp discusses honoring the sacrifice and service of Vietnam veterans—and the importance of telling their stories – with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and Vietnam Veteran Dan Stenvold, Mayor of Park River, ND, and president of the North Dakota Vietnam Veterans of America.
July 03, 2018
Episode 13: Intern Edition
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp interviews two interns—one past intern and one current intern—about their experiences interning in her office. They discuss how internships can help students learn about the impact of public service and the importance of supporting your home state and the families who live there, as well as finding out about different career paths.
June 19, 2018
Episode 12: Trade: Lifeblood of Farmers and Rural America at a Perilous Crossroads
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp interviews Ambassador Darci Vetter, former Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative, and Doyle Lentz, a North Dakota farmer whose ability to sell his products in markets like Canada and Mexico are essential to his economic success.
February 21, 2018
Episode 11: Bipartisan Support Grows for the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp interviews Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and Yiota Souras of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to talk about progress on efforts to crack down on websites that facilitate sex trafficking.
February 05, 2018
Episode 10: On Tax Reform, Bipartisanship Would Make Better Policy
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp interviews former U.S. Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Phillip Swagel, a Republican economist and former economic advisor in the Bush administration.
December 21, 2017
Episode 9: Addressing the Epidemic of Missing and Murdered Native Women
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp interviews two experts and advocates who have dedicated their lives to helping indigenous women overcome obstacles and hardship. They focused on tackling the problem of missing and murdered Native American women, which has plagued indigenous communities in North Dakota and across the country.
November 02, 2017
Episode 8: North Korea
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp interviews two experts on foreign policy and national security to better understand how the present day threat from North Korea evolved, and the various diplomatic and military options the United States has available to deal with it.
September 26, 2017
Episode 7: Role of Refugees & Immigrants in our Communities
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp interviews Fowzia Adde, a leader in the Fargo-Moorhead community for refugees and New Americans, to talk about her work to help folks resettle to the region. Heitkamp also spoke with Fargo Police Chief David Todd who, since leading the department has been actively working to promote inclusiveness, to discuss his department's work to actively reach out to refugee and immigrant communities.
August 15, 2017
Episode 6: Carbon Capture
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp hosts Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) to highlight a bill they reintroduced this month to extend and expand a tax credit to encourage innovation that would reduce carbon emissions, recognizing the need to maintain a diverse energy mix for years to come. Heitkamp also spoke with Julio Friedmann, who recently served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Fossil Energy at the Energy Department.
July 21, 2017
Extra Helping: Health Care Update
This bonus episode of U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp's podcast, “The Hotdish,” features clips from two U.S. Senate floor speeches in which she fought to defend North Dakotans’ health coverage and to pass reforms to stabilize markets and lower premiums.
July 05, 2017
Episode 5: Your Health Care
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp interviews two health care experts to reinforce how drastically the Republican health care overhaul would harm North Dakota families and rural hospitals.
June 28, 2017
Episode 4: Russia
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp discusses U.S.-Russia relations and the ongoing investigation into Russia's election interference with U.S. Senator Angus King (I-ME), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Matthew Rojanksy, an expert in U.S.-Russia relations.
May 12, 2017
Episode 3: Rural America
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp sits down to talk about the Farm Bill, agricultural trade, and the president's proposed budget cuts to USDA with fellow North Dakota Senator John Hoeven, farm radio journalist Mick Kjar, and former North Dakota state director for USDA Rural Development Ryan Taylor.
April 11, 2017
Episode 2: Moderates
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp interviews Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and former Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) to talk about the role of moderates in Congress and where they can work together on critical issues for North Dakota and the country—from improving the lives of Native children and negotiating a strong Farm Bill, to tax and health care reform.
March 13, 2017
Episode 1: Backpage
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp interviews anti-human trafficking leader Cindy McCain and award-winning WDAY-TV reporter Kevin Wallevand—who has covered human trafficking in North Dakota—to talk about the issue at the local, national, and international level.
February 01, 2017