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Three Rural White Guys

Three Rural White Guys

By Three Rural White Guys
Three Rural White Guys is a political podcast from the perspective of a potentially endangered species, progressive white men in rural America. Jacob Dodds, Kellen Gracey and Mike Heaton discuss national, state and local politics. Guests provide perspectives on diversity, privilege and life in rural America in the post Trump era.
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Daddy Issues

Three Rural White Guys

On Wisconsin
The Three Rural White Guys welcome Wisconsin State Treasurer and U.S. Senate Candidate Sarah Godlewski to the show.  The guys ask her about her journey saving the State Treasurer's Office, winning statewide office and supporting rural towns. And beer, because....Wisconsin.
June 27, 2021
Daddy Issues
The Three World Guys celebrate Father’s Day with friend of the show, Luis Aranda. They discuss raising progressive families in a rural community, recent reporting on tax avoidance schemes by the super wealthy, and Grandpa Joe’s summit showdown with Putin.
June 18, 2021
Paid In Full
The guys phone it in this week from the road as they discuss the reemergence of Donald Trump on the political scene and the consequences of Republicans continuing to hold him up as a voice of the party.
June 14, 2021
The Party of “Law and Order”
Attorney and friend of the podcost, Caitlin Slessor, returns to the show to discuss the ways the Republican party is stacking elections and the courts to retain power. She also provides background on the grand jury investigation into the Trump organization.
June 5, 2021
A Seat at the Table
“When you don’t have a seat at the table, you are probably on the menu.” Congressional candidate Lourin Hubbard of the Central Valley in California joins the guys for an online beer to discuss issues impacting rural communities in California and across the country. Kellen goes to Florida to see one of his favorite people and the guys discuss how they choose paint colors for interior painting. (Spoiler: they don’t).
May 30, 2021
For Pete’s Sake
The Three Rural White Guys meet with Lisa Fleishman, author of “Boots on the Ground.” They discuss how to create a sense of belonging within the Democratic Party for moderate Republicans and Independents. The guys also touch on the recent cult like actions of the Republican caucus in Congress as well as the need for more relevant messaging by Democrats in rural communities.
May 15, 2021
The Giving Tree
Guest Host and friend of the podcast Luis Aranda stops by the studio to join the discussion on holiday & cultural appropriation, the GOP’s relentless attack on trans persons, and early childhood education. The guys also tackle Canada’s crime of the century.
May 11, 2021
The Devil is in the Details
Joe Henderson, Co-Show Runner and Executive Producer of the hit TV series, “Lucifer,” joins the Three Rural White Guys to discuss political agenda setting. In Jacob’s sunburned return from the Caribbean, the guys discuss anti-vaxers and D.C./Puerto Rico Statehood.
May 1, 2021
Painting a New Future
Kellen and Mike meet with entrepreneur and author Charisse Conanan Johnson,, to discuss building entrepreneurial rural communities. The guys also discuss former U.S. President George W. Bush’s paintings and the George Floyd murder trial.
April 24, 2021
3RWG Unfiltered: Time to Add the Explicit Tag
The Three Rural White Guys decide that authenticity and a few targeted cuss words are more important than avoiding conflict, especially in the face of open white supremacy. They also talk vaccinations and the Supreme Court.
April 18, 2021
Ranking Politicians
The Three Rural White guys switch it up a bit as Jacob and Mike interview in-house expert Kellen Gracey about Rank Choice Voting. The guys also discuss the expanding partisan divide and whether Republicans have lost any remaining claim to the moral high ground.
April 12, 2021
Not Just Another Brick in the Wall
Former First Lady of Iowa Christie Vilsack joins the podcast to discuss the importance of education globally and domestically. The guys also discuss the White House’s infrastructure plan and have some questions for their listeners in Idaho.
April 2, 2021
The Rural State of the Unions
The Three Rural White Guys are back for a 2nd Season! In the season premier, the guys discuss how Republican culture wars are hurting rural states and highlight topics of Season 2 episodes. Their special guest is Iowa State Representative Ras Smith, an advocate for workers rights, entrepreneurship and public policy that represents people.
March 28, 2021
A Podcast By Any Other Name
In the pilot season finale, the Three Rural White Guys discuss why they chose the name of the podcast and look forward to the upcoming 2nd season.
February 20, 2021
An Ice Breaker to Get to Know Each Other: Immigration
Three Rural White Guys explores the importance that advocacy organizations have on rural communities. The guys discuss immigration with advocate Tammy Shull, founder of IowaWINS, a small nonprofit that is setting the standard for how to build an inclusive and hospitable rural community.
February 12, 2021
Operating with Heart: Rural Healthcare
Doctor Sarah Ledger steps up to the microphone with Jacob, Kellen and Mike to discuss the changing landscape of rural health care.
February 5, 2021
Gavel Road Maintenance
Attorney Caitlin Slessor joins the Three Rural White Guys crew to discuss executive orders, school choice legislation and solutions to America’s rural lawyer shortage.
January 28, 2021
Sun Is Coming Up, Let’s Get to Work
Inauguration Day is a bittersweet moment for rural progressives. Kellen, Jacob and Mike take in the moment of hope and new beginnings while also acknowledging the overwhelming work ahead for rural America.
January 21, 2021
The Tractor Has Broken Down
The inaugural episode of Three Rural White Guys! Meet Jacob, Kellen and Mike as they explore the rural progressive reaction to the attack on the nation’s Capitol Building. This episode also marks the beginning of their efforts to get involved in local government as they discuss attending their first city council meeting.
January 15, 2021