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Voices of Upstream

Voices of Upstream

By Upstream Initiative
Minnesota is filled with natural wonders—our lakes, fields, forests, parks and open spaces. Join Upstream director Andy Goldman-Gray and a new guest weekly for conversations about what makes our places special, and how we care for the natural places that make Minnesota beautiful. You’ll learn more about Minnesota’s natural places and the people who care for them.
Rhys Williams
Andy talks to Rhys Williams about the trial and error of starting Sweet Sage farm, taking what the land gives you and finding community everywhere in Minnesota. Music by Austin Moffa. Edited by Ellie Lin.
21:30
August 23, 2022
Jenna Ray
Andy talks to Jenna Ray about being a good relative to our mother earth and all of the people in Minnesota and how the noises of nature are the soundtrack to her kids upbringing. During this interview, Jenna talked about sportsmen and sportswomen, and Jenna wants to acknowledge that there is a whole range of gender expression that may not be represented by these terms. Music by Austin Moffa. Edited by Ellie Lin.
16:17
August 17, 2022
Jason Adkins
Join Andy as he talks with Jason Adkins, head of the Minnesota Catholic Conference, about rowing on the Mississippi, caring for our waters, and how faith and stewardship of our natural places align. Music by Austin Moffa. Edited by Ellie Lin.
20:51
August 09, 2022
Christina Norman
Andy talks to Christina Norman about being on the water, growing up on the Range, and how travel with her family informed her appreciation for Minnesota and our beautiful places.  Music by Austin Moffa. Edited by Ellie Lin.
17:14
August 02, 2022
Raj Rajan
Andy talks to Raj in his raised bed garden, where Raj’s inner engineer definitely shows up.  Raj shares stories of how global perspectives can inform our local approach to caring for our places.  Music by Austin Moffa. Edited by Ellie Lin.
22:28
July 26, 2022
Mike Franklin
Andy talks with Jordan Mayor Mike Franklin about what parks and green spaces mean to our communities, and how little habits we learn as kids stick with us forever. Music by Austin Moffa. Edited by Ellie Lin.
22:39
July 19, 2022
Pahoua Yang Hoffman
Andy talks with Pahoua at Boom Island park in Minneapolis about long walks in the city, the public health benefits of green space, and finding your outdoors “thing” that can keep us busy when it’s cold out.  Music by Austin Moffa. Edited by Ellie Lin.
21:09
July 12, 2022
Ron Harris
Andy talks with Ron Harris, Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Minneapolis in Hanson Park.  They talk about how family influences our use of outdoor spaces, the importance of nature to health and resilience, and the opportunity working across difference presents to people who want to care for our natural places.  Music by Austin Moffa. Edited by Ellie Lin.
20:59
July 05, 2022
John Larsen
Join Upstream director Andy Goldman-Gray with Upstream founder John Larsen in his award-winning garden to hear about the genesis of Upstream, how care for place figures into architecture and the most creative chicken names you’ve ever heard. Music by Austin Moffa. Edited by Ellie Lin. 
17:19
June 28, 2022