That's So Minnesota
That's So Minnesota
Minnesotans embrace their uniqueness, no matter how quirky it is. That's So Minnesota is a podcast about the culture, the mystery, and stories from The North Star State.Host and KARE 11 Digital Producer Diane Sandberg chats with Minnesotans to find out what makes this state unique, and the mannerisms we love to make fun of.
St. Paul's not-so-saintly past
In the early 1900's, a police chief in St. Paul named John J. O'Connor changed the city for decades with his new ways of policing. We ride along on a tour from the Wabasha Street Caves, learning about the gangsters in Minnesota's capitol city.
Nov 23
15 min
In the fall, have you ever driven through St. Paul or Roseville and seen the signs by the road, advertising a booya? Host Diane Sandberg sits down for a ladleful of Minnesota food history on this savory Midwestern soup in this week's episode of That's So Minnesota!
Nov 16
14 min
Quick Note from Ellery
A farewell message from your redheaded host Ellery McCardle. But the podcast isn't going anywhere. Hear who's taking over the microphone.
Sep 28
1 min
The Famous Twine Ball
Minnesota has a lot of roadside attractions. But there's one that has become truly iconic; the World's Largest Ball of Twine made by one man. For decades, Francis Johnson rolled twine until the ball got so big, he had to move it onto his front lawn.Every year, people from all over the world visit Darwin, Minnesota to see it.Host Ellery McCardle talks with Darwin Mayor Josh Johnson about the life and legacy of Francis Johnson, and how he rolled his creation into the record books.
Aug 31
21 min
Race in Minnesota
Ever since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, books about race and racial injustice have been flying off the shelves of stores. One in particular, called "A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota" has gained renewed attention. It was published in 2016, and in it, 16 Minnesota writers give their raw account of what it's like being a person of color in Minnesota. This week, Host Ellery McCardle and KARE 11 Sunrise Anchor Gia Vang talk with the book's editor Sun Yung Shin about the struggles many people face in Minnesota.
Aug 24
24 min
Mall of America During a Pandemic
Every year, some 40 million people visit the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. It's an iconic shopping, dining and entertainment complex that is feeling the brunt of COVID-19. MOA closed for a few months in the spring, and has slowly reopened. So, what's the impact of the pandemic on this international tourist destination? Host Ellery McCardle talks with Jill Renslow, SVP of Marketing and Business Development, about the changes, and what's to come for the so-called "Mega Mall."
Aug 17
23 min
You Betcha!: The Minnesota Accent
The Minnesota accent is hard to miss, with our catchy phrases like "You betcha" and "Oh ya." We're often made fun of in pop culture for what we say and how we sound. This week, Host Ellery McCardle talks with Keely Wolter, a Twin Cities voice coach. She talks about why we sound the way we do, and the challenge of teaching actors how to obtain and get rid of the Minnesota accent.
Aug 10
22 min
Uff da! The Scandinavian Influence on Minnesota Life
We've said it before, Minnesotans have a lot of pride for their state, and a lot of that has to do with their Scandinavian background. From embracing the outdoors, to the interesting food traditions and way they speak. Host Ellery McCardle talks with Ethan Bjelland from Norway House about how these traits became so iconic to Minnesota.
Jul 27
21 min
His songs will live forever, and he is adored by Minnesotans. This week on the show we talk about Prince. From his childhood growing up in Minneapolis, struggling to make it on the local airwaves as a Black musician, to his rise to stardom and sudden death. Host Ellery McCardle talks with Andrea Swensson, of The Current about writing about Prince, meeting him, and continuing to uncover his legacy.
Jul 20
34 min
Is Minnesota the Coldest State?
When you live in Minnesota, chances are pretty high that someone from out of state will say to you, "Oh, I could never live there, it's too cold!" Yes, it does get very cold here at times, but the summers can get pretty hot, too. But where does Minnesota rank with the rest of the U.S. when it comes to our blustery winters? Host Ellery McCardle talks with longtime KARE 11 Meteorologist Belinda Jensen.
Jul 13
15 min
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