#27: Duty-Bound Journalism with Chris Serres

“You cant do this work from a desk.”

Chris Serres is a reporter for the Star Tribune covering social services and issues affecting society’s most vulnerable populations.

In the interview, we discuss his reporting on individuals with mental illness and the elderly. More specifically, we explore his eye-opening work that exposed statewide injustices happening to these two groups and their families.

His 2015 series of articles, titled “A Matter of Dignity,” explored Minnesota’s archaic and dehumanizing healthcare system for those with mental illness. In honor of their work, Chris and his colleagues were named finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting


#26: New Look at Women's Health with Dr. Beth Westie

“The scariest part of the journey is before you actually start.”  

Dr. Beth Westie is the founder and creator of the 12 Week Female Fat Solution. She has made it her mission to change the way women view their health. Alongside my wife and special co-host, Sara Gove, we have a wide-ranging conversation with this fascinating entrepreneur who is full of passion, charisma, and knowledge.


#25: From Africa to America - The Basil Ajuo Story

“We grew up in a community where people were dying every day.” 

In this episode of Twin Cities Podcast, Mike welcomes Basil Aujo to speak about his incredible journey from Cameroon, Africa to Minnesota.

Basil talks about the realities of growing up in a poor African village with limited resources and little access to healthcare.

Basil was raised by his grandmother who preached the importance of education and community service. Those two pillars serve as a framework for the inspiring life Basil has created for himself in the Twin Cities.