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Chat It U.P. Podcast
A bi-weekly podcast featuring interviews and reviews of all things Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Let's chat it U.P.
Apr 22, 2021
Season 2 Finale - Chatting with Joe Reddinger
This episode I wrap up season 2 by chatting with my dad Joe about 37 years of coaching football, 50+ years of basketball officiating, and nearly 70 years of life in the Upper Peninsula. https://upshf.com/inductees/31-inductee-class-of-2007.html#bio8 http://hof.mhsfca.com/bios/reddinger-joe/
1 hr 17 min
Apr 8, 2021
Lunch with Leaders
This episode I chat with a group from Connect Marquette as part of their Lunch with Leaders series. I talk about creating Y is for Yooper: A Yooper ABC Book, this podcast, and much more! https://connectmarquette.org/ https://www.amazon.com/Y-Yooper-ABC-Book/dp/0692470646
Mar 25, 2021
Chatting with BaileyyJanette
This episode I chat with full time Mackinac Island resident Bailey Janette about all things island life, and what it's really like to call Mackinac home. https://www.tiktok.com/@baileyyjanette?lang=en https://www.patreon.com/baileyyjanette https://www.etsy.com/listing/956448106/handmade-by-baileyyjanette
1 hr 11 min
Mar 11, 2021
Chatting with Steve Short
This episode I chat with Dr. Steve Short about his journey from Kingsford to becoming the VP of Sports Medicine for the Denver Nuggets in the NBA.
Feb 25, 2021
Chatting with Mel Charbonneau
This episode I chat with the co-founder of Fellow Flowers, Mel Charbonneau. She takes me through her journey of creating a movement over 30,000 females strong, spinning out of your rut, and much more! https://fellowflowers.com/ http://www.melcharbonneau.com/
Feb 11, 2021
Chatting with Benjamin Mitchell
This episode I chat with the owner of Dead Miners, Mr. Benjamin Mitchell. We discuss life in the Keweenaw, how he makes his beautiful handmade goods, and much more! https://getrichordiemining.com/ https://www.instagram.com/deadminers
Jan 28, 2021
Chatting with Meg Loeks
This episode I chat with photographer Meg Loeks. We discuss her journey to the U.P., the world of photography, and how she's amassed over 286,000 followers on Instagram. http://www.megloeks.com/ https://www.instagram.com/meg_nlo
Jan 14, 2021
Chatting with M. Bartley Seigel
This episode I chat with U.P. Poet Laureate finalist M. Bartley Seigel about his journey to the U.P., the poet laureate competition, and much more! https://www.facebook.com/UPpoetlaureate/ https://www.mtu.edu/humanities/department/faculty-staff/faculty/mb-seigel/
1 hr 1 min
Dec 31, 2020
2020 Year-End Q & A
HAPPY NEW YEAR! This episode I wrap up 2020 by answering listener questions, with my wife Patricia as a special cohost.
Dec 17, 2020
Chatting with John Garrett
This episode I chat with my friend of nearly 30 years Mr. John Garrett. We discuss his epic journey from the Upper Peninsula to building his own brewery in South Korea, Nomadic Brewing Company. https://www.instagram.com/nomadicbrewingco/
1 hr 17 min
Dec 3, 2020
Chatting with Nancy Cheney
This episode I chat with Nancy Cheney from Contrast Coffee. We brew up a conversation about this small business, the community in the Upper Peninsula, and much more! https://contrastcoffee.com/
Nov 12, 2020
Deer Season Stories 2020
It's that magical time of year, so it's time for some hunting stories! Vote for Orion Hunting Products as the coolest thing made in Michigan: https://coolestthing.mimfg.org/
Oct 29, 2020
Chatting with Beau Anderson
This episode I chat with the president of Orion Hunting Products, Mr. Beau Anderson. We talk about hunting, turning an idea into a U.P.-based business, and he shares one of the funniest buck stories I've ever heard. https://huntorion.com/
1 hr 2 min
Oct 15, 2020
Chatting with Brian Cabell
This episode I chat with the man behind the popular news blog Word on the Street, Mr. Brian Cabell. https://wotsmqt.com/
Oct 1, 2020
Chatting with T. Marie Bertineau
This episode I chat with local author T. Marie Bertineau about her new memoir The Mason House, and bunch of other great stuff! https://lanternfishpress.com/shop/the-mason-house
Sep 17, 2020
Chatting with Emily Geiger
This episode I chat with Emily Geiger about the science of beer and her awesome company Craft Cultures located in the Keweenaw. https://www.craftcultures.com/
Sep 3, 2020
Chatting with Mandy Swanson & Michelle Walters
This episode I chat with sisters Mandy Swanson & Michelle Walters about their women's clothing line Lumi Apparel. https://lumiupnorth.com/
Aug 20, 2020
Chatting with RJ Parrish
This episode I chat with filmmaker RJ Parrish about pursuing your passions, working with Lucid Coast & Campfire CoWorks, and much more! https://rjparrishfilms.myportfolio.com/ https://lucidcoast.com/ https://lucidcoast.com/campfire-coworks/
Aug 6, 2020
Chatting with Victoria Leonhardt
This episode I chat with Victoria Leonhardt about working in the non-profit world, being involved in the community, and much more! https://www.glcyd.org/
Jul 2, 2020
Chatting with Jacob Rosenberg
This episode I chat with graphic designer and Dickinson County native Jacob Rosenberg. We discuss working on logos for a Nascar, doing gig posters for bands like Greta Van Fleet, and lots of other cool stuff! http://www.jacobrosenburg.com/
Jun 18, 2020
Chatting with Colleen & Suma Msuya
This episode I chat with Felch native Colleen Msuya and her husband Suma who is from Tanzania. We discuss climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, moving to the U.P. from East Africa, and lots of other great stuff! https://www.trek2kili.com/
Jun 4, 2020
Chatting with Fr. Brad Sjoquist
I chat with Fr. Brad Sjoquist about meeting Pope Francis, being a young priest in the Upper Peninsula, and much more!
May 21, 2020
Chatting with Beth Millner
This episode I chat with the owner of Beth Millner Jewelry about how she's kept her small business running during the pandemic by helping our communities and front line workers. Plus much more! https://www.bethmillner.com/
May 7, 2020
Chatting with Dr. Kipp Pietrantonio
This episode I chat with psychiatrist Dr. Kipp Pietrantonio. I discuss with the Iron Mountain native his recent presentation at Yale Medical School about stress management during COVID19. We also discuss mental health during the quarantine, and much more! Mental Health Resources: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline
1 hr 28 min
Apr 23, 2020
Chatting with Andrew LaCombe
I chat with reporter Andrew LaCombe about growing up in the U.P. and his journey to working at the iconic TV6 News.
Apr 9, 2020
Chatting with Jason & Lynn Makela
Chatting with Jason & Lynn Makela about buying and renovating their Lake Superior Shangri-La, True North Cabin. Plus lots of other fun stuff in between!
Mar 26, 2020
Chatting with Bob Jacquart
This episode I sat down with the CEO of Jacquart Fabric Products, Mr. Bob Jacquart. We have a wide-ranging chat about growing up in Ironwood, and his journey from a craftsman in his family business to becoming the caretaker of legendary Stormy Kromer.
1 hr 15 min
Mar 12, 2020
Chatting with Stephen Hooper
This episode I chat with musician and creator of the satire news site The Pasty Potato, Mr. Stephen Hooper. We discuss all things Pasty Potato, as well as his music which he performs under the name Under This Cold Sky. https://underthiscoldskymusic.bandcamp.com/
Feb 27, 2020
Chatting with Bugsy Sailor Part II
In episode two of the 2nd season I sit back down with Yooper legend, Bugsy Sailor. My first ever return guest and I discuss the epic year he just had, and have a lot of laughs along the way.
Feb 13, 2020
Chatting with Eric Hiatt
We kick off season 2 by chatting with chief of competition for the Kiwanis Ski Club, Mr. Eric Hiatt. I chat with Eric about his hall of fame ski jumping career, the future of ski jumping at Pine Mountain, and much more!
Aug 5, 2019
Season 1 Finale
I wrap up season 1 by answering listener questions and explaining why this season is season is ending.
Jul 22, 2019
Chatting with Nheena Ittner
This episode I chat with the executive director of the Upper Peninsula Children's Museum, Nheena Ittner.
Jul 8, 2019
Chatting with Chris VanAbel
This episode I chat with my boss Chris VanAbel about her journey from file clerk to CFO, shattering glass ceilings, and a lot of incredible insights from her 50 year career with VAST.
Jun 24, 2019
Chatting with Chad Susott
On this episode I chat with Chad Susott about his time as the Michigan State mascot Sparty, his work on the Dickinson Trail Network, and much more!
Jun 10, 2019
Chatting with Mark Klossner
This episode I chat with Mr. Mark Klossner about his journey to the U.P., the legendary Boss Snowplow, and much more!
May 27, 2019
Chatting with Marina Dupler
This episode I discuss with Marina Dupler her journey from growing up in Wallace, Michigan to owning and running Barrel + Beam Brewery with her husband Nick. Plus much more!
May 13, 2019
Chatting with Keith Glendon
This episode I chat it U.P. with Mr. Keith Glendon about his time working with IBM, the U.P. Cyber Security Institute, and why technology is a huge economic opportunity for the Upper Peninsula.
Apr 29, 2019
Chatting with Kyle & Megan Blomquist
This episode I chat with architects, Megan & Kyle Blomquist. We discuss Blomquist Architects which is a 3rd generation business, U.P. living, revitalizing our community, and a whole lot more!
1 hr 1 min
Apr 15, 2019
Chatting with Tara Hartman
For episode 22 I chat with my sister Tara about our childhood memories, her teaching career, and her work as a curriculum coordinator for the Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District.
Apr 1, 2019
Chatting with Mario Santoni
This episode I chat with the senior project manager of Dickinson Homes, Mario Santoni. Mario and I discuss all things related to this 3rd generation family business that has been running for nearly 50 years.
Mar 11, 2019
Chatting with Anna Dravland
This episode I chat with Anna Dravland about being a stroke survivor, and how she was inspired to create Spread Goodness Day.
Feb 25, 2019
Chatting with Dave Nyberg
This episode I chat with Dave Nyberg about his personal connection to a famous Yooper fishing lure, and his passion for the U.P. as a place to live, work, and play. Plus more segments!
Feb 11, 2019
Chatting with Susan Divine
Chatting with the executive director of the Hiawatha Music Co-op, Susan Divine, about their new Winter Roots Festival. Plus, an all new segment!
Jan 28, 2019
Chatting with Nick Blagec
Chatting with the president of the Kiwanis Ski Club, Mr. Nick Blagec, about the upcoming 80th annual Continental Cup ski jumping competition at giant Pine Mountain in Iron Mountain. Plus Yooper News and This Day In Yooper History!
Jan 14, 2019
Chatting with Jason Rolling
I chat with the race director of the upcoming Noquemanon Ski Marathon, Jason Rolling. Plus new segements!
Dec 31, 2018
Happy New Year 2018
I ring in 2019 by taking questions from listeners, and giving my 3 big takeaways from 2018.
Dec 17, 2018
Chatting with Seth Anderson
Chatting with filmmaker Seth Anderson, the co-creator of the Northbound Saga, about his web series and film making in the Upper Peninsula.
Dec 3, 2018
Chatting with Bryce Derouin
Chatting with co-founder of theupbeatsports.com Bryce Derouin about U.P. high school sports, his sports journalism career, and the launch of his new website.
Nov 19, 2018
Deer Camp Stories 2018
It's deer season! This episode I head to my family camp, Big Red's Retreat, where I get some great deer camp stories.
Nov 5, 2018
Chatting with Alison Kirksey
Chatting with Alison Kirksey about her successful food blog, That Which Nourishes. We discuss cooking, her famous mac & cheese recipe that went viral, and life in the Upper Peninsula.
Oct 22, 2018
Chatting with Tim Ellis
Chatting with Tim Ellis about the unexplained, paranormal, and the Upper Peninsula Paranormal Research Society.
1 hr 3 min
Oct 8, 2018
Chatting with Mike Forester
Chatting with the art director for Northern Michigan University's marketing department, Mr. Mike Forester. We chat about his graphic design history, and his art series called Culture of Cult.
1 hr 4 min
Sep 24, 2018
Chatting with Jason Markstrom
Chatting with the president of the Soo Film Festival, Mr. Jason Markstrom.
Sep 10, 2018
Chatting with Brandon Erkkila
Chatting it U.P. with my friend of 28 years and fellow podcaster, Mr. Brandon Erkkila. We discuss growing up together, survivorship, his podcast, and much more.
1 hr 5 min
Sep 6, 2018
906 Day - Chatting with Jeremy Symons
Special 906 Day Episode! Chatting with the creator and owner of Yoopershirts, Mr. Jeremy Symons.
Aug 27, 2018
Chatting with Gina Jacquart Thorsen
Chatting with the President of Stormy Kromer, Mrs. Gina Jacquart Thorsen. We discuss growing up in Ironwood. the family business, and the enduring legacy of Stormy Kromer.
1 hr 2 min
Aug 13, 2018
Chatting with John Spigarelli
Chatting with former VP of Ecommerce for Getz's, and current Excecutive Producer at Elegant Seagulls, John Spigarelli about a variety of topics. Including a few interesting digital projects he's worked on from right here in the U.P.
1 hr 12 min
Jul 30, 2018
Chatting with Gina Wollner
Chatting with manager of Business Development and Community Engagement at Bay West College, Mrs. Gina Wollner, about some great stuff happening in Dickinson County.
Jul 15, 2018
Chatting with Wil Rankinen
Chatting with Sociolinguist Dr. Wil Rankinen about all things “Yooper Talk.”
Jul 2, 2018
Chatting with Bugsy Sailor
Chatting with the unofficial official Ambassador of the U.P. - Justin "Bugsy" Sailor
1 hr 3 min