About MinnePod

MinnePod is a podcast that gathers personal stories about community from Minnesotans living in rural and urban areas around the state. We don’t claim to have the answers, or know how to “fix” the much-discussed “rural-urban divide.” But we have a hunch that it starts with listening.

Each season will feature real stories from real people in Minnesota’s rural and urban communities. Throughout the season, we will ask: what is community to you? We’ll hear from people, organizations, and small businesses engaging with and contributing to that specific community, and maybe find some recurring threads along the way.

We hope that through this podcast, people living in rural and urban communities will listen to a variety of perspectives to grow their awareness of communities different from their own. We also hope that listening to how these different communities engage with each other will encourage Minnesotans to go out and explore all that this state has to offer. Through this community-centric podcast, we hope to prompt surprise, conversation, further questions, listening, and connection.

MinnePod was founded by Melissa Wray. Melissa grew up in rural Houston County, Minnesota, lived in the urban community of Minneapolis for 13 years, and just moved back to her hometown of Caledonia, MN.

MinnePod, a podcast previously named MinneStory founded in February 2018, was renamed as of September 2019 to avoid confusion and to respect the copyright of MinneStories™ through the Minnesota Department of Health. All previous episodes will remain available and the minnestory.org website will redirect to the new minnepod.org website until September 2020. All future episodes will be released under the new name of MinnePod. Thank you for your patience during this transition!

Music is by Matt Blair. You can find him online at mattblairmusic.net.