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The Other Side of the Table

Join our tough conversations with a show meant to build stronger understanding, relationships, and communities. Hosted by Christy Blade and Ken Henry. Produced by Forum Communications Co.

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Christy Blade
Latest Episodes
Season 2 Episode #12 Dr. Joy Balls-Berry Part 2
Wed Oct 13 10:06:35 EDT 2021
We continue the conversation with Dr. Joy Balls-Berry about how she went from almost failing kindergarten to getting a Ph.D. and becoming a scientist for Mayo Clinic.

Season 2 Episode #11 Dr. Joy Balls-Berry (part 1)
Wed Oct 06 12:35:48 EDT 2021
Joining the conversation this week is psychiatric epidemiologist and former Mayo Clinic scientist, Dr. Joy Balls-Berry, who shares her experience as a woman and person of color living and working in Rochester, MN.

Season 2, Episode #10: Tawonda Burks Part 2
Wed Sep 29 13:17:50 EDT 2021
Chris and Ken continue the conversation with Tawonda Burks about the challenges with communicating important information to the intended audience and ideas on how to overcome some of the barriers to recruiting minority candidates for employment and board representation.

Season 2: Episode #9 Tawonda Burks Part 1
Wed Sep 22 12:23:19 EDT 2021
Joining the conversation this week is the business owner Tawonda Burks, who shares her first experience living in Rochester, her perspective on the additional barriers Black entrepreneurs face, and how she responds to racism.

Season 2: Episode #8 Wale Elegbede (Part 2)
Wed Sep 15 13:39:26 EDT 2021
Chris and Ken continue the conversation with Wale Elegbede about how the community should be more bold in supporting BIPOC businesses, what the lack of representation in elected officials says about Rochester, and more conversation on Critical Race Theory.

Season 2: Episode #7 Wale Elegbede (part 1)
Wed Sep 08 09:42:25 EDT 2021
Joining the conversation this week is Wale Elegbede, who is a TED Talks speaker, president of the Rochester Branch of the NAACP, and Director of Strategy Management Services overseeing the innovation area at Mayo Clinic. Wale talks about his riches to rags background, the struggles he faced as an immigrant, and his thoughts on white privilege and Critical Race Theory.

Season 2: Episode #6 Sidney Frye II
Tue Aug 31 17:17:57 EDT 2021
Chris and Ken continue the conversation this week with Olmsted County's Diversity, Equity, and Community Outreach program Manager, Sidney Frye II, who shares more of his personal background and family life, discusses why he chose to return to Rochester after college and how Rochester has changed over the past 25 years. 

Season 2: Episode #5 Sidney Frye II
Wed Aug 25 11:04:02 EDT 2021
Joining the conversation this week is the new program manager for Olmsted County's Diversity, Equity, and Community Outreach team, who shares his vision for his new role and how his experience as a social worker and in juvenile corrections has prepared him to help eliminate disparities in opportunities and correction services.

Season 2: Episode #4 Darrell Thompson (Part 2)
Wed Aug 18 12:40:56 EDT 2021
Chris continues the conversation this week with Bolder Options President and former NFL Green Bay Packer, Darrell Thompson, who discusses the critical time we are in, the importance of connecting and mentoring youth, and suggestions on how Rochester can recruit and retain people of color. Also, through August 18, unlimited digital subscription for 6 months for only $1.

Season 2: Episode #3 Darrell Thompson (Part1)
Wed Aug 11 12:43:37 EDT 2021
Joining the conversation this week is former Green Bay Packer and youth mentor, Darrell Thompson, who shares his experiences growing up Black in Rochester, Minn., his thoughts on Minnesota and how football in Minnesota compares to states like Alabama.