FAMILY IN SIX TONES is a duel memoir co-authored by writer and law professor at the Chapman University School of Law, Lan Cao and her daughter Harlan Margaret Van Cao. The idea of the memoir grew out of an episode of National Public Radio’s Storycorp that Lan and Harlan recorded in 2015 on Lan’s experience as a refugee from Vietnam during the war. The memoir is a very personal look at the unique struggles of refugees as well as the universal tug-of-war between mothers and daughters.

In Klecko's new book "Hitman-Baker-Casketmaker:  Aftermath of an American's Clash with ICE" he reminds us to pay attention.  Pay attention to the people in our world that make things happen.  Your home ec teacher.  The people who clean your hotel room.  The people who bake your hot dog bun at the Superbowl. 

These people matter to our daily lives.  Klecko tells a personal story of his life and the aftermath of an ICE raid at St. Agnes Bakery right before the Super Bowl in Minneapolis.

This morning we welcomed newly retired judge Mark Munger into our studios to talk about his new novel Kotimaa:  Homeland coming out on October 1st.  Looking at the cover of the book you might be like me and assume it's historical fiction.  It is.  But it's also tied to right now.  Immigration weaves it all together - from Finnish immigrants moving to the Iron Range for work to an American doctor in contemporary times working with Syrian refugees in Finland.

The Grand Rapids Human Rights Commission continues their conversation on immigration with #unitecloud - a nonprofit in Grand Rapids that began as a social media movement to resolve tensions and restore dignity to all people in the St. Cloud area.

We are seeing headlines in news that have to do with immigration and asylum in the United States.  there is a nonprofit in Minneapolis that works in Minnesota, the nation and the world.  On Friday they put out a response that denounced The President’s  Proclamation to block asylum in the US.  Advocates for Human Rights said:

Chuck Marohn and Aaron Brown continue the conversation on the politics of Congressional District 8.  This time they unpack the topic of immigration.  What are the strategies for the candidates when it comes to the immigration debate?  How is the overall philosophy on immigration between parties differ?  Chuck Marohn gives us an analysis of Republican candidate P

In this unedited, podcast only edition of Dig Deep Chuck and Aaron go deeper yet into the politics of immigration - don't forget next month Dig Deep will be hosting the candidates for governor on August 21st at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids. 

Heidi Holtan

Each month we pair our liberal commentator Aaron Brown with our conservative commentator Chuck Marohn.  They listen to each other and often agree with each other.   Immigration is being discussed on a national level - and Aaron and Chuck guide us through some of the points each political party believes.

MN DFL Senator Tina Smith joined us for making sausage this morning.

Heidi Holtan

 Aaron Brown and Chuck Marohn continue the conversation this week on immigration policy and immigrant labor in our economy.  Send us your thoughts!

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