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Democratic Visions One-on-One

by JeffStrate on December 29, 2016 · 0 comments

What happend? What's next?

The Uptake, the citizen driven, online, news service, was “baptized” during the tumultuous, September 2008 Republican Party Convention at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.  That’s the G.O.P. convention associated with un-announced search warrants, the torching of squad cars, the arrest of more than 300 protestors including journalists, roughed-up demonstrators and conventioneers; that’s the one that nominated John McCain and placed a tiara on Sarah Palin as its VP candidate to an amused and bemused electorate.

 

Two months later, voters, Obama and Biden solved that problem.

 

This past election season, neither Sanders or Clinton and Kaine were provided a position to help solve the Trump problem.  With DT’s carnival about to enter the big top’s center ring, America’s political culture continues to morph into the kitsch world of a John Waters film.  The cynical fun, however, is now a real nightmare.

 

The Uptake executive producer Mike McIntee  joined Tim O’Brien for a 22 minute, one-on-one, Democratic Visions meet-up on December 19th.  Much has since happened.  The following day, McIntee was carting office and streaming gear into the renovated press bunker at the Minnesota Capitol.   Six days later, the StarTribune reported that Amy Klobuchar had told it that she would run in 2018 for re-election to the U.S. Senate and not for Governor.   A few days after that, the President-Elect was defending Israel’s settlement policies and damning Kerry and Obama via tweets. Only the tandem deaths of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds have dimmed these recent Twitter flare-ups.

 

That said, the new edition of Democratic Visions features Mr. McIntee and Mr. O’Brien sharing still timely perspectives on  the life political as the informed and engaged adults that they are.    Mike and Tim have a lot to say about where we’ve been and where we’re headed, about the DFL, future DFL leadership, the national Democrats and DT.

 

The second and third courses of the viewing include a visual essay set inside the winter time, tropical redoubt of the Como Conservatory and some ruminating by truck driver, critic-at-large Bruce Baird.

 

View the half hour program on YouTube here.

 

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Update on The Uptake’s marriage equality film

by JeffStrate on August 31, 2013 · 0 comments

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As of this posting, The Uptake is short by more than $7,700 of its Kickstarter fundraiser deadline goal of $21,211 for its documentary project on the struggle for marriage equality in Minnesota; that deadline arrives on SEPT 6 at 11:59 p.m.  The Uptake, a non-profit, citizen-propelled video news service, says the program will be crafted for a national TV audience.

The gubernatorial signing of Minnesota’s marriage equality legislation came just six months after the unexpected defeat of the discriminatory constitutional marriage definition amendment question on the November 2012 ballot.  “That’s our story,” says The Uptake’s Mike McIntee.

The Uptake can select interviews, demonstrations, legislative debates and protests from hundreds of hours of streamed and taped video from its own coverage and the video vault of the Minnesota United for All Families, the lead organization in the fight for equality. If the funding pledge deadline goal is made, The Uptake will be good to go.  But if the $21,211 Kickstarter pledge goal is not reached by 11:59 p.m. on September 6, the film will not be produced.  The project will need to pay for such production costs as sifting through and selecting video clips from three years of coverage, scripting, digitizing the chosen footage for computer editing, music use fees, audio mixing, graphics and some promotion.

Referring to the documentary’s small budget, McIntee says, “There’s some money in here for promotion and distribution, but not a lot.  We’re hoping that once we get this made other like-minded organizations are going to help us out on that.  It will get seen nationally.  Free Speech TV is one outlet for that.  I’m hoping that others will be available as well.”

During the evening ramp up to the first, legal, same-sex marriage ceremonies at Midnight on August 1st, I assisted McIntee and Uptake videographer Bill Sorem at the Wilde Roast Restaurant at St. Anthony-on-Main.  They were live-streaming interviews of couples, activists and political supporters of the marriage equality campaign that I was recruiting from the jovial and reflective celebrants.  The three of us later added to that footage at Minneapolis City Hall before, during and after Mayor R.T. Ryback legally married the first group of 46 same-sex couples.  You’ll see clips of the evening in my accompanying video.

McIntee explained that if the target amount is not raised by the September 6 deadline, pledged gifts will not be processed – prospective donors will keep their money. If the deadline goal of $21,211 is reached or surpassed, donations will be tax deductible.

Here is the link to the film project’s information and pledge page at Kickstarter.

Here is the link to my second promotional video in support of the project.  Enjoy and give.

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Today was the final Quick on the Uptake

by Eric Ferguson on July 28, 2010 · 1 comment

The last broadcast of Quick on the Uptake was made this afternoon. The show was live on AM950 KTNF at 5 PM weekdays, and will be replaced by Nancy Nelson, who has a show on Saturdays and recently filled in while host Mike McIintee was gone.

The is not the end of The Uptake, just the daily radio show. The web site continues. Mike explained that it was a matter of available time. He pays the bills as a video editor, and he described The Uptake as his “passion”, and something had to go. Unfortunately for his regular listeners, the radio show was it.

Mike said he left on good terms with station management, and he reminded his listeners the station is a local independent, not a big corporate station, and we’re fortunate for that. He said he’ll still be on the air occasionally, and indeed he was a regular guest on The Mark Heaney Show prior to getting his own show.

Speaking for myself, the show’s end will leave a gap in my ipod, since I listened to the podcast almost every day I didn’t hear it live. I don’t know how long the podcasts will be available, but for the moment, they can be downloaded at http://www.am950ktnf.com/liste…

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Ladies and Gentlemen, yours truly – the ol’ TwoPutter – is Guest Hosting this afternoon’s Friday Edition of “Quick On The UpTake” from 5:00 to 6:00pm on AM-950 KTNF, The Voice of Minnesota. Mike McIntee is taking some well-earned time time off.

In addition to talking about news, I’ll be talking in-studio with Coleen Rowley, Time Magazine’s 2002 Person Of The Year about Torture Awareness Month and an update on Peace Community activities and events.

Then we’ll be having a conversation with Rep. Al Juhnke and Pamela Crowley, about important legislation concerning home mortgage appraisals to protect consumers!

And, as usual on Friday’s Edition of Quick On The UpTake, we’ll also be getting a call from Dane Smith from GrowthAndJustice.org.

The call-in number is 952-946-6205 to join in the conversation!

So, again, tune in your radio today to AM-950 KTNF, or listen live on your computer, here!

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Ladies and Gentlemen, yours truly – the ol’ TwoPutter – is Guest Hosting this afternoon’s Friday Edition of “Quick On The UpTake” from 5:00 to 6:00pm on AM-950 KTNF, The Voice of Minnesota. Mike McIntee is taking some well-earned time time off.  I’ll be joined in-studio by fellow blogger Spot, from the Cucking Stool!

In addition to talking about important news – like GOPer Mayor Phil Young – we’ll be talking with Dave Tilsen about Israel’s May 30 attack on the Free Gaza Flotilla; we’ll have a convrsation with DFL candidate for Minnesota State Senate in District 50 Barb Goodwin, and, as usual on Friday’s Edition of Quick On The UpTake, we’ll also be getting a call from Dane Smith from GrowthAndJustice.org.

The call-in number is 952-946-6205 to join in the conversation!

I’d also like to remind everyone about tonight’s Ed Schultz Show 2010 Town Hall – it’s at Pepito’s Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the door ($20) and  includes @WeGotEd‘s new book: “Killer Politics – How Big Money and Bad Politics Are Destroying the Great American Middle Class”

Signed copies of Ed’s book will be available at AM950 KTNF sponsor, Common Good Books!

So, again, tune in your radio today to AM-950 KTNF, or listen live on your computer, here!

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Ladies and Gentlemen, yours truly – the ol’ TwoPutter – is Guest Hosting this afternoon’s Thursday Edition of “Quick On The UpTake” from 5:00 to 6:00pm on AM-950 KTNF, The Voice of Minnesota. Mike McIntee is taking some well-earned time time off. Well, Mike’s taking the whole week off, so I’ll be on tomorrow, too!

In addition to talking about important news – like GOPer Mayor Phil Young – I’ll be joined in-studio by State Senator Jim Carlson, who will be joining in the conversation with best-selling author and weekly opinion columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Thomas Frank! Thomas Frank’s latest book is The Wrecking Crew – How Conservatives Ruined Government, Enriched Themselves, And Beggared The Nation”.

Thomas Frank and Senator Carlson will be on for a whole half-hour!!!

The call-in number is 952-946-6205 to join in the conversation!

I’ll also be giving away two tickets to this Friday’s Ed Schultz Show 2010 Town Hall.  So, call in to the above number, when I announce the giveaway!

If you need a copy of “The Wrecking Crew”, AM950 sponsor CommonGoodBooks.com has it! They also have Frank’s other books, like “What’s The Matter With Kansas?”.  Oh – and tell ’em TwoPutt sent ya, will ya?

So tune in your radio today to AM-950, or listen live on your computer, here!!!

Oh – fellow blogger Spot, from the Cucking Stool will be joining me in-studio for tomorrow’s show!  Tonight, you may want to join Spot and the crowd at Drinking Liberally – link here for details!

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Ladies and Gentlemen, yours truly – the ol’ TwoPutter – is Guest Hosting this afternoon’s Tuesday Edition of “Quick On The UpTake” from 5:00 to 6:00pm on AM-950 KTNF, The Voice of Minnesota. Mike McIntee is taking some well-earned time time off.  I’ll be joined in studio by the intrepid political analyst, Dusty Trice!

In addition to talking about important news, we’ll take a break from politics to have an in-studio conversation with one of Minnesota’s Citizen-Soldiers – Major Rickert – which we feel is fitting as a tribute to those who have worn the uniform on this day after Memorial Day.  Major Rickert will be talking, among other things, about the recent alert that as many as 2,700 fellow Minnesotans may be deployed to Iraq and Kuwait as that war winds down.

We’ll also be joined in-studio by candidate for congress in Minnesota’s 2nd District, Dan Powers.

Mike is actually taking this week off; tomorrow MPP’s very own The Big E will be behind the microphone, and I’ll be covering again on Thursday and Friday!

While I’ll let The Big E write about what he’s got planned for tomorrow’s show, I do want to let folk know what we’ve got for Thursday – you’re not going to want to miss it!

We’re going to be interviewing (again!) best-selling author and weekly opinion columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Thomas Frank! Thomas Frank’s latest book is The Wrecking Crew – How Conservatives Ruined Government, Enriched Themselves, And Beggared The Nation”. Mr. Frank is a great conversationalist, and we’re lucky to have him on for a whole half-hour!!!

If you need a copy of “The Wrecking Crew”, AM950 sponsor CommonGoodBooks.com has it! They also have Frank’s other books, like “What’s The Matter With Kansas?”.  Oh – and tell ’em TwoPutt sent ya, will ya?

So tune in your radio today to AM-950, or listen live on your computer, here.

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TPT On Your Radio – Today, Wednesday, October 21st!

by TwoPuttTommy on October 22, 2009 · 0 comments

Ladies and Gentlemen, yours truly – the ol’ TwoPutter – is filling in for Mike McIntee, and guest hosting today’s Quick On The UpTake Show on AM-950 KTNK – The Voice Of Minnesota!  Joining in-studio will be intrepid field reporter and fellow blogger Dusty Trice!  The show runs from 5:00 to 6pm. So, tune in your radio today to AM-950, or listen live on your computer, here.

Mike McIntee is in North Dakota today; he reported – just a little while ago – that:

“North Dakota is still flat.”

Indeed it is!!!

We’re excited that we’ll be talking with DFL Gubernatorial Candidate Steve Kelley!

And we might just play “False Or False Witness!” where one lucky caller will have to correctly identify if a quote I read was actually uttered by Michele Bachmann (answer “False Witness!”) or if yours truly, the ol’ TwoPutter, simply made it up (answer “false”).  The fabulous prize awarded is one copy of Bill Prendergast’s exceptional comic book:  False Witness! The Michele Bachmann Story (Part 1).

The call-in number to participate in the on-air conversation is 952-946-6205!

So, again, tune in the radio today to AM-950, or listen live on your computer, here.

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New Media Even Has New Media Training

by Grace Kelly on June 30, 2009 · 0 comments

I am star. Of course you knew that. However, this time this Grace Kelly is in a film! I am in a very excellent film about the use of volunteers and “crowd sourcing” to tell the news by Mike McIntee. This is part of  a number of stories on how to do citizen journalism put together by Youtube.

There is the hilarious AP video reporting on to do accountability news. There are the really useful hints that come from NPR’s Scott Simon. Scott Simon says to use fewer dependent clauses, which is a good tip for me, not that I ever use dependent clauses. Scott Simon teaches basic storytelling: have a point, make it memorable, have a good first line and keep it fun.

Bob Woodward tells the best compelling story about getting the facts in a story right. Bob tells how he almost associated the worst restaurant with the wrong hotel. It would have been on the front page!

Stories are obviously better with people followed by numbers,  a tip from Lizzie O’Leary. Stories are obviously better with conversations instead of a stilted set of interview questions, a tip from Tavis Smiley. Video stories have more impact, sometimes a video even needs to pause to let the story sink in, a tip from Time’s Jost Tyrangiel.

If you are real serious about learning, the Witness videos are the most useful for techniques. The videos are not as entertaining as other videos in the series. Truly, the best course in citizen journalism is  theYoutube Reporters Center.

We, meaning just ordinary people like you and me, are now taking ownership of news.  

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I was there, and I saw the Team Smokescreen Spokesman, Mark Drake, dissed The Uptake.  Mark Drake was handing out media kits at Coleman’s presser yesterday, to the assembled media, but – no surprise to me! – he wasn’t about to give one to Mike McIntee.

Mike’s not one to back down; let’s watch!!!

 

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