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Real Talk with Rick is hosted by Eden Prairie City Manager Rick Getschow. The show began in August 2018. Rick interviews guests who are associated and involved with the City of Eden Prairie.
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U.S. Congressman Dean Phillips shares what inspired him to run for office, which social channels he uses to maintain relationships with Minnesotans while working from Washington, and how his connection to Dear Abby helped him build strong core values.
Along Came Molly

Along Came Molly

2020-01-1700:49:52

Molly Koivumaki talks about her time as a Renaissance woman in Eden Prairie, from working through various roles in the Police Department—including a stint as McGruff—to laying the foundation and hitting the ground running with the City’s Housing and Community Services Division.
Eden Prairie Liquor’s Operations Manager Jaime Urbina drops by to chat about his history working in retail, why the City is in the liquor business, popular holiday spirits, and upcoming promotions and events.
Kyle’s Second Swing

Kyle’s Second Swing

2019-11-2100:54:50

Eden Prairie Police's Records Technician Kyle Duchschere tells Rick about the methods he uses to process evidence, cracking the case of Stewie P and which national celebrity took his mom to homecoming.
Utility Man

Utility Man

2019-10-1000:38:52

Eden Prairie's Utility Field Operations Supervisor John Carlon swings by to talk about his first job, some unexpected water main breaks he's fixed on the fly and why he's grateful to work for the City he grew up in.
Advocating for EP

Advocating for EP

2019-09-2600:49:24

Tom Poul is an attorney who lobbies for suburban cities in the metro area. He and Rick discuss how Tom looks out for the City and its residents' interests at the State Capitol, his love for Lions Tap and why TP doesn't just belong in the bathroom.
The Roaring Senior Center

The Roaring Senior Center

2019-09-1200:31:39

Rick meets with Sue Bohnsack, the Senior Center’s recreation supervisor, to discuss popular activities for older adults, the Senior Center’s 40th anniversary and her experience getting behind the wheel in a demolition derby.
Lending a Hand

Lending a Hand

2019-08-2200:46:22

The PROP Shop’s Executive Director Cindy Eddy stops by to talk shop with Rick. They discuss what sparked the idea to open The PROP Shop, her background in sales and how you can help local families in need.
Duty Calls

Duty Calls

2019-08-0700:44:16

In the latest episode, Rick chats with Eden Prairie’s new Fire Chief Scott Gerber about emergency management, firefighter recruitment and partnering with other departments on calls.
Johnny-on-the-Spot

Johnny-on-the-Spot

2019-07-1800:36:36

The show’s producer, Johnny Germscheid, recaps the first year of the podcast with Rick. They discuss highlights, Johnny’s job in communications and upcoming community events in Eden Prairie.
Homegrown

Homegrown

2019-06-2700:56:14

The City’s Economic Development Manager Dave Lindahl discusses how he became interested in city planning, booming business in Eden Prairie and his early years jamming at Eden Prairie High School.
Cake Eater Conversation

Cake Eater Conversation

2019-06-1300:56:12

Edina City Manager Scott Neal, who is the former Eden Prairie City Manager, chats with Rick about his early interest in city government and his work as a city manager in five different cities in three states.
Family Values

Family Values

2019-05-3000:47:34

Jon Thompson, one of the City of Eden Prairie's appraisers, talks with Rick about growing up in Eden Prairie, the property valuation process and belonging to a family that has six siblings who are appraisers.
Rick chats with Brian Hubbard, president of the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association (LEMA), about National Police Week, the law enforcement state memorial monument and how Brian became involved with LEMA.
1 Million Cups

1 Million Cups

2019-04-2500:42:13

Patrick Donohue is the engine that drives 1 Million Cups Eden Prairie. Recently, Rick and Patrick chatted about the foundation that built 1 Million Cups, the importance of entrepreneurship and Eden Prairie’s City Government Academy.
Sprechen Sie Finance?

Sprechen Sie Finance?

2019-04-0400:38:48

Sue Kotchevar, the City of Eden Prairie’s finance manager, chats with Rick about growing up in a pink house, working in the Office of the State Auditor for two former governors, and managing the City's budget and liquor operations.
Life in the Big Leagues

Life in the Big Leagues

2019-03-2100:54:45

Bearpath Golf and Country Club’s General Manager Greg Olson talks with Rick about his role at Bearpath, growing up in Minnesota and playing in the World Series against the Minnesota Twins.
What About Bob?

What About Bob?

2019-03-0700:50:13

Rick chats with Bob Stark, the City’s sign specialist and a veteran snow plow driver, who talks about the City’s ongoing street sign fundraiser, plowing snow during the Halloween blizzard of ’91 and getting to know residents along his route.
On the Road Again

On the Road Again

2019-02-2000:41:33

SouthWest Transit's CEO Len Simich discusses how SWT was formed, the benefits of using SWT’s various services, the future of transit and what he's looking forward to down the road.
No Running on the Pool Deck

No Running on the Pool Deck

2019-02-0700:34:39

Jasmine Ellingson, Eden Prairie’s recreation supervisor of aquatics, tells Rick about the prerequisites for getting into lifeguard training, her experience in 4-H and how almost drowning as a child inspired her to become a lifeguard. Rick asks Jasmine about Eden Prairie’s summer aquatic events, and she describes new aquatic opportunities such as the sensory swim. You’ll never guess who she would’ve picked to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show.
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