We Live Here, Too

A podcast about the people and spaces of rural America

About the Podcast

A podcast about the people and spaces of rural America, hosted by Ruby Bodeker and Søren Peterson. We talk people, places, politics, and more, and we interview people from rural spaces in Iowa and around the country to find out what matters to them. From time to time, we’re joined by our friend and “not-a-pundit,” Darvin Graham. The people of rural America matter. We matter, because we live here, too. #WeLiveHereToo

Where to Listen

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Latest Episodes

Episode 3 – Relational Organizing

Oh my gosh, I was at work the other night and a coworker was like, “oh, what happened to your old car?” And I was like, “what do you mean? Like, it rained.” And she was like, “don’t you have a brown car?” I was like “no, my car is silver. Oh my gosh, it’s just that dusty!” Totally fair. I need to wash it.

–Emily



In this episode we talk about relational organizing with Emily and Nicole, who both grew up in Benton County, and we check in with our not-a-pundit, Darvin Graham, about a recent Iowa Poll.

Episode 2 – What a Local Bar/Restaurant Means to the Community



In this episode, we talk with Tiffany Mast, owner of Decker’s Hitchin Post in Garrison, Iowa, about what her business means to her rural community and the challenges she has faced in the midst of a pandemic. Our not-a-pundit Darvin joins us to discuss Iowa’s obsession with its first-in-the-nation caucuses and why that needs to change. Let us know your thoughts about the discussion, or suggest possible guests or topics for future episodes.

Episode 1 – Breaking Down the Race for Iowa House District 75 and What Iowa Democrats Need in a New Chair



In this inaugural episode, we break down Ruby’s bid for Iowa House District 75 and compare the results to past elections and other 2020 House races in Iowa. Our not-a-pundit Darvin joins us to discuss what the Iowa Democratic Party needs in a new chair and how rural Democrats can move forward after a disappointing election. Let us know your thoughts about the discussion, or suggest possible guests or topics for future episodes.

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