StraightTalk

StraightTalk is a regular interview feature by Brian Cabell, of ‘Word On The Street’ will be talking to people in the Marquette area who have something to say, from politicians to businesswomen, from activists to athletes and bartenders. No spin or bull allowed. The questions may be unconventional, even uncomfortable. The answers will be revealing.

STRAIGHTtalk: With Frida Waara

STRAIGHTtalk: With Frida Waara

This month, Brian Cabell probes the mind of realtor-writer-adventurer Frida Waara, and finds out what makes this ever-enthusiastic, winter-loving woman tick. BC: You were raised in Wixom in the Lower Peninsula. Was it a happy childhood? FW: Oh, tremendous. I was outside all the time. I lived near a lake with plenty of room to […]

STRAIGHTtalk: With Vicky Crystal

STRAIGHTtalk: With Vicky Crystal

 Brian Cabell sits down with Vicky Crystal, TV6’s relentlessly upbeat morning personality, to discover the real person: who never really had a father, who’s concerned about her looks, who’s struggled with financial problems, who’d like to find a mate. But deep down, she’s a bright, shining spirit. BC: Vicky Crystal…That’s not your real name, is […]

STRAIGHTtalk: With Dr. Scott Doughty

STRAIGHTtalk: With Dr. Scott Doughty

Brian Cabell finds out why Dr. Scott Doughty of Harvey is not your traditional doctor. He’s an MD but he emphasizes a different, holistic approach to medicine and offers what’s known as “concierge” care. BC: When did you get your first inspiration to become a doctor?   SD: My maternal grandmother was the daughter of […]

STRAIGHTtalk: With Chip Truscon

STRAIGHTtalk: With Chip Truscon

Marquette, MI – A frank talk with a retired public health administrator, researcher and professor–and self-proclaimed Socialist–about radical politics, his love of Marquette, our future, and death.   BC: You were raised downstate. How would you characterize your childhood? CT: Very unusual. My father was a family doctor and my mother sang opera and light […]

STRAIGHTtalk: With Kathleen Heideman

STRAIGHTtalk: With Kathleen Heideman

Brian Cabell interviews poet and painter Kathleen Heideman, who’s also the president of Save the Wild UP, and the daughter-in-law of Fred and June Rydholm. Kathleen explains how a Wisconsin farm girl ended up in Antarctica for two months and now finds herself enchanted by the Yellow Dog Plains. BC: What were you like as […]

STRAIGHTtalk: With Karl Bohnak

STRAIGHTtalk: With Karl Bohnak

Marquette, MI – Brian Cabell sits down with the UP’s favorite meteorologist, Karl Bohnak, for a candid conversation about females, politics, TV news and climate change. BC: How would you describe yourself as a boy? Curious? Adventurous? Mischievous? KB: I would say I was the curious type and occasionally I was adventurous. For instance, during […]

STRAIGHTtalk: With Theo McCracken

STRAIGHTtalk: With Theo McCracken

Marquette, MI – McCracken of Dead River Coffee takes time off from roasting coffee beans to reflect on coffee, family, life and death Brian: When you were a boy, what did you want to be when you grew up? Theo: I wanted a job where I worked with my hands. Maybe a mechanic or an […]

StraightTALK: With Nheena Weyer Ittner

StraightTALK: With Nheena Weyer Ittner

Marquette, MI – Nheena Weyer Ittner grew up downstate but has lived in the UP for the last few decades. She’s the ambitious and gregarious founder and director of the Upper Peninsula Childrens Museum. She always seems to be in a good mood. Is that a façade? No. It’s real. BC: What’s your most vivid memory […]

STRAIGHTtalk With Livio Stabile

STRAIGHTtalk With Livio Stabile

Marquette, MI – June, 2014 – This month on STRAIGHTtalk Brian Cabell pulls up a bar stool in the Pub at the Landmark Inn to speak with one of the most popular bartenders in town Livio Stabile, an immigrant from Italy, who’s found romance, a home, and the American dream here in Marquette… BC: How […]

STRAIGHTtalk: With Sue Kensington

STRAIGHTtalk: With Sue Kensington

Marquette, MI – May, 2014 – This month on STRAIGHTtalk: Conversations With People You Should Know, Brian Cabell sits down with Sue Kensington, community activist, former City Commissioner in Marquette, and all around interesting woman about town… BC:  When you were a little girl downstate back in the Fifties, what did you want to be […]

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