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Episode Guide

April 16, 2019: As we spend April honoring lineworkers, it’s time to zero in on safety and what it takes to ensure that crews don’t come into contact with live lines. Heath Martin, a co-op safety director, shares the harrowing story of a mistake early in his career as a lineworker that could have cost him his life. We’re also joined by safety experts from NRECA and Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange.



March 15, 2019: As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we take you behind the scenes with a woman who’s making her way in a male-dominated industry. Hear the story of Kaitlyn Vaillancourt, a 21-year-old apprentice lineworker at Pedernales Electric Cooperative near Austin, Texas—the only woman among the co-op’s 200 lineworkers.



Feb. 12, 2019: What is the evolving grid—and what does it mean for how we'll consume electricity in the future? We're joined by three experts to zero in on how electric co-ops are leading this trend: NRECA's Jim Spiers, Patty Richards from Washington Electric Cooperative in Vermont, and Lee Ragsdale from North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives.


Jan. 15, 2019: With a new year and a new Congress, what will emerge as key policy issues for co-ops in 2019? We're joined by Kirk Johnson and John Cassady of NRECA's government relations department to discuss how the association works with members of Congress and their staffs to represent co-op interests, and what to expect on issues ranging from infrastructure to distributed energy resources.


Dec. 11, 2018: Changes in the rural population over recent decades have left many Main Streets across America looking like ghost towns. What factors can help reverse that trend in the coming years? We’re joined by NRECA’s Jeffrey Connor, Zack Mannheimer, a proponent of “creative placemaking,” and Midland Power Cooperative’s Norm Fandel to discuss community development and revitalizing small towns.


Nov. 8, 2018: For electric co-ops, the chance to play a role in bridging the digital divide brings a major opportunity to have lasting impacts on their communities. We're joined by two rural broadband experts, Mike Keyser, CEO of BARC Electric Cooperative, and Brian O'Hara, regulatory issues director for NRECA's government relations team, to talk about the key issues co-ops face in pursuing broadband projects.


Oct. 1, 2018: From the farmer at the end of the rural road to the commuters traveling the interstates to and from the suburbs, every electric cooperative consumer-member has a vote on Election Day. In the debut episode of NRECA’s Along Those Lines podcast, NRECA CEO Jim Matheson reinforces the value of each one of those votes.

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