Senator Heidi Heitkamp United States Senator for North Dakota

The Hotdish: Podcast Hosted by Senator Heitkamp

On The Hotdish, U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp serves up insight into issues affecting North Dakotans, and how she's fighting for rural America in the U.S. Senate. Episodes can be found on SoundCloud or iTunes.

Episode 1 - Backpage
Episode 2 - Moderates
Episode 3 - Rural America
Episode 4 - Russia
Episode 5 - Your Health Care
Extra Helping - Health Care Update
Episode 6 - Carbon Capture
Episode 7 - Role of Refugees and Immigrants in our Communities
Episode 8 - North Korea
Episode 9 - Addressing the Epidemic of Missing and Murdered Native Women

Episode 10 - On Tax Reform, Bipartisanship Would Make Better Policy
Episode 11 - Bipartisan Support Grows for the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act

Episode 1 - Backpage

On the heels of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp interviews anti-human trafficking leader Cindy McCain and award-winning WDAY-TV reporter Kevin Wallevand—who has covered human trafficking in North Dakota—to talk about the issue at the local, national, and international level.

Episode 2 - Moderates

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp interviews Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and former Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) to talk about the role of moderates in Congress and where they can work together on critical issues for North Dakota and the country—from improving the lives of Native children and negotiating a strong Farm Bill, to tax and health care reform.

Episode 3 - Rural America

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp sits down to talk about the Farm Bill, agricultural trade, and the president's proposed budget cuts to USDA with fellow North Dakota Senator John Hoeven, farm radio journalist Mick Kjar, and former North Dakota state director for USDA Rural Development Ryan Taylor.

Episode 4 - Russia

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp discusses U.S.-Russia relations and the ongoing investigation into Russia's election interference with U.S. Senator Angus King (I-ME), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Matthew Rojanksy, an expert in U.S.-Russia relations.

Episode 5 - Your Health Care

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp interviews two health care experts to reinforce how drastically the Republican health care overhaul would harm North Dakota families and rural hospitals.

Extra Helping - Health Care Update

This bonus episode of U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp's podcast, “The Hotdish,” features clips from two U.S. Senate floor speeches in which she fought to defend North Dakotans’ health coverage and to pass reforms to stabilize markets and lower premiums.

Episode 6 - Carbon Capture

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp hosts Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) to highlight a bill they reintroduced this month to extend and expand a tax credit to encourage innovation that would reduce carbon emissions, recognizing the need to maintain a diverse energy mix for years to come. Heitkamp also spoke with Julio Friedmann, who recently served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Fossil Energy at the Energy Department.

Episode 7 - Role of Refugees & Immigrants in our Communities

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp interviews Fowzia Adde, a leader in the Fargo-Moorhead community for refugees and New Americans, to talk about her work to help folks resettle to the region. Heitkamp also spoke with Fargo Police Chief David Todd who, since leading the department has been actively working to promote inclusiveness, to discuss his department's work to actively reach out to refugee and immigrant communities.

Episode 8 - North Korea

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp interviews two experts on foreign policy and national security to better understand how the present day threat from North Korea evolved, and the various diplomatic and military options the United States has available to deal with it.

In this episode, Heitkamp speaks with Scott Snyder, a lead expert on Korea with the Council on Foreign Relations, and Michèle Flournoy, the head of the Center for a New American Security and a former top U.S. defense official.


Episode 9 - Addressing the Epidemic of Missing and Murdered Native Women

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp interviews two experts and advocates who have dedicated their lives to helping indigenous women overcome obstacles and hardship. They focused on tackling the problem of missing and murdered Native American women, which has plagued indigenous communities in North Dakota and across the country.

Episode 10 - On Tax Reform, Bipartisanship Would Make Better Policy

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp interviews former U.S. Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Phillip Swagel, a Republican economist and former economic advisor in the Bush administration.

Episode 11 - Bipartisan Support Grows for the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp interviews Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and Yiota Souras of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to talk about progress on efforts to crack down on websites that facilitate sex trafficking.