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  1. The Five: GoT's horrible pilot, Baby Shark's origin story, and a new single from Vampire Weekend2019/04/11
    Almost every week, senior producer Stephanie Curtis stops by to tell us what to read, watch, listen to or experience. Here's her roundup for the second week of April 2019.
  2. Women of Faith: Atheists2019/04/11
    Only 3 percent of the population identifies as atheist -- and even that small slice is mostly white and male. What does it mean to be a woman and an atheist?
  3. When dogma turns toxic2019/04/10
    Why are working-class whites willing to die rather than support policies that could benefit them? Jonathan Metzl's book, "Dying of Whiteness," examines the grim consequences of right-wing policies -- even for the white voters they promise to help.
  4. How women can avoid burnout2019/04/09
    Stress is everywhere, but women experience it differently from men. Emily and Amelia Nagoski take a science-based approach to how women can break the stress cycle and avoid burnout.
  5. What does Kirstjen Nielsen's departure mean for U.S. immigration policy?2019/04/08
    President Trump says there is a crisis at the border between the United States and Mexico. How do residents describe what is happening there?
  6. Paying student athletes: A renewed debate as the Final Four comes to Minnesota2019/04/04
    Brackets have been busted, friends and families divided and billions of dollars invested as the Final Four arrives in Minneapolis. As March Madness reaches its climax, are student-athletes being compensated enough?
  7. Women of faith: Sister Simone Campbell on #NunsToo and the Catholic Church2019/04/03
    As women's voices in faith communities become more integral and more influential, we are opening a new series of conversations titled "Women of Faith." Sister Simone Campbell, a Catholic nun and founder of the Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, joined MPR News host Kerri Miller.
  8. How having a family doctor improves your life2019/04/02
    Building a relationship with a family doctor is proven to be good for your health. But how can they help you with big life decisions like birth and end of life?
  9. What's next for the Affordable Care Act?2019/04/02
    The Trump administration's latest effort to end the Affordable Care Act has raised concerns that millions could lose health coverage. What happens if the ACA is repealed?
  10. Corporate welfare through the lens of Foxconn2019/04/01
    Big companies, desperate cities: Are tax breaks and subsidies to giant corporations the cost of doing business today?
  11. Wisconsin's contentious lame-duck laws on hold2019/04/01
    The latest on the laws the GOP pushed through in December to limit the power of the incoming Democratic governor.
  12. A national popular vote is gaining steam, but is it feasible?2019/04/01
    A movement to scrap the Electoral College is gaining steam.
  13. The art of living, and dying, well2019/03/28
    Like it or not, we all face the same fate. What do we know about dying well? Kerri Miller talks with Sunita Puri, a palliative care doctor who says modern medicine needs to grow comfortable with death in order to help people to live.
  14. The Five: Apollo 11, Corner Gas and the biggest cities in the world visualized2019/03/28
    MPR senior producer Steph Curtis lists five things you should read, watch, listen to or experience.
  15. Nadia Bolz-Weber on the church, shame and sex2019/03/28
    Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber kicks off a new series on MPR News with Kerri Miller. As women's voices in faith communities become louder, we're speaking with women who are energized by some of our most urgent policy, spiritual and philosophical questions. Today, a conversation with Bolz-Weber on sex, shame and faith.
  16. Nadia Bolz-Weber on the church, shame and sex2019/03/27
    Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber kicks off a new series on MPR News with Kerri Miller. As women's voices in faith communities become louder, we're speaking with women who are energized by some of our most urgent policy, spiritual and philosophical questions. Today, a conversation with Bolz-Weber on sex, shame and faith.
  17. What does Attorney General Barr's summary tell us about the Mueller report?2019/03/25
    Special Counsel Robert Mueller's nearly two year long investigation concluded on Friday. Attorney General William Barr sent a summary of the report to Congress yesterday.
  18. What's the next technological frontier?2019/03/21
    When the World Wide Web debuted 30 years ago, it was seen as the new frontier -- the great equalizer, even. As we celebrate three decades of the web, how much have we gained from it? MPR News' Stephanie Curtis filled in for host Kerri Miller.
  19. Millennials aren't bucking tradition; they're more cautious with money2019/03/20
    The rate of homeownership is dramatically lower among millennials than it was for the generations that preceded them. The Federal Reserve says it's because of "lower earnings, fewer assets and less wealth."
  20. How extremists exploit online communities2019/03/20
    The recent mosque attack in New Zealand and subsequent response from ISIS have garnered a lot of attention online. Are social media companies doing enough to stop extremism from spreading?
  21. Chris Farrell on finding 'Purpose and a Paycheck' after retirement2019/03/19
    It's time to nix old notions on retirement. Hear how seniors are bringing passion and profit into their golden years.
  22. Can college admissions be equitable?2019/03/18
    Wealthy parents allegedly pulled strings and paid bribes to get their kids into college, but college admissions have been unfair for a long time. How do we change it?
  23. The Five with Liliana Percy Ruiz: Radical Candor, Free Solo and a movie theater with personality2019/03/14
    Normally, senior producer Stephanie Curtis recommends five things to see, do, read or experience. But this week, we asked Liliana Percy Ruiz, executive producer at On Being and host of the podcast This Movie Changed Me, to fill in.
  24. Are women finally gaining power in Hollywood?2019/03/14
    "Captain Marvel" revealed an appetite for good movies with strong female leads. But Hollywood still has a ways to go to achieve equity.
  25. How concerned should we be about climate change?2019/03/13
    In September, the UN stated that climate change is the defining issue of our time and that global leaders have until 2020 to come up with solutions. In a recent New York Times op-ed, columnist David Wallace-Wells says it might be time to panic about climate change.
  26. Author Tessa Hadley on finding the words to describe loss2019/03/13
    Author Tessa Hadley's latest book "Late in the Day" finds the words to describe grief in the small things left behind.
  27. The scarcity of affordable child care2019/03/12
    Any parent of young kids can tell you: The cost of child care is staggering, and quality care can be hard to find. Presidential contender Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has a plan to make child care more affordable. So does Ivanka Trump. We will talk about the problem and crunch the numbers.
  28. On tiger moms, holiday letters and authenticity2019/03/11
    Is the holiday letter the original social media - a place where people curate the shiniest bits of their lives for others to consume? That's one of the many theories Kerri Miller explores with her guest, Minneapolis author Gretchen Anthony, as they discuss her debut novel, "Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners."
  29. Why can't we talk about Israel?2019/03/11
    Why is talking about Israel such a loaded conversation in America? Instead of debate, Kerri Miller talks to two deep thinkers: Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker, who is leading his congregation at Mt. Zion through a year of "wrestling with Israel," and Palestinian-American Sherene Seikaly, associate professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
  30. Nigerian author Oyinkan Braithwaite on her debut novel, 'My Sister, the Serial Killer'2019/03/07
    "My Sister, the Serial Killer" by Nigerian author Oyinkan Braithwaite captures the dynamics of a seemingly perfect family with a dark secret.
  31. Zainab Salbi on resilience and the empowerment of women2019/03/07
    On the day before International Women's Day, Kerri Miller welcomed Zainab Salbi for a discussion on resilience and the empowerment of women worldwide.
  32. The ongoing struggle for transgender rights2019/03/06
    Violence against transgender people is on the rise. Among those most vulnerable were transgender persons of color. What is at the root of such violence?
  33. Is there a cure for the rising cost of prescription drugs?2019/03/05
    The cost of prescription drugs is skyrocketing. Pharmaceutical execs say they know it's a problem, but there's not much they can do. Is that true?
  34. Friendship and survival in Peter Heller's 'The River'2019/03/04
    In Peter Heller's new novel, "The River," a friendship between two young men is tested on a canoe trip to northern Canada.
  35. What we know about the Trump summit in North Korea2019/02/28
    President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ended their summit early when they couldn't agree on first steps towards denuclearization.
  36. Clearing up your questions on Michael Cohen2019/02/28
    Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer, called his old boss a 'racist', 'conman' and 'a cheat' while testifying before the House Oversight Committee yesterday. How much weight do those claims carry?
  37. Author Marlon James on 'Black Leopard, Red Wolf'2019/02/26
    Author Marlon James called his latest book, "Black Leopard, Red Wolf," the African "Game of Thrones." James joined MPR News' Kerri Miller for the Thread Live at the Fitzgerald Theater.
  38. Some truths and myths about Latino voters2019/02/25
    Observers of politics often refer to the potential power of the Latino vote. But what exactly is that potential? How do Latinos vote?
  39. Is anyone still watching the Oscars?2019/02/21
    The awards show won't have a host this year and has changed its planned broadcast--and then changed that plan again. Do the Oscars generate more drama than the movies they celebrate?
  40. "The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee": Moving beyond tragedy2019/02/20
    David Treuer's new book "The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee" takes a look at Native American history in a way that moves beyond letting tragedy define a culture.
  41. The American church's complicity in racism2019/02/19
    For centuries, racism flourished in the American church. Has anything really changed? Jemar Tisby, the author of the new book "The Color of Compromise" says no. He believes white supremacy is still alive in the church. It's just gone underground.
  42. What does Bernie Sanders bring to the party?2019/02/19
    Sen. Bernie Sanders announced that he will be running for president again in 2020. How will he set himself apart from other Democratic candidates?
  43. What to expect (or not) from your tax refund this year2019/02/18
    If you haven't filed your taxes yet, you could be in for a surprise. Last year's federal tax overhaul promised a tax cut for millions. But many early filers aren't seeing the hefty refunds they expected.
  44. Political Junkie: No Shutdown, but a national emergency2019/02/18
    President Trump signed a deal that prevented a government shutdown. He then declared a national emergency to help fund a border wall. What comes next? Kerri Miller discusses this week in politics with The Political Junkie, Ken Rudin.
  45. Can we have a nuanced debate about Israel?2019/02/13
    Is it possible to have a nuanced discussion about Israel's policies and America's support of them? How do we have enlightened conversation in a political arena that thrives on hair-trigger altercations and political caricature? Might Omar's words even be constructive in that debate?
  46. The pervasiveness of blackface in American culture2019/02/08
    Blackface has been in the news a lot lately. We examine the roots of blackface: where it started, why it's offensive, and why many white Americans don't get it.
  47. What does Amy Klobuchar bring to the party?2019/02/06
    Senator Amy Klobuchar is expected to announce her presidential run on Sunday. What sets Amy Klobuchar apart from the other democratic candidates?
  48. Can Northam still lead?2019/02/05
    Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is facing calls to resign after a racist yearbook photo surfaced over the weekend.
  49. How can politicians become better leaders?2019/02/04
    Is political leadership a thing apart from what we think of as leadership in business or other disciplines? How can politicians become better leaders?
  50. Why you should care about the Earth's shifting magnetic pole2019/01/31
    The Earth's magnetic field is shifting. How will that affect your daily life?
  51. Growing acceptance of climate change. Now what?2019/01/31
    More than seven out of 10 Americans now say climate change matters to them personally. But those same people aren't willing to do anything to stop it. Why is there the disconnect? And what would it take to get people to act?
  52. What the attack on Jussie Smollett says about America2019/01/31
    For people who identify as a member of both the LGBTQ community and a person of color, it can be challenging to find a safe space. Feelings of vulnerability are even more visceral in the wake of this week's violent attack on Jussie Smollett.
  53. I'm sorry, but we need to talk about apologies2019/01/30
    Why is it so hard to say the words "I'm sorry" without qualifications or excuses? Today on MPR News Tiffany Hanssen talks with two guests about how to craft better apologies: Molly Fischer is the host of "The Cut on Tuesdays" podcast. Steve Almond, is the co-host of the podcast "Dear Sugars" with Cheryl Strayed and the author of several books. His latest one is called "Bad Stories."
  54. Roger Stone plead not guilty, what does it mean for the Mueller investigation?2019/01/30
    Tuesday, Roger Stone, a former adviser to President Trump pleaded not guilty to several criminal charges. What's could happen during the trial and what is its significance to the Mueller investigation?
  55. Where does masculinity go from here?2019/01/29
    The #MeToo movement has highlighted some of the dangers of toxic masculinity. In response, Gillette ran an ad calling for more respectful men. How is this moment shifting the narrative on masculinity?
  56. Howard Schultz and America's history of third-party candidates2019/01/29
    What is the history of independent candidates running for office? What would it take for an independent candidate to be considered a viable option?
  57. The shutdown is over. Can Congress prevent another one?2019/01/28
    Another government shutdown could be on the horizon if a funding deal isn't reached by Feb. 15. What can Congress do to prevent that?
  58. Impact of the military transgender ban2019/01/24
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  59. What is happening with Brexit?2019/01/23
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  60. Political Junkie: BuzzFeed, Shutdown and New Candidates2019/01/22
    BuzzFeed's article became buzz kill when special counsel Robert Mueller's office declared it "not accurate." But why respond to this article and not the many others? That and more in this week's political roundup with Political Junkie Ken Rudin.
  61. Is this the new normal?2019/01/22
    It's the longest government shutdown in history, now entering its 5th week. It feels like shutdowns are more common these days. Is our perception reality? And if so, is this the new normal when it comes to the U.S. government? What are the consequences of a long shutdown, both in terms of economic and human toll? And what would it take to end this one? Or has Washington lost its will to negotiate?
  62. Lilliana Mason on 'How Politics Became Our Identity'2019/01/17
    Are you spending a lot of time in your own political bubble? Is it a struggle for you to hold a conversation with your political opposite? You're not the only one.
  63. What do Kirsten Gillibrand, Tulsi Gabbard and Julian Castro bring to the party?2019/01/17
    Kirsten Gillibrand, Tulsi Gabbard and Julian Castro have announced their bids for the 2020 Presidential elections. What sets them apart from the rest?
  64. Is there a road to redemption after the #MeToo movement?2019/01/16
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  65. Political Junkie: Talking political tribalism2019/01/14
    The Political Junkie, Ken Rudin, joined MPR News host to talk about tribalism in politics and how people make decisions based on their party.
  66. Where are we with the Mueller Investigation?2019/01/10
    A grand jury hearing testimony in Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was granted a six-month extension over the weekend. And in a court filing, Paul Manafort's lawyers appear to have revealed more than they intended about evidence against their client. Where does the investigation stand and what can we expect from Mueller's findings?
  67. Walz is making transportation funding a priority2019/01/09
    The new Governor has made it very clear, he's willing to raise the gas tax to fund road and bridge fixes.
  68. Dispelling myths about immigration and the border2019/01/09
    Two experts on immigration joined MPR News host Kerri Miller to dispel common misconceptions and discuss the economic and security impacts of building a barrier at the border.
  69. Living with a criminal record2019/01/08
    You don't have to be convicted of a crime to feel the repercussions. Even an arrest for a petty misdemeanor can impact future employment, housing, possibly even student loans. What is it like to live with a criminal record?
  70. What does Elizabeth Warren bring to the party?2019/01/08
    MPR News host Kerr Miller spoke with political scientist Dianne Bystrom about Warren's reception in Iowa and what separates her from other candidates considering a presidential run in 2020.
  71. Who sets the moral tone of the nation?2019/01/07
    Do we still look to the president to set the moral tone of the nation? And if not, who do we turn to instead?
  72. What will Democrats do with control of the House?2019/01/03
    What's the priority for Democrats this legislative session? What can they realistically accomplish while Republicans still control the Senate and Executive branch?
  73. Three Views on Nuclear Weapons2019/01/02
    Nine countries now have nuclear weapons - even as the U.S. threatens to pull out of international non-proliferation treaties. That seems ominous. But is it? Do nuclear weapons even matter? Kerri Miller talks to three guests with three different views.
  74. Best books of 20182019/01/02
    Three of the most bookish people at MPR ran down the books from 2018 that you should put at the top of your reading list.
  75. Most Consequential Political Stories of 20182018/12/31
    On the last day of 2018, host Kerri Miller talked to two political experts about the most consequential stories of the year.
  76. Social Security truths and myths2018/12/27
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  77. Tips for getting your personal finances in order in 20192018/12/26
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  78. What does 'domestic terrorism' look like in 2018?2018/12/20
    Reports of hate crimes increased more than 12 percent in America's ten largest cities last year, according to a report from California State University, San Bernardino.
  79. A new wave of Native American poetry2018/12/20
    Minnesota literary houses have enjoyed a great year. Graywolf Press in particular stands out for the number of accolades its poets and authors have earned. One of this year's hits: an anthology of contemporary Native American poetry, edited by Heid Erdrich. Marianne Combs spoke with Erdrich and Graywolf's Jeff Shotts about the anthology and the rising prominence of diverse voices in literature.
  80. What does 'domestic terrorism' look like in 2018?2018/12/20
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  81. The best books for all the kids on your holiday list2018/12/19
    A good read can be a great gift for the kids in your life, but what kind of book should you get them? Local children's book experts Lisa Von Drasek and Holly Weinkauf joined MPR News host Marianne Combs to talk about some of the best books to gift kids this holiday season.
  82. Kent Nerburn on creativity2018/12/18
    Kent Nerburn's new book is "Dancing with the Gods: Reflections on Life and Art."
  83. Is it possible to carry a smartphone and have secrets?2018/12/18
    Guest host Euan Kerr talked with a technology reporter and an expert in technology and public policy about how consumer data is collected, sold and used by businesses, and what you can do to protect your privacy online.
  84. What is going on with Brexit?2018/12/17
    What is going on with Brexit and what does it mean for Europe and the UK? MPR News host Euan Kerr lead a discussion on Brexit.
  85. The costs of prison labor2018/12/14
    Guest host Marianne Combs spoke with a labor expert and a reporter about the state of prison labor in the US.
  86. Movies that unite us2018/12/12
    Yes, Hollywood is in the business of making myths, and it can be nostalgic and not brave enough to lead the cultural change ... but sometimes they get it right.
  87. What you need to know about the special deadline for Medicare Cost plans2018/12/12
    MPR News host Kerri Miller spoke with MPR News reporter Mark Zdechlik and Mary Agnes Caret , senior correspondent at Kaiser Health News about the different enrollment options for people who lost their Medicare Cost plans.
  88. This American Moment: Keeping faith in times of uncertainty2018/12/11
    MPR News host Kerri Miller sat down with author Anne Lamott for the season finale of our election season series, "This American Moment."
  89. Political Junkie: Mueller's Russia investigation2018/12/10
    Ken Rudin broke down the week's political news including the Russia investigation and the Cohen investigation
  90. Understanding the U.S.'s role in global climate reform2018/12/10
    The U.S. has pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement. But the rest of the world is still working to combat climate change and this week thousands of experts are meeting in Poland to figure out how exactly countries will meet their emissions goals.
  91. Debating issues with science2018/12/06
    A course at University of Minnesota is holding mock trials with science and facts at the center of the conversations.
  92. 'The Faithful Spy': Telling the story of World War II through the eyes of a conscientious objector2018/12/06
    John Hendrix is the author of "The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hilter," a new illustrated novel telling the story of the rise of Hitler and one man's attempt to stop him.
  93. Consolidation of power2018/12/05
    In Wisconsin and Michigan outgoing GOP lawmakers are working to limit the authority of incoming newly-elected Democrats. What does this mean for democracy? What does it say about how divided we are as a nation?
  94. Leaders who unite us2018/12/05
    Our country is painfully divided. There was a time when we looked to our leaders to unite us. But what about now? Is there anything or anyone that could unite America?
  95. This American Moment: Addressing implicit bias2018/12/04
    MPR News host Kerri Miller sat down with social psychologist Mahzarin Banaji to continue the series, "This American Moment."
  96. The health care system is tough, especially for black women2018/12/03
    The American health care system is difficult to navigate for anyone. But it's especially difficult for black women.
  97. Bush's impact on the presidency2018/12/03
    With the death of President George H.W. Bush people are taking a look back at his time in office and the legacy he left behind. Tim Walch, director emeritus of the Hoover Presidential Library, joined MPR News host Kerri Miller to discuss Bush's time in office.
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