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  1. How to bring out the 'better angels' in your community2019/07/08
    Family therapist Bill Doherty talked about depolarizing within your own political circles.
  2. Women athletes deserve more respect. Why don't they get it?2019/07/03
    The U.S. women's national soccer team has made a dominant showing in the Women's World Cup. Its performance has been celebrated, but also met with varying levels of criticism. MPR News host Kerri Miller wonders, "Why don't women athletes get more respect?"
  3. Women of Faith: Suhag Shukla2019/07/02
    Suhag Shukla works to correct the misrepresentation of her Hindu faith.
  4. Did President Trump's trip to the DMZ change anything?2019/07/02
    President Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to set foot on North Korean soil. What does this trip mean for U.S. foreign policy?
  5. What do you really know about the Revolutionary War?2019/07/01
    Author Rick Atkinson brings America's war for independence to life with "The British Are Coming," the first book in his new trilogy about the Revolutionary War.
  6. The book series "CatStronauts" soars, connecting kids with cats and space2019/06/26
    American astronauts first landed on the moon in 1969. Minnesota author Drew Brockington thinks it's time for "CatStronauts" to have their turn.
  7. What should voters watch for in the first Democratic debate?2019/06/26
    What should you expect from the Democratic candidates at the first presidential nomination debates?
  8. Women of Faith: Millennial Christians say loving God means protecting creation2019/06/25
    Evangelicals have long focused more on saving souls than on saving God's creation. But some younger believers want to flip the script. Kerri Miller spoke with two environmental activists who are motivated by their faith to do something about climate change.
  9. Sorting the reality from the rhetoric about deportation2019/06/24
    President Trump has vowed to deport millions of undocumented immigrants. But is that even possible?
  10. Women of Faith: Putting relationships over politics2019/06/20
    The women behind the podcast Pantsuit Politics say their faith compels them to stay in relationships, even with people with whom they disagree politically. It's the latest discussion in our Women of Faith series.
  11. Can rent control fix the affordable housing crisis?2019/06/19
    Roughly one-third of Americans pay more than 30 percent of their income on housing each month. Can regulating rent change that?
  12. Minnesota author Siri Hustvedt talks about listening2019/06/18
    A recording of Kerri Miller and Siri Hustsvedt at a live event this spring.
  13. His last day of school: Kaler moves on from the University of Minnesota2019/06/17
    Eric Kaler will leave the University of Minnesota in July. He sat down with host Kerri Miller to talk about his tenure at the Big 10 school.
  14. The future of paid family leave2019/06/13
    The United States is the only industrialized country that doesn't guarantee paid parental leave to working parents. What will the future of paid leave in the United States be?
  15. Women of Faith: The #ChurchToo movement shines a light on sex abuse in evangelicalism2019/06/12
    The largest Protestant denomination in the United States grapples with its own clergy sexual abuse scandal.
  16. Challenging stereotypes of domestic violence in 'No Visible Bruises'2019/06/11
    Journalist Rachel Louise Snyder's immersive new book "No Visible Bruises: What We Don't Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us" describes why stereotypes around intimate-partner violence are not only outdated, but dangerous.
  17. Is America full?2019/06/10
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  18. Where are all the female coaches in collegiate sports?2019/06/06
    Before Title IX, women held 90 percent of the top coaching jobs for women's teams at the collegiate level. Once the money began flowing in, they mostly vanished. MPR News host Kerri Miller explores what happened to all the female coaches.
  19. Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg on real repentance2019/06/05
    In our culture, stubborn denials, glib apologies and quick comebacks often overwhelm any practice of repentance. The Judaic practice of teshuvah shows us a better way.
  20. Summer must-reads: Family secrets, sci-fi and buried history2019/06/04
    From military fumbles to astonishing memoir to ghost stories on the frontier, this list of summer reads takes wild detours.
  21. Emily Bernard and the complexity of being a black woman in America2019/06/04
    A new book uses nuance and personal story to explore themes of race, identity and trauma.
  22. What can failed governments teach us about democracy?2019/06/03
    MPR News host Kerri Miller spoke with Jared Diamond, the author of "Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis," about what failed governments can teach us regarding the future of democracy.
  23. A scientist's race to save her husband2019/05/30
    Steffanie Strathdee has spent her life studying killer viruses as an epidemiologist. But when her husband fell ill from a stomach bug, she wasn't prepared for how hard she'd have to fight to keep him alive.
  24. Women of Faith: Emmy Kegler on being a queer Christian2019/05/29
    How LGBTQ Christians can find a home, even in a church that often wounds.
  25. Cruel spring for farmers2019/05/28
    The one-two punch of too much rain and not enough warmth is exacerbating the agricultural impacts of a late spring.
  26. Women and PTSD2019/05/28
    Women are twice as likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder than men -- despite experiencing less trauma. Why are women at such high risk?
  27. How we know where words come from2019/05/23
    Some words sound so odd that you can't help but wonder where they came from. Etymologist Anatoly Liberman's book "Word Origins and How We Know Them: Etymology for Everyone" takes readers on a journey to learn where words come from.
  28. Women of Faith: Misha Euceph on the many facets of being Muslim in America2019/05/22
    The creator of the new podcast "Tell Them, I Am" talks about making space for Muslims to define themselves.
  29. In likely fight over abortion, Chief Justice Roberts could be the deciding voice2019/05/21
    Alabama recently passed a near-total ban on abortion. Several other states have also passed laws restricting abortions. What might happen if the legal challenges against these restrictions reach the Supreme Court?
  30. In praise of far-fetched ideas2019/05/21
    How a society can cultivate innovative solutions for everyday problems and stop rejecting so-called "loonshots" before they have a chance to prove themselves.
  31. Decoding what hospitals charge and why2019/05/20
    Seventy-nine million Americans struggle to pay their medical bills. How can hospitals be more transparent about the cost of treatment and what can consumers do to avoid health care debt?
  32. President Trump to announce new immigration plan2019/05/16
    The proposal includes some significant shifts in the types of immigrants who are allowed into the country.
  33. New tariffs threaten to undermine farmers2019/05/10
    The trade war intensifies, and farmers are caught in the crossfire. What will new tariffs mean for farmers in the Midwest?
  34. New treatment for postpartum depression comes with a steep cost2019/05/08
    The first-ever drug for postpartum depression hits the market next month. The medication works fast. But at $34,000 per treatment, will it reach those who need it most?
  35. Lt. Gov. Flanagan on missing and murdered indigenous women2019/05/08
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  36. A UN report found that the planet is going extinct; what now?2019/05/07
    A UN report found that upwards of a million plants and animals are facing extinction. What can be done to save Earth's species? Tiffany Hanssen fills in for MPR host Kerri Miller.
  37. Looking up and ahead: What's next for space exploration and research?2019/05/07
    Scientists have gotten the first photograph of a black hole, and competing commercial ventures are making dramatic strides beyond the atmosphere. Are we seeing a renewed public interest in space? What's the latest in space exploration and astronomy?
  38. 3 views on the Noor trial verdict2019/05/02
    A former Minneapolis police officer was found guilty in the death of Minneapolis resident Justine Ruszczyk. A law professor, former police officer and community activist react.
  39. The rise of the Christian left2019/04/30
    Evangelical Christians are a powerful force in America. For decades, conservative politicians have claimed the so-called moral majority. Can Democrats change that?
  40. White supremacy as a motivator for crime2019/04/30
    Once again, an attack allegedly committed by a white supremacist has captured attention. What is the law enforcement response to such violence?
  41. Vaccines, public health and personal choice2019/04/29
    Measles are making a comeback. Vaccination rates have a lot to do with that. When preventable diseases threaten, is there a way to balance personal choice with public safety?
  42. The pros and cons of warrior-style police training2019/04/29
    Warrior training is making headlines in Minnesota, after Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey banned it. What is it and why is it controversial?
  43. Carolyn Forche on 'What You Heard is True'2019/04/25
    In the late 1970s a stranger approached Carolyn Forche and asked her to document violence and political unrest in El Salvador. Against the advice of her friends and family, she went.
  44. Julian Zelizer on the 'Fault Lines' in American history2019/04/24
    After the 2016 presidential election, many Americans described the country as being divided. One historian says that to understand the polarization of today, we need to start by looking at the events that have unfolded since 1974.
  45. Women of Faith: Jenan Mojahir on how Islam motivates her interfaith work2019/04/23
    What does it mean to be an empowered Muslim woman today?
  46. Answering your questions on the Mueller report2019/04/22
    What have we learned from the Mueller report? Where do we go from here?
  47. When the therapist needs a therapist2019/04/17
    Nearly 30 million Americans a year seek therapy -- and that number includes therapists. A new book explores the power of being human and what therapy can, and can't, do.
  48. What's in the Mueller report that we don't already know?2019/04/17
    Thursday, Congress is expected to receive special counsel Robert Mueller's redacted report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. What new information can we hope to gain?
  49. Cheated by student loans2019/04/16
    A divide is forming -- between those who have student debt and those who do not. What does it mean for the future?
  50. Are Minnesotans happy with President Trump's tax cuts?2019/04/15
    The president is in town to promote the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Two tax policy experts look at the effects of the law one year in.
  51. 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.
  52. 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?
  53. 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.
  54. 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.
  55. 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?
  56. 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?
  57. 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.
  58. 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?
  59. 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?
  60. 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?
  61. 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.
  62. A national popular vote is gaining steam, but is it feasible?2019/04/01
    A movement to scrap the Electoral College is gaining steam.
  63. 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.
  64. 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.
  65. 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.
  66. 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.
  67. 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.
  68. 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.
  69. 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."
  70. 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?
  71. 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.
  72. 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?
  73. 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.
  74. 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.
  75. 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.
  76. 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.
  77. 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.
  78. 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."
  79. 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.
  80. 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.
  81. 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.
  82. 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?
  83. 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?
  84. 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.
  85. 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.
  86. 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?
  87. 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.
  88. 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?
  89. 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?
  90. "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.
  91. 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.
  92. 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?
  93. 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.
  94. 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.
  95. 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?
  96. 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.
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