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  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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?
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. 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."
  9. 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?
  10. 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?
  11. 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?
  12. 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?
  13. Impact of the military transgender ban2019/01/24
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  14. What is happening with Brexit?2019/01/23
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  15. 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.
  16. 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?
  17. 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.
  18. 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?
  19. Is there a road to redemption after the #MeToo movement?2019/01/16
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  20. 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.
  21. 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?
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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?
  25. 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.
  26. 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?
  27. 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?
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. Social Security truths and myths2018/12/27
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  32. Tips for getting your personal finances in order in 20192018/12/26
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  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. What does 'domestic terrorism' look like in 2018?2018/12/20
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  36. 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.
  37. Kent Nerburn on creativity2018/12/18
    Kent Nerburn's new book is "Dancing with the Gods: Reflections on Life and Art."
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. 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."
  44. 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
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. '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.
  48. 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?
  49. 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?
  50. 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."
  51. 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.
  52. 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.
  53. Political Junkie: Understanding the Bush presidency2018/12/03
    The passing of President George H.W. Bush has a lot of people remembering the Bush presidency. Political Junkie Ken Rudin joins MPR News host Kerri Miller to talk about the impact Bush had on the presidency and the country at large.
  54. The writings of George H.W. Bush2018/12/03
    George H.W. Bush never wrote a memoir but letters and speeches give a glimpse into what could have been a riveting memoir. Carlos Lozada, the Washington Post's nonfiction book critic, wrote a piece about what could have been in Bush's memoir
  55. The White House through Ayesha Rascoe's eyes2018/12/03
    Ayesha Rascoe has been covering the White House since 2016. She was there for President Obama's final year in office, and has since been covering the Trump White House. Rascoe talked with MPR News host Cathy Wurzer as part of MPR's Broadcast Journalist Series.
  56. Trade skills are in high demand2018/11/29
    There's a high demand for more skilled-trades training and programs at Minnesota tech colleges and universities. Where is the demand coming from?
  57. What does it mean to be a patriot?2018/11/29
    What does it mean to be a patriot? Does it involve the pledge of allegiance? Serving in the armed forces or public office? Voting? Who gets to define patriotism and how does patriotism differ from nationalism?
  58. Developing meaningful rituals for secular people2018/11/28
    We're all familiar with the rituals surrounding religious life: weddings, funerals, holidays and baptisms. But what about rituals for secular people?
  59. Motherhood and the art of timing2018/11/28
    Age may be just a number, but when it comes to giving birth it's a consequential one. A new report outlines how things like education, geography, and politics have a major impact on the age when women become mothers for the first time--and why that age matters so much to that mother's career trajectory and her earning potential.
  60. Creating a space for diversity in music2018/11/27
    Although music is considered universal, there isn't always a ton of diversity in all genres. What can be done to create a space for everyone in all kinds of music?
  61. Political Junkie: Trump's feud with Chief Justice Roberts2018/11/26
    MPR News reporter Catharine Richert sat down with Ken Rudin to round up the week's political news.
  62. Limiting your social media consumption2018/11/26
    Social media can be addictive--how can you set boundaries from your online engagement? MPR News reporter Catharine Richert hosts.
  63. What resources exist after you've been evicted2018/11/26
    Eviction is a life altering event--what resources exist to help evicted tenants land back on their feet after being pushed out of their homes? MPR News reporter Brandt Williams hosts.
  64. Your suggestions for 2018's Word of the Year2018/11/23
    Oxford Dictionary declared "toxic" as 2018's word of the year. U of M language professor Anatoly Liberman had some other ideas. So did our callers.
  65. How millennials are lowering the national divorce rate2018/11/21
    Between 2008 and 2016 the national divorce rate has dropped a whopping 16 percent. At least 8 percent of that drop can be attributed to millennials. What are millennials doing differently?
  66. Talking Volumes with Alexander McCall Smith2018/11/21
    Prolific author Alexander McCall Smith stopped by the Fitzgerald Theater to chat with MPR News host Kerri Miller about writing, kilts, airports, and so much more.
  67. This American Moment: Pushing climate change reform across political divides2018/11/20
    Former South Carolina Congressman Bob Inglis was once a climate-science denying Republican. He now thinks very differently, and has said his refusal to treat climate science as accurate was more motivated by politics than by scientific evidence. Inglis talked to MPR News host Kerri Miller about religion, climate, and politics.
  68. New science on why short bursts can be as effective as long bouts of exercise2018/11/20
    A new physical activity guidelines says that Americans need get off their chairs and move around more. MPR News host Kerri Miller looks at how you can apply the new guidelines into your busy lives.
  69. 'I Come From Arizona': How theater can help children engage in challenging conversations2018/11/20
    Hard conversations with young children can be challenging. Carlos Murillo's "I Come From Arizona," provides a platform to kickstart difficult conversations with young children. MPR Producer Jeffrey Bissoy hosts.
  70. Chip Conley on being a 'modern elder'2018/11/20
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  71. Political Junkie talks Khashoggi2018/11/19
    Political Junkie Ken Rudin discusses Trump's response to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
  72. Rochester draws talented couples to the area, but can they retain them?2018/11/19
    The Destination Medical Center is at the center of a big push to attract more talent to Rochester. As more specialized workers move to the area and bring along their highly educated spouses--are there enough places for these "trailing spouses" to work? MPR reporter Catharine Richert shares what she found in her reporting.
  73. The mental health care shortage reaches Minnesota2018/11/19
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  74. Tracing women's anger through history2018/11/15
    Kerri Miller sat down with Rebecca Traister to talk about her new book "Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger."
  75. Fact checking the vote count2018/11/15
    There are unresolved midterm elections in Florida, Georgia and elsewhere. The President has expressed concerns with the recount process. So what's actually happening in those states? MPR News host Kerri Miller talked to a reporter to fact check the vote count.
  76. With STD cases on the rise, can educators step in?2018/11/15
    The number of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis cases reached a record high in Minnesota last year. MPR News host Kerri Miller and two sex educators talked about the potential sources behind the recent spike and what can be done in the classroom to help buck the trend.
  77. How do we treat opioid addiction?2018/11/14
    An estimated 30,000 people died from opioid overdoses in the U.S. in 2017. With so many people being affected what is being done to treat addiction? MPR News host Kerri Miller will sit down with two experts to try and answer those questions.
  78. How to talk about racism with children2018/11/14
    Racism can be one of the most difficult subjects to talk about. But how can parents talk about racism with their children. MPR News host Kerri Miller discussed this topic with two experts.
  79. This American Moment with Adam Hamilton2018/11/13
    MPR News host Kerri Miller sat down with pastor Adam Hamilton to continue the series, This American Moment.
  80. What are Minnesotans getting from their high-taxes?2018/11/13
    Minnesota is among one of the highest taxed states in the country, but what are Minnesotans gaining from them in return?
  81. Veteran unemployment2018/11/12
    For veterans, transitioning from the military to civilian life can be difficult. And translating their military experience to a civilian resume is one of the many challenges they face. MPR News host Kerri Miller lead a discussion on veteran employment.
  82. Midterm voters wanted better healthcare, now what?2018/11/12
    Healthcare was a big motivator for voters in the midterm elections. With democrats regaining control of the House, what does that mean for the future of the ACA?
  83. Sessions resigns2018/11/08
    Jeff Sessions has resigned at President Trump's request. What does that mean for the Attorney General's office and the Mueller investigation?
  84. #MeToo and the midterms2018/11/08
    Are women more swayed by gender or party? MPR News Host Kerri Miller was joined by a reporter and a psychologist to try and answer that question
  85. What happened in the U.S. House and Senate?2018/11/07
    Three political science professors chatted with MPR News host Kerri Miller about the makeup of the House and Senate after the midterm elections.
  86. This American Moment: Restoring the public's faith in science and expertise2018/11/06
    When it comes to solving some of the biggest issues of our day, how do our leaders weigh evidence-based solutions versus protecting the bottom line?
  87. Breaking bread with political opposites2018/11/06
    On election day we took a break from politics to discuss how breaking bread with people who have differing viewpoints can help build community and increase understanding
  88. Voters likely to cast ballots along party lines2018/11/05
    Kathryn Pearson from the University of Minnesota said that even with civil debates and voter guides, voters stick to one party when heading to the polls.
  89. Your voting questions, answered2018/11/05
    New MPR News Host Angela Davis spoke with an elections official about what voters can and can't do on election day. She spoke with Hennepin County Elections Manager Ginny Gelms.
  90. What local Democrats and Republicans are saying about the midterms2018/11/05
    MPR News host Kerri Miller talked to two experts about the local campaigns and what people are anticipating will happen on election night.
  91. Pollsters talk about Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota2018/11/05
    On Election eve host Kerri Miller turned to pollsters from around the region, including Brad Coker of Mason Dixon Polling to talk about Minnesota; Barry Burden from the University of Wisconsin-Madison to talk about Gov. Scott Walker's re-election bid and other races in Wisconsin; and Ann Selzer, who runs her own polling organization in Iowa, called Selzer and Company.
  92. Races to watch in Minnesota: Senate and governor2018/11/05
    MPR News political reporter Brian Bakst stopped by to talk about the Housley/Smith race for U.S. Senate and we heard highlights of their Sunday evening debate moderated by MPR's Cathy Wurzer. Then he talked about the candidates for governor, Tim Walz (DFL) and Jeff Johnson (GOP).
  93. Outside Money in Campaigns2018/11/01
    There is a lot of money being spent on Minnesota's midterm elections. Candidates have spent about 134 million so far and about half of that is outside money. Where's that money coming from? Who's it going to?
  94. Talking Volumes with Sally Field2018/10/31
    MPR News host spoke with actress Sally Field about her new memoir "In Pieces."
  95. The power of the incumbent2018/10/31
    Normally, incumbent candidates raise more money and benefit from name recognition. But these midterms could be different
  96. The economy and the midterms2018/10/30
    Unemployment is low. Economic growth is high. Consumer confidence is up. Will the robust economy pay off for Republicans on election day?
  97. Why investing in preschoolers is a good economic bet2018/10/30
    Why toddlers and preschoolers may be the key to economic growth.
  98. Interfaith groups united against hate2018/10/30
    In light of the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue MPR News host Kerri Miller spoke with Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman and Urza Ghazi about interfaith solidarity in the face of hatred.
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