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What do you wonder about the people, places and culture of Minnesota? Listen to our community-driven reporting project, which invites listeners to ask questions that our newsroom researches and answers.

Curious Minnesot‪a‬ Star Tribune

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 83 Ratings

What do you wonder about the people, places and culture of Minnesota? Listen to our community-driven reporting project, which invites listeners to ask questions that our newsroom researches and answers.

    Why did Minneapolis tear down its biggest train station?

    Why did Minneapolis tear down its biggest train station?

    The Great Northern Depot on Hennepin Avenue was a de facto welcome mat for Minneapolis for many years. Along with the Milwaukee Road Depot, it was the primary place people arrived in the city. So why was Great Northern torn down in 1978, while the Milwaukee Road Depot survived? Rail historian Aaron Isaacs joins host Eric Roper to discuss the history of the Depot and the decline of passenger rail travel in the 20th Century.
    Story and photo gallery

    • 15 min
    How Ford made millions of windows from St. Paul sand

    How Ford made millions of windows from St. Paul sand

    For part of the 20th Century, Ford Motor Company relied heavily on sand beneath its plant in St. Paul to make windows for its cars. Host Eric Roper discusses that operation with reporter John Reinan.
    LINKS:
    John's Curious Minnesota story about the Ford Plant sand mining
    A timeline of St. Paul's Ford Plant operations
    Made in St. Paul: Stories from the Ford Plant (Twin Cities PBS / Producer: Peter Myers)

    • 12 min
    How do cities make Mississippi River water safe to drink?

    How do cities make Mississippi River water safe to drink?

    Both Minneapolis and St. Paul draw their drinking water from the Mississippi River. Curious Minnesota host Eric Roper paid a visit to Minneapolis’ water treatment campus in Fridley to understand the complex process that makes river water safe to drink.
    LINKS:
    Photo gallery
    Article (published in October 2020)

    • 13 min
    Will Minnesota join push toward a national popular vote?

    Will Minnesota join push toward a national popular vote?

    A number of states have joined an effort that would effectively bypass the Electoral College in determining America's president. Those states have signed on to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which would commit their electoral votes to whoever wins the national popular vote. Will Minnesota participate? Reporter Torey Van Oot joins host Eric Roper to discuss the proposal. Read her story here. The reader question was inspired by a discussion on the New York Times' "The Daily" podcast, which you can listen to here.

    • 10 min
    Why do so many Twin Cities malls end in ‘dale’?

    Why do so many Twin Cities malls end in ‘dale’?

    Malls ending in the suffix "Dale" are peppered across the Twin Cities. But why "Dale"? Reporter John Ewoldt joins us to discuss the history of the Dales, starting with the landmark mall that started it all — Southdale. Host Eric Roper and Ewoldt discuss how the vision of the Dayton Corporation reshaped retail in the region. Read John's story here.

    • 13 min
    Why hasn't Minnesota passed the Equal Rights Amendment?

    Why hasn't Minnesota passed the Equal Rights Amendment?

    Neither the U.S. nor the Minnesota Constitutions have amendments addressing gender equality. ERA supporters are continuing to push for change, but they face legal and ideological opposition. Host Eric Roper talks with reporter Jessie Van Berkel about th

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
83 Ratings

83 Ratings

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Fun facts to know

Well done, quick & easy listening podcast answering questions about various MN topics. It’s fun!

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What a fascinating podcast!

Extremely interesting and love the way everything is SO conversational! Excellent way to connect 💫

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Great way to learn about the state I love

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