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Conversations about life in Minnesota and how the state is changing, weekdays from MPR News.

    Living with autism as an adult: Part two

    Living with autism as an adult: Part two

    When many people think of autism, they think of children. But as awareness about autism grows, more adults are also being diagnosed with autism.  

    About two percent of adults are on the autism spectrum, which includes a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with sensory sensitivities, social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. 

    MPR News host Angela Davis hosts part two of an April Autism Awareness Month conversation about what it’s like to be an adult with autism, how to get diagnosed and the pros and cons of disclosing you’re autistic in your school or workplace.

    Guests:  

    Daren Howard is deputy director of the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) and sought his own diagnosis with autism spectrum disorder after his child received a diagnosis. He moved to Minnesota several years ago from California, where he consulted and led nonprofit organizations focused on giving children and teenagers access to after school and summer programing. 

    Zephyr James is director of marketing and communications with the Autism Society of Minnesota. They were diagnosed with autism as a young adult.

    • 48 min
    Is 2024 the year Minnesota passes an Equal Rights Amendment?

    Is 2024 the year Minnesota passes an Equal Rights Amendment?

    We’re approaching the two-year anniversary of the end of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that guaranteed the right to an abortion for half a century.

    The fall of Roe has heightened the intensity of a battle over reproductive rights across the country. And here in Minnesota, it’s inspiring activists to continue to pursue an Equal Rights Amendment that would enshrine gender protection and reproductive justice into the state Constitution.

    MPR News host Angela Davis talked about where the Equal Rights Amendment stands in the Minnesota legislature today and the state of gender inequality in 2024.

    • 46 min
    Why do so many couples fight about money?

    Why do so many couples fight about money?

    What happens when a tightwad marries a big spender?

    Disagreement over money and how to spend it is a source of conflict in many close relationships and marriages.

    The families we grow up in shape our behavior around money. That can lead to trouble if you start sharing your life with someone who has a very different approach to spending and saving.

    Coming up at 9 a.m. on Monday, MPR News host Angela Davis talks with a researcher and a financial therapist about why so many couples fight over finances and how to resolve the inevitable disagreements.

    Guests:  


    Scott Rick is the author of “Tightwads and Spendthrifts: Navigating the Money Minefield in Real Relationships,” published earlier this year. He’s an associate professor in the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan where he studies consumer behavior and decision making.

    Lindsey Konchar is a certified financial therapist based in Chaska, with a master’s degree in social work from Minnesota State University Mankato. She offers financial therapy to individuals and couples through her business, Coping with Lindsey.

    • 46 min
    Trailblazer Reatha Clark King on her journey from chemistry to philanthropy

    Trailblazer Reatha Clark King on her journey from chemistry to philanthropy

    As a child in Georgia, Reatha Clark King picked cotton for $6 a day to help her family make ends meet. Then, buoyed on the hopes and expectations of her family and church, she blazed a trail from a one-room schoolhouse in the segregated South to college.  

    She pushed past gender and racial barriers as a Black woman to become a research chemist in the 1960s, contributing to NASA’s moon landing. She went on to become a college dean, university president and a philanthropist and a vice president of a major corporation.  

    Earlier this week, she was honored at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota with a reception and celebration of her recent biography, “Find a Trail or Blaze One.”  

    MPR News host Angela Davis talks with Minnesota trailblazer Reatha Clark King about her life.

    Guest:  

    Reatha Clark King worked as a research chemist for the National Bureau of Standards in Washington, D.C. In the 1960s. She moved to Minnesota to become president of Metropolitan State University from 1977 to 1988. She was a vice president of General Mills Corporation and president and executive director of the General Mills Foundation until she retired in 2002. Her biography “Find a Trail or Blaze One” was published in 2021.  

    • 46 min
    Why infidelity happens, and how to deal with it

    Why infidelity happens, and how to deal with it

    One in three Americans has cheated on a partner, according to a YouGov survey from 2022.

    Cheating can be devastating on a personal level and tumultuous for the relationship. But many couples figure out a way to work through it. Many people are able to move on and move forward.

    MPR News host Angela Davis and her guests talked about infidelity: Why it happens and how to deal with it — whether you’re the person who has been cheated on, or the person who has done the cheating.

    Guests:  

    LaReesa Hooper is a therapist and founder of Therapeace Counseling in St. Paul. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed alcohol and drug counselor.

    Shanelle Wenell is a therapist with Therapeace Counseling in St. Paul. She is a licensed associate marriage and family therapist with additional expertise in equine therapy.

    • 46 min
    Can school resource officers make schools safer?

    Can school resource officers make schools safer?

    Minnesota communities have spent the last few years debating the role of police in schools.

    In 2020 after the murder of George Floyd, the Minneapolis school board voted to end its contract with police and removed school resource officers, or SROs, from Minneapolis Public Schools.

    Many other districts across the country also phased out SROs, including St. Paul.

    Then last year, the state Legislature passed a law that limited how officers could physically restrain students. Some law enforcement agencies raised concerns that the new restrictions left them open to lawsuits and pulled their SROs from schools just before the start of this school year.

    That brings us to the present moment. In March, updated legislation that clarified restraints and provided for more training and a uniform school resource officer policy was signed into law. As some law enforcement agencies prepare to return SROs to schools, basic questions remain:

    Do school resource officers make schools safer?

    Can a trusted police officer in a school building prevent violence and support students in crisis without leading to more students being suspended, expelled or arrested?

    At 9 a.m. on Tuesday, MPR News host Angela Davis explored the role of SROs with current and former school resource officers.

    Guests:


    Rudy Perez is president of the National Association of School Resource Officers. He relocated to Minnesota in 2023 to serve as assistant chief of police for the Golden Valley Police Department, where he oversees patrol services including school resource officers. He previously served 22 years in the Los Angeles School Police Department, as an SRO and later as a lieutenant overseeing school resource officers. He joined MPR News from St. Cloud where he’s attending a Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association training.

    Charles Adams III was a police officer with the Minneapolis Police Department for 20 years and a school resource officer until 2020 at North Community High School in Minneapolis. He still coaches the North Polars football team and was featured in the 2023 Showtime documentary “Boys in Blue” which followed the team during the 2021 season. He’s now director of team security for the Minnesota Twins.

    Todd Mohr has been a school resource officer for the Mankato Department of Public Safety for nine years. He works mainly out of West High School in Mankato.

    • 46 min

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