Conversations about life in Minnesota and how the state is changing, weekdays from MPR News.
Soccer star Briana Scurry’s 'greatest save' was herself
There are many Minnesotans who have left home and gone on to become famous. And when we think about the athletes on that list, one name definitely comes to mind.
Briana Scurry is considered one the best women’s soccer players to ever play the game. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist who graduated from Anoka High School. She has broken barriers as a Black woman and as an openly gay athlete.
And now she has written a book, “My Greatest Save,” that tells her story.
Briana Scurry joined MPR News host Angela Davis to share stories about growing up in Minnesota, rising to the top as a professional soccer player, and then watching her life fall apart after a head injury ended her soccer career.
Briana Scurry is a women’s soccer player and a two-time Olympic gold medalist who graduated from Anoka High School.
In Focus: How housing can shrink the racial wealth gap
Income inequality is deepening in America. Economic gains in recent decades have been unevenly dispersed, with the vast majority of the wealth going to those already on top. Part of that discrepancy is rooted in the inability to buy property.
Owning your own home is a key part of building wealth in the U.S., thanks to federal tax policy. But for many people of color, the door to home ownership has long been closed. In fact, Minnesota has one of the largest racial homeownership gaps in the country. Why is this, and what can be done to narrow the gap and set families of color on the road to solid housing and wealth creation?
Listen to this recorded In Focus event as MPR News host Angela Davis leads a discussion about the racial wealth gap in Minnesota with panelists from across the state.
Kim Smith-Moore is the senior director of homeownership programs at MN Homeownership Center.
LeAnn Littlewolf is the co-executive director of the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO), based in Duluth.
Karla Benson Rutten, executive director of the St. Paul campus of the Jeremiah Program, which works with single moms and their children to break the cycle of generational poverty.
Activist Robin Marty on her 'Handbook for a Post-Roe America'
Now that the right to an abortion has been overturned, America enters a new phase. Some states, like Minnesota, will continue to offer abortion care. Many others will prevent all access. Some will even criminalize anyone who helps a pregnant person get an abortion in a state that makes it legal.
Writer and activist Robin Marty saw this day coming — but she admits she didn’t think it would happen so quickly. In 2019, she wrote “Handbook for a Post-Roe America,” as she watched laws severely restricting abortion sweep many regions of the country. This spring, she released an updated version. And now, with the Supreme Court overturning Roe, it’s become a handbook for women reeling from the decision and wondering what to do next.
Wednesday, on a special edition of Big Books and Bold Ideas, host Kerri Miller spoke with Marty, who recently moved from Minnesota to Alabama to become the operations director for the West Alabama’s Women’s Center. They discussed her book, what she thinks will happen next, and how the hopscotched nature of abortion rights going forward will impact pregnant people, especially women of color.
Robin Marty is the operations director for the West Alabama Women's Center, and the author of “A Handbook for a Post-Roe America.”
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Chef Gavin Kaysen on his new restaurant and fine dining in the Twin Cities
One of the most hotly anticipated new restaurants in Minneapolis opened earlier this month. Mara, a posh Mediterranean eatery, is the latest creation from chef Gavin Kaysen.
Kaysen, who is also the owner and chef at Spoon and Stable and Demi, grew up in Minnesota. He has won James Beard awards, cooked at restaurants around the world, and competed on cooking shows like “Iron Chef.”
MPR News host Angela Davis talks with Kaysen about why he still believes in downtown Minneapolis, the importance of hospitality, his role with the new Iron Chef season and balancing family and work.
Gavin Kaysen is an award-winning chef. He is the owner and chef of the Minneapolis restaurants Mara, Spoon and Stable and Demi.
The future of abortion access in Minnesota
Roe v. Wade is one of the very few U.S. Supreme Court cases that many ordinary people know by name. The landmark 1973 decision made abortion legal in America. Now, a majority of the current court says that ruling was “egregiously wrong,” opening the way for states to restrict abortion or ban it entirely.
Abortion is still legal under current Minnesota law. Could that change? And what does the decision mean for other states and the country as a whole?
MPR News host Angela Davis talks with two law professors about abortion rights and access in a post-Roe world and other implication’s of last week’s ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization.
Laura Hermer is a law professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul and the author of the article, “Covid-19, Abortion, and Public Health in the Culture Wars.”
Jill Hasday is a professor of constitutional law, family law and legal history at the University of Minnesota Law School and the author of two books: “Family Law Reimagined” and “Intimate Lies and the Law.”
Staycations in Minnesota
Everyone needs a break from their routines and daily stress. But for many people, a big summer vacation away isn’t affordable or even desirable.
The idea of a “staycation” became popular during the Great Recession of 2008. It returned during the COVID pandemic as people reluctant or unable to travel rediscovered their neighborhoods and nearby tourist attractions. As we head into summer, inflation and lingering COVID concerns are making nearby vacations appealing again.
MPR News host Angela Davis talks with two travel writers about finding Minnesota’s hidden vacation spots and low-cost ways to find rest and renewal close to home.
Lisa Meyers McClintick is a travel writer and photographer based in St. Cloud and author of the guidebook “Day Trips from the Twin Cities.”
Lizanne Dooner is a travel writer and blogger and creator of the blog Lizanne Lately.
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