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

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

    Getting outdoors in winter 

    Getting outdoors in winter 

    The difference between enduring winter and enjoying winter might be as simple as finding an outdoor activity that makes you happy. Host Angela Davis talks about winter biking, snowshoeing, skiing and other ways to have fun in winter. 

    • 48 min
    What we know about the omicron variant

    What we know about the omicron variant

    A new variant of the COVID-19 virus has emerged: the omicron variant. On Thursday at 9 a.m., MPR News guest host Catherine Richert talks with infectious disease specialists about what we know about the variant, what we don’t know and what it means at this stage in the pandemic.

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    The future of abortion access in Minnesota

    The future of abortion access in Minnesota

    The landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court case known as Roe v. Wade is cited as having made abortion legal in America. And while that’s true, what the decision says is that no state may make laws regulating abortion during the first three months of pregnancy — except to provide that they be done by licensed physicians.

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear a case involving Mississippi’s law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks. Because the makeup of America's high court has changed since both the 1973 decision and other challenges, legal experts and court watchers expect Wednesday’s case could lead to the overturning of Roe v. Wade. 

    What will this mean for Minnesota? What is our current state law governing abortion? How did we get to where we are, and what might happen if Roe v. Wade is overturned? 

    Ahead of the court’s hearing of the Mississippi case, MPR News guest host Chris Farrell spoke with three law professors about the current landscape of abortion rights and access in Minnesota and how that landscape could change.

    This show is not about the right or wrong of abortion. It’s about the future of abortion in Minnesota.

    Guests: 


    Mary Ziegler is the Stearns Weaver Miller Professor at Florida State University and the author of “Abortion and the Law in America: Roe v. Wade to the Present.” 

    Laura Hermer is a law professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul and the author of the recent 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.” 




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    • 48 min
    Homemade and heartfelt gifts cheer both giver and receiver

    Homemade and heartfelt gifts cheer both giver and receiver

    Handmade gifts come from the heart. If we take time to make something for someone else, there’s love knitted into that scarf and affection baked into every box of cookies.  

    Making gifts for the holidays is a long tradition for some people. Others are making homemade gifts for the first time, maybe after they discovered a craft or hobby during the pandemic as an antidote to stress and digital fatigue. 

    MPR News guest host Stephanie Curtis talks with crafters and listeners about why people make gifts and how homemade presents can bring joy to both giver and receiver.  

    Plus, MPR News senior economics contributor Chris Farrell shares the latest on the economy and Cyber Monday. 

    Guests: 


    Ingrid Nyholm-Lange is director of experience at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis where she oversees classes in traditional handcrafts. She’s also a paper cut and paper fold artist in the Scandinavian tradition. 

    Lisa MacMartin is the owner of Heartfelt, a toy and craft shop in Minneapolis that offers craft classes for children and families. 

    Jess Hirsch is a woodworker and founder of Fireweed Community Woodshop in Minneapolis, which offers space, equipment and instruction for women and nonbinary people interested in woodworking. 




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    • 47 min
    Why practicing gratitude is good for your body, mind and soul

    Why practicing gratitude is good for your body, mind and soul

    Thanksgiving is a time for food, family and friends. It’s designed for gathering and articulating our gratitude for each other and the fruits of the earth. Particularly in these trying times, practicing gratitude can help lift your spirits in the moment and create a positive outlook for a lifetime. 

    Guest host Chris Farrell spoke with three experts on wellness about the role gratitude plays in our overall health and the health of our relationships with other people and the planet.

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    Guests: 


    Annie Pezalla is a professor of psychology at Macalester College in St. Paul. She teaches about Positive Psychology and the practice of gratitude.

    Diane Wilson is the author of the novel “The Seed Keeper” and several memoirs. She's a Dakota writer living in Shafer, Minn.

    Mary Jo Kreitzer is the director of the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota and a professor at the School of Nursing. 




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    • 48 min
    The opioid reckoning in Minnesota

    The opioid reckoning in Minnesota

    Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released some heartbreaking statistics. Not about COVID-19, but about drug overdose deaths, which reached a new record high during the pandemic.

    In the 12 months between May 2020 to April 2021, over 100,000 people died of drug overdoses in the United States. Three-quarters of those deaths were from opioids, the class of drugs that include heroin, prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. That’s an almost 30 percent increase in drug overdose deaths from the previous 12 months. 

    MPR News host Angela Davis talks to a history professor whose new book is about the opioid epidemic, an addiction doctor and a drug counselor about the devastating toll of opioid addiction and new approaches in treatment. 

    Guests: 


    Amy C. Sullivan is a visiting assistant professor at Macalester College and author of “Opioid Reckoning: Love, Loss, and Redemption in the Rehab State.”

    Dr. Emily Brunner is an addiction medicine physician at Workit Health, a telemedicine company that offers medication treatment for opioid addiction. She’s also on the board of directors for the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

    Yussuf S. Shafie is a licensed clinical social worker and a drug and alcohol counselor. He’s CEO and treatment director at the Alliance Wellness Center in Bloomington that offers multicultural mental health services and addiction treatment with a focus on East African communities. 




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Customer Reviews

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65 Ratings

65 Ratings

HeartofGoldMN ,

Wonderful.

Wonderfully hosted and produced. Well done!

podgirlfromtheblacklagoon ,

Snooze fest

What is genius got rid of Kerri Miller?

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Angela Davis

While Angela has improved, she clearly does not do enough research on whatever topic is being discussed to ask intelligent in depth questions. Listening to her show is community radio level NOT MPR level. Surely there are other candidates of color who can do a better job.

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