Conversations about life in Minnesota and how the state is changing, weekdays from MPR News.
Volunteering to help make a more equal Minnesota
Many of us want a better Minnesota but wonder how to make a difference. There’s a seemingly endless array of causes and people who need a helping hand. But how do you make the biggest impact with your time and energy? If you want to address racial inequality, where do you start?
Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul decided to focus on mobilizing volunteers to help create economic opportunity through small steps in education and employment through its volunteer program Opportunity St. Paul.
MPR News host Angela Davis talks with two leaders of the group about turning your desire to help into action that could change other people’s lives — and your own.
For more information visit the Opportunity St. Paul website.
Randi Roth is executive director of Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul.
Yohuru Williams is a professor of history and founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas. He’s also vice president of the board at Interfaith Action.
small change: Money Stories from the Neighborhood
Sometimes people without a lot of money can teach us the most about entrepreneurship, success and community.
That’s a key takeaway from the podcast small change: Money Stories from the Neighborhood.
MPR News Host Angela Davis talks with the podcast co-hosts Chris Farrell and Twila Dang about what’s coming up in their second season, including a profile of a farm business called Harvest Nation started by four women from the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa in northern Minnesota.
Chris Farrell is MPR News’ senior economics contributor and co-host of the podcast small change: Money Stories from the Neighborhood
Twila Dang is founder of Matriarch Digital Media and co-host of small change: Money Stories from the Neighborhood.
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How apples became a symbol of Minnesota
As the weather gets colder, Minnesotans are heading to apple orchards to pick some of their favorite varieties. And there are many to choose from: Honeycrisp, Haralson, SweeTango and Honeygold are just a few of the many apple varieties that were bred and now grow in Minnesota.
MPR News host Angela Davis explores the history of apples in Minnesota, why they grow so well here, the development of different apple varieties and the best ways to prepare and eat the fruit with an apple breeder, an orchard owner and a chef.
David Bedford is a senior research fellow in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Horticultural Science. He specializes in apple breeding.
Gretchen Perbix is the owner and operator of Sweetland Orchard in Webster.
Rachael Perron is the Culinary & Brand Director for Kowalski's Markets.
Is curbing traffic stops a step to justice reform?
Earlier this month, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi announced that his office will no longer prosecute most felony cases stemming from low-level traffic stops. His goal is to reduce racial profiling and racial disparities in the criminal justice system.
MPR host Angela Davis talks to Choi and criminal justice reform advocate Jason Sole about the policy change, what led to it and what impact it may have.
Is the pandemic keeping you awake? Advice from Minnesota’s leading sleep expert
Sleep is essential to good health. But like so much in our lives, the pandemic has compromised our rest. If you’re feeling sleep-deprived, our expert guest, Dr. Michael Howell from the University of Minnesota, has some advice.
Is climate change affecting the backyard gardener?
Hey, how’s your garden looking? Are you ready for fall planting? Are you wondering if you should keep the changing climate in mind while designing your fall garden?
Fall gardening can present some challenges for experienced and novice gardeners alike: What winters over well? And what doesn’t winter over at all?
What should you plant to prepare for spring? When should you deadhead your plants? How do you anticipate an early frost? And this year, drought conditions across the state mean additional challenges for gardeners.
MPR News host Angela Davis talks with two master gardeners about their tips for what to plant with climate change in mind, how to manage your lawn and garden during the drought and how to prepare your plants for the winter.
Julie Weisenhorn is an extension educator and associate extension professor in the University of Minnesota’s department of horticultural science.
Catherine Grant is a horticulturalist and greenhouse manager in the department of biology at the University of St. Thomas.
Wonderfully hosted and produced. Well done!
What is genius got rid of Kerri Miller?
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.