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

    Using meditation and mindfulness to help us through this moment

    Using meditation and mindfulness to help us through this moment

    A pandemic. Racism. Economic turmoil. It’s leaving some of us with anxiety, stress, depression and feelings of defeat.
    Our self-care is getting bogged down by the weight of all the unknowns in our lives.
    Have you ever thought about meditating? Experts say it can ease our minds and bodies and help us build resilience.
    Are you new to mindfulness meditation? Are you a seasoned disciple? Two experts join MPR News host Angela Davis to talk about it.
    Before the meditation segment, Angela interviews the founder of an effort to amplify the voices of Black women via social media.
    Guests:

    Jasmine Stringer is the founder of “Share The Mic MN,” a local initiative based on the national “Share The Mic NOW” campaign to amplify the voices of Black women. Every Wednesday, white allies hand over their social media platform to give Black and Brown women the opportunity to connect and engage with new audiences.




    Maureen Doran is the lead facilitator for mindfulness training at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing at Allina Health.




    Mariann Johnson is a mindfulness and well-being instructor at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing.

    • 50 min
    Rebuilding, reopening and returning to Minneapolis

    Rebuilding, reopening and returning to Minneapolis

    After the killing of George Floyd, people took to the streets. Protests gave way to civil unrest, and many buildings — including small, minority and immigrant-owned businesses and organizations — were left damaged or destroyed.
    More than 1,500 buildings in Minneapolis and St. Paul suffered damage during the days of looting and burning, according to a Star Tribune analysis.
    Community members have joined forces to start the long rebuilding process. But will customers return to the businesses that made Lake Street in Minneapolis a vibrant business district?
    MPR News host Angela Davis talks with community stakeholders about rebuilding, reopening and returning to Minneapolis.
    Guests:

    Allison Sharkey is executive director of the Lake Street Council and a member of the newly established Minneapolis Forward: Community Now Coalition.
    Kelly Drummer is president of Migizi, a nonprofit organization that trains Native youth in media skills. Migizi’s building was totaled during the uprising.
    David Wellington is a commercial real estate developer. Some of his company’s Lake Street properties were damaged or destroyed.
    Faatemah is the owner of the Suitespot Salonspa in the Lyn-Lake area who is spearheading a neighborhood beautification project.

    • 48 min
    The Monday economic report and how it’s going for fitness centers

    The Monday economic report and how it’s going for fitness centers

    Workout routines either came to a halt or drastically changed at the start of the pandemic, when state officials ordered fitness centers and gyms to close along with other businesses.
    Some people adapted — they bought equipment and gear to create home gyms or they spent more time working out on their own outdoors.
    As stay-at-home orders lifted, fitness centers were among the last group of businesses to be allowed to reopen. So how it’s going?
    MPR News host Angela Davis spoke with several owners and managers of fitness centers. She also checked in with MPR News senior economics contributor Chris Farrell on the latest economic news.
    Guests:
    Chris Farrell, MPR News senior economics contributor
    Ashley Wagner, general manager of Life Time Plymouth
    Jen Wilson, co-owner of True Grit Society gym in Minneapolis
    Pamela Hasselbring, owner of Pilates MN and Physical Therapy in Wayzata

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    • 48 min
    How interracial couples are navigating conversations about race

    How interracial couples are navigating conversations about race

    In the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd and calls for racial equity, how are interracial couples and multiracial families navigating conversations about race and their identity? 
    MPR News host Angela Davis talks with people in interracial relationships who share their experiences and how white people can best support partners who are people of color.
    She also talks with an advocate who is focused on shining a light on the diverse experiences of multiracial people and families.
    Guests:

    Alissa Paris is the executive director of MidWest Mixed who has led workshops for interracial couples.
    Velma Korbel is the civil rights director for the City of Minneapolis. She has been in an interracial marriage for 33 years.




    Ryan Virden is a Minneapolis-based educator, writer and racial equity consultant. He is raising a biracial daughter.



    Correction (June 26, 2020): A previous version of this story incorrectly identified Ryan Virden as dean of culture at Hiawatha Academies, a job he held in the past. It has been corrected to reflect his current occupation.

    • 48 min
    COVID-19, or just allergies? Plus, how to stay safe this summer

    COVID-19, or just allergies? Plus, how to stay safe this summer

    When is a cough or sneeze more than just a cough or sneeze? And how do we stay safe as we head outdoors this summer?
    MPR News host Angela Davis talks with an allergist about the symptoms of seasonal allergies and what sets them apart from COVID-19 symptoms.
    She also talks with two doctors about staying healthy and safe while facing some of summer’s hazards — sun, excessive heat, water and ticks.
    Guests:

    Dr. Pramod Kelkar is an allergist with Allina Health.
    Dr. Gigi Chawla is the chief of general pediatrics at Children’s Minnesota.
    Dr. William Roberts is a family physician and a professor at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.



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    • 49 min
    The 'coronavirus slide' in education and what to do about it

    The 'coronavirus slide' in education and what to do about it

    As K-12 students age, they lose more and more of their school-year learning gains over the summer months.
    On top of the summer slide, educators are now talking about the coronavirus slide — the loss of reading and math skills and other abilities as students were forced to forgo traditional classroom learning for months during the pandemic.
    MPR host Angela Davis discusses what researchers are already discovering about the disruption the pandemic has created when it comes to learning. Two Minnesota school leaders will also weigh in on what we can do about it.
    Guests:

    Jena Carlson is the director of curriculum and instruction for Brooklyn Center Community Schools.
    Tonya Allen is the principal of North Education Center, an alternative school in New Hope.
    Fumiko Hoeft is a neuroscientist, psychiatrist and professor of psychology at the University of Connecticut. She is currently studying pandemic-related learning loss.

    • 48 min

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