Conversations on news and culture with Kerri Miller. Weekdays from MPR News.
Digging into your gardening questions
Outdoor planting season is just around the corner. Two experts share their advice on planning and tending to spring gardens.
Is Trumpism becoming the new ‘Lost Cause’?
In his first public speech since he left office, former President Donald Trump repeated the lie that he won the election in November. Speaking to the Conservative Political Action Conference, better known as CPAC, he continued to insist voter fraud cost him the White House.
Trump wasn’t the only person at CPAC making the claim. Panels were full of what some Democrats have dubbed “the big lie,” a falsehood two out of three Republicans believe. Supporters of the former president were exuberant when Trump criticized President Joe Biden’s first month in office, but even more enthusiastic when he called out Republicans who have opposed him.
Historians say that kind of support, built on grievance and distortion of facts, could lead to a new “Lost Cause” mythology. They point to similar tactics, overlapping symbols and corresponding defeats that are recast as noble and unjust.
Wednesday, MPR News host Kerri Miller spoke with two Civil War historians about the dangers of a new “Lost Cause” mythology taking root in America.
Caroline Janney professor in history of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia and director of the Nau Center for Civil War History.
Adam Domby is a historian of the Civil War, Reconstruction and the American South at the College of Charleston.
To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.
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The fight for voting rights
The Supreme Court takes up the national battle over voting restrictions this week. On Tuesday, MPR News host Kerri Miller gets an update on the right to vote as it stands right now and consider how new legislation and the Supreme Court could impact voting in the future.
So you’re vaccinated — now what?
As the COVID-19 vaccination rate ticks upward, many people are wondering if it’s safe to see their families or if they should continue to wear masks. Two experts share their tools for understanding the science and assessing risks.
Understanding the burden of ‘actual malice’ in high-profile defamation cases
There’s a spate of high-profile defamation lawsuits being filed over disinformation spread during the 2020 election. Two lawyers describe the high burden of proof needed to prevail in these cases and their implications for free speech.
Fighting wildfires with fire: Why scientists are using prescribed burns to manage forests
On Thursday’s MPR News with Kerri Miller, a researcher and a science reporter talk about using prescribed burns to reduce the threat of forest fires.
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The topics are varied, the guests are wonderful, and the callers provide new perspectives that expand the discussion. A wonderful podcast for anyone who wants to expand their understanding on complex ideas.
I know it’s harder than ever to find unbiased reporting and conversation, I guess I just have high expectation for a “public” funded organization. One star is far more generous than this public personality deserves. I vote to defund biased reporting and Leftist leaning conversations that our tax dollars fund. What a joke Kerri Miller, maybe it’s time to take a look inward and make some much needed reflections!! I will never support this biased nonsense again! I truly hope this show goes in the trash where it belongs!
Kerri & her team are amazing at providing unbiased journalism about critical issues facing the world today.
Wish we had another 1000 like them.