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Josie Johnson, iconic Minnesota civil rights activist, on hope and her legacy

2/22/2024
A new documentary, “Hope in the Struggle,” tells the story of civil rights activist Josie Johnson, chief lobbyist for Minnesota’s fair housing law and the first Black member of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. MPR News host Angela Davis talks with Johnson and Twin Cities PBS executive producer Daniel Bergin about her legacy.

Duration:00:46:45

Lessons from rejection

2/21/2024
Everyone has a rejection story — from presidents, CEOs and bestselling authors to our neighbors and friends. Personal and professional rejection is part of life. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt. MPR News host Angela Davis and her guests dug into the psychology behind rejection and how we can use it to our advantage. They talked about why rejection is so uniquely painful and how we can use rejection to move on and move up in our lives.

Duration:00:46:48

Beyond the Border: The immigration crisis, up close

2/20/2024
The rhetoric is inflammatory, but there’s no disputing the data. The number of migrants who crossed the southern U.S. border is hitting historic highs. In December, the Department of Homeland Security reported more than 300,000 people crossed the border, either by applying for asylum at entry points or by trying to cross the border illegally. According a Pew survey, Americans across party lines say the government is doing a bad job handling the current surge. Congress is locked in a standoff. Earlier this month, it failed to pass a bipartisan bill to increase border security, after Republicans in the House said it was “dead on arrival.” Meanwhile, thousands of migrants — coming from a wide variety of countries like Venezuela, Ecuador, Russia and India — are stuck in makeshift camps at the border, waiting to be processed. The reality of this broken system is not a surprise to Minnesota’s immigrant communities. Many have fought their way through it or are still waiting for action. And all are watching for what happens next. Beyond the Border: The immigration crisis, up close To get some answers, MPR News, together with Sahan Journal, convened a panel of immigration experts on Feb. 8, at El Colegio High School in Minneapolis. Hosts Angela Davis and Sahan Journal immigration reporter Hibah Ansari asked them to share stories about Minnesotans caught in the system and how immigrants and refugees to Minnesota are viewing this election year. Don’t miss this special Sahan Community and North Star Journey Live discussion. Experts: Emilia Gonzalez is the executive director for Unidos MN. John Bruning is the supervising litigation attorney at The Advocates for Human Rights. Jenny Stohl Powell is the legal director at the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota. Nasra Ismail is the the U.S. enterprise executive director of Alight. North Star Journey Live is a live event series and reoccurring topic on MPR News with Angela Davis centered around what Minnesota’s diverse communities need to thrive. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS.

Duration:00:51:30

Three Minnesota chocolatiers share how they fell in love with making chocolate

2/14/2024
Updated: 6:15 p.m. After Easter and Christmas, Valentine’s Day is the biggest holiday for chocolate sales. Maybe you’re a chocolate lover yourself. But do you know the difference between a bonbon and a truffle? Or where cacao beans are grown? MPR News host Angela Davis talks with three Minnesota chocolatiers about what goes into making their luscious treats and how they fell in love with making chocolate that the rest of can enjoy—on Valentine’s Day or any day. Guests: Mary Leonard is the founder and owner of Chocolat Celeste, which has been making chocolate for more than 20 years in St. Paul. Monica Jimenez is the founder and CEO of Chocolate San José-Minneapolis, which imports chocolate from her family’s cacao farm in Ecuador. She also sells a line of chocolate products made in Minnesota. Robyn Dochterman is the founder and co-owner of St. Croix Chocolate Company in Marine on St. Croix, which last fall won two awards at the International Chocolate Awards in Florence, Italy. The following is a transcription of several questions asked during the show. Use the audio player above to listen to the full episode. How do you become skilled in experimenting with different flavors? Mary Leonard: It’s just a testing kind of thing. It starts with a basic recipe that is actually the same in all the flavors and it’s just the addition of a variety of different flavor notes. There’s the ones that everybody loves and there’s the ones that are more unusual. I’m not as much of a fan myself of the ones that everybody loves — champagne and raspberry, I always think to myself, “oh, let’s get more creative than that.” How do you harvest the beans to get chocolate? Monica Jimenez: The harvesting process starts by cutting the mature pod from the plant. Then we break the pod and extract the seeds and select the seeds by hands. I like to explain that the seeds come covered with a white, little sweet bulb that we use to ferment the seed. This way we can get all the nutrition that is in the plant. The seed has a lot of antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, magnesium and all this nutrition. What trends have you noticed in making chocolate since you started? Robyn Dochterman: When I first started, we were still explaining the percent of chocolate. So if you have a 70 percent dark chocolate, that 70 percent refers to the chocolate mass or what comes from the cacao tree. So what that tells you is that other 30 percent is probably sugar, vanilla, milk powder if it's a milk chocolate which it’s not going to be if it’s 70 percent, that’s going to be a dark chocolate. People have learned quite a bit about chocolate ... so we’re a lot more educated but at the same time, we’re getting more advanced. People also want to do more snacking. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS. Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.

Duration:00:34:55

Carbon Sound's Julian Green and Sanni Brown on HEART BEATS and the Minnesota music scene

2/12/2024
MPR News host Angela Davis checked in with the team from Carbon Sound at our sister station, The Current. Carbon Sound is a music stream, website and app “dedicated to celebrating the depth, breadth and influence of Black musical expression.” The stream has been broadcasting for just a year and a half, but the small but mighty Carbon Sound team has been doing big things. Carbon Sound won an Anthem Award for its work last spring – that's an international award celebrating “purpose and mission-driven work.” Content Director Julian Green and Host Sanni Brown joined MPR News with Angela Davis to talk about their newest work spotlighting DJ mixes and local musicians. Tuesday, Feb. 13, Carbon Sound will host a dance night at the Seventh Street Entry in Minneapolis called "HEART BEATS.” Guests: Julian Green is the content director for Carbon Sound. He built and manages the music library and oversees content creation. He previously served as program director at Radio K at the University of Minnesota and founded their online hip-hop stream The Vanguard. Sanni Brown is the host and voice of Carbon Sound. Her show, “The Message,” focusing on classic Hip Hop and R&B, also airs on The Current on Wednesday nights. She has more than 10 years of broadcast experience at stations including KMOJ-FM, KFAI-FM and 107.1 MyTalk. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS.

Duration:00:33:43

Meet the MPR News politics team

2/12/2024
The state legislative session opens on Monday and it’s not just law makers who are jumping into action. The politics team at MPR News is gearing up to keep Minnesotans informed about what’s happening at the state Capitol. MPR News host Angela Davis talks with three journalists on the MPR News politics team about what drew them to the politics beat, how covering politics has changed and what to expect from this year’s state legislative session and also the upcoming presidential election. Guests: Brian Bakst was named political editor at MPR News in Oct. 2023 after almost eight years as a political correspondent for MPR News. Before that he worked 17 years for the Associated Press in the Twin Cities. Dana Ferguson is a senior politics reporter at MPR News. She previously covered Minnesota state government and politics for Forum News Service and worked for newspapers in South Dakota and Wisconsin. Clay Masters joined MPR News as a senior politics reporter in January. He worked for more than a decade in the Iowa Public Radio newsroom as a statehouse and political correspondent and as host of IPR’s Morning Edition. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS. Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.

Duration:00:34:55

What Black men need to know about prostate cancer

2/7/2024
There’s a good chance you know someone who is a prostate cancer survivor. One in eight men — and one in six Black men — will get prostate cancer during their lifetime. It’s not something we are all good at talking about. But we need to. Prostate cancer outcomes are much better when the cancer is caught early. And family history is also a major risk factor for the cancer. A urologist and a survivor joined MPR News host Angela Davis in-studio, talking about prostate cancer and how we can better save lives. What are the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer, and what do Black men, in particular, need to know? Guests: Dr. Christopher Warlick is the Department Head for the Department of Urology at the University of Minnesota Medical School and is an Associate Professor who treats several urologic cancers, with an emphasis on prostate cancer. Willie Bridges is a prostate cancer survivor from Minneapolis. He was first diagnosed over a decade ago. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS. Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.

Duration:00:47:04

Policing and Black men: Is building trust possible? One Minneapolis group’s effort

2/6/2024
Policing in America is a polarizing topic. High-profile killings of Black men by police officers over the last few years have eroded trust in policing as an institution — especially for many Black Americans. According to a 2022 Pew Research Center survey, most Black Americans think policing needs major changes to treat Black people fairly. But a group of police officers and community members in Minneapolis has been working — mostly behind the scenes — for the past seven years to build trust. That includes learning about and acknowledging policing’s origins in slavery. It’s called the Police and Black Men project. On Tuesday at 9 a.m., MPR News host Angela Davis talks with a longtime police officer and a community organizer involved in the effort. The conversation is part of the new Talking Sense series at MPR News, which aims to help us better understand why political conversations are so polarized in the first place and to give us tools for managing those conversations. Talking Sense includes an app with an entire section to help Minnesotans talk with each other about policing. Guests: Charles Adams is an inspector for Minneapolis Police Department’s Fourth Precinct. He’s been with MPD since 1987 and is a member of the Police and Black Men Project. Guy Bowling is a nationally-recognized fatherhood leader and speaker, the former director of the FATHER Project, a federally-funded responsible fatherhood program, and a 2020 Bush Fellow. He is also a member of the Police and Black Men Project. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS. Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.

Duration:00:45:58

Winter blues: No snow, thin ice and warm temps are messing with winter recreation

2/5/2024
It’s been a warm and weird winter. Most of Minnesota right now doesn’t have any snow. And, the ice is melting fast. Outdoor hockey rinks have turned into puddles. Ice houses are getting pulled off some lakes across the state. Snow mobiles languish under tarps in the garage. Over time, Minnesota’s average winter temperatures are slowly rising as carbon emissions warm the globe. But super El Niño weather patterns have made this winter especially warm. MPR News host Angela Davis talks with people around the state about how the wimpy winter is messing with winter recreation, businesses that depend on it and our moods. Guests: Dan Kraker is the MPR News correspondent based in Duluth. He’s a cross country skier and reported a story earlier this year on how this year’s wimpy winter is disappointing winter outdoor enthusiasts. Chris Farrell is MPR News senior economics correspondent. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS. Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.

Duration:00:46:39

Journalist Michele Norris on what Americans really think about race

2/1/2024
What would happen if you asked Americans to share their experience of race — but in only six words. Fourteen years ago, that’s how journalist Michele Norris started what’s called The Race Card Project. More than a half a million people responded with their personal, honest and sometimes shocking six-word answers: “You’re pretty for a Black girl.” “White privilege, enjoy it, earned it.” “Lady, I don’t want your purse.” “My ancestors massacred Indians near here.” “Urban living has made me racist.” “I’m only Asian when it’s convenient.” Now, Norris has compiled many of the responses, along photographs, back stories and essays, into her new book, “Our Hidden Conversations: What Americans Really Think About Race and Identity.” Listen to MPR News host Angela Davis talking with Norris about her Minnesota roots, journalism career and helping Americans talk about race. Norris also will speak and sign her book Thursday evening at an event open to the public at the Westminster Town Hall Forum in Minneapolis. Guests: Michele Norris is a columnist for the Washington Post and host of the podcast “Your Mama’s Kitchen.” From 2002 to 2012, she was cohost of NPR’s All Things Considered. She also spent almost ten years as a reporter for ABC News covering politics, policy and the dynamics of social change. Over her long career she’s earned multiple awards, including the Peabody, Emmy, Dupont and Goldsmith awards. She’s the author of two books, “The Grace of Silence” and “Our Hidden Conversations.” Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS. Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.

Duration:00:47:14

How to deal with a narcissist

1/31/2024
This Wellness Wednesday, MPR News host Angela Davis talked about narcissism with two therapists, giving practical advice for co-existing with the narcissists in your lives.

Duration:00:47:02

Power Pair: The music critic and ‘The Laundry Guy’

1/30/2024
What do you get when a music critic shares a home with a laundry and cleaning expert? Some cool playlists for cleaning house, for sure. Ross Raihala became the Pioneer Press pop music critic in 2004, just a year before he met his longtime partner Patric Richardson. Over the two last decades, Richardson went on to open a vintage designer clothing store and become the go-to expert for laundry dilemmas and stubborn stains. MPR News host Angela Davis continues her Power Pair series with a conversation about the couple who can turn house cleaning into a disco party — their careers, how they met and how they support each other. Power Pairs Listen to all the conversations in our Power Pairs series Guests: Ross Raihala joined the Pioneer Press as pop music critic in 2004, after stints at The Forum in Fargo, N.D., and The Olympian in Olympia, Wash. He covers local and national music as well as some theater and other arts and entertainment topics. Patric Richardson is the owner of Mona Williams, at the Mall of America specializing in vintage designer clothing. He’s host of “The Laundry Guy” on HGTV and author of “Laundry Love: Finding Joy in a Common Chore” and the new “House Love: A Joyful Guide to Cleaning. Organizing, and Loving the Home You’re In.” Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS. Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.

Duration:00:46:45

A how-to guide to networking

1/29/2024
No one wants to be known as a schmoozer. But building a network in your industry and your community is essential. And once you start building that momentum, it can help guide your future. MPR News host Angela Davis and her guests talk about practical advice for building and growing our own professional community, and common mistakes we make in those networking conversations.

Duration:00:47:13

The unexpected benefits of learning as an adult

1/25/2024
How often do you get out of your comfort zone each week? What about each month? Maybe learning something new is a goal for you in 2024. You’re never too old to try, and there are so many benefits — some of them unexpected. MPR News host Angela Davis talks about learning as an adult – whether it’s a language, a sport, an art or a skill. And having fun while we do it, because that’s important, too. Her guests are experts in adult enrichment. They’ve seen the benefits of adult learning first-hand in Bemidji, Grand Marais and St. Paul.

Duration:00:47:26

Soul doctors: How Minnesota chaplains’ roles are changing

1/24/2024
Chaplains often show up on the worst days of people’s lives. They arrive in a hospital room after a distressing diagnosis. They accompany police to help inform someone of a loved one’s death. One in four Americans have been visited by a chaplain, usually at a hospital or hospice, though chaplains also work in prisons, on college campuses and with the military and police and fire departments. But the role of spiritual caregiver is evolving as society becomes both less religious and more religiously diverse. At the end of last year, Fairview Health Services laid off more than a dozen staff chaplains as part of a larger round of layoffs, raising questions about whether patients’ spiritual care will continue to be seen as part of a health system’s core services. MPR News host Angela Davis talks with three chaplains about the work they do and how it’s changing. Guests: The Rev. Jessica Chapman Lape is an assistant professor of Interreligious Chaplaincy and director of the Interreligious Chaplaincy Program at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. She’s an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, a staff chaplain at Regions Hospital in St. Paul and a community trained birth doula. The Rev. Michael Le Buhn manages the spiritual care department at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. He previously worked as a chaplain in Allina Health’s Mercy Hospital Unity Campus in Fridley and at Open Table Nashville, a nonprofit that serves people experiencing homelessness. Michael is a veteran of the United States Army. Rabbi Lynn Liberman is the community chaplain with Jewish Family Service of St. Paul. She has worked in a congregation, as a hospice and hospital chaplain and is a volunteer police and fire chaplain for Mendota Heights and West St. Paul. She also provides chaplain care for the Minnesota State Patrol sworn troopers and security officers who work at the Minnesota State Capitol. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS. Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.

Duration:00:46:30

Re-Imagining Justice in Minnesota

1/23/2024
Public safety became a top concern as violent crime increased in Minnesota during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the same time, there’s been increased public criticism of law enforcement agencies, the courts and penal systems. What if the criminal justice system was reimagined from the ground up? Could our systems both “center humanity” and keep communities safe at the same time? What would that even look like? Listen to an edited conversation with elected officials facilitated by MPR News host Angela Davis on Nov. 17, 2023 during the Re-Imagining Justice conference organized by the Minnesota Justice Research Center in St. Paul. Guests: Melvin Carter is the mayor of St. Paul, first elected in 2017 and reelected in 2021. Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan was elected in 2018 on a ticket with Gov. Tim Walz after serving as a state representative and CEO of the Children’s Defense Fund. Rep. Cedrick Frazier, DFL-New Hope was elected in 2020 to the Minnesota House of Representatives after serving on the New Hope City Council and working as a public defender and legal counsel in education settings. John Choi was elected Ramsey County Attorney in 2011 after serving as St. Paul’s city attorney and spending a decade in private practice. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS. Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.

Duration:00:47:50

How AI is already changing Minnesota’s marketing industry

1/19/2024
It’s been just over a year since Chat GPT launched, bringing artificial intelligence to our fingertips. It feels like AI is everywhere. It’s not a question of when Minnesota companies will start using AI. Artificial intelligence is already helping them market their services to and for you. MPR News guest host Chris Farrell and two experts in the marketing industry explored how AI is changing the way we do business — and what that looks like for us as consumers.

Duration:00:47:36

Getting to Green: Shifting to electric vehicles

1/18/2024
Minnesota is making progress getting to green. But there is no way the state can avoid a worsening climate crisis without tackling the way we get around. Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the state. As part of its goal to be carbon free in 25 years, Minnesota aims to have electric vehicles make up 20 percent of all vehicles by 2030. But while EV sales are growing, they currently make up less than one percent of vehicles registered in Minnesota. And, we face bumps in the road to rolling out more electric vehicles. Where are we going to charge all those electric cars? How will the electric grid handle the surge in demand as more people shift to electric? And, how do batteries hold up in cold weather like we’ve been having this week? Listen to a conversation that digs into some of these challenges co-hosted by MPR News correspondents Dan Kraker and Kirsti Marohn. It’s the final conversation in their three-day series of shows that expanded on reporting by MPR News in our series Getting to Green. Missed our previous conversations? Part 1 Getting to Green in Minnesota Part 2 Getting to Green: One home at a time Guests: Dan Gunderson is an MPR News correspondent based in Moorhead. He’s been leading the coverage of electric vehicles in the Getting to Green series. Diana McKeown co-leads the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTS) through the nonprofit Great Plains Institute. The teams work at the community level across Minnesota to support clean energy projects, including transportation electrification. Diana is also a member of the Drive Electric Minnesota team at Great Plains Institute and has been an EV owner for over 10 years. Beth Kallestad is a sustainability planner in the Office of Sustainability and Public Health at the Minnesota Department of Transportation. She oversees the state’s effort to build a limited number of electric vehicle charging stations along key highways in Minnesota funded through the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program. Want to continue the Getting to Green conversation in person? Join MPR News correspondents Dan Kraker and Kirsti Marohn at 5 p.m. on Feb. 20, 2024 at the Ursa Minor Brewery in Duluth. There will be experts on hand to talk more about the energy transition in Minnesota and changes we can make in our homes and lives to “get to green.” Limited seats available. Register here. Support for this series is provided by the Poynter Institute. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS. Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.

Duration:00:47:32

Getting to Green: One home at a time

1/17/2024
Minnesota has an ambitious goal — to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. That’s what scientists say is needed to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. To get there, Minnesotans will need to completely rethink energy use in our homes. The natural gas and propane that we use to heat our buildings contributes significantly to global carbon emissions. That’s why a portion of the billions of dollars in new federal and state funding for the clean energy transition will help people reduce energy use in their homes and go toward swapping in new electric heat pumps and other appliances. Part 1 Getting to Green in Minnesota MPR News correspondents Kirsti Marohn and Dan Kraker guest host part two of a three-day series expanding on the reporting they’ve done with MPR News colleagues in our series Getting to Green. Find out what can you do right where you live to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and learn about the growing number of rebates and incentives that will be available to help make those changes. Guests: Michelle Gransee is deputy commissioner of energy resources at the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Rebecca Olson is the senior director of residential and community energy at the nonprofit organization Center for Energy and Environment. Useful online resources Visit Center for Energy and Environment's website Visit Minnesota Air Source Heat Pump Collaborative website Learn more CEE's Home Energy Hub Get started! Take control of your home’s energy use Explore Clean Energy Resource Team's website Read New Energy Programs in Minnesota Support for this series is provided by the Poynter Institute. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS. Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.

Duration:00:46:53

Getting to Green in Minnesota

1/16/2024
Minnesota is going green, and fast. Officials have set an ambitious goal — for the state to be carbon neutral by 2050. The state is making progress. Over half of Minnesota’s electricity is now produced by sources that don’t emit greenhouse gases. Last year, state lawmakers set aside tens of millions of dollars for a host of climate projects, from putting solar panels on schools to rebates for electric vehicles. And, the federal government recently pledged billions of dollars to spark the clean energy transition. But there are still many challenges Minnesota must overcome to “get to green.” We need more electric transmission capacity, more electric vehicle chargers and more cost-effective ways to decarbonize buildings, farms and factories. Listen to a recording of the first of three live shows on the energy transition guest hosted by MPR News correspondents Kirsti Marohn and Dan Kraker, expanding on the reporting they’ve done with MPR News colleagues in our series Getting to Green. Then tune in Wednesday at 9 a.m. when the focus narrows to our homes—how do we reduce fossil fuel use in heating and running appliances in our homes. On Thursday, the focus is on electric vehicles and sustainable transportation. Guests: Margaret Cherne-Hendrick is the senior lead for innovation and impact at Fresh Energy. Pete Wyckoff is the assistant commissioner for federal and state energy initiatives at the Minnesota Department of Commerce, a new position created in 2023 to coordinate efforts to bring millions in federal clean energy funds to Minnesota. Support for this series is provided by the Poynter Institute. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS. Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.

Duration:00:47:22