Digitization made possible by the State of Minnesota Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, approved by voters in 2008.
June 15, 2004 — Mainstreet Radio is live from Collegeville for the second hour of this special report. Rachel Reabe hosts a call-in discussion about Minnesota's methampetamine epidemic with three experts.
June 14, 2004 — "Death is un-American," an "affront to the American Dream." wrote historian Arnold Toynbee in 1969. It was a time of social movements and big change: peace, civil rights, environmentalism and women's liberation. But a quieter revolution was underway, too - one led by a few middle-aged women who wanted to change our way of death. They were the founders of the hospice movement. It was a revolution without protest marches, but its legacy is profound. Today three in ten Americans will die in hospice care. In this new American RadioWorks documentary, John Biewen explores the birth of the hospice movement and traces its influence through one woman's final months of life.
June 10, 2004 — Mainstreet Radio's Rachel Raebe explores the history of the Great American Think-Off, held annually in New York Mills, Minn. The Think-Off is now in its twelfth year, and its organizers bill it as an opportunity for regular people to engage in serious discourse. This year, the amateur philosophers will address the question of same-sex marriage.
June 7, 2004 — U.S. President Ronald Reagan passed away this weekend at the age of 93. He spent the end of his life in seclusion battling alzheimers, but his legacy lives on. We take a look at the lasting effects Reagan has had on America's economy, foreign policy and domestic political landscape. Guests include: former Vice President Walter Mondale; former Republican U.S. Senators David Durenberger and Rudy Boschwitz; Mitch Pearlstein, the President of the Center of the American Experiment; Chris Farrell, MPR senior economics correspondent; and Melor Sturua of the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute.
May 26, 2004 — Minnesota Public Radio president Bill Kling is in the MPR studios to talk with host Gary Eichten about the station, the new MPR building, and topics on the minds of MPR listeners.
May 20, 2004 — Everyone's talking about marriage these days. The debate rages from pulpits to the legislature. Most of the discussion centers on who can get married - whether gays and lesbians should have that right. We wanted to back up a step and ask, What is marriage? MPR's Chris Julin presents a discussion among several gay and straight couples about the meaning of marriage.
May 14, 2004 — Midday continues to broadcast live from the state capitol. Host Gary Eichten and MPR's political editor Mike Mulcahy talk with key lawmakers at the MPR broadcast table. Also, analysis from MPR's capitol bureau chief Laura McCallum, and former DFL legislator and former state commissioner Wayne Simoneau. Guests include Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson, DFL-Willmar; Governor Pawlenty's chief of staff, Dan McElroy; Senator Dick Cohen, DFL-St. Paul; Representative Jim Knoblach, R-St. Cloud; Representative Doug Stang, R-Cold Spring; Senator Stevey Kelley, DFL-Hopkins.
April 5, 2004 — The Minnesota Twins are aiming for a third straight division title, and they're confident another one can be had. Host Gary Eichten and Howard Sinker, sports commentator and state news editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, discuss the outlook for the Minnesota baseball team on the opening day of the season.
March 26, 2004 — Host Gary Eichten and Suzanna Sherry, law professor at Vanderbilt University, discuss "judicial activism," and how judges decide what is constitutional.
March 25, 2004 — The state House voted Wednesday on a proposal that would let voters decide if the Minnesota constitution should ban same-sex marriage. Hear excerpts from debate on bill to amend the constitution to define marriage.