September 11, 1972 - People react to George McGovern speech, which included farm issues. They also discuss topics of the Vietnam war, criticism of President Nixon, and U.S. economy.
October 16, 1972 - MPR’s Rachel Kranz reports on the growth of wild rice production in Minnesota. Kranz talks with farmers about issues and sales of rice as a farm product.
May 6, 1973 - Part one of the MER documentary series, A Sense of Place. Program is titled “Anishinaabe Means Original People,” and focuses on conversations with Indian people about their feelings about the place where they live.
May 13, 1974 - MPR’s Connie Goldman profiles newly formed organization Minnesota Committee for Gay Rights. Report includes comments from visiting guests and Allan Spear, a co-chair of group, about purpose and goals of organization.
May 24, 1974 - MPR’s Sam Ford reports on Stokely Carmichael speech at the AIM Headquarters in St. Paul. Carmichael states capitalism is major oppressor of people of color in this country and has decimated Indian land. Carmichael concludes it can only be changed through a revolutionary struggle with bloodshed.
May 30, 1974 - MPR’s Greg Barron presents an introduction to the history of thunderstorm and tornadoes in Minnesota. Barron interviews numerous officials from the National Weather Service about 1970s era forecasting.
July 10, 1974 - MPR’s Sam Ford reports on the battle over proposed ordinance being reviewed by St. Paul City Council. The ordinance (commonly referred to as the “Gay Rights” ordinance) would ban discrimination because of affectional or sexual preference. Ford highlights two differing views towards ordinance…the opposition of St. Paul Firefighters Local 21 and support from the Minnesota Committee for Gay Rights.
November 22, 1974 - The Minnesota Soil Association promotes low-energy/organic farming. Energy shortage may influence farmers to take organic farming more seriously.
January 10, 1975 - MPR’s Kim Hodgson reports from Worthington as a blizzard begins to wreak havoc on the area. The positive is that the snow brings much needed moisture; the negative is more literal…a minus 27-degree wind-chill.
January 13, 1975 - MPR’s Steve Monroe reports on blizzard’s aftermath in Worthington, Minnesota. This includes an interview with young entrepreneur Steve Erebus, who is dealing with damaged greenhouses that contained orchids.