April 16, 2012 — MPR’s Marianne Combs reports on two of the Pulitzers announced that have Minnesota connections. Kevin Puts won a 2012 Pulitzer in Music for "Silent Night: Opera in Two Acts" that premiered at the Minnesota Opera on November 12. Also, poet Tracy K. Smith won a Pulitzer for "Life on Mars," published by Minneapolis' Graywolf Press.
March 12, 2012 — We Minnesotans take pride in our reputation for friendliness. The catchphrase "Minnesota Nice" has become something of a cultural motto. But what's it really like to be NEW to Minnesota? The answer is complex. Young transplants from outside the state say the flip side of Minnesota Nice is an insular culture that keeps newcomers at a comfortable distance. They say making friends and finding a sense of community here is daunting. While the problem is hard to measure, business leaders and others who track economic growth are concerned. They say Minnesotans are not doing enough to welcome newcomers into their fold, and that can have consequences for the state's economic future.
June 30, 2011 — Later today Concordia University in St Paul will welcome an unusual guest for a Lutheran liberal arts school - world champion poker player Jerry Yang. There's a lot that's unusual about Jerry Yang, as he makes clear in his new memoir "All In." And Euan Kerr reports while Yang lives in California there's a reason he's launching his book tour in St Paul on the July 4th weekend.
May 12, 2011 — Students at the Perpich Center for the Arts were treated to an appearance by theater royalty, Dame Julie Andrews. She spoke to the students about the vital role the arts play in our culture. Following speech, MPR’s Marianne Combs interviews Julie Andrews. Andrews mentions how family played the most formative role in her career, and what brings her satisfaction in her work.
February 11, 2011 — Learning you have breast cancer is never easy, but for members of the deaf community, the diagnosis can be particularly isolating. Now a group of Minnesota film makers are trying to change that with a documentary called "Signing On." The film will be previewed this weekend in St. Paul, but Euan Kerr reports the film is already attracting attention internationally in the deaf community.
December 5, 2010 — Every December, the Lakota remember the life and death of Sitting Bull. History has cast him primarily as a warrior, but Krista Tippett discovers in Sitting Bull's living legacy, a very different character from history's celebrity warrior chief who vanquished Custer. This memory has grown in importance as tribal healing of old wounds continues to happen on many levels and often by way of ceremonies that were long suppressed in American law. Krista Tippett explores the essence of Sitting Bull's spiritual legacy as a vital source of identity and healing for the living.
November 14, 2010 — Open Season, new documentary exploring the violent confrontation in Rice Lake Wisconsin which left six people dead will screen in Minneapolis today. The shootings occurred after a group of local residents accused Twin Cities resident Chai Vang of trespassing. Vang was later convicted of first degree murder and is serving a life sentence. "Open Season" co-director Lu Lippold says while many people have forgotten the incident, its implications are still very painful to the people of Rice Lake, and the Hmong-Americans across the US.
November 5, 2010 — For the next week or so, the group Minnesota Film Arts is bringing films from all over Asia to Minneapolis . The "In Search of Asia Festival" will present many kinds of movies from 12 different countries. Euan Kerr reports the festival is aimed at under-served parts of the movie-going public, and it's drawing particular interest from the Hmong community.
September 27, 2010 — Youth soccer season is underway in Minneapolis. There are games at parks all around the city. A handful of the teams competing are sponsored by a group at the University of Minnesota called the Center for Neighborhood Organizing. The center's staff works with urban communities to improve neighborhoods. As Rupa Shenoy reports, they've found a way to do that through soccer.
May 11, 2010 — Poverty, isolation and a lack of organized activities are some of the main reasons African immigrant teens in the Twin Cities are drawn to gangs and crime. A St. Paul group is addressing these problems as a team--a soccer team.