March 31, 1981 - MPR’s Rich Dietman interviews St. Paul native Gerry Spiess, who talks about his solo voyage across the Atlantic in a boat he built himself named "Yankee Girl". Spiess also discusses his plans for his next journey with "Yankee Girl", this time across the Pacific ocean with stops in Hawaii, Samoa, and Australia.
May 27, 1986 - MPR’s Kate Moos talks with St. Paul’s Ann Bancroft about her expedition to the South Pole. Bancroft recounts the challenges of being in the Arctic.
August 18, 1988 - MPR's Stephen Smith observes an average day in the life of a nuclear missile crew based at Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota. He finds out that there is no button to launch a nuke; it's actually a set of keys…and keeping the keys can be pretty dull work.
November 5, 2007 - Midday presents an American RadioWorks documentary titled “Wanted: Parents,”which focuses on two teens looking for adoption before they age out of foster care at 18.
December 31, 2009 - As part of MPR's Youth Radio Series, Youth Radio reporter Mara Kumagai Fink reflects on an event that profoundly changed her family's life…the New Year's Day when her mom fell on a ski trail and was paralyzed from the neck down.
January 28, 2010 - As part of MPR's Youth Radio Series, Youth Radio reporter Roy Lee Spearman Jones tells the story of being out on his own as a gay and homeless young man.
May 27, 2010 - As part of MPR's Youth Radio Series, Youth Radio reporter Antonio Gonzalez examines how his family is doing seven months after the sudden and mysterious death of his mother, Judy Ojeda.
September 20, 2010 - As part of MPR's Youth Radio Series, Youth Radio reporter Mara Kumagai Fink explores her family’s memories of internment camps for Japanese Americans during WWII. Mara spent the summer visiting these camps and uncovering what happened to her family during the war.
April 4, 2011 - When soldiers find out they may deploy to a war zone, leaving their affairs at home in order for themselves and their loved ones becomes top priority. In just a couple months, nearly 24-hundred citizen soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Infantry Division Red Bulls will be shipped to Kuwait as part of the U.S. drawdown phase in Iraq. For one soldier from Dodge Center, the uncertainty of a deployment meant scrambling to plan his bride's dream wedding ... in less than a week.
April 15, 2011 - How do you prepare for a year at war? MPR’s Jess Mador profiles the Munoz family, and how the married couple deal with the stress of military deployment.