March 26, 1977 - Excerpts from the Intermediate Technology conference held in Minneapolis which brought together 500 Minnesotans involved or interested in low-energy-use alternative technology, designed to reduce our need for fossil fuels. Includes a panel discussion, in response to the lecture by British economist Dr. E.F. Schumacher.
April 2, 1977 - Bruce Watson, consulting meteorologist to the U.S. Weather Service, and Ron Willis, meteorologist at the National Weather Service, discuss weather, drought, effect of ozone, and results of elm tree cut down. Also includes an audio tour with Willis of the Twin Cities National Weather Service office.
April 19, 1977 - This Midday program features highlights from a conference on space colonization held last fall sponsored by the Minnesota Humanities Commission, the Minnesota Futures Society, and the Science Museum of Minnesota. It was designed to explore the ethics of sending people to live and work in outer space.
April 30, 1977 - Dr. Herbert Benson, an associate professor at the Harvard School of Medicine, speaking at Lifestyles in a Stressful World conference at University of Minnesota, and sponsored by the University Hospitals Volunteer Association. In his address, Benson discusses some of the causes of hypertension and his suggestions for reducing it.
May 28, 1977 - On this regional public affairs program, an investigation of latest research at the University of Minnesota into agriculture. A tour of University of Minnesota Agricultural Experiment station is presented, highlighting food science, plant genetics, and animal science.
June 7, 1977 - Steven Weinberg, a Harvard University physicist talks with Rachel Kranz about some underlying concepts of nature. Weinberg attended the annual Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota.
June 23, 1977 - University of North Dakota medical professor Theodore Reiff at the annual Governor's Citizens Council on Aging Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter. Reiff spoke on how to prolong life. He began his remarks with a technical description of four theories of why we age. Later in his speech he focuses on what our culture has not done to prolong life.
October 10, 1977 - Dr. Jean Houston, Director of the Foundation for Mind Research with her husband Dr. Robert Masters, speaking at symposium on human potential sponsored by the Science Museum of the Minnesota. Houston discussed altered modes of thinking, human consciousness, and the effects of technology on the human personality.
November 12, 1977 - On this regional public affairs program, Dorothy Hozza of the Minnesota Energy Agency; and Barb Weinschenker of the Center for Local Self-Reliance in Minneapolis, discuss financial incentives for home energy conservation.
November 29, 1977 - Rabbi Seymour Siegel, professor of ethics at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, speaking at a forum on biomedical ethics organized by the Minnesota Inter-religious Committee for Biomedical Ethics, and sponsored by a grant from the Minnesota Humanities Commission in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Siegel’s speech was entitled, "Human Experimentation and Informed Consent". To what lengths should researchers go to gather data using humans as subjects? How much should a potential human subject be told about the experiment he or she is to take part in? These and related questions were topics of speech.