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.
March 9, 2004 — Minnesota lawmakers begin debate Tuesday on a bill that could lead to a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. The constitution would state: "only the union of one man and one woman will be recognized as a marriage in Minnesota."
December 11, 2003 — A remembrance of the late Gisela Konopka, U of M professor, an expert on helping troubled kids. The internationally known University of Minnesota professor of social work died Tuesday (12/09/2003). She was born in Berlin, Germany, and was a resistance fighter during World War II. She was interviewed in 1995 for MPR's Voices of Minnesota series.
December 11, 2003 — Six children were crushed to death by a collapsing wall during an assault by U.S. forces on a compound stuffed with weapons in eastern Afghanistan, an American military spokesman said Wednesday, the second time in a week that civilians have died in action against Taliban and al-Qaida suspects. Today on MIDDAY, an update on the situation in Afghanistan and a discussion with Ambassador Peter Tomsen.
November 28, 2003 — In two Voices of Minnesota conversations, two men, Howard Sivertson and Walter Sve, who grew up in fishing families on the North Shore of Lake Superior. It's a way of life that's practically disappeared.
November 28, 2003 — Gary Eichten's studio guest is Hennepin County Chief Judge Kevin Burke, the 2003 winner of the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence. He was honored in Washington last week.
August 7, 2003 — Tuesday night marked the first shift for 12 state troopers who've come to Minneapolis to help the city's police force handle a spike in violent crime. Minneapolis Police Chief Robert Olson joins to discuss.
August 5, 2003 — More than 30,000 Minneapolis residents are expected to participate in National Night Out activities Tuesday. This year is the 20th anniversary of the event created to strengthen communities and reduce crime by getting neighbors out to meet each other. Minneapolis City Council member Don Samuels has worked to fight crime and violence in the city. He says he's pleased Gov. Tim Pawlenty will deploy 12 members of the State Patrol's Special Response Team to Minneapolis to help combat a recent spike in violence. The announcement follows several shootings in the city, including the critical wounding this week of a 19-month-old girl in North Minneapolis.
July 24, 2003 — China and the U.S. are likely to hold talks with North Korea on its nuclear program in early September, but Pyongyang must agree to immediately include Japan and South Korea for the negotiations to proceed, Kyodo news agency reported on Thursday. We discuss the North Korean nuclear threat and the broader consequences for Asia and the world with Roy Grow, Carleton College International Relations professor.
June 24, 2003 — Gov. Pawlenty says Democrats are making reckless allegations that budget considerations have prompted his administration to consider releasing sexual predators. Pawlenty says the allegations are untrue, and he won't allow early release of sexual psychopaths being held for treatment after their prison terms end. He says Minnesota's policy is unchanged. Kevin Goodno, Human Services Commissioner joins to discuss.