August 8, 1977 - Twenty months ago, in November 1975, the giant ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald plunged to the bottom of Lake Superior during a storm. The marine board of investigation determined that the Fitzgerald's hatches failed, and the ship sank in a few seconds. This Options program is a collection of commentary, statements, and recordings describing the accident and its aftermath.
August 27, 1977 - MPR’s Bob Potter presents “The Role of the Courts in a Changing Society: Criminal Law,” a documentary that follows the process of investigation, charging, trial, sentencing and appeals.
September 5, 1977 - An excursion through the resort area in Northwestern Iowa known as the Iowa Great Lakes. On Labor Day, most of the tourists and vacationers who swell this area's population from eight to sixty thousand will be going home. But the atmosphere that surrounded the lakes in this and previous summers has been captured in the following sound portrait.
September 24, 1977 - MPR’s Dan Olson presents “The Role Of the Courts In A Changing Society: Cedar-Riverside high-rise development suit,” a documentary that xamines lawsuit challenging the Cedar-Riverside high-rise development in Minneapolis. The court's decision provides insight into how a single suit can change the profile of a large urban area, into the National Environmental Policy Act, and into how tax laws and government funds are used to provide inner-city housing.
October 24, 1977 - MPR’s Bob Potter presents “The Role of the Courts in a Changing Society: Football and Antitrust,” a documentary that explores the lawsuit ‘MacKey v. National Football League,’ which illustrates how anti-trust law relates to professional sports and how the courts helped mold professional football.
November 14, 1977 - Minnesota Public Radio presents reporter/producer Greg Barron’s “The Prairie Was Quiet,” a sound portrait of the American Prairie. MPR’s Dan Olson narrates the documentary as it recounts million year history of the prairie.
November 26, 1977 - MPR’s Bob Potter presents “The Role of the Courts in a Changing Society: A Look at Conciliation Court,” a documentary that examines Minnesota's lower courts, including the first taped excerpts ever broadcast from local conciliation and municipal court in Minnesota.
September 14, 1978 - MPR’s Greg Barron presents the documentary “Power on the Line: The Smoldering Conflict.” Barron spent several days in central Minnesota and produced this searching look at the deep commitment of the opposing sides in the Minnesota power line controversy.
November 15, 1978 - MPR’s Kim Hodgson visited poet Bill Holm in Minneota, Minnesota, and talked with Holm about his small town and the people who live there.
March 17, 1979 - On this special regional public affairs program, Midday presents an examination of causes, agents, and consequences of Irish immigration to America and Minnesota in history, interview, and song.