December 12, 1997 - A Hennepin County judge denied a request from a Hmong woman who wanted to peform a traditional ceremony in the courtroom. Ilean Her, executive director of the Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans, talks about traditional acts in Hmong culture. Her says these ceremonies can take different forms, but often include drinking a ceremonial beverage.
November 6, 1997 - Midday features a Mainstreet radio special about deer hunting, broadcast from Bemidji. The season opens this weekend and a huge number of Minnesotans participate in this annual event. The two hour interview program includes guests Jim Bryant, Regional Wildlife Supervisor with MN DNR, Joe Wood, Executive Director of the MN Deer Association, Bemidji hunters Kevin, Brett and Corey Seefe (sp?), psychologist Dr. Dwight Phelps (sp?) on the culture of deer hunting, and Jean Bergerson on women hunters.
July 9, 1997 - Midday features a program about Charles Kuralt who died today. It includes interviews with Gary Gilson of the Minnesota News Council, Dave Nimmer, former WCCO-TV reporter and professor at the University of St. Thomas, MPR reporter Laura McCallum who worked with Kuralt on "Sunday Morning," and an interview with Kuralt by Paula Schroeder. Listeners call in with questions.
June 2, 1997 - As part of the “Voices of Minnesota" series, this program features two health related interviews. MPR’s John Biewen speaks with Dr. Ron Cranford of the Hennepin County Medical Center. Cranford is an ethicist and end-of-life specialist. Infertility specialist. MPR’s Stephanie Curtis speaks with Dr. Robert Jansen, author of "Overcoming Infertiity: A Compassionate Resource for Getting Pregnant." Program ends with MPR’s Brent Wolfe presenting a feature on new carousel in Kellogg, Minnesota.
May 26, 1997 - A Voices of Minnesota interview with Joe Gomer, one of the Tuskegee Airman during World War II. Also Walter Benjamin of Hamline University, author of "War & Reflection." He looks back on his experiences as a member of the Navy in World War II and the ongoing meaning it has in his life.
May 19, 1997 - A Voices of Minnesota interview with retiring Augsburg College president, Charles Anderson. Also Israeli novelist Abraham B. Yehoshua is in the Twin Cities to speak on the topic of "Israeli Identity in a Time of Peace" and "Modern Democracy and the Novel". He has won numerous awards for his writing and is an activist in the Israeli Peace Movement, working for a compromise with the Palestinians.
April 28, 1997 - A Voices of Minnesota with Dr. Virginia Lupo of the Hennepin County Medical Center, a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology. An interview with the author of "Becoming the Parent You Want to Be"... early childhood educator Janice Keyser, who says parents need to follow their own values, rather than those found in a book. Also, Sasha Aslanian's "Odd Job" segment with a dialect coach.
March 31, 1997 - Edgar Stark is a murderer. Convinced that his wife was betraying him,and had been since the beginning of their marriage, he killed her in a brutal act of violence. The courts found him insane and he was confined in one of England's most secure mental institutions. Edgar Stark is a fictious character at the center of Patrick McGrath's new novel "Asylum." Kirkus Reviews calls McGrath a worthy descendant of Edgar Allan Poe, a contemporary master of highbrow Gothic fiction. His previous novels have all been optioned for films. "Gentlemen Don't Eat Poets" based on his book "The Grotesque" opens this month. In "Asylum" McGrath explores the fine line between love and obsession. While Edgar Stark could well be portrayed as a monster, McGrath only lightly touches on his brutal crime...instead introducing the reader to a man of culture and charm.
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March 14, 1997 - Tami Hoag, Minnesota resident and author of many bestselling suspense novels. Her newest is "A Thin Dark Line."