September 28, 2020 - As part of MPR’s “Portraits of Valor” series, MPR’s Evan Frost profiles Minnesotan Joe Stephes, who enlisted in the Navy before the United States officially entered World War II.
July 29, 2020 - On this MPR News Presents program, an APM Reports documentary titled "Covid on Campus." The coronavirus pandemic represents the greatest challenge to American higher education in decades. Some small regional colleges that were already struggling won’t survive. Other schools, large and small, are rethinking how to offer an education while keeping people safe.
October 1, 2019 - MPR’s Catharine Richert profiles Rebekah Knapp, a midwife in western Minnesota. Knapp describes aspects of her profession, including her spiritual viewpoint and working with Amish cultures.
September 21, 2018 - MPR’s Nina Moini reports on Jim Knoblach, a high-ranking republican state representative, who is abruptly ending his re-election campaign. MPR News was preparing to publish detailed accusations from his daughter of inappropriate behavior toward her since childhood.
September 13, 2018 - An APM Reports documentary, titled “Hard Words: Why aren't our kids being taught to read?,” which looks at the science of teaching children to read, and the disconnect of that science with educators. It’s a battle between phonics and whole language theory…leaving millions of children unable to read.
November 9, 2017 - MPR’s Matt Sepic takes a look back at the tenure of Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, whose four year term left contradictions. It included key reforms in the police department and championing of a two-decade park maintenance plan that's centered around racial equity, yet also was marked by two high-profile officer-involved shootings, communication problems, and strife with the police chief.
September 11, 2017 - The APM Reports documentary “Shadow Class: College Dreamers in Trump's America” looks at the rescinding of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a policy that allows some individuals with unlawful presence in the United States after being brought to the country as children to receive a deferred action from deportation and become eligible for an employment in the U.S.
July 21, 2017 - MPR’s Danielle Wong profiles a St. Paul Karen dance group that is giving younger refugees a chance to celebrate their culture….and they're attracting new audiences in the Twin Cities and nationally.
July 20, 2017 - MPR’s Catharine Richert reports on sexual harrassment accusations against Gregory Stavrou, former Rochester Civic Theatre executive director, and the subsequent fall out to the theatre and it’s board.
December 20, 2016 - MPR News with Tom Weber presents a program on The Dakota Access oil pipeline, which winds hundreds of miles from the oil fields of North Dakota to a pipeline hub in southern Illinois. In 2016, it was almost entirely built — except for a section under Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir just south of Bismarck, N.D. Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and a coalition of other groups camped out near the site of the river crossing in an effort to stop pipeline construction.