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Are you one of those people that freeze up when you need to calculate a 15 percent tip on the restaurant tab? Do you hope a friend will volunteer to figure it out? You might have a bit of math anxiety. A lot of adults and kids think they’re bad at math and say they don’t like it. But learning to be comfortable with numbers and patterns is vital to …
 
The prolonged stress, uncertainty and grief of the pandemic is making people angry — and some of them are taking it out in public. A poll conducted by Monmouth University found that 41 percent of adults said the upheaval caused by the pandemic has made them angry. And that has caused people to have outbursts in grocery stores, on airplanes and othe…
 
Have you found love in the pandemic? Decided it was time to break things off with someone? Has the pandemic brought you and your partner closer together… or has it made your relationship more rocky? The American Family Survey found in 2020 that 37 percent of married people reported that the pandemic has increased stress in their marriage. But on th…
 
As the cost of shelter goes up, some people are turning to alternative ways to afford the roof over their head. MPR News guest host Twila Dang talks with experts involved with land trusts and housing cooperatives and takes listener calls about creative ideas for alternatives to rising rents and mortgages.…
 
Robocalls. Identity theft. Fake websites. Scams take many forms in the digital era. And they cost Americans serious money. In 2021, Americans lost about $30 billion to scam calls. And in 2020, they lost $56 billion to identity fraud. According to the AARP, scammers often target older adults, and they use creative methods that reflect what is curren…
 
Many adults can think back to a time when someone other than their close family took an interest in them, taught them a new skill or maybe helped them through an emotionally tough patch. Mentors can play an important role in a young person’s life, especially children who may not have a lot of adult support or guidance. Sometimes they can make the d…
 
President Joe Biden has once again extended the pandemic pause on federal student loan payments – this time until May 1. While campaigning for president, Biden pledged to cancel at least $10,000 of student debt per person. That has not yet happened. But the pause on student loan payments has reignited the debate on what to do about student loans. S…
 
Incentives like gift cards aren’t working to get people vaccinated. Rates have stalled or dropped, and public health officials all over the country are nervous. As omicron spreads, infection rates soar and hospitals are once again overwhelmed, do we need to rethink how we motivate people to get vaccinated? Would denying access to the public sphere …
 
Two years into the pandemic, restaurants are sometimes open depending on omicron surges and staffing, and grocery stores are struggling with supply chain issues. But your family is still asking, “What’s for dinner?” We are here to help. From the growing popularity of air fryers to mushrooms predicted to be the ingredient of 2022, getting it done in…
 
The president, members of Congress and many federal workers take an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution — against all enemies, foreign and domestic. But what does that mean? What’s actually in our founding document? If you grew up watching “School House Rock,” you likely can sing the preamble, but most of us can’t remember or quote the amendments.…
 
COVID-19 cases are once again surging in Minnesota after the holiday season with the spread of the highly contagious omicron variant. Two years into the pandemic, the new variant has raised questions about how and when the pandemic will end. MPR News host Angela Davis talks about how to cope with a pandemic that keeps stretching on. She spoke with …
 
Ann Bancroft was the first woman to reach the North Pole on foot with dog sleds in 1986. A few years later she skied across the ice to the South Pole with a group of three other women, inspiring students across the country with updates along the journey. But polar expeditions aren’t her only legacy. Bancroft started a foundation 25 years ago that h…
 
What’s on your list of New Year's resolutions? Do you want to spend less and save more? Do you plan to get in shape? Lose some weight? Read more books? Stay in better touch with loved ones? Eat healthier? Work more? Relax more? Whatever kind of change you want to make, saying it out loud is the first step. Committing to getting it done is the secon…
 
All this week, we’re listening back to some of the conversations we’ve had on this show over the past year. Associate producer Samantha Matsumoto joined MPR News host Angela Davis to share some of the shows that have stood out to her. We take you back to Nobles County, the fastest diversifying county in the state. We traveled there earlier this yea…
 
After more than a decade on the MPR News airwaves, Dr. Jon Hallberg says goodbye to host Tom Crann and all of you. Dr. Hallberg spent a final hour with MPR News listeners looking back on his long career and commenting on everything from the measles to back pain to flu shots and COVID. They also took questions from callers and previewed what’s next …
 
All this week, we’re listening back to some of the conversations we’ve had on this show over the past year. Associate producer Samantha Matsumoto joined MPR News host Angela Davis to share some of the shows that have stood out to her. We take you back to Nobles County, the fastest diversifying county in the state. We traveled there earlier this yea…
 
All this week, we’re listening back to some of the conversations we’ve had on this show over the past year. This hour, producer Maja Beckstrom joins host Angela Davis to share some of the shows that stood out to her. We’ll learn more about the grief of losing the language of parents and grandparents. It’s a topic that hit home for many listeners, i…
 
This week we’re looking back at some of the conversations host Angela Davis had in 2021 that resonated with us here at MPR News, and with you, our listeners. On Monday, senior producer Susan Davis shared her selections. She starts with a show about missing and murdered indigenous women, during which we didn’t get or take any calls. She also brought…
 
Two years into the global COVID-19 pandemic, children and their parents are struggling with mental health concerns, COVID safety and living with the uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic. Being a parent can be challenging even during the best of times. So how do parents handle it as the pandemic rages? MPR News Host Angela Davis speaks with a materna…
 
Most women go through menopause — literally the ending of menses and reproduction — with individual levels of discomfort. While medicine has been addressing menopause for centuries, it hasn’t always been effective. But that’s changing. Integrative medicine is a form of medical therapy that combines practices and treatments from alternative medicine…
 
Climate change is reshaping Minnesota's winter. Change is evident in the state’s ecosystem, its economy and its collective identity, a climatologist and a climate researcher discussed on MPR News with Angela Davis Tuesday. Average winter temperatures have risen 5 degrees in 50 years in the state, and while last week’s wacky winter weather — when at…
 
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Let’s cozy up inside with our favorite movies. Whether you watch “Home Alone” every year or you insist “Die Hard” is actually a Christmas movie, our favorite movies can bring family and friends together for the holiday season and can be a source of comfort during the cold and dark winter. MPR News host Ange…
 
The racial reckoning sparked by George Floyd’s murder in 2020 led several of the country’s largest corporations — from Apple to Target to Goldman Sachs — to pledge support for entrepreneurs from various racial and ethnic backgrounds.  Many corporations promised spending, investment, mentorship and all forms of additional support. However, a study c…
 
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