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It’s been four years since the Supreme Court of the United States legalized sports gambling in 2018. Since then, 35 states and Washington D.C. have made sports betting legal for their residents and all who visit. Betting online has also evolved. If you live in a state where sports betting is legal, you can download a variety of betting apps to get …
 
When MPR News’ Climate Cast debuted in January 2013, it was one of the few regular programs to address how a warming planet could change life as we know it. That urgency has only grown. In 2023, climate change is one of the leading issues driving political, economical and societal change. To celebrate Climate Cast’s 10th anniversary, MPR’s chief me…
 
Do you have a family member who you are just not speaking to right now? You’re not alone. About 27 percent of American adults say they have cut off contact with a family member, according to one study from Cornell University. So how do you decide when to cut someone off or to try to repair the relationship? And what about if you are the one who som…
 
How have the past three years changed us? That is the question that the MPR News series “The Future of Us” aims to answer. The project asks how a pandemic, a police murder and a city on fire have changed us and our path forward. We’ve posed the question to a pastor, a former mayor, a theater director and more. MPR News host Tom Crann shares the ser…
 
MPR News host Angela Davis is heading to South Africa for an 11-day tour of the country. She will travel with a small group of public radio listeners from Minnesota and eight other states. They’ll visit historic sites in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and they’ll meet people who lived through apartheid, white people and non-white people were separated…
 
Winter activities can bring a lot of joy, but getting around this winter has been challenging. Minnesotans have seen an above average snowfall this month, but above-average temperatures have also left parts of the state covered in ice from freezing rain and a “January Thaw.” Minnesotans might expect to deal with the slips and falls associated with …
 
When Alan Page was a justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court he didn’t decorate his chamber with Vikings memorabilia. Instead, there was an old railroad sign on the wall that said “Colored Waiting Room.” It was a constant and jarring reminder of Jim Crow era segregation. That sign is in the private collection of the Page family, along with thousands…
 
A truly great speech can change the world. We all know Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream.” As we reflect on King’s legacy, MPR News is revisiting a conversation about a memorable speech from 2015. In June 2015, President Barack Obama sang Amazing Grace during a eulogy for a Black reverend killed in a horrific hate crime. Last fall, MPR N…
 
Several of the biggest automakers are gearing up to release a fleet of new, sleek-looking and high-tech electric vehicles. Ford, GM and Honda (in conjunction with Sony) plan to make non-combustion cars more available, both in price and inventory, to a larger part of the market. While this might give future buyers options, there is also an incentive…
 
If you played high school sports growing up, you know how being a student-athlete can change your life. It teaches you teamwork, responsibility, perseverance and so much more. MPR News host Angela Davis talked with longtime high school boys basketball coach Larry McKenzie. He was the first coach in Minnesota history to win four consecutive basketba…
 
Scamming is an industry that seeks to trick and prey on the vulnerable through a variety of platforms. Older people have been known to fall victim to fraud, but now younger adults are the targets and they’re losing money to online shopping scams, phishing emails and fake jobs. Even phone scams continue to hit millions of Americans each year, costin…
 
What kind of changes do you want to make in your life in 2023? Maybe you want to exercise more? Save money? Spend more time with friends who lift your spirits? Or find more joy in your work? We all have broad ideas of how life could be better, but it’s hard to change old habits and stick with new goals. MPR News host Angela Davis talks with a behav…
 
Addiction is at an all-time high in the United States. During the COVID-19 pandemic, binge drinking increased by 21 percent and drug overdoses claimed more than 100,000 lives in a 12-month period. Yesterday, MPR News shared “Substance Use & New Paths to Recovery,” a special broadcast from Call to Mind, American Public Media’s initiative to foster c…
 
Addiction is at an all-time high in the United States and the results are deadly. During the COVID-19 pandemic, binge drinking increased by 21 percent and drug overdoses claimed more than 100,000 lives in just a 12-month period. But what causes a person to develop an addiction? Why are substance use disorders so complicated to treat? And what new t…
 
In 164 years of Minnesota statehood, no Black woman had ever served in the Minnesota Senate. That changes in a big way starting Tuesday, Jan. 3. In November, Minnesota voters elected three Black women to the state Senate. All three are DFLers. One is the youngest woman ever elected to the state senate. Ahead of Tuesday’s start of the new legislativ…
 
All this week, we’re listening back to some conversations we’ve had on this show over the past year. On Friday, MPR News host Angela Davis shared some of her favorite shows. As we embark on the New Year and look back on this past year, did you find plenty to smile and laugh about during the sometimes challenging year? One of the shows Angela ranks …
 
All this week, we’re listening back to some of the conversations we’ve had on this show over the past year. Associate producer Matthew Alvarez shared some of his selections. First, we’ll learn about the benefits of movement and physical activity. Our guests explain how exercising for just 20 minutes a day can improve your health, body and your mind…
 
This week, we’re looking back at some of the conversations host Angela Davis had in 2022 that resonated with us here at MPR News, and with you, our listeners. Producer Maja Beckstrom shares some of her favorites on Wednesday. We’ll hear from two cardiologists about the high rates of heart attack, stroke and other heart diseases among Black Minnesot…
 
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’ll take you behind the scenes of our show on student loan forgiveness and college debt. We asked you what you wo…
 
Being able to read well is the foundation for so many things. If you can’t read well, you can’t do well in school, read a medical prescription or even manage a Google search. But one in three fourth graders in the United States and in Minnesota cannot read at grade level. A new investigative podcast from American Public Media explores how a common …
 
No matter where you’re from or what holidays you celebrate, you probably have a tradition that you keep each winter. Maybe you make mochi with your friends and family for New Year's Day. Or maybe you watch movies in your pajamas with your family on Christmas Eve. Regardless of what they are, these traditions bring us comfort, joy and togetherness d…
 
Discovering your roots can start with a home DNA testing kit. The results, for many, can tell someone about their family history. But for a small percentage of people, the test results can give them a sudden reveal of an unknown relative. MPR News host Angela Davis spoke with a writer who discovered her previously unknown biological father through …
 
It’s been getting harder for many people to afford and keep a home in Minnesota. Rents were rising even before inflation hit. And for some people, the cost of an apartment is out of reach entirely. After protections during the pandemic were phased out, Minnesota saw a surge in evictions, averaging more than 700 evictions during one week in July. Me…
 
The pandemic had a devastating effect on everyone involved in Minnesota education. Teachers are burned out, staff shortages abound, and students are years behind where they should be in crucial subjects. How do we support the education system and catch kids up? Test scores are dismal, but educators, families and communities are working to fill in t…
 
Loneliness can have a negative effect on your mental and physical health. But choosing to spend time alone with yourself has its benefits. Solitude is a way for you to carve out a little time for yourself, away from the company of others, to rest and recharge your brain. MPR News host Angela Davis talks with two guests about how and why we should m…
 
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