Heather McElhatton

Minnesota Public Radio

Heather McElhatton is host of American Public Media's "A Beautiful World," which focuses on solutions journalism and inspirational stories about what's working in the world. She's an author and journalist whose work has appeared on Minnesota Public Radio, the BBC, This American Life, Marketplace, Weekend America and Sound Money. Shess written several novels, including "Pretty Little Mistakes" and "Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Married."

Heather McElhatton Feature Archive

Author and journalist Heather Lende writes obituaries for the Chillkat Valley News, a small newspaper in her hometown of Haines, Alaska. (05/18/2015)
A documentary film showcases the power of second chances and the endeavors of prisoners who care for unwanted and abused dogs in a Massachusetts facility. (05/04/2015)
"Ocean Worlds" details the vast history of not only our oceans here on Earth, but of oceans on other planets in our solar system as well. (02/09/2015)
James Wannerton has a neurological condition called "lexical-gustatory synesthesia," which allows him to taste sound. (02/02/2015)
Writing a "legacy letter" or an ethical will offers the means to share thoughts, memories, hopes and dreams with future generations. (01/26/2015)
Project Daniel uses 3-D printers to create prosthetic arms for youth in Sudan's Nuba Mountains. The effort is the brainchild of Mick Ebeling. (01/19/2015)
It's getting to that time of year when many people across the state are a little blue. The holidays are a memory. New Year's resolutions are already out the door. Plus, the cold and short days will be around for another few months. A local security guard/poet provides some solace for the winter-weary. (01/28/2005)
Joyce Carol Oates's enigmatic new novel, The Falls, is part historical thriller, part dysfunctional family portrait. (10/01/2004)
Anchee Min's new novel, "Empress Orchid," is a wordsmith's treasury of unique phrases, economical dialogue, and rich imagery. (04/02/2004)
Neil Gaiman describes his work with his friend and the illustarator of "Coraline," Dave Mckean. (01/19/2004)
Producer Heather McElhatton explores the structure, tone, and metaphor of A Brief History of the Flood. (12/18/2003)
Producer Heather McElhatton explores where "Dry" belongs among categorizations of fiction, non-fiction, and creative non-fiction. (11/03/2003)
Talking Volumes Producer Heather McElhatton discusses the atmosphere, sudden change and the metaphor of the purple hibiscus. (10/21/2003)
Talking Volumes Producer Heather McElhatton discusses the themes of quietness, pathos, and return in Anna Quindlen's novel, "Blessings." (09/02/2003)
It's been 18 years since Margaret Atwood's novel "The Handmaid's Tale" first hit book stands, but its powerful story of a society that trades liberty for security—in part by controlling the rights of women—has lost none of its hold. (04/14/2003)