"Mortality makes everything worth more to us," says Galway Kinnell. In his 12 volumes of poetry, Kinnell, 78, has spent a lot of time writing about mortality.
Noted author Bobbie Ann Mason's new novel, the first in a decade, is both a return to familiar country and a departure from her earlier books. "An Atomic Romance" is a love story set against a backdrop of the Cold War.
The space shuttle Discovery landed safely Tuesday
A research scientist at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency claims her bosses are trying to keep her from speaking out about the spread of potentially toxic chemicals. Fardin Oliaei has filed a whistleblower complaint against the MPCA, alleging retaliation for talking to MPR about the chemicals.
Someone once said, when China sneezes, the world catches a cold. You can play on that phrase any number of ways when you set out to create a portrait of Minnesota's global face. The state is the new home to thousands of immigrants from countries in Africa, Asia Central America and Europe.
The mysteries are many when it comes to fluorochemicals.
Five years ago, 3M announced it would stop making its Scotchgard fabric protector because the chemicals in it didn't break down in the environment. 3M produced the chemicals at its plant in Cottage Grove, Minnesota. Even after 3M said it would no longer make the chemicals, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency let two years pass before it began any inquiries. The story raises questions about who is responsible for the safety of the public and the environment.
A number of resources are available to learn more about PFOA and PFOS, their health effects, and the research that has been conducted on those substances.
Part 1: The science.
Part 4: The company.
Part 3: The politics
Part 5: The future
Part 2: The neighbors.
Minnesota students are traditionally among the nation's top performers on key standardized tests. Unfortunately, the statewide averages mask an embarrassing reality. Students of color consistently score far below their white classmates. This disparity in academic performance between groups of students is known as the achievement gap. It's a national problem. But Minnesota's gap is particularly wide.
MPR News analyzes the gap in this special series, and also gives you an opportunity to suggest solutions with our Idea Generator.
The work of one of the world's foremost lion researchers goes on display this weekend at the Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota. Research conducted by Craig Packer and graduate student Peyton West reversed a long-held theory about why male lions have manes. Manes are not for protection. Instead, they signal vigor and health. In other words -- sex appeal.