People & Places

  • Protest at Gasthof restaurant over Nazi-themed party
    All wore a triangle or yellow Star of David, symbols that Germans forced Jews and other targeted groups to wear in occupied countries. "I just really want to represent the people who cannot speak," organizer Margie Newman said.March 27, 2014
  • Ask the President: MPR's Jon McTaggart
    Minnesota Public Radio president Jon McTaggart is our guest for the hour to answer questions from host Steven John and the MPR audience.Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, March 26, 2014
  • How Minneapolis may ease the 11-lane Hennepin-Lyndale traffic mess
    The City of Minneapolis is getting set to reconstruct the busy, looping interchange where Hennepin and Lyndale avenues come together, and unveiled its $9.1 million reconstruction project at the Walker Art Center Tuesday.March 26, 2014
  • LRT creates tough times for disabled riders
    I was on an airport shuttle bus the other day when an elderly woman (she was probably my age) boarded. The people sitting in the seats with the label "riders must give up this seat for elderly and disabled passengers" didn't budge. I gave her my seat; it was the decent thing to do. But decency doesn't always ride transit.March 26, 2014
  • Do you let your deer up on the bed?
    Wild animals are cute when they're babies. But they may live for decades.The Daily Circuit, March 25, 2014
  • Brooklyn Park to open homeless youth center
    We talk about how common homelessness is among youth across the metro area and the particular challenges it presents for suburban communities.The Daily Circuit, March 25, 2014
  • Need 911 from your hotel room? It could be a problem
    The killing of Kari Hunt Dunn in an East Texas hotel room spurred a petition that has garnered more than 440,000 signatures demanding hotels and motels be required to enable the direct dialing of 911.March 25, 2014
  • When ordinary people turn heroes
    Instead of turning away when faced with dangerous and stressful situations, some people act heroically. What motivates individuals to take these risks?The Daily Circuit, March 24, 2014
  • Walker West music school gets a new home without missing a beat
    School founders Grant West and Carl Walker broke open one of the walls in the old College of Visual Arts classrooms on Selby Avenue to make way for a renovation for the school they started 26 years ago across the street in a former barbeque joint and liquor store.March 24, 2014
  • Vanilla's brown, so how'd it become white?
    How did vanilla become a kind of cultural metaphor for whiteness? It's not too far of a stretch to say that we've seen this SAT-ish synonym match in real-life: vanilla is to whiteness as chocolate is to blackness.March 24, 2014
  • Nursing homes turn to iPods to help residents
    A Wisconsin program employs iPods with personalized playlists to rekindle residents' memories with familiar music, as well as lift their spirits and improve their interaction with family members, other residents and staffers.March 24, 2014
  • Minn. man wants 4 year old son's return from Ukraine
    Maxim Vilenchik is U.S. citizen. So is his father. Andrew Vilenchik, who moved from Ukraine as a teen and gained his citizenship while serving in the Marines. His ordeal began in 2011 when he traveled to Ukraine with his son and wife.March 24, 2014
  • Kids learn stroke signs in class through imitation
    The idea is to enlist children, particularly those who may live with older relatives, as an army of eyes to help recognize the warning signs, get help for victims more quickly and hopefully save lives.March 23, 2014
  • Foreign adoptions by Americans decline sharply
    The number of foreign children adopted by U.S. parents plunged by 18 percent last year to the lowest level since 1992, due in part to Russia's ban on adoptions by Americans. Adoptions from South Korea and Ethiopia also dropped sharply.March 22, 2014
  • US schools add Vietnamese to dual immersion
    The move to expand the use of Vietnamese in so-called dual immersion programs comes as the children of refugees who fled the aftermath of the Vietnam War are coming of age and striving to preserve the language for their American children.March 22, 2014

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