People & Places

  • Documentary: 'Love or Fear: The Great American Think-Off'
    A documentary about the lost art of civil debate. The "Great American Think-Off" in New York Mills, Minnesota. 2014 topic: "Love or Fear: Which Motivates Us More?" Documentary produced by Evan Johnson.February 13, 2015
  • New York Times columnist David Carr dies at 58
    Carr was editor of the Minneapolis-based alternative weekly Twin Cities Reader from 1993 to 1995.February 12, 2015
  • Aspen Ideas Festival: David Brooks 'character' speech
    New York Times columnist and NPR commentator David Brooks said in his 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival lecture that we live in a competitive, technological and publicity-seeking culture. He suggests there are some values that can serve as an antidote or "counter-culture." Those values are honesty, humility, self-control and courage.February 12, 2015
  • '60 Minutes' correspondent Bob Simon killed in crash
    A town car in which Simon was a passenger hit another car in Manhattan, police said. Simon and the town car's driver were taken to a hospital, where Simon was pronounced dead.February 11, 2015
  • MPR documentary: 'No Jews Allowed'
    In the 1930s and 1940s, Minneapolis enjoyed the dubious distinction of being one of the most anti-Semitic cities in America. This audio documentary explores that time in Minnesota's history.February 10, 2015
  • Alan Page prepares for life after Minnesota Supreme Court
    After 22 years on the state's high court, Page is preparing for another major change in August when he hits the court's mandatory retirement age of 70.February 7, 2015
  • Longtime community activist Robert Hickman dies at 79
    Robert Hickman, a community activist who helped found the Inner City Youth League, died Jan. 28. Friends remembered his contributions to the league, a beacon of hope to young black people.February 5, 2015
  • Love hot sauce? Your personality may be a good predictor
    Researchers at Penn State have shown that personality seems to be a significant player in our lust for heat or spice in our food.February 3, 2015
  • Detroit man who commutes 21 miles a day on foot will get a hand
    James Robertson began walking to and from work a decade ago after his car broke down. His plight has led to an outpouring of help from people across the U.S.February 3, 2015
  • After 4 years of ALS, Kramer senses 'tipping point'
    Bruce Kramer isn't as worried about his increasing pain as he is about losing his power to communicate.February 3, 2015
  • 'Can One Laugh at Everything? Satire and Free Speech After Charlie'
    The University of Minnesota convened a panel of speakers last week to talk about how to respect pluralism and diversity while also respecting the principles of freedom of speech and expression. It was titled, "Can One Laugh at Everything? Satire and Free Speech After Charlie." You'll hear William Mitchell constitutional law professor Anthony Winer, 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning Star Tribune editorial cartoonist Steve Sack, University of Minnesota media ethics and law professor Jane Kirtley, and U of M French professor Bruno Chaouat.February 3, 2015
  • Balloonists crossing Pacific set distance record
    American Troy Bradley and Russian Leonid Tiukhtyaev surpassed the previous record of just over 5,200 miles set in 1981 for gas-filled balloons.January 30, 2015
  • Intelligence Squared debate: Is Amazon a friend to readers?
    A debate from NPR's Intelligence Squared series about the value of books. Four experts debate the motion, "Amazon is a reader's friend." Attorney and the best-selling author of legal thrillers Scott Turow is one of the debaters, as they explore the future of book publishing and the best way to serve readers.January 29, 2015
  • Young entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes of Theranos
    30-year-old billionaire scientist and entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes dropped out of Stanford at age 19 because she thought she could live a life of purpose if she put her ideas to work in a company called Theranos. She spoke at the Computer History Museum's "Revolutionaries" series.January 28, 2015
  • Portraits preserve the stories of Holocaust survivors
    Artist Felix de La Concha interviewed holocaust survivors as he painted their portraits. A video camera captured the process.January 27, 2015

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