Lesbian clergy once expelled, now embraced Ruth Frost and Phyllis Zillhart, the first lesbian couple ordained without the blessing of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, once were cast out of the church. On Saturday, for only the second time in the country, the Lutheran Church will officially welcome them to its roster of clergy.3:48 p.m.
Art Hounds Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside their own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on in local arts.4:45 p.m.
Looking back on a summer road trip with a poem Todd Boss is a Saint Paul poet. His first collection of poems is called "Yellowrocket". It was released in Europe, Africa and the Middle East over the summer. He sends us this look back at his summer road trip in his poem "Luckenbach."4:46 p.m.
Who scuttled documentary about Mississippi River pollution? The University of Minnesota has abruptly canceled the premiere of a film about the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. The film focuses on pollution from farms, golf courses, and other sources in Minnesota and throughout the course of the Mississippi River. Tom Crann talks with environmental reporter Stephanie Hemphill.
The film was scheduled to air on Twin Cities Public Television in early October, but the director says she was notified last week that the university's public relations office had cancelled the airdate.
Environmental reporter Stephanie Hemphill has been looking into this, and joins me now.5:24 p.m.
Lesbian clergy once expelled, now embraced Ruth Frost and Phyllis Zillhart, the first lesbian couple ordained without the blessing of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, once were cast out of the church. On Saturday, for only the second time in the country, the Lutheran Church will officially welcome them to its roster of clergy.5:51 p.m.
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