State government shutdown: day five Today starts the first workweek since the state government shut down on July 1. What impact has the last five days had on a political solution, on unemployed worker's anxiety and on Minnesotan's access to government services?9:06 a.m.
Pat Lopez: Political editor for the Star Tribune.
Steve Perry: Managing editor for Politics in Minnesota.
Past state government shutdowns: what can we expect? Gov. Jon Corzine of New Jersey in 2006 signed an executive order shutting down the state's government, for the first time in its history. Today, we speak to journalist Richard G. Jones about what Minnesotans can expect, based on past shutdowns.9:45 a.m.
Richard G. Jones: Former New York Times reporter who covered the 2006 state government shutdown in New Jersey.
The optimism bias Why do most people believe that the future will be much better than the past and present, despite evidence to the contrary? In her new book, Tali Sharot looks at how the brain generates hope and what happens when it fails; how the brains of optimists and pessimists differ; and why we are terrible at predicting what will make us happy.10:06 a.m.
Tali Sharot: Research fellow at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at University College London. Her latest book is The Optimism Bias: A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain.