Minnesota Public Radio features by Heather McElhatton http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=114 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Fri, 25 May 2018 21:09:17 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Heather McElhatton http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Nature writer Eugenia Bone: Skip hand sanitizer and miss a shampoo or two Book author has a message for us all: Skip the hand sanitizer and miss a shampoo or two. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/21/eugenia-bone-microbia-shelf-the-hand-sanitizer-and-eating-off-the-floor-isnt-all-bad-?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2018 15:00:00 -0500 The empress of elephant orphans dies Dame Daphne Sheldrick, who founded the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya, more than 50 years ago, died peacefully at her home at the age of 83. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/07/the-empress-of-elephant-orphans-dies?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2018 15:11:23 -0500 A Beautiful World: Keep narwhals real Narwhals are real, and their conservation status is "near-threatened" with only about 80,000 currently swimming in the oceans. Almost all reside in the icy waters of Baffin Bay, up by the Arctic Circle. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/events/2013/11/a-beautiful-world/keep-narwhals-real.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2016 15:35:08 -0500 Finding the art within our own bodies Dr. Archelle Georgiou is a doctor, educator and consultant. She's found that the human body itself is a work of art, even influencing masterworks. For example, Dr. Georgiou suggests Beethoven's cardiac arrhythmia is what makes his music so beautiful. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/24/finding-the-art-within-our-own-bodies?refid=0 Wed, 24 Feb 2016 11:50:00 -0600 A Beautiful World: The ocean defenders A group of California-based environmental activists are cleaning the sea floor -- one section at a time. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/events/2013/11/a-beautiful-world/the-ocean-defenders.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jan 2016 13:30:00 -0600 A Beautiful World: The Paris attacks and grieving together Author Jeff Sharlet and a friend met in Paris to collaborate on a light piece about hospitality. However, a very different and much darker story emerged in the face of a string of terrorist attacks. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/events/2013/11/a-beautiful-world/paris-attacks-grieving-together.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 23 Nov 2015 12:00:00 -0600 A Beautiful World: Enric Sala on 'Pristine Seas' While the ocean is full of bad news, Dr. Enric Sala is focused on establishing global marine sanctuaries. He believes underwater ecosystems can not only survive, but thrive. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/events/2013/11/a-beautiful-world/pristine-seas.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 28 Sep 2015 13:00:00 -0500 A Beautiful World: Mark Nepo on 'The Endless Practice' As a poet, philosopher, and cancer survivor, Mark Nepo has been breaking a path of spiritual inquiry for more than thirty years. In his new book, the #1 New York Times bestselling author explores how the soul works in the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/events/2013/11/a-beautiful-world/the-endless-practice.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 14 Sep 2015 18:49:33 -0500 A Beautiful World: Life lessons from an obituary writer Author and journalist Heather Lende writes obituaries for the Chillkat Valley News, a small newspaper in her hometown of Haines, Alaska. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/events/2013/11/a-beautiful-world/alaskan-obits.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 18 May 2015 10:27:45 -0500 Prison program rescues dogs, inspires inmates A documentary film showcases the power of second chances and the endeavors of prisoners who care for unwanted and abused dogs in a Massachusetts facility. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/events/2013/11/a-beautiful-world/prison-program-helps-lost-dogs.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 04 May 2015 14:02:26 -0500 A Beautiful World: Oceans in outer space "Ocean Worlds" details the vast history of not only our oceans here on Earth, but of oceans on other planets in our solar system as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/09/atc-books-a-beautiful-world-ocean-worlds?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2015 14:00:00 -0600 A Beautiful World: Synesthesia and tasting the London Underground James Wannerton has a neurological condition called "lexical-gustatory synesthesia," which allows him to taste sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/02/a-beautiful-world-james-wannerton?refid=0 Mon, 02 Feb 2015 14:00:00 -0600 A Beautiful World: Leaving a (written) legacy Writing a "legacy letter" or an ethical will offers the means to share thoughts, memories, hopes and dreams with future generations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/26/a-beautiful-world-letters?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:37:45 -0600 A Beautiful World: Innovation, good will craft prosthetic arms in Sudan Project Daniel uses 3-D printers to create prosthetic arms for youth in Sudan's Nuba Mountains. The effort is the brainchild of Mick Ebeling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/16/a-beautiful-world-ebeling?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:00:00 -0600 Book review: "Cold Water Memory" It's getting to that time of year when many people across the state are a little blue. The holidays are a memory. New Year's resolutions are already out the door. Plus, the cold and short days will be around for another few months. A local security guard/poet provides some solace for the winter-weary. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/28_newsroom_watsonreview/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jan 2005 15:00:00 -0600 Themes and Threads: "The Falls" by Joyce Carol Oates Joyce Carol Oates's enigmatic new novel, The Falls, is part historical thriller, part dysfunctional family portrait. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/01_newsroom_thefalls/?refid=0 Fri, 01 Oct 2004 15:45:00 -0500 Themes and Threads in Anchee Min's 'Empress Orchid' Anchee Min's new novel, "Empress Orchid," is a wordsmith's treasury of unique phrases, economical dialogue, and rich imagery. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/02_newsroom_empressorchid/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Apr 2004 12:00:00 -0600 Neil Gaiman on Dave McKean Neil Gaiman describes his work with his friend and the illustarator of "Coraline," Dave Mckean. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/19_newsroom_coraline/?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jan 2004 17:26:00 -0600 Themes and Threads in Jean Harfenist's "A Brief History of the Flood" Producer Heather McElhatton explores the structure, tone, and metaphor of A Brief History of the Flood. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/18_newsroom_flood/?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2003 17:06:00 -0600 Truth vs. Fiction in Augusten Burroughs' memoir, "Dry" Producer Heather McElhatton explores where "Dry" belongs among categorizations of fiction, non-fiction, and creative non-fiction. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/03_newsroom_dry/?refid=0 Mon, 03 Nov 2003 15:21:00 -0600 Themes and Threads in Chimamanda Adichie's "Purple Hibiscus" Talking Volumes Producer Heather McElhatton discusses the atmosphere, sudden change and the metaphor of the purple hibiscus. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/21_newsroom_purplehibiscus/?refid=0 Tue, 21 Oct 2003 14:07:00 -0500 Themes and Threads in Anna Quindlen's "Blessings" Talking Volumes Producer Heather McElhatton discusses the themes of quietness, pathos, and return in Anna Quindlen's novel, "Blessings." http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/02_newsroom_blessings/?refid=0 Tue, 02 Sep 2003 17:05:00 -0500 Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" It's been 18 years since Margaret Atwood's novel "The Handmaid's Tale" first hit book stands, but its powerful story of a society that trades liberty for security—in part by controlling the rights of women—has lost none of its hold. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/14_newsroom_handmaid/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2003 12:06:00 -0500 On the road with Leif Enger Author and former MPR reporter Leif Enger writes a series of journal entries while on his book tour in 2001. His debut novel, "Peace Like a River," a Talking Volumes selection, is the subject of critical acclaim. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2001/12/19_newsroom_peacelikeariver/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Dec 2001 13:27:00 -0600