Minnesota Public Radio features by Kerri Miller http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=118 en-us Copyright 2017 Minnesota Public Radio Sat, 29 Apr 2017 02:30:14 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Kerri Miller http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Friday Roundtable: When books get adapted for the screen Four bibliophiles discuss when Hollywood adaptations went right and when they went terribly wrong. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/28/books-on-the-screen?refid=0 Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:10:45 -0500 A majority of Americans find the tax system unfair, Pew study finds New research from indicates that most Americans feel that corporations and the very wealthy do not pay their fair share in taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/26/americans-find-tax-system-unfair?refid=0 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:49:01 -0500 A Breitbart editor's libertarian case for Trump's 'buy American' order John Carney, a former Wall Street Journal reporter now editing economics news at the right-wing website Breitbart, joined Kerri Miller to discuss a recent op-ed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/25/op-ed-the-case-for-buy-american?refid=0 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:56:29 -0500 What's happening to federal funding for women's health? President Trump just signed a new order on Title X funding. Here's what that means for women's health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/24/federal-funding-womens-health?refid=0 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:01:51 -0500 Friday Roundtable: Remembering Prince one year later Prince died at the age of 57 last year. Three people who knew prince speak with Kerri Miller about his work, life and legacy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/21/remembering-prince-one-year-later?refid=0 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:06:16 -0500 Why did a Democrat almost win this hugely Republican district? National Review columnist John Fund says an upcoming special election in Georgia is a bellwether for how voters feel about Republicans' performance in Washington DC. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/19/why-this-georgia-election-is-a-big-deal?refid=0 Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:42:32 -0500 Listen: Why higher education doesn't close the gender wage gap Elise Gould and Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe discuss the history and economics of the gender wage gap in the United States. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/18/education-doesnt-close-the-gender-wage-gap?refid=0 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:54:45 -0500 Rethinking the DFL How to re-think the DFL http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/17/rethinking-the-dfl?refid=0 Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:23:49 -0500 The Political Junkie Political Junkie Ken Rudin talks about what's going on in the Democratic Party. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/17/the-political-junkie?refid=0 Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:46:04 -0500 Friday roundtable: Rural politics, special elections and the partisan divide An in-depth look at the national significance of special elections, priorities for rural voters and growing fault lines within the Democratic and Republican parties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/14/friday-roundtable-presidential-and-party-politics?refid=0 Fri, 14 Apr 2017 10:37:19 -0500 Are we living through the sixth extinction? Are we witnessing the largest extinction since the dinosaurs? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/13/are-we-living-through-the-sixth-extinction?refid=0 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:16:05 -0500 What is the most effective political activism? Protesting? Calling your representative? What is the best way for concerned citizens to make sure their voices are heard? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/12/effective-activism?refid=0 Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:36:40 -0500 Listen: What the 'princess effect' means for young women Marketing campaigns have the so-called 'princess market' down to a science, but what's the science behind how that shapes the behavior of young girls? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/11/the-princess-effect?refid=0 Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:32:44 -0500 Listen: Dispatches from a Syria war corrspondent A war correspondent discusses how war has invaded the lives of Syria's people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/11/dispatches-from-syria?refid=0 Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:53:35 -0500 Listen: The Political Junkie on Syria, Justice Neil Gorsuch and the state of the GOP Ken Rudin on President Trump's policy in Syria, the Supreme Court's newest Justice and what's ahead for the GOP. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/10/political-junkie-syria-gorsuch-priorities?refid=0 Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:50:44 -0500 Listen: Growing fractures in the Republican party Despite controlling the White House and Congress, there are major fissures in the GOP about what being a "Republican" means. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/10/fractures-in-the-gop?refid=0 Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:13:09 -0500 An author asks: What's wrong with the Democratic party? Thomas Frank wants liberals to understand that their polices might not be as impactful as they think. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/05/whats-wrong-with-the-democrats?refid=0 Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Friday Roundtable: Closing the gender gap in STEM A growing number of women are earning degrees in math and science, but the gender gap still persists. Two scientists and one science writer discuss the gender gap in STEM and how to close it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/31/roundtable-closing-the-stem-gender-gap?refid=0 Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:28:12 -0500 'Dark at the Crossing': A story of love and loss in Syria Elliot Ackerman served five tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and now works as a war correspondent in Turkey. He talks about his latest novel, which is a look at a failed revolution and a failed marriage in Syria. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/14/elliot-ackerman-dark-at-the-crossing?refid=0 Tue, 14 Mar 2017 14:09:17 -0500 Outlook: Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch's hearings The political landscape is heating up, how will this impact the hearings? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/13/politics-that-will-impact-gorsuch-hearings?refid=0 Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Political Junkie: It's more than a health care bill The GOP is working furiously to pass a health care bill before Easter break, but what if they can't? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/13/political-junkie-its-not-just-a-health-care-bill?refid=0 Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Friday Roundtable: Health care in a imperfect world Three health care professional discuss the critical issues facing patients, doctors and insurance companies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/10/roundtable-health-care-in-the-future?refid=0 Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Where Trump is succeeding What do Republicans like about Trump's first days in office? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/09/where-trump-is-succeeding?refid=0 Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Trump promises federal crackdown on marijuana What does this mean for states with legal recreational use? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/09/trump-promises-federal-crackdown-on-marijuana?refid=0 Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Life after prison: The 'sentence never ends' According to the Department of Justice, more than half a million inmates are released from prison each year. What happens next? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/08/issues-facing-former-inmates?refid=0 Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:41:11 -0600 The American Healthcare Act and the future of Planned Parenthood The women's reproductive health organization might take a financial hit of the GOP plan goes into effect. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/08/american-healthcare-act-and-planned-parenthood?refid=0 Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Op Ed: Travel ban is necessary for safety Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies said the travel bans aren't about politics. They're about proper vetting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/07/op-ed-travel-ban-necessary-for-safety?refid=0 Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Analysis: Trump's plan for increased spending on infrastructure Two transportation experts tackle Trump's transportation proposal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/07/analysis-of-trumps-infrastructure-plan?refid=0 Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Political Junkie: Distractions from Trump's ambitious agenda and media fairness Political Junkie Ken Rudin and two specials guests talked about the agenda President Trump laid out for Congress earlier this month and how tweets about potential wiretapping might distract from that. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/06/political-junkie-distractions-from-an-ambitious-agenda?refid=0 Mon, 06 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Are news organizations being too hard on Trump? President Trump will say what's on his mind. How does that play out in the media? Are his rants distractions he's creating, or do news organizations need to take a step back? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/06/media-being-too-hard-on-trump?refid=0 Mon, 06 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0600 An economist's take on Trump's budget plan What do Trump's budget proposals mean? An economist joined the program to discuss. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/01/analysis-trump-congress-address?refid=0 Wed, 01 Mar 2017 12:47:21 -0600 'Daughter of the West' looks beyond the majesty of national parks Author and activist Terry Tempest Williams forces readers to discover the rich, and sometimes painful, history that surrounds our national parks in her book "The Hour of Land." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/01/the-hour-of-land?refid=0 Wed, 01 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Political Junkie: A peek into the future Ken Rudin looked to the future this week. The Democrats have some work to do if they want to be successful in 2020 elections http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/27/political-junkie-a-peek-into-the-future?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600 The future of Trump's immigration policy Memos from the White House reveal that Trump will be more aggressive with deportation, but may leave some Obama-era policies in place. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/22/president-trumps-new-immigration-policy?refid=0 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Political Junkie: What's holding up ACA changes? President Trump promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act simultaneously, but we haven't seen anything from Republican lawmakers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/21/political-junkie-aca-delay?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600 How does Donald Trump compare to past presidents? President Donald Trump has been compared to Andrew Jackson, Ronald Reagan and James Polk. But how far can these comparisons go? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/21/how-does-trump-compare?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Is age nothing but a mindset? Psychologist Ellen Langer's book, "Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility" looks at how psychology can help turn back the body's clock. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/21/age-nothing-but-a-mindset?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Trump's new travel ban After a federal appeals court put his executive action on hold, the President says he'll be issuing another. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/21/trumps-new-travel-ban?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600 How is Congress reacting to President Trump's first month? Two political experts talk about the barrage of news coming out of the White House and the reactions from members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/16/congress-reacts-to-president-trumps-first-month?refid=0 Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600 President Trump's evolving foreign policy About one month into Trump's tenure, his foreign policy appears to be contradictory and often controversial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/15/trumps-evolving-foreign-policy?refid=0 Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Friday Roundtable: What is feminism today? Three female leaders discuss the current state of feminism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/03/friday-roundtable-feminism?refid=0 Fri, 03 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Behind the numbers on immigration detentions What's the impact of President Trump's executive order temporarily banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/02/behind-the-numbers-on-immigration-detentions?refid=0 Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Analyzing President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is the president's nominee for the Supreme Court, and he's been described as very similar to former Justice Antonin Scalia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/01/trumps-supreme-court-nominee?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Do Trump's immigration policies make us safer? How will immigration laws and border walls protect citizens? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/01/trumps-immigration-policies-do-they-make-us-safer?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Trump set to announce Supreme Court nominee The president has moved up his Supreme Court nominee announcement to Tuesday. He is expected to choose from one of three judges, any of whom would be a socially conservative voice on the court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/31/npr-trump-set-to-announce-supreme-court-nominee?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2017 07:52:03 -0600 Political veterans weigh in on the immigration ban, ACA and more Let's get political. Monday's with Kerri Miller are now all about the politics of the week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/30/aca-and-travel-ban-political-experts-weigh-in?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Political Junkie on Trump: 'He said he would act immediately' Political Junkie Ken Rudin discussed the chaotic weekend that was sparked by President Donald Trump's most recent executive order. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/30/political-junkie-taking-action-immediately?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Friday Roundtable: President Trump's first week Three guests discussed how President Donald Trump's first week in office might hold clues to his future policy priorities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/27/friday-roundtable-president-trumps-first-week?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600 What does an 'America First' foreign policy look like? President Trump has placed his focus on making America the best. What does that look like at a policy level? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/26/what-america-first-policy-looks-like?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600 The impending repeal of Obamacare It seems inevitable that a repeal will take place, but what impact will that have on the millions of Americans who are covered by the Affordable Care Act? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/25/impending-repeal-of-aca?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600 What will the Mexican border wall mean for immigration? Trump has followed through on a campaign promise to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/25/trump-mexico-border-wall-effects?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600 What criminal justice looks like in Native American communities According to the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, Native Americans are most likely to have a fatal interaction with the police. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/24/criminal-justice-for-native-americans?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Setting the stage for President Trump's first 100 days All eyes are on President Trump after his "America first" inauguration speech. What's next? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/23/trumps-first-100-days?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Political Junkie: A dark and pessimistic inaguration Political Junkie Ken Rudin discussed Friday's inauguration and the response from the president's team about the attendance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/23/political-junkie-dark-inauguration-speech?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600 MPR at 50: Looking back at Minnesota's past, ahead to its future As we mark 50 years on the air, Minnesota Public Radio looks at Minnesota's past and present as it moves on into the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/22/special-mpr-50th-broadcast?refid=0 Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600 What to watch for during Trump's inauguration Here's what two political experts will be paying attention to during the historic event. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/19/what-the-experts-will-be-watching-for-at-trumps-inauguration?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:54:39 -0600 Climate Cast: Getting to know Scott Pruitt, Trump's pick to lead the EPA Oklahoma's Attorney General has questions about climate change and the EPA. What does that mean for our climate future? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/19/trump-pick-the-epa-scott-pruitt?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600 The incredible story of two brothers kidnapped by the circus Beth Macy's book, "Truevine," explores the century-old story of a pair of brothers who were forced into work as sideshow exhibits, and of their mother who tried to get them back. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/18/books-truevine?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:53:16 -0600 A memoir of a father's grief When Thomas Harding's teenage son was killed in a bicycling accident, Harding began writing -- about his son, about the accident, about his grief. Those writings have become a powerful new memoir. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/17/books-kadian-journal?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:29:10 -0600 Political Junkie: Is Trump damaging his relationship with Americans? The President-elect's approval rating is 40 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/17/political-junkie-?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Why Jamar Clark's case didn't go to a grand jury Hennepin County Attorney decided to investigate the shooting of Jamar Clark instead of handing the case over to a grand jury, why? According to Freeman, it was in the name of transparency. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/17/mike-freeman-on-transparency-and-racial-divides?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Why are nationalist politicians winning elections all over the world? More and more countries are elected politicians who take a "country first" view, rather than a global one. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/17/nationalist-politics-rising-glorbally?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Criminal justice series: Reform from within How a judge, prosecutor and defense attorney would reform the criminal justice system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/13/rountable-criminal-justice?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:18:36 -0600 Political analysts discuss Obama's farewell address Political analysts from both camps spoke with host Kerri Miller about President Obama's final address. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/11/analysts-review-president-obamas-farewell-address?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600 The number of women in prison is rising. Why? A study shows the number of incarcerated women jumped more than 700 percent between 1980 and 2014. What are the consequences of this dramatic rise? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/10/rising-rate-of-women-in-prison?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:20:49 -0600 Op-ed: Why dismantling Obamacare might be more difficult than you think According to the Urban Institute, a repeal would cost 30 million Americans their health care coverage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/10/be-careful-what-you-wish-for?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Political Junkie: The chaotic week ahead Democrats are saying the Senate hearings are moving too fast, Republicans are shrugging it off. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/09/political-junkie-crazy-week?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jan 2017 13:55:27 -0600 Russia's long-term strategy is bad news for the west With Eastern European countries as the canaries in the coal mine, some wonder if President-elect Donald Trump will be able to heed their warning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/09/putins-russia?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Does social media inspire creativity or stifle it? What is the impact of feeding the social media machine? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/06/roundtable-social-media-influence-on-art?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Climate Cast: Renewable energy under Trump Are wind turbines and other renewable energy resources under attack? Maybe not. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/05/climate-cast-renewable?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 10:55:08 -0600 How to buy yourself more time Would you want more money or time? Well, maybe you don't have to choose. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/05/how-to-make-your-time-more-valuable?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600 What do we know about bipolar disorder? Carrie Fisher, famous for her role in "Star Wars" and an author, shined a light on mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/04/talking-about-bipolar-disorder?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600 The future of private prisons The Department of Justice announced in August that it would phase out federal use of the privately run facilities, but President-elect Donald Trump has expressed support for them in the past. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/03/the-future-of-private-prisons?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2017 16:44:41 -0600 Political Junkie: 2016 is a year to remember Politically, 2016 compares to no other, said Ken Rudin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/03/political-junkie-an-unprecedented-year?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600 What's behind the growing urban, rural divide? America isn't growing in size, but Americans are growing apart. As urban communities grow, rural communities are shrinking. Does this fuel political and cultural divides? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/29/growing-urban-rural-divide?refid=0 Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600 What does the decrease in religious giving mean for the future of giving? Religious institutions still receive more donations than any other charity organizations in the U.S. But religious giving is down 50 percent since 1990 according to Giving USA. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/28/religious-giving-decreasing-what-does-that-mean?refid=0 Wed, 28 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600 No, seriously, read 'The Girls' The much-hyped summer book by debut novelist Emma Cline is a deep psychological dive into the head of a teenage girl caught up in a Manson family-like cult. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/25/books-read-the-girls-emma-cline?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:39:27 -0500 'Dreamland' paints a haunting picture of heroin in America Sam Quinones's book takes readers from a small town in Mexico that sends its sons north to deal heroin, and to cities like Portland, Salt Lake, Columbus, and Minneapolis that seem to have an unquenchable thirst for it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/11/books-dreamland?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2016 09:05:21 -0500 What's in a first line? My favorite first line in literature comes from Daphne du Maurier's "Rebecca": "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again." What's yours? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/07/books-best-first-lines?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2016 11:58:54 -0600 A South Carolina memoir to pair with the news For a book that pairs well with the analysis of the Democratic primary results in South Carolina, Kerri Miller recommends a memoir from one of the Palmetto State's favorite sons. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/29/books-my-reading-life?refid=0 Mon, 29 Feb 2016 04:03:03 -0600 It's a dog read dog world MPR News host Kerri Miller is hooked on books about dogs for this week's reading recommendations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/08/books-bravest-dog-ever?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2016 09:54:25 -0600 The adult coloring book controversy continues Adult coloring books have the publishing industry and listeners split: Is it a productive hobby? Or a sign of something else? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/01/books-coloring-book-controversy?refid=0 Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:40:41 -0600 Adult coloring books? Put down the colored pencils Coloring books for grown-ups are one of the most successful trends in publishing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/25/books-kerri-miller-pick?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jan 2016 12:45:08 -0600 A book that will raise your blood pressure: 'Winner-Take-All Politics' A book on the decline of the middle class sheds new light on candidates' standard campaign trail promises. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/18/books-thread-must-read-winner-take-all-politics?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0600 Kerri Miller's top reads of 2015 MPR News host Kerri Miller shares three books that would make great gifts this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/07/books-kerri-miller-picks?refid=0 Mon, 07 Dec 2015 09:30:47 -0600 What should colleges be doing to address racial tension on campus? A discussion about rising tensions over race on college campuses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/11/npr-what-should-colleges-be-doing-to-address-racial-tension-on-campus?refid=0 Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:33:35 -0600 'I'll Fly Away': Maximum security prisoners speak With the national discussion on criminal justice reform continuing to fill the headlines, MPR News host Kerri Miller recommends a collection of essays written by women in a maximum security facility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/09/books-fly-away?refid=0 Mon, 09 Nov 2015 06:14:47 -0600 An in-depth look at the origins of ISIS Joby Warrick's book, "Black Flags," reveals the genesis of ISIS and the kick start the terrorist organization got from the 2003 American invasion of Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/02/books-black-flags?refid=0 Mon, 02 Nov 2015 05:03:40 -0600 Welcome to Night Vale creators on fear and the unknown The creators of Welcome to Night Vale on being "caught between what they know and what they don't yet know that they don't know." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/26/bcst-welcome-to-night-vale-creators-on-fear-and-the-unknown?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2015 13:08:55 -0500 Canada in the headlines provides the perfect excuse to read 'Canada' Richard Ford's compulsively readable novel spins around a 15-year-old, a bank robbery and two very naive parents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/26/books-canada?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Billy the Kid, 'the Holy Grail of Western Americana' A recently authenticated photograph of Billy the Kid could go for millions at auction. Kerri Miller picks a book that digs into the truth of the Western legend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/20/books-hell-on-a-fast-horse?refid=0 Mon, 19 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0500 'Required reading': Ta-Nehisi Coates on race and racism MacArthur "genius" grant recipient Ta-Nehisi Coates is at the top of the bestseller list with "Between the World and Me," but his earlier magazine writing should not be missed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/12/books-between-the-world?refid=0 Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Marilynne Robinson explores faith and belief In "Gilead," Pastor John Ames writes a letter to his young son and contemplates what it means to believe, to doubt and to search. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/28/books-thread-gilead?refid=0 Mon, 28 Sep 2015 15:47:27 -0500 Remember 9/11 through literature It took time for writers to process and understand how America -- and the world -- changed after the attacks on Sept. 11. Now, a growing number of novels address the tragedy and its aftermath. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/14/books-thread-sept-11-literature?refid=0 Mon, 14 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Fall reads: Three new books not to miss In the publishing world, fall is known as "big book" season. This mix of fiction and non-fiction are at the top of my must-read stack. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/08/books-thread-fall-picks?refid=0 Tue, 08 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Sampling new foods at the fair and on the page The tantalizing, spice-infused descriptions of food in Richard Morais' novel, "The Hundred Foot Journey," will leave you hungry -- but the book will leave you satisfied. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/31/books-thread-hundred-foot-journey?refid=0 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:00:00 -0500 'Devil in the White City': A very different time at the fair With the Minnesota State Fair only days away, "Devil in the White City" offers a historical take on the dark side of another fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/24/books-thread-devil-in-the-white-city?refid=0 Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Relevant reads: Three novels about Cuba As relations improve between the U.S. and Cuba, more Americans will be able to travel to the island nation. These three novels will have you reaching for your passport. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/17/thread-books-cuba-reading?refid=0 Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Nearly 70 years later, 'All the King's Men' shows not much has changed in politics With the 2016 presidential race already dominating the news, consider a 69-year-old political thriller that still feels relevant: "All the King's Men." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/10/books-thread-all-the-kings-men?refid=0 Mon, 10 Aug 2015 06:00:00 -0500 Understanding the threats to big cats worldwide With lions in the news, what about tigers? Dubbed the Indiana Jones of wildlife science, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz describes his efforts to save the tigers of Myanmar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/03/thread-books-life-in-the-valley-of-death?refid=0 Mon, 03 Aug 2015 08:00:00 -0500 'Cartel' dives deep into Mexico's drug wars Life imitates art in the case of Don Winslow's novel about an escaped Mexican drug lord. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/27/thread-books-cartel?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jul 2015 14:42:08 -0500 'Mexican WhiteBoy' tackles race for young adult readers Harper Lee's 'Go Set a Watchman' is flying off the shelves, but here's another book that could use more attention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/20/books-thread-mexican-whiteboy?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Remembering Aveda founder Horst Rechelbacher Horst Rechelbacher died Saturday of pancreatic cancer. He was 72. In 2008, MPR's Kerri Miller talked to him about his career. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/17/news/horst-rechelbacher?refid=0 Mon, 17 Feb 2014 09:40:09 -0600 Temple Grandin helps explain the autistic brain MPR's Kerri Miller has interviewed scientist and autism activist Temple Grandin at least four times, including a recent visit that led to a story she produced for KARE TV. And they'll talk again tonight at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, about Grandin's research into the autistic brain -- including her own. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/daily_circuit/archive/2013/05/temple-grandin-helps-explain-the-autistic-brain-and-inspire-those-who-have-one.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 09 May 2013 14:01:54 -0500 A visit to the gun range brings firearms into focus When a guest said you can't understand the thrill of shooting until you've tried it, Kerri Miller decided she had to try it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/20/daily-circuit-female-gun-owners?refid=0 Tue, 19 Mar 2013 15:00:00 -0500 Boy Scouts of America releasing names of suspected pedophiles The Boy Scouts of America is releasing the names of the suspected pedophiles they've been compiling for decades in an announcement today. The Scouts began keeping those files in 1910, but they have never made the names public. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/18/daily-circuit-boy-scouts-suspected-pedophiles?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 08:40:08 -0500 Book pick: 'Mission to Paris' by Alan Furst Kerri's book Pick of the Week is Alan Furst's "Mission to Paris." Minnesota bestselling writer Vince Flynn says Furst is "the most talented espionage novelist of our generation." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/19/daily-circuit-book-pick-mission-to-paris?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jun 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Book pick: 'Bring Up the Bodies' by Hilary Mantel Kerri's book Pick of the Week is "Bring Up the Bodies" by Hilary Mantel. We'll be airing an interview with her Wednesday, June 20 on The Daily Circuit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/12/daily-circuit-book-pick-hilary-mantel?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jun 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Book pick: 'The Emotional Life of Your Brain' This week her book Pick of the Week is "The Emotional Life of Your Brain," co-authored by leading psychologist, psychiatrist and brain researcher Dr. Richard Davidson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/05/daily-circuit-book-pick?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jun 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Book pick: 'Before I Go To Sleep' by S.J. Watson Kerri's book Pick of the Week is thriller "Before I Go to Sleep" by S.J. Watson. She picked it up at Tattered Cover in Denver. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/29/daily-circuit-book-pick?refid=0 Sun, 27 May 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Book pick: Buddy Guy biography "When I Left Home" Kerri's book Pick of the Week is the biography of the man that Eric Clapton called "by far without a doubt the best guitar player alive:" blues legend Buddy Guy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/22/daily-circuit-book-pick-buddy-guy?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Book pick: 'The Cove' by Ron Rash Kerri's book Pick of the Week is Ron Rash's follow up to his bestselling novel "Serena." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/15/daily-circuit-book-pick?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Book pick: 'Never Coming to a Theater Near You' by Kenneth Turan Kerri's book Pick of the Week is Kenneth Turan's "Never Coming to a Theater Near You." Turan calls his book "a guide for the perplexed." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/08/daily-circuit-book-pick?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Book pick: 'The Professionals' by Owen Laukkanen Kerri's book Pick of the Week is "The Professionals," a thriller by Canadian writer Owen Laukkanen. She says it's dramatic and creative with "a really unusual setup that touches on the economy we're in and the employment picture for young people." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/01/daily-circuit-book-pick-professionals?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Book pick: 'Watergate' by Thomas Mallon Kerri's book Pick of the Week is Thomas Mallon's "Watergate." The New Yorker called it "historical fiction that unfolds with the urgency of a thriller." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/24/daily-circuit-book-pick-mallon-watergate?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Book pick: 'Wingshooters' by Nina Revoyr Kerri's book Pick of the Week is "Wingshooters" by Nina Revoyr. The Los Angeles Times calls it "a searing, anguished novel about racial bigotry in a small, insulated Wisconsin town named Deerhorn, where people who were born there tend not to leave." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/17/daily-circuit-book-pick-wingshooters-nina-revoyr?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Book pick: "Imagine: How Creativity Works" by Jonah Lehrer Kerri's book Pick of the Week is Jonah Lehrer's "Imagine: How Creativity Works." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/03/daily-circuit-book-pick?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Book pick: "Dust to Dust," by Benjamin Busch Kerri's book Pick of the Week is "Dust to Dust," a memoir by Benjamin Busch. He is an Iraq War veteran and Kerri found his memories from the Marine Corps vivid, but it was his memories of growing up on his parent's farm that really struck her. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/27/daily-circuit-book-pick?refid=0 Mon, 26 Mar 2012 16:00:00 -0500 Book pick: Henning Mankell's 'The Fifth Woman' Kerri's Pick of the Week is 'The Fifth Woman' by Scandinavian crime writer Henning Mankell. It's the sixth book featuring Mankell's most famous character, Inspector Kurt Wallander, a police officer in the small Swedish town of Ystad. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/06/daily-circuit-henning-mankell-book-pick?refid=0 Mon, 05 Mar 2012 16:00:00 -0600 Talking Volumes: Stephen King Author Stephen King talks about his first published novel, "Carrie," during the Talking Volumes series at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota. Kerri Miller hosted the live event November 18, 2009. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/19/stephen-king-vid?refid=0 Thu, 19 Nov 2009 18:12:15 -0600 Cisneros to appear on Talking Volumes Host Kerri Miller welcomes author Sandra Cisneros to the stage for the next installment of Talking Volumes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/20/cisneros?refid=0 Mon, 20 Apr 2009 08:58:19 -0500 Franken explains suit over disqualified absentee ballots Midmorning speaks with DFL U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken about the upcoming recount, and the lawsuit filed by his campaign over absentee ballots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/14/midmorning3?refid=0 Fri, 14 Nov 2008 10:36:03 -0600 DNC spotlight segment: Jim Lehrer on how to cut through the spin Minnesota Public Radio's Midmorning host Kerri Miller asked Jim Lehrer how he runs down the real story unfolding in Denver. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/27/lehrer?refid=0 Wed, 27 Aug 2008 08:37:34 -0500 DNC spotlight segment: Nancy Pelosi Today's spotlight segment from the Democratic National Convention is with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. MPR's Kerri Miller attended a gathering of women delegates in Denver yesterday, where Pelosi shared a story about what it was like when she first got to Capitol Hill decades ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/26/spotlight_pelosi?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2008 12:55:11 -0500 DNC spotlight interview: Walter Mondale Midmorning host Kerri Miller speaks with former U.S. vice president, senator and ambassador Walter Mondale about the civil rights struggle of Democratic national conventions past, and his experience as a Democratic presidential nominee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/22/mm_mondale?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2008 15:10:42 -0500 'Survival in the Serengeti' Serengeti National Park in the East African nation of Tanzania is one of the most famous wildlife areas in the world. But for rural people living nearby, lions and elephants are a daily threat. A University of Minnesota professor is working to reduce conflict between humans and wildlife but his work is embattled. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2008/05/lions/index.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 21 May 2008 00:00:00 -0500 John Edwards looks for momentum in Minnesota visit Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards campaigns in Minnesota Tuesday evening, trying to gain some momentum in advance of next week's party caucuses. Midmorning host Kerri Miller talked with Edwards this morning about his campaign, which is mired in third place behind Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/29/edwards?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2008 10:40:51 -0600 A conversation with Maya Angelou Noted poet and writer Maya Angelou says she has a "love-hate relationship" with writing, despite her long and distinguished career. She talks with MPR's Kerri Miller. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/16/millernangelou?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2007 16:36:56 -0500 Survival in the Serengeti Midmorning host Kerri Miller and American RadioWorks producer Sasha Aslanian are traveling in Tanzania, gathering information for a documentary on the relationship between conservation and humanitarian organizations. Go behind the scenes and learn what they learn each day. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2007/06/tanzania/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jun 2007 15:55:48 -0500 Alison McGhee and the power of community Author Alison McGhee has lived in Minnesota for years, but she's never set a novel here -- until now. McGhee's new book, "Falling Boy," is the latest selection of the Talking Volumes regional book club. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/14/talkvolumesmcghee?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2007 01:00:00 -0500 Edna O'Brien seeks reconciliation in "The Light of Evening" Author Edna O'Brien left Ireland years ago as a young woman. Her first novel about two girls trying to escape life in the convent made her notorious in her homeland. Her newest book, "The Light of Evening," reveals how unresolved her feelings still are about how and where she grew up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/23/ednaobrien?refid=0 Mon, 23 Oct 2006 13:51:33 -0500 Translating David Treuer Minnesota writer David Treuer's latest novel is about a solitary translator who finds love in an unexpected place. While the novel has won praise from the critics, it's Treuer's book of essays that has really stirred up the literary community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/29/treuer?refid=0 Fri, 29 Sep 2006 14:05:52 -0500 "The Evening Call" in the morning hours A journalist once said of Greg Brown's music, "it's fixed in American mythology, cars, wandering, loneliness,love, innocence and the loss of it." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/15/midmorning2?refid=0 Fri, 15 Sep 2006 00:00:00 -0500 Author Julia Alvarez thrives in two worlds Author Julia Alvarez balances two very different worlds -- in her life and in her new novel, "Saving the World." Alvarez grew up in a large family in the Dominican Republic, but moved to the U.S. at the age of 10. She spends most of the year in Vermont now, although she still owns a farm in the Dominican Republic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/12/juliaalvarez?refid=0 Thu, 13 Apr 2006 01:00:00 -0500 'The Burn Journals:' To the brink of suicide and back When Brent Runyon was just 14, he soaked his bathrobe in gasoline, stepped into the tub and set himself on fire. The story of his suicide attempt, his painful recovery and self-discovery is told in his memoir "The Burn Journals," the latest selection in the Talking Volumes regional book club. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/22/brentrunyon?refid=0 Thu, 23 Mar 2006 01:00:00 -0600 'Gilead' explores eternity Author Marilynne Robinson's first novel came out more than 20 years ago, and her fans have been waiting since then for her second one. Their wait was over last year, when Robinson's "Gilead" was published. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize, and is the latest selection in the Talking Volumes community book club. Critics say "Gilead" was worth the wait. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/27/mrobinson?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2006 00:01:00 -0600 The return of Ellen Foster It's been 20 years since author Kaye Gibbons burst onto the literary scene with her novel about a resilient, determined little girl named Ellen Foster. We hear about the next chapter in Ellen Foster's life in Gibbons' new novel, "The Life All Around Me by Ellen Foster," which is the latest Talking Volumes selection. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/26_newsroom_kayegibbons/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2006 02:00:00 -0600 Foer's latest book -- innovative or gimmicky? Jonathan Safran Foer is just 28, and is already a literary star. His first novel, "Everything is Illuminated," hit the bestseller lists and was made into a movie. Now Foer is out with his second book, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," the latest Talking Volumes selection. His new book is earning intense praise, as well as fierce criticism. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/07_newsroom_safranfoer/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2005 04:00:00 -0600 Author Joan Didion deals with grief through "magical thinking" Author, essayist and screenwriter Joan Didion opens the new season of the Talking Volumes community book club with her newest book, "The Year of Magical Thinking." It's a memoir about the death of Didion's husband, author John Gregory Dunne, at the same time that their daughter was seriously ill. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/20_newsroom_joandidion/?refid=0 Thu, 20 Oct 2005 05:00:00 -0500 Gary Snyder, eco-poet Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder's new collection, "Danger on Peaks," is the current selection of the Talking Volumes book club. Snyder talked with MPR's Kerri Miller about his work and his love of nature. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/18_newsroom_garysnyder/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2005 16:10:00 -0500 Race relations in "intimate places" Twin Cities author Jonathan Odell explores race relations in what he calls "the intimate spaces" of everyday life in his first novel, "The View from Delphi." Odell's book is the March selection of the Talking Volumes book club. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/08_newsroom_jonodell/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Mar 2005 15:00:00 -0600 Tobias Wolff's first novel "dips deep" into his own memories Author Tobias Wolff made a name for himself with his successful memoir, "This Boy's Life," which was made into a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio. You may recognize his name because his brother, Geoffrey Wolff, is also a writer. Now, Wolff is out with his first novel, "Old School," which is the January selection of the Talking Volumes book club. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/14_newsroom_oldschool/?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jan 2005 16:00:00 -0600