Minnesota Public Radio features by Sanden Totten http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=127 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:47:45 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Sanden Totten http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Harry Potter brand continues to conjure up money The brand is reportedly worth $15 billion. But can it survive with no new books or movies planned? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/15/am-harry-potter-brand-continues-to-conjure-up-money?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2011 00:24:10 -0500 Spring is the season for love, scientifically speaking For anyone who's survived a Minnesota winter, a nice day in April seems to be about as close as you can get to perfect. When the weather warms up, instead of wind chill, it's love that's in the air. Why is that? Science of course. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/09/love-in-spring?refid=0 Fri, 09 Apr 2010 15:00:00 -0500 Vintage movie monsters maintain spooky appeal The iconic movie monsters of the 1930s and '40s still resonate with kids today - and that may be because deep down, they're a bit like us. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/30/movie-monsters?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2009 17:16:17 -0500 Local inventors frustrated over patent office bureaucracy Inventors like Bill Kurtz, seen here holding brochures for some of his inventions, are frustrated at the backlog of ideas awaiting approval from the U.S. Patent Office, which last quarter rejected more than half of all the patents it reviewed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/01/inventions-patents?refid=0 Thu, 01 Oct 2009 16:27:01 -0500 Gays and lesbians worry about discrimination in retirement This week, New Hampshire became the sixth state to legalize gay marriage. But many in the gay and lesbian community have another issue on their mind - what to do when they get old. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/05/glbt_retirement?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jun 2009 15:15:00 -0500 DOJ gives Mpls veterans home high marks The Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division has concluded that the Minneapolis Veteran's Home meets, and in some instances exceeds, constitutional and federal requirements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/29/vetshome?refid=0 Fri, 29 May 2009 14:16:52 -0500 Minn. lawmaker wants to repeal tribal banishment Minnesota is one step closer to removing a law banishing Dakota Indians from the state. State Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, announced today that he's sending a resolution to Congress urging members to repeal the law, which was written in 1863. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/28/dakota_banish?refid=0 Thu, 28 May 2009 15:59:44 -0500 21-Year-Old Jam A jam session is open to anyone that walks in the door, and they provide musicians a chance to just let loose, without any pressure to satisfy an audience. One session in Minneapolis is old enough to drink this year. It's been going on every Friday night for 21 years. Reporter Sanden Totten takes us there. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/09/27/21jam?refid=0 Sat, 27 Sep 2008 00:00:00 -0500 The musicians record their songs Our three musicians have had two weeks to create a song using Adam Levy's lyrics as a starting point, and "The Wizard of Oz" as their inspiration. We check in as they finish up their songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/24/sfspart4?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2008 14:00:00 -0500 The songwriting begins in earnest We check in with our three bands as they try to turn the words into songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/23/sfspart3?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jul 2008 14:00:00 -0500 The musicians get the lyrics Our project looks at the creative process of writing music, through the eyes of three musicians and a lyricist. We hear from the three bands -- Best Friends Forever, Jeremy Messersmith and rapper P.O.S. -- as they get the lyrics from Adam Levy, and begin shaping their songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/22/sfspart2?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2008 14:00:00 -0500 Interpreters an important part of medical team Understanding medical jargon in hospitals and clinics can be hard enough, but for the roughly 22 million Americans who speak limited English, it can be down right impossible. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/07/medicaltranslation?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jul 2008 14:53:27 -0500 Age and experience count against older workers The federal government's current unemployment numbers paint a grim picture for the job market, and it's even tougher for a group of would-be workers who already have two strikes against them: age and experience. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/16/olderwkrsunemployment?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2008 02:54:16 -0500 My Motorcycle Momma Tomorrow is Mother's Day, and we wanted to share some stories about that special lady in our lives. Producer Sanden Totten shares this tale about growing pains -- specifically, his mom's growing pains as she neared the big milestone of turning 50. She did what a lot of folks do in a midlife crisis: she got a motorcycle. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/05/08/biker_mom?refid=0 Sat, 10 May 2008 00:00:01 -0500 Standing By Your Cheating Man Standing by New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer when he resigned in disgrace was is wife Silda. Why does a wife stand by her man, even in the worst of circumstances? We talk to Lyndon B. Johnson biographer Robert Caro as he discusses how Lady Bird handled her husband's public indiscretions. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/14/spitzer_lbj?refid=0 Sat, 15 Mar 2008 00:01:00 -0500 Clash of the Holidays John O'Grady has been a part of the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in Columbus, Ohio, since he was a teenager. But this year, the holiday falls on the same week as the Easter Holy Week. So this year, O'Grady, a devout Catholic, has decided to sit it out. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/08/clash?refid=0 Sat, 08 Mar 2008 00:00:00 -0600 In the Loop: Caucus primer In the Loop provides a helpful guide to attending the caucuses on Super Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/04/loopcaucus?refid=0 Mon, 04 Feb 2008 23:26:23 -0600 Navigating the space between genders People who feel they were born into the wrong gender have a particularly hard time fitting into a society where it is assumed that you are either male or female. Things have improved over the past decade or so, but there is still a long way to go. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/06/transgender?refid=0 Fri, 07 Dec 2007 10:07:56 -0600 $45K windfall is a lesson for Ojibwe teens For teenagers in the Fond du Lac band of Ojibwe, turning 18 is a big deal. That's because each one gets a check for roughly $45,000. The money comes from the profits of the band's casino, but getting the teens to spend it wisely isn't a sure bet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/01/ojibwe_teens_money?refid=0 Fri, 02 Nov 2007 18:53:30 -0500 Songwriting in earnest We've heard how the musicians reacted when they first saw the lyrics to Stephen Burt's "Afternoon Song." This time we check in as they try to turn those words into music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/10/songsfromscratch3?refid=0 Wed, 15 Aug 2007 02:23:57 -0500 The bands record their Afternoon Songs The Appalachian folk group The Roe Family Singers, indie darlings The Owls and singer/songwriter Matt Wilson were given two weeks to come up with a tune using the same set of lyrics. We hear how the ideas and melodies they've come up are transformed into full-fledged songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/10/songsfromscratch4?refid=0 Wed, 15 Aug 2007 02:00:36 -0500 The bands get the lyrics Our project looks at the creative process of writing music, through the eyes of a lyricist and three different bands. We hear from the three bands -- The Roe Family Singers, The Owls, and Matt Wilson -- as they get the lyrics from writer Stephen Burt, and begin shaping his words into songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/09/songsfromscratch2?refid=0 Thu, 09 Aug 2007 15:11:19 -0500 When the routines on the street drag you down Being homeless can be scary at first. For many though, a familiar routine develops. That same routine can become a rut that stops some people from getting off the streets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/26/dee_dee?refid=0 Sun, 01 Jul 2007 15:00:31 -0500 The struggle to get off the streets Ending up homeless can be a harrowing experience. Trying to get off the streets can be just as hard. Without regular access to computers, phones or even showers, finding a job can be a real struggle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/26/stan?refid=0 Sat, 30 Jun 2007 15:00:00 -0500 A day job is even rougher when you don't have a home Many people see getting a job as a ticket out of homelessness. But finding work is just the first step. For the 28 percent of homeless people with a job, working when you don't have a home creates its own set of challenges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/26/working_homeless?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jun 2007 14:00:00 -0500 The latest trend in education: Unschooling Unschooling is an unstructured approach to education. Children don't have classes, text books or teachers. Instead they pick their own areas to study. They learn about the world by living in it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/16/unschooling?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2007 03:00:00 -0500 A culture of unrest For most people, taking a stand is a literal thing: getting off your couch, picking up a picket sign and hitting the streets. But for some people, public protest and disobedience is more than a one-time political statement -- it's a way of life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/18/protest_culture?refid=0 Fri, 20 Apr 2007 04:00:00 -0500 Green city blues Minneapolis has excellent "green" credentials. But even people in an eco-friendly city can get discouraged when looking at the big picture of waste and energy use. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/14/green_city?refid=0 Fri, 16 Feb 2007 09:46:00 -0600 A new kind of digital divide As more small towns are getting access to high-speed Internet, a new kind of digital divide is forming: not one of access, but of choice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/16/close_divide?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jan 2007 03:56:01 -0600 Getting the best of SAD Research in areas from marketing to mental health to jet lag shows that light affects us as much physically as it does psychologically. And the outcome isn't always bright. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/11/loopsad?refid=0 Fri, 22 Dec 2006 17:40:00 -0600 Sometimes it's best to ditch diplomacy Diplomacy has its limits, and some wonder if talk is the right solution. Here are some stories from people who have ditched diplomacy for confrontation, with mixed results. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/15/ditch_diplomacy?refid=0 Fri, 17 Nov 2006 11:00:00 -0600 More "voters" take a pass on... voting This November, the largest political party won't be the Republicans or the Democrats. As in years past, it'll be the non-voters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/18/nonvoter?refid=0 Fri, 20 Oct 2006 05:00:00 -0500 A tour of Mexican music in the Twin Cities One of the largest niche markets in Latin music in the Twin Cities is regional Mexican music. We took a tour of the Mexican music scene with the author of "Musica de la Raza," a book that tells the story of Minnesota's Mexican and Chicano musicians. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/21/ethnicmusicmex?refid=0 Fri, 01 Sep 2006 16:00:00 -0500 More about Mexican regional music Mexican music has many different styles and sounds. Here's an outline of a few of them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/22/mexicosidebar?refid=0 Mon, 28 Aug 2006 14:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis residents talk about living with crime Minnesota Public Radio News wanted to get a sense of how the spike in crime is changing the day-to-day lives of the people experiencing it. So we asked folks in our Public Insight Network to share their experiences. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/18/crimepij?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jul 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Dylan sound-alikes take the stage Today marks a milestone for the baby boom generation. Bob Dylan, the folk singer turned rock-and-roll icon, is 65. Minnesota fans threw him a party of sorts at the 400 Bar on the West Bank of Minneapolis -- its annual Bob Dylan Sound-Alike contest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/24/dylancontest?refid=0 Wed, 24 May 2006 10:33:02 -0500 One woman's illegal journey For many undocumented immigrants from Mexico, crossing the border into the United States is a carefully orchestrated event -- and so is the process of remaining here. One woman now living in Minnesota shares the details of her journey. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/09/coyotes?refid=0 Mon, 15 May 2006 09:00:00 -0500 Preparing a "Day without Immigrants" The push for a change in immigration law reaches a new level today as Latinos and other minority groups are being asked to stay home from work to demonstrate their economic clout. Organizers call the protest "A day without immigrants." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/28/mayfirstdemos?refid=0 Sun, 30 Apr 2006 15:00:00 -0500 DVD kills a video star In a couple of weeks one of the biggest movie archives in the Twin Cities will disappear. It's not a museum or even a public library. It's a video store. Discount Video in Uptown Minneapolis specializes in rare and classic movies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/09/discountvideo?refid=0 Tue, 14 Mar 2006 00:00:00 -0600 Roller derby revival charges into national spotlight A group of Minnesota women are heading to Tucson to bust some heads. They play a rocking and revved-up version of roller derby. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/23/rollergirls?refid=0 Fri, 24 Feb 2006 06:56:06 -0600 St. Paul institution closing after decades dispensing tools, supplies Grand Avenue Hardware, an institution in the neighborhood for decades, is closing for good. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/31_ap_hardware/?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2006 11:49:00 -0600