Minnesota Public Radio features by Mike Edgerly http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=17 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Fri, 22 Jun 2018 20:02:19 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Mike Edgerly http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 How does the BBC World Service cover the U.S. for the rest of the world? In an age of social media, traditional news organizations must contend with the proliferation of fake news—and fact-based journalism is often denounced as fake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/19/bbc-world-service-cover-the-us?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:00:00 -0500 Photographer's lens is focused on climate change Cristina Mittermeier considers it her mission to document the effects of climate change around the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/19/nat-geo-photographer-polar-bear-photo?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:00:00 -0500 Tech tips for spotting birds -- and why we love to watch them As you spot the great egret, one of the stalkers of Minnesota lakes and ponds, send a word of thanks skyward on the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act that helped keep the species alive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/21/tech-tips-for-spotting-birds--and-why-we-love-to-watch-them?refid=0 Thu, 22 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0500 Whistleblower: State didn't get enough money in 3M deal on water pollution Fardin Oliaei did the original research on the 3M chemicals that contaminated water in the east metro. With Minnesota's lawsuit in the case settled, she reflects on the trials of the past 17 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/23/whistleblower-fardin-oliaei-not-happy-over-state-deal-with-3m-on-water-pollution?refid=0 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:13:12 -0600 MPR joins campaign to promote public broadcasting Minnesota Public Radio said Wednesday it's joining a national effort to protect federal government funding for public media. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/15/public-broadcasting-campaign?refid=0 Wed, 15 Dec 2010 16:36:59 -0600 Six E. coli cases in Minn. linked to recalled cookie dough Food maker Nestle USA on Friday voluntarily recalled its Toll House refrigerated cookie dough products after a number of illnesses were reported by those who ate the dough raw. Six cases are reported in Minnesota so far. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/19/nestle_toll_house_recall?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jun 2009 11:44:54 -0500 Groups sue over Minn. Big Stone II decision Several Minnesota-based environmental groups are launching a court challenge to the Public Utilities Commission's approval of transmission lines for the Big Stone II coal-fired power plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/05/bigstone_lawsuit?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jun 2009 10:24:17 -0500 Judge orders 13-year-old to undergo cancer treatments A Brown County judge has ordered chemotherapy for a 13-year-old boy whose parents had stopped his treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma on religious grounds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/15/cancer_treatment_order?refid=0 Fri, 15 May 2009 10:55:00 -0500 Melamine warning expanded in Minnesota The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has expanded its warning about cookies containing the industrial chemical melamine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/19/melaminewarning?refid=0 Wed, 19 Nov 2008 17:18:00 -0600 MPCA chief resigns Brad Moore, commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, is leaving that post after two years on the job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/18/moore_resigns?refid=0 Tue, 18 Nov 2008 14:37:12 -0600 State gets Medicaid waiver for parents' health insurance Minnesota has received a federal waiver that will keep 18,000 parents eligible for health insurance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/05/schip_waiver?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2008 15:00:36 -0600 Two charged with possessing Molotov cocktails The U.S. attorney's office in Minneapolis has charged two Texas men with illegally possessing Molotov cocktails, alleging the men planned to disrupt the Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/05/rnc_molotov_cocktails?refid=0 Fri, 05 Sep 2008 16:00:47 -0500 Third teenager charged in Lake Phalen beating A third teenager has been charged in Monday's baseball-bat attack at Lake Phalen in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/07/phalen_attack_arrest?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2008 17:22:44 -0500 Two teens charged in Lake Phalen attack Two juveniles have been charged in connection with Monday night's baseball bat attack against a couple near Lake Phalen in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/06/phalenattack?refid=0 Wed, 06 Aug 2008 14:20:28 -0500 Oberstar tells NTSB they should hold public hearing Congressman Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., has written a strongly worded letter to the chair of the National Transportation Safety Board that challenges the agency's decision not to hold a public hearing on the I-35W bridge collapse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/19/oberstar?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2008 15:52:38 -0500 What's happened since 2005 Since 2005, when attention was first given to the contamination from PFOS and PFOA, several major developments have occurred in the research and political arenas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/28/toxic2newdevs?refid=0 Sun, 01 Apr 2007 00:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Department of Health lowers acceptable exposure levels for PFOA and PFOS The chemicals have turned up in drinking water in Washington County. They are more toxic than once thought. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/01/chemicals?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2007 18:07:04 -0600 The eagle viewing is easy along the Minnesota River Late winter days offer Twin Cities residents an opportunity to get a close-up view of an environmental success story: The return of the American bald eagle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/15/eagles?refid=0 Fri, 03 Mar 2006 01:00:00 -0600 MPCA researcher reports dramatic test results as she's forced out Blood samples taken from Mississippi River fish near a 3M plant show high levels of a chemical related to the company's former Scotchgard operations. Those levels are believed to be the highest found anywhere in the world. The tests were conducted by an MPCA scientist who left the agency this week, after a long dispute with her bosses over her research. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/02/03_edgerlym_fardinleaves/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Feb 2006 17:15:00 -0600 Poet Galway Kinnell reflects on mortality "Mortality makes everything worth more to us," says Galway Kinnell. In his 12 volumes of poetry, Kinnell, 78, has spent a lot of time writing about mortality. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/14_edgerlym_galwaykinnell/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Nov 2005 16:15:00 -0600 Author Bobbie Ann Mason creates an 'Atomic Romance' Noted author Bobbie Ann Mason's new novel, the first in a decade, is both a return to familiar country and a departure from her earlier books. "An Atomic Romance" is a love story set against a backdrop of the Cold War. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/07_edgerlym_mason/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Sep 2005 16:30:00 -0500 Space shuttle Discovery lands safely in California The space shuttle Discovery landed safely Tuesday morning. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/09_edgerlym_shuttle/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Aug 2005 07:05:00 -0500 MPCA scientist claims harassment for speaking out about chemicals A research scientist at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency claims her bosses are trying to keep her from speaking out about the spread of potentially toxic chemicals. Fardin Oliaei has filed a whistleblower complaint against the MPCA, alleging retaliation for talking to MPR about the chemicals. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/16_edgerlym_whistleblower/?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2005 17:12:00 -0500 Minnesota's global faces Someone once said, when China sneezes, the world catches a cold. You can play on that phrase any number of ways when you set out to create a portrait of Minnesota's global face. The state is the new home to thousands of immigrants from countries in Africa, Asia Central America and Europe. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/16_sommerm_globalmap/?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2005 14:58:00 -0500 The long reach of perfluorochemicals The mysteries are many when it comes to fluorochemicals. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/22_edgerlym_3mresearch/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2005 12:00:00 -0600 Toxic Traces Five years ago, 3M announced it would stop making its Scotchgard fabric protector because the chemicals in it didn't break down in the environment. 3M produced the chemicals at its plant in Cottage Grove, Minnesota. Even after 3M said it would no longer make the chemicals, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency let two years pass before it began any inquiries. The story raises questions about who is responsible for the safety of the public and the environment. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2005/02/toxictraces/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2005 12:00:00 -0600 Resources and links A number of resources are available to learn more about PFOA and PFOS, their health effects, and the research that has been conducted on those substances. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/22_edgerlym_3mresources/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2005 12:00:00 -0600 Part 1: The science Part 1: The science. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/22_edgerlym_3mscience/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2005 12:00:00 -0600 Part 4: The company Part 4: The company. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/22_edgerlym_3mcompany/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2005 12:00:00 -0600 Part 3: The politics Part 3: The politics http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/22_edgerlym_3mpolitics/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2005 12:00:00 -0600 Part 5: The future Part 5: The future http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/22_edgerlym_3mfuture/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2005 12:00:00 -0600 Part 2: The neighbors Part 2: The neighbors. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/22_edgerlym_3mneighbors/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2005 12:00:00 -0600 The Education Achievement Gap: Minnesota's Embarrassment Minnesota students are traditionally among the nation's top performers on key standardized tests. Unfortunately, the statewide averages mask an embarrassing reality. Students of color consistently score far below their white classmates. This disparity in academic performance between groups of students is known as the achievement gap. It's a national problem. But Minnesota's gap is particularly wide. MPR News analyzes the gap in this special series, and also gives you an opportunity to suggest solutions with our Idea Generator. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2004/09/achievementgap/?refid=0 Sun, 26 Sep 2004 15:00:00 -0500 Black manes rule among lions in the Serengeti The work of one of the world's foremost lion researchers goes on display this weekend at the Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota. Research conducted by Craig Packer and graduate student Peyton West reversed a long-held theory about why male lions have manes. Manes are not for protection. Instead, they signal vigor and health. In other words -- sex appeal. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/15_edgerlym_lions/?refid=0 Fri, 17 Sep 2004 17:18:00 -0500 First osprey count is underway in Minnesota The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking for help in counting the numbers of one of the region's most majestic birds of prey -- the osprey. This is the first-ever attempt to count the number of ospreys nesting in Minnesota. The osprey, like the bald eagle, was almost wiped out by DDT, habitat loss and shooting. While it has rebounded in Minnesota, no one knows how many are here. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/22_edgerlym_ospresy/?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jun 2004 16:04:00 -0500 Preserving in verse the memory of loved ones lost to cancer Minneapolis poet Betsy Brown's book, "Year of Morphines," preserves in verse her memory of two women who died from e breast cancer: her mother and sister. Cancer looms large in her family. Another sister has also been diagnosed with late stage breast cancer. Her father died of cancer, too. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/08_edgerlym_morphines/?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2003 14:01:00 -0500