Minnesota Public Radio features by Michael Caputo http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30140 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:27:09 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Michael Caputo http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Debate wrap-up: Will a push to increase college enrollment lead to lower standards? A good debate sometimes provokes new questions. The Insight Now online debate (at MPRnews.org) on whether increasing college enrollment will lead to lower college standards has raised a few to ponder: --Are there really viable alternatives to the classic four-year degree? --Has the cost of college made the liberal arts degree a luxury? --Has high school put too many students too far behind? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/minnesota-today-insight-now/archive/2011/06/will-a-push-to-increase-college-enrollment-lead-to-lower-standards-the-moderators-message.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2011 17:03:45 -0500 Live discussion: How do you define 'paying your fair share of taxes?' Join us and a crew of former legislators as we discuss the tax plans currently under debate at the State Capitol. /collections/special/columns/minnesota-today-insight-now/archive/2011/04/common-cents-conversation-48---what-does-paying-your-fair-share-really-mean.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2011 11:37:49 -0500 Live forum: K-12 spending and school reform From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. CST, we'll host an online round table on education reform efforts at the State Capitol with two experts in the field. /collections/special/columns/minnesota-today-insight-now/archive/2011/03/the-common-cents-online-forum---41---k-12-spending-reforming.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 01 Apr 2011 11:39:55 -0500 Live online forum: Virginia, rural health care and public hospitals MPR invites you to an hour to talk about the challenges facing rural health care. The live forum will focus on one publicly-owned hospital's difficulty in keeping financially afloat -- Virginia Regional Medical Center. /collections/special/columns/minnesota-today-insight-now/archive/2011/01/an-online-forum-virginia-rural-health-care-and-public-hospitals.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jan 2011 11:03:25 -0600 Online forum: the childhood obesity problem Talking about childhood obesity has become more accepted. But how do young people with a weight problem deal with the stigma of being labelled obese? Should the solution to the obesity problem emphasize weight loss, or being happy with the body you have? We'll also talk about how busy parents can help young people eat well, and how money-strapped rural schools are dealing with the issue. /features/2010/03/26-obesity/?refid=0 Thu, 25 Mar 2010 09:40:07 -0500 Why do so many college students drop out? More and more college students hold jobs while they carry at least a part-time class schedule and increasingly that work conflicts with college to the point students feel that they have to drop out, a new study finds. /features/2009/12/19-dropouts-forum/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Dec 2009 12:07:52 -0600 Is there a youth 'brain drain' in rural Minnesota? Plenty of talk is out there about how young people are leaving small towns, like those in our state. Authors of a new book called "Hollowing Out The Middle" have sent out an alarm for leaders of local communities to heed: You are letting young people slip away. /features/2009/12/11-braindrain/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Dec 2009 12:12:01 -0600 Why bother with conservation? Some Minnesotans explain A number of insights on how Minnesotans save energy and why they do it, that come via the Public Insight Network. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/07/pij_environment?refid=0 Mon, 07 Dec 2009 11:54:02 -0600 Residents skeptical of merger of Mankatos A plan to merge Mankato with North Mankato to save money and taxes has left members of both communities asking, "why now?" http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/01/mankato-residents-mixed-about-merger?refid=0 Tue, 01 Dec 2009 14:24:07 -0600 How education financing affects a whole community MPR News convened seven people to talk about the fallout from the Moorhead school district's financing situation. It wasn't face-to-face, but in a "virtual forum" where they came together. /features/2009/11/19-education-forum/?refid=0 Thu, 19 Nov 2009 16:55:40 -0600 Consumers getting hit by higher credit card rates, fees Credit card lenders have moved quickly to change the terms of their cards in advance of new federal regulations, and consumers are feeling the effects through higher interest rates and fees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/03/credit-card-rate-hikes?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 11:48:08 -0600 Jobs offering health care are harder to find in Minnesota Congress continues to fight over health care reform, and leading proposals still rely on employers providing health coverage even though fewer Americans get health insurance through their jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/22/job-vacancies-no-benefits?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Getting around tight credit: a virtual forum This week, Minnesota Public Radio News convened a group of small business owners to find if businesses actually getting easier credit. From manufacturers to single-person contractors, we wanted them to talk about their experiences in the economic downturn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/10/small-business-forum?refid=0 Thu, 10 Sep 2009 17:34:10 -0500 Future of Army cannon, jobs uncertain in Fridley Things are looking bleak for a new Army weapon being designed in Fridley. The BAE Systems mobile cannon program employs several hundred engineers and others, whose jobs are now at risk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/17/fridley_jobs?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jun 2009 15:35:22 -0500 Hours cut at work? Unemployment benefits may be available Those who have their work hours cut could also be eligible for unemployment benefits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/19/unemploy_parttime?refid=0 Thu, 21 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Short on cash? Try bartering If you run a business and lack cash in these times of tight credit, what do you do? More and more people are turning to an age-old transaction -- bartering. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/20/barter?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Prized possessions for sale in stressed economy Business has picked up at pawn shops as credit tightens up. So, more and more people are trying to turn goods they have at home into cash. But, sometimes those family heirlooms or prized possessions have value beyond monetary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/15/possession_pawn?refid=0 Wed, 15 Apr 2009 18:00:00 -0500 Public offers tax ideas, but are lawmakers listening? Minnesota Lawmakers have held hearings and set up a web site asking the public for ideas on how to solve the state's budget shortfall. One former legislator says some of those ideas are helpful, but the big decisions are usually dictated by party leaders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/17/public_offers_tax_ideas_but_are_lawmakers_listening?refid=0 Tue, 17 Mar 2009 18:27:20 -0500 Somali teens share thoughts on disappearances The investigation continues into why a dozen or so young Somali men disappeared from the Twin Cities and are believed to be fighting in Somalia. MPR's Michael Caputo talked to several Somali teens about their take on these disappearances. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/09/somali_teens?refid=0 Mon, 09 Mar 2009 17:25:44 -0500 White Bear Lake residents wrestle with the state budget deficit Minnesota Public Radio held a forum on the state budget -- and how it affects one community, White Bear Lake. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2009/02/21_wbl_forum/index.shtml?refid=0 Sun, 22 Feb 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Volunteerism on the rise, as charitable giving goes down A look at the state of volunteerism on the day that President-elect Obama emphasizes service. The economy may have as much as anything to do with increased service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/19/volunteerism?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jan 2009 15:00:00 -0600 The No-Gift-Giving Contagion -- A Retailer's Worry For some people there is no holiday shopping countdown this year, because they've decided not to exchange gifts at all. And that choice can be contagious. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/12/xmas_boycott_081215?refid=0 Sun, 14 Dec 2008 20:37:53 -0600 Job hunting gets harder The economic downturn has forced many more Minnesotans to look for a new job -- either because of layoffs or a cutback in hours or to supplement retirement. Compared to a year ago, about 40,000 more Minnesotans are unemployed. But over the same period there are 16,000 fewer jobs in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/20/pinjobseekers?refid=0 Fri, 21 Nov 2008 01:00:00 -0600 Some Minn. voters chose Obama, but not Franken Democrat Barack Obama defeated Republican John McCain by almost 10 percentage points in Minnesota, but that wave of support didn't propel U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken to a decisive victory over Norm Coleman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/05/voters_for_obama_not_coleman?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2008 03:15:00 -0600 What this new bridge means... People from MPR's Public Insight Network respond to the opening of the new I-35W bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/17/bridgereax?refid=0 Thu, 18 Sep 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Some not so eager to drive new I-35W bridge As the new I-35W bridge opens, some residents won't rush back to use it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/17/bridgeavoiders?refid=0 Thu, 18 Sep 2008 00:00:00 -0500 One woman's view of the bridge Margi Pemble of Minneapolis had a closeup view of the 35W bridge collapse, from the window of her 14th floor condo nearby. She took a lot of photos that day, and thereafter, and shares them with us. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2008/09/18_pij_bridgeslideshow/?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 2008 17:05:08 -0500 The View of a Protest A look back at a police-protester clash during the Republican National Convention on Sept. 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/05/rncprotest?refid=0 Fri, 05 Sep 2008 16:44:26 -0500 Behind party lines: what it means to be a Republican Minnesota Public Radio assembled a dozen Republican delegates and volunteers from around the nation and asked them to get beyond the canned answers and speeches to tell us why they hold their political allegiances. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/04/behind_party_lines_republican?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2008 12:19:51 -0500 Authorities say splinter groups caused most of protest violence Though nearly 300 protesters were arrested on the first day of the Republican National Convention, St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman said he feels the officers' actions were nothing short of heroic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/01/protesters_coleman?refid=0 Tue, 02 Sep 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Behind party lines: what it means to be a Democrat For four days the pundits and the politicians have owned the airwaves during the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Minnesota Public Radio decided it was time for the rest of the Democrats to have their say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/28/behind_party_lines_democrat?refid=0 Thu, 28 Aug 2008 15:39:44 -0500 Job search still grueling for some With Minnesota's unemployment rate now at 5.8 percent, Minnesotans age 20 to 60 talk about their challenges in finding a job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/15/jobs_search?refid=0 Fri, 15 Aug 2008 15:30:00 -0500 Gas prices hamper home care providers Many of the nearly 250 home care agencies around Minnesota say they can't afford to pay more for gas mileage, so some home care providers are thinking about switching jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/05/gas_prices_home_care_providers?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2008 17:27:30 -0500 Sellers hope spring fever spreads to real estate market This year's housing market slump has created the unusual situation of buyers sitting on their hands and sellers gloomy about what they can get. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/14/real_estate?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2008 16:27:30 -0500 Feds deliver $50 million for bridge disaster recovery; 2 more victims named The Bush administration announced on Friday that it's making $50 million of the $250 million that's been authorized for the 35W bridge project immediately available to the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/10/peters?refid=0 Fri, 10 Aug 2007 12:04:57 -0500 Suddenly neighborhoods have a freeway in the backyard The I-35W bridge collapse inflicted a heavy blow on the Twin Cities fragile highway system. Now the traffic volume of an 8-lane interstate will be pushed to smaller roads like Highway 280 and maybe to already congested side streets in neighborhoods nearby. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/03/trafficneighborhoods?refid=0 Fri, 03 Aug 2007 18:05:05 -0500 The economic cost of the bridge collapse When it comes to commerce, three modes of travel are affected by this bridge collapse -- truck, barge and train. The collapse of the I-35W bridge will slow down the shipment of many goods and services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/02/commercecosts?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2007 17:45:17 -0500 Perspective from a first responder First responder and firefighter Curt Mackey talks about the photos he captured during the early hours of the I-35w bridge rescue and recovery effort. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/02/i35w_firefighter_perspective?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2007 13:07:47 -0500 One consumer's view: Losing a pricey safety net One consumer laments the possible loss of the fixed-price energy payment plan for natural gas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/25/xcelfolo?refid=0 Fri, 25 May 2007 16:44:40 -0500 Role of guidance counselors forgotten in reform debate Minnesota's counselor-to-student ratio is one of the highest in the nation. Some counselors believe they have been forgotten in the zeal to improve educational outcomes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/11/guidance?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2007 14:00:00 -0500 Parents debate HPV vaccination Minnesota parents debate the pros and cons of a proposal to require an HPV vaccine for 12-year-old girls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/21/hpvdebate?refid=0 Thu, 22 Feb 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Some cringe, some shrug at new billboards Area residents weigh in on the electronic billboard debate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/31/billboard_side?refid=0 Wed, 31 Jan 2007 16:34:04 -0600 Lives Intersecting Headlines: One voter's discontent We turned to our Public Insight Network to hear how their lives intersected with the headlines this year. A Minnesota voter talks about why Iraq pushed him away from the Republican Party in 2006. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/29/headlinesthree?refid=0 Fri, 29 Dec 2006 16:37:13 -0600 A glimpse of terrorism's effect A Minnesota man tells of being in Heathrow airport on the day a terror plot was foiled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/28/terrorismpij?refid=0 Thu, 28 Dec 2006 13:55:37 -0600 Battling crime with eyes on the street Crime was a major story in 2006 -- more specifically, the surge of crime in north Minneapolis. We meet one woman who is battling crime by being vigilant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/27/crimestory?refid=0 Thu, 28 Dec 2006 05:00:00 -0600 MCA II testing frustrating for teachers and parents of special needs students Parents of special education students and educators are frustrated by testing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/27/mathtestsfolosidebar?refid=0 Sun, 03 Dec 2006 15:00:00 -0600 Exit poll shows Iraq factors in Democrats success The Iraq effect was certainly apparent in the state's U.S. Senate race, and it may well have affected local races too. Ultimately, though, it wasn't strong enough to push Gov. Tim Pawlenty from office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/08/exit_poll?refid=0 Wed, 08 Nov 2006 04:11:54 -0600 Voters make last-minute decisions Election Day is upon us... but there are still those who are holding out to the last possible moment before making a choice. Witness these voters in the last moments before a tight Minnesota gubernatorial election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/06/undecideds?refid=0 Mon, 06 Nov 2006 16:03:03 -0600 A look at some hot local races All politics is local. Most observers don't argue with that. But some local issues on the November ballot are hotter than others. Here's a sampling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/30/localraces?refid=0 Fri, 03 Nov 2006 09:00:00 -0600