Minnesota Public Radio features by Laurie Stern http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30291 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Thu, 18 Sep 2014 03:38:24 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Laurie Stern http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Isanti County -- how to help the 'new poor' The foreclosure crisis has hit Isanti County, about an hour north of the Twin Cities, particularly hard. It's put a great deal of pressure on local governments and nonprofit groups to provide assistance to residents who are in bad financial shape, even as many of them are too proud to accept it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/22/isanti-county-part2?refid=0 Wed, 22 Sep 2010 14:00:00 -0500 Isanti County, from boom to bust The foreclosure rate in Isanti County, about an hour north of the Twin Cities metro area, is the second highest in the state. Just a few years ago, Isanti County was booming. But then the recession came, the housing market went bust, and lots of people who live there lost their jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/21/isanti-county-foreclosures?refid=0 Tue, 21 Sep 2010 15:40:00 -0500 War on Poverty: From the Great Society to the Great Recession From the heady optimism of the Great Society to the trauma of the Great Recession, questions remain about what government should do to help the nearly 40 million Americans who are poor. http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/poverty/index.html?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jun 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Schools prep low-income kids for work One way to get high schools students ready for college and work is to make "working" part of the curriculum. A network of two dozen Catholic high schools has been doing that for more than a decade. Laurie Stern reports. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/29/pm-learning-the-job?refid=0 Mon, 29 Mar 2010 12:53:49 -0500 Workplace U We know that a good education can be the ticket to a good job. But for many Americans, conventional school isn't working. They don't make it through high school or don't learn enough to prepare them for good jobs. A new movement turns conventional wisdom on its head, and makes a job the ticket to an education. The idea is to turn workplaces into classrooms and marginal students into productive workers. http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/workplace_ed/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0600 From Projects to Suburbs In the 1970s, the government funded a desegregation plan to move more than 3,500 black families from Chicago to the suburbs. One of those early pioneers was Valencia Morris. She moved to a suburb called Woodridge with her three daughters. Laurie Stern of American RadioWorks picks up the story of one of those daughters 32 years later. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/11/29/gilberts?refid=0 Sat, 29 Nov 2008 00:00:00 -0600 After the Projects The Ida B. Wells housing projects on Chicago's South Side opened in 1941, when housing segregation was still legal. By the '70s and '80s, Wells was caught up in the violence and squalor that became synonymous with Chicago public housing. Michael Whitehead's six-story building was no exception. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/11/29/whitehead?refid=0 Sat, 29 Nov 2008 00:00:00 -0600 Families in limbo over adoptions from Guatemala Many Minnesotans who adopt internationally choose children from Guatemala. But this year, would-be parents in Minnesota and every other state are finding their pending adoptions threatened, because of a new effort to prevent child trafficking in adoptions from Guatemala. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/23/guatemalaadoption?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2008 03:00:08 -0600 What is the Hague Convention? The Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption (HCICA) was established in the Netherlands in 1993 as part of an ongoing effort to standardize adoption laws among participating countries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/24/guatemalasidebar?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2008 14:58:39 -0600