Minnesota Public Radio features by Suzanne Pekow http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30575 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Fri, 25 May 2018 21:13:11 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Suzanne Pekow http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 What's changed since the Parkland shooting? In the wake of the deadly school shooting in Florida last February, several state legislatures have passed new gun control bills, but Minnesota's lawmakers haven't responded as quickly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/08/whats-changed-since-the-parkland-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2018 12:52:10 -0500 Can we still separate the art from the artist? In April 2018, actor Bill Cosby was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault against Andrea Constand, a woman he mentored. Does that mean we can't enjoy watching reruns of the "Cosby Show" or "I Spy" anymore? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/02/can-we-still-separate-the-art-from-the-artist?refid=0 Wed, 02 May 2018 14:24:11 -0500 How consumers can protect themselves from potential abuse by big banks Wells Fargo is embroiled in yet another banking scandal. Reuter reports the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a U.S. watchdog agency. So how can consumers protect themselves against potential abuse? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/12/how-consumers-can-protect-themselves-from-big-banks?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:24:19 -0500 Immigration myths How much of the rhetoric and decision-making around immigration is based in fact? And how much is driven by partisan political agendas? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/11/immigration-myths?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2018 12:04:22 -0500 A true story about schizophrenia Writer Sandra Allen received a fat manila envelope in the mail one day, filled with a stack of yellowed paper about a half inch thick. Allen had always heard about "crazy" Uncle Bob, but the manuscript they read that day opened up a window into the complex mind of someone living with mental illness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/10/a-true-story-about-schizophrenia?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 13:12:49 -0500 Why teachers are demanding change A wave of teacher protests has swept the country in recent months. This wave of political engagement comes after years of what some call a "war on teachers." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/05/why-teachers-are-demanding-change?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2018 11:28:51 -0500 In Facebook we trust(ed) Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress on April 11 at a hearing about data privacy. The company has been slow to enact meaningful privacy reforms. Will this hurt Facebook's image? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/04/in-facebook-we-trusted?refid=0 Wed, 04 Apr 2018 14:19:15 -0500 Statistician says numbers changed her mind about gun control Statistician Leah Libresco used to think gun control was a way to stop mass shootings. But then she dug into the numbers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/27/statistician-says-numbers-changed-her-mind-about-gun-control?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 15:19:54 -0500 Five tips to help kids become adventurous eaters Parents often complain about their kids being picky eaters, preferring bland foods like mac and cheese, chicken fingers, and PB & J. Here's some advice on expanding your child's palate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/16/friday-round-table-raising-an-adventurous-eater?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:46:27 -0500 Prophecy and prediction shape new novel about family If you knew the day you were going to die, how would that change the way you live? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/14/prophecy-and-prediction-shape-new-novel-about-family?refid=0 Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:31:00 -0500 Friday round table: Muslim Americans react to 'The Big Sick' We invited three local Muslim artists, activists, and scholars to talk about the significance of films and series featuring Muslim-American protagonists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/09/friday-round-table-muslim-americans-react-to-the-big-sick?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2018 11:00:39 -0600 Does the medical device industry have enough regulation? Minnesota is a hub for medical device companies. Do those companies benefit from a lack of industry oversight? A new book looks at the dark side of medical devices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/08/medical-devices?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2018 13:14:07 -0600 Loving football in spite of concussion risk Is new research in concussion detection and treatment changing how people play high-impact sports? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/02/concussion-roundtable?refid=0 Fri, 02 Feb 2018 11:39:42 -0600 How some people thrive after traumatic experiences A new book looks at what makes some trauma victims shut down, while others thrive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/09/how-some-people-thrive-after-adverse-experiences?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jan 2018 12:37:07 -0600 Why our favorite actors are so good What is it about the best actors that makes them exceptional? With awards season coming up, we posed this question to our Friday round table of theater professionals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/04/friday-roundtable-actors?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600 In #MeToo movement, low-wage and blue collar workers say 'don't forget about us' The #MeToo movement called out high-profile men who used their power to prey on subordinates. But away from the limelight, blue-collar and low-wage workers tell stories of abuse and exploitation that is pervasive and endemic -- especially in male-dominated industries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/04/metoo-and-blue-collar-workers?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jan 2018 10:48:14 -0600 Rewriting the masculine script In a moment when women are being empowered to speak out against powerful male abusers, we wonder: what would it take to rewrite the rules about masculinity? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/21/rewriting-the-masculine-script-2017?refid=0 Thu, 21 Dec 2017 10:41:00 -0600 How to handle workplace sexual harassment Victims of sexual harassment face many obstacles to speaking out. What options do they have available? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/19/workplace-sexual-harassment?refid=0 Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:59:13 -0500 The stress of racism may impact learning A new study finds that black and Latino students who experience racism have higher levels of cortisol, a hormone linked to stress, and one that is known to impact focus and learning. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/20/racism-stress?refid=0 Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:18:25 -0500 Talking about race in schools Can children as young as 4 learn to have meaningful dialogues about race? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/13/talking-about-race-in-schools?refid=0 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 09:57:17 -0500 How Tutoring Helps Students Private tutoring is no longer just for the rich kids. Our guest tells us how the individual attention improves student learning and graduation rates. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/11/how-tutoring-helps-students?refid=0 Wed, 11 May 2016 14:50:00 -0500 Freshmen find summer help smoothes path to college The summer before freshman year of college can be daunting for some students, especially those who are first in their families to go to college. Mentors can help students avoid that "summer melt." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/14/summer-study?refid=0 Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:30:00 -0500 Anniversary of 19th Amendment a reminder of importance of voting rights For most of us voting is integral to being a citizen, whether we exercise that right or not. The importance of having the vote is perhaps most evident to those who don't have it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/18/19th-amendment-anniversary?refid=0 Wed, 18 Aug 2010 14:00:00 -0500 Advice: Get outdoors so winter won't win Every year about this time, some Minnesotans start to dream about warmer climates. But others are determined to find a way to enjoy winter, because it can last a very long time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/10/winter-excercise?refid=0 Wed, 10 Feb 2010 13:43:18 -0600