Minnesota Public Radio features by Emily Kaiser http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=31183 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:01:25 -0600 Minnesota Public Radio features by Emily Kaiser http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 5 things you might not know about Lake Minnetonka's past How Frank Lloyd Wright, slavery and grave-robbing Europeans tell the story of the lake's not-so-pleasant past. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/27/daily-circuit-lake-minnetonka?refid=0 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:45:00 -0500 NPR's Peter Sagal to run Twin Cities Marathon Sunday This will be Sagal's 11th marathon and his first in the Twin Cities. He said he's hoping to finish in under three and a half hours. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/04/daily-circuit-peter-sagal-marathon?refid=0 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 09:00:00 -0500 Six facts on the science behind taste Stuart Firestein, an expert in smell and taste, explains how you interpret the food you consume. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/30/daily-circuit-firestein-food-taste?refid=0 Wed, 29 May 2013 15:00:00 -0500 Science education is failing to inspire students, says physicist Brian Greene Brian Greene, one of the world's best-known scientists, talks about how the education system is failing to inspire students to love the field. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/29/daily-circuit-brian-greene-science-education?refid=0 Tue, 28 May 2013 15:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Orchestra lockout continues into fifth month Minnesota Orchestra musicians have been locked out for five months, with few signs that it will be ending anytime soon. Orchestra President Michael Henson and principal cellist Tony Ross will join us to talk about the state of the negotiations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/15/daily-circuit-minnesota-orchestra-lockout?refid=0 Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:00:00 -0600 What happened to social and economic opportunity? It's getting harder to make it in America -- especially if you're starting out with less. Why has it become harder? And what steps can be taken to remedy the problem? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/09/daily-circuit-social-mobility?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jan 2013 15:00:00 -0600 Climate Cast: Record year of warmth for the Twin Cities Every Thursday, MPR meteorologist Paul Huttner joins The Daily Circuit to talk about the latest research on our changing climate and the consequences that we're seeing here in Minnesota and worldwide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/03/daily-circuit-climate-cast-warm-year?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jan 2013 15:00:00 -0600 Anatoly Liberman on the words of 2012 Fiscal cliff, malarkey and GIF are just some of the words and phrases that were part of the zeitgeist in 2012. Word expert Anatoly Liberman will join us to talk about the words of the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/03/daily-circuit-words-of-2012?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jan 2013 15:00:00 -0600 Oliver Sacks' 4 facts about hallucinations In his book "Hallucinations," Oliver Sacks is out to remove some of the stigma attached to people who see and hear things that aren't there. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/10/daily-circuit-oliver-sacks-hallucinations?refid=0 Sun, 09 Dec 2012 12:00:00 -0600 Self-publishing your book: 5 benefits, 3 drawbacks Writers don't have to rely on traditional publishing houses to get their work to the public anymore. As costs drop and digital opportunities grow, many writers avoid traditional steps. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/06/daily-circuit-self-publishing?refid=0 Wed, 05 Dec 2012 15:00:00 -0600 6 tips for helping children navigate challenging books, movies and plays How do you know when to expose children to difficult films, books and plays? Before taking his two teenage children to a Broadway production of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," New York Times critic Dwight Garner wondered whether they were ready. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/29/daily-circuit-exposing-kids-cultural-fare?refid=0 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 15:00:00 -0600 Looking ahead to U.S. marijuana legalization Washington and Colorado voters signified that marijuana legalization is no longer a fringe issue. How has marijuana legalization become a more mainstream political conversation and what is the impact on the United States? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/28/daily-circuit-marijuana-laws?refid=0 Tue, 27 Nov 2012 15:00:00 -0600 6 facts about crime and the adolescent brain Laurence Steinberg, professor of psychology at Temple University, has spent his career studying adolescent brain development and his findings have led him to believe that our society needs to rethink the way we discipline teenagers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/15/daily-circuit-juvenile-offenders-brain-development?refid=0 Wed, 14 Nov 2012 15:00:00 -0600 Does America still need FEMA? Hurricane Sandy has once again brought criticism of the Federal Emergency Management Agency as some Americans believe the government organization isn't an efficient use of money. Is FEMA outdated? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/13/daily-circuit-is-fema-outdated-program?refid=0 Mon, 12 Nov 2012 15:00:00 -0600 Are pharmaceutical companies marketing ADHD drugs to adults? We've all heard about the millions of children who have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Are pharmaceutical companies now trying to tap adults to widen the market? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/14/daily-circuit-adhd-drugs-adults?refid=0 Mon, 12 Nov 2012 15:00:00 -0600 Job retraining: Does it work? Republicans and Democrats endorse retraining for the jobless, but is it enough to help the unemployed find work? How can American businesses best find workers to fill positions requiring particular skills? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/12/daily-circuit-job-retraining?refid=0 Sun, 11 Nov 2012 12:00:00 -0600 How will Obama, Congress address fiscal cliff? President Barack Obama doesn't have much time to celebrate his re-election. He must now confront the fiscal cliff - nearly $500 billion in automatic tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect in January that could throw the nation back into recession. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/08/daily-circuit-fiscal-cliff-obama?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 15:00:00 -0600 Is early voting killing 'Election Day?' It's Election Day! Or is it? Due to early voting, also called convenience voting, voters in 34 states and Washington D.C. could have already voted. That means up to 40 percent of voters could have cast their votes prior to today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/06/daily-circuit-early-voting?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2012 15:00:00 -0600 High school dropouts: Should we let them go? During a recent appearance on the Daily Circuit, former Metropolitan Council Chairman Peter Bell theorized on what could be done to tackle the number of high school dropouts. Bell's idea: Let them go. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/05/daily-circuit-high-school-dropouts?refid=0 Sun, 04 Nov 2012 12:00:00 -0600 What would a second-term Obama presidency look like? President Barack Obama released a booklet last week outlining his vision for a second term. Critics say his Blueprint for America's Future still lacks specifics. We will look at his first term to predict what a second term may encompass. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/01/daily-circuit-obama-second-term?refid=0 Wed, 31 Oct 2012 15:00:00 -0500 How does unemployment affect children? The effect of unemployment on individuals is clear: loss of income, housing and lack of career experience. But what do we know about the impact of unemployment on children? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/29/daily-circuit-children-unemployed?refid=0 Mon, 29 Oct 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Does America have an exceptionalism problem? Why can't politicians give Americans the facts? Why can't the presidential candidates tell it like it is? It might be America's need for reassurance that we are extraordinary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/26/daily-circuit-american-exceptionalism?refid=0 Sun, 28 Oct 2012 12:00:00 -0500 4 ways to be more productive at work Americans put in some of the longest work hours in the world, yet productivity levels are surprisingly low. How can we change a culture that rewards face time in the office over results? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/26/daily-circuit-worker-productivity?refid=0 Thu, 25 Oct 2012 15:00:00 -0500 8 tips to stop your teen's texting and driving habit Distracted drivers killed more than 3,000 people in 2010. It's a particularly deadly problem for teens, as the family of 17-year-old Alex Brown knows tragically well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/25/daily-circuit-teens-distracted-driving?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 15:00:00 -0500 How college students can prepare for the job market At last week's presidential debate, a college student asked Barack Obama and Mitt Romney about his prospects for finding employment once he graduates. How can college students prepare for the job market? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/24/daily-circuit-college-graduates-jobs?refid=0 Tue, 23 Oct 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Why we worry Why do we worry about some things and not others? In a recent op-ed, David Ropeik notes, "while our choices about risk invariably feel right when we make them, many of these decisions end up putting us in greater peril." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/23/daily-circuit-worried-brain?refid=0 Mon, 22 Oct 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Are you better off today than you were 4 years ago? The question, made famous by President Reagan in a 1980 debate, has reemerged as a popular talking point this election season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/22/daily-circuit-are-we-better-off?refid=0 Sun, 21 Oct 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Astronomer Jennifer Wiseman on the universe, faith and science Astronomer Jennifer Wiseman will discuss the latest discoveries in astronomy and the depth into space and time that deep images are enabling us to see. She'll also share her thoughts on how science, faith and our view of ourselves as humans intersect. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/19/daily-circuit-nasa-jennifer-wiseman?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Salman Rushdie on 'Joseph Anton' Salman Rushdie's memoir "Joseph Anton" details his experience in hiding and rise to literary fame. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/18/daily-circuit-salman-rushdie?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Paul Tough on 'How Children Succeed' through grit, adversity Character, not test scores, is the key to children succeeding in school and in life, says Paul Tough. He argues that character can be taught and that we all have a responsibility to help develop it in students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/17/daily-circuit-how-children-succeed?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Should we blame overweight parents for child's obesity? Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota was criticized when it released new anti-obesity ads. A departure from its well-known "do.groove" ads and its latest "do.town" campaign, these new ads show children modeling behavior of overweight parents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/daily-circuit-blue-cross-obesity-kids-ad?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 15:00:00 -0500 A look at concealed weapons, violence As concealed carry gun laws spread across the country, America has seen a sharp rise in the number of guns in civilian life. Is the increase in guns linked to crime rates in those parts of the country? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/15/daily-circuit-gun-control-crime?refid=0 Sun, 14 Oct 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Ruth Hayden on money and divorce Our personal finance guru Ruth Hayden is back to talk money and divorce. Divorce rates are high in this country, and disagreements and strain over financial issues can put marriages in jeopardy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/12/daily-circuit-ruth-hayden-money-divorce?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2012 15:00:00 -0500 The ethics of sex-selection procedures in the womb More couples are paying to select the sex of their children when they conceive. About 80 percent of American parents are using the procedure to have girls. Is it ethical to choose the sex of a child? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/02/daily-circuit-sex-selection-babies?refid=0 Mon, 01 Oct 2012 15:00:00 -0500 David Gallo on the mysteries of the ocean floor Oceanographer David Gallo has seen the wreck of the Titanic up close and is one of the few people to have explored the ocean floor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/01/daily-circuit-david-gallo-oceans?refid=0 Sun, 30 Sep 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Ask Amy: Holding civil political conversations Have you been to a gathering lately where you didn't dare mention who you were voting for? Have you scrubbed your Facebook page of any political mention because the deluge was just too much? How can you hold civil, yet spirited, conversations? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/28/daily-circuit-civil-political-conversations?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 15:00:00 -0500 What makes a political gaffe fatal to a campaign? Last week's news cycle was dominated by Mitt Romney's comments made earlier this year about the 47 percent of Americans he described as people "who are dependent on government." What makes some gaffes fatal and others not? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/27/daily-circuit-political-gaffes?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:00:00 -0500 How to improve black male graduation rates About 65 percent of Minnesota's black male students graduate from high school. That's 13 percent above the national average, according to a report released last week. Nationally, the foundation says it would take 50 years for black males to achieve the same graduation rates as white males. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/26/daily-circuit-black-male-graduation-rates?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Bringing manufacturing back to America More American companies, and some foreign, are "reshoring" their manufacturing plants. Reshoring or insourcing refers to the practice of moving production jobs back to or close to the United States. What is causing this shift? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/25/daily-circuit-american-manufacturing-reshoring?refid=0 Mon, 24 Sep 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Can the promise of free college boost a town's economy? In 2005, a group of donors in Kalamazoo, Mich. announced they would pay in-state college tuition for every student who graduated from the district's high schools. Is the program boosting the town's economy? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/21/daily-circuit-kalamazoo-promise-economy?refid=0 Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Father's age increases risk of birth defects New research has found a link between older fathers and higher rates of autism and schizophrenia in their children, upending the long-held belief that older mothers were the primary contributor to a child's health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/20/daily-circuit-fathers-age-matters-genetics-defects?refid=0 Wed, 19 Sep 2012 15:00:00 -0500 What did science fiction writers predict for 2012? In 1987 L. Ron Hubbard challenged his fellow science fiction writers to predict what the world would be like in 25 years - 2012. What did they predict for 2012 and what is the relationship between science fiction and the future? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/19/daily-circuit-science-fiction-future?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:00:00 -0500 After Romney's remarks, a look at the role of government This November, American voters will be faced with a choice between two very different views from the presidential candidates on the proper role of government. It can be seen with one of the major issues of this election -- President Obama's health care reform bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/18/daily-circuit-role-of-government?refid=0 Mon, 17 Sep 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Obama's 'you didn't build that' comment still fueling Romney Since President Obama first gave the "you didn't build that" speech in July, the phrase has been ubiquitous on the campaign trail. Why has it gained so much traction? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/17/daily-circuit-built-that-campaign?refid=0 Sun, 16 Sep 2012 12:00:00 -0500 As Nov. election nears, are voters engaged? We are less than two months from the presidential election and an August Gallup poll shows that voter engagement is down from 2008 and 2004. Now that the political parties' conventions are over, what will it take to get voters engaged in this election? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/14/daily-circuit-voter-engagement?refid=0 Thu, 13 Sep 2012 15:00:00 -0500 How is doctor burnout affecting patients? A new Mayo Clinic study shows that doctors have a much higher burnout rate than any other profession. What does the research mean for patient care, and how will the problem be addressed as the population ages and more and more people require medical care? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/13/daily-circuit-doctor-burnout?refid=0 Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Randy Cohen on the ethics of supporting same-sex marriage Should straight couples who support same-sex marriage delay their own marriage to support same-sex couples who can't legally marry? Randy Cohen, the original "Ethicist" for The New York Times Magazine, tackled the ethics behind the action. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/12/daily-circuit-randy-cohen-be-good?refid=0 Tue, 11 Sep 2012 15:00:00 -0500 How will religion influence Nov. election? As voters take a stand on marriage amendments, the economy and women's rights, religion continues to have an influence. How are different religions coming together on issues? Will religion drive turnout or be a deal-breaker for voters? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/11/daily-circuit-religion-politics?refid=0 Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Fact and fiction on the campaign trail Exaggerations, falsehoods, lies - call them what you will, fact checkers are working overtime this campaign season digging through political ads and speeches. We'll talk about fact and fiction on the campaign trail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/10/daily-circuit-facts-fiction-campaigns?refid=0 Sun, 09 Sep 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Analyzing Obama's DNC speech, latest jobs report President Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night in Charlotte, N.C. As we recap his speech, we also look at the latest jobs report which was released Friday morning. What does the report mean for Obama's post-convention momentum? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/07/daily-circuit-obama-dnc-speech-jobs-report?refid=0 Thu, 06 Sep 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Will Washington partisanship lead to more voter apathy? As President Obama prepares for his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, we'll look at what might be on the minds of many American voters, no matter political persuasions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/06/daily-circuit-dnc-voter-apathy-obama?refid=0 Wed, 05 Sep 2012 15:00:00 -0500 At conventions, an intersection of money and politics Even though Democrats didn't permit lobbyists and companies from giving directly to their party convention's host committee, there is plenty of money-driven wining and dining going on in Charlotte. Why is it worth it for lobbyists? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/05/daily-circuit-money-politics-dnc?refid=0 Tue, 04 Sep 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Analyzing Romney's RNC speech GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney officially accepted his party's nomination Thursday night in Tampa, Fla. with a speech on the convention floor. We'll recap the speech, examine its effectiveness and wrap up our coverage from the Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/31/daily-circuit-analyzing-romney-rnc-speech?refid=0 Thu, 30 Aug 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Ryan's speech, the candidates and the economy We'll discuss Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan's speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa as well as how the candidates are talking about the economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/30/daily-circuit-ryan-rnc-speech-gop?refid=0 Wed, 29 Aug 2012 15:00:00 -0500 RNC location puts focus on Latino issues, political figures The Republican National Convention in Tampa is a chance for the party to highlight its own rising Latino political stars and pitch Latino voters. What pitches are they making and which political figures should we be watching? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/29/daily-circuit-rnc-latino-issues-vote?refid=0 Tue, 28 Aug 2012 15:00:00 -0500 What issues matter to young Republicans? In order to compete with President Obama's turnout in 2008, the Republicans need to woo younger voters - many of whom don't fit the traditional idea of the party's values. Many young Republicans are leaning more moderate on social issues while voicing conservative economic views. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/28/daily-circuit-rnc-young-republicans?refid=0 Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Rethinking middle school The middle school years are tough: It can be difficult socially and it's the crucial time to identify potential high school dropouts to try to reverse their course. What can be done to make sure the middle-school years are the best they can be? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/27/daily-circuit-rethinking-middle-school?refid=0 Sun, 26 Aug 2012 12:00:00 -0500 At the State Fair: Kristi Curry Rogers on dinosaurs Macalester geology professor Kristi Curry Rogers has been researching dinosaurs for more than a decade. She'll join us to talk about her latest research. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/24/daily-circuit-kristi-curry-rogers-dinosaurs?refid=0 Thu, 23 Aug 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Which endangered species will survive conservation triage? As money and manpower run low, scientists are beginning to acknowledge that not all critically endangered species can or should be saved. So how do we choose what species will live and what will die? How can those decisions be made? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/21/daily-circuit-endangered-species-conservation?refid=0 Mon, 20 Aug 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Minn. day care more expensive than college tuition Minnesota ranked the second most-costly state for full-time center-based infant care in the country, according to a new report from Child Care Aware of America. What accounts for the high prices? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/20/daily-circuit-child-care-costs?refid=0 Sun, 19 Aug 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Should medical students practice patient-centered care? A few medical schools have been leading the way to provide third-year medical students the opportunity to work with patients and get to know them beyond the procedures and health issues that land them in a clinic or hospital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/16/daily-circuit-medical-school?refid=0 Wed, 15 Aug 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Who will win the independent vote in November? A new ABC poll shows that more independents favor President Obama than his challenger, Mitt Romney. Are these independent voters truly independent? What issues matter to them in this election? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/15/daily-circuit-independent-voters?refid=0 Tue, 14 Aug 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Are we living in an age of anxiety? Over 40 million American adults have an anxiety disorder, according to the National Institute on Mental Health, yet only a third of anxiety-ridden adults seek treatment. Are we living in the "age of anxiety?" http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/14/daily-circuit-anxiety?refid=0 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 09:16:52 -0500 When doctors order too many tests Choosing Wisely, a national campaign that debuted back in April, asked nine medical specialty organizations to choose five tests that doctors and patients should question because they are often unnecessary or ineffective. Are you being over tested? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/09/daily-circuit-over-testing-doctors-health-care?refid=0 Wed, 08 Aug 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Supermarkets struggle as consumers head to big-box, specialty stores The average American is moving away from the traditional grocery store and buying groceries elsewhere. Consumers looking for cheaper options are moving toward big-box options like Wal-Mart, while others are opting for high-end specialty stores such as Whole Foods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/08/daily-circuit-future-of-supermarkets?refid=0 Tue, 07 Aug 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Improving science education in America With low test scores in math and science and a growing need for workers in science-related fields, the spotlight is back on improving science education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/07/daily-circuit-science-education-teachers?refid=0 Mon, 06 Aug 2012 15:00:00 -0500 The future of political polling in the age of social media As technology evolves, so must political polling. The classic model had people answering specific questions over the phone. In the age of social media, cell phones and instant messaging, what's the future of political polling? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/06/daily-circuit-future-of-polling-social-media?refid=0 Sun, 05 Aug 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Will U.S. job numbers affect presidential election outcome? The latest jobs report shows U.S. employers added 163,000 jobs in July. President Obama and Mitt Romney are sure to spin the numbers in their favor in upcoming speeches. How much do the jobs numbers really matter for the results of an election? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/03/daily-circuit-job-numbers-unemployment-obama-romney?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2012 15:00:00 -0500 How to manage your money in college Money-related concerns are top sources of stress for college students, according to a recent report by Inceptia. How should students, especially freshmen, manage their money well? Are there new tools or resources for students on money management? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/02/daily-circuit-college-financial-planning?refid=0 Wed, 01 Aug 2012 15:00:00 -0500 5 years after I-35W bridge collapse, a look at nation's infrastructure Five years ago, the I-35W bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis collapsed, killing 13 people and injuring more than 100 others. After the disaster many lawmakers called for increased funding and regulation to improve our nation's infrastructure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/01/daily-circuit-35w-bridge-infrastructure?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Diversity reshaping towns, cities Current demographics show a growing presence of minorities in small towns and suburbia as well as large cities becoming minority-majority populations. The changes continue to shape communities and force tough conversations on race, economics and shared priorities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/31/daily-circuit-next-america-rural-diversity?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jul 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Do students understand what constitutes cheating in school? There was no shortage of new cheating scandals in academic settings in the past few months. But a new problem is beginning to surface: Many students don't even understand what constitutes cheating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/30/daily-circuit-academic-cheating?refid=0 Sun, 29 Jul 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Grammar Girl on '101 Troublesome Words' Mignon Fogarty is the 'Grammar Girl' - answering silly and challenging questions you've been embarrassed to ask about trickier parts of language. Her latest book tackles the words that can wreak havoc on your writing and vocabulary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/27/daily-circuit-grammar-girl?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jul 2012 14:23:16 -0500 The smartest 1 percent: Do Americans value intelligence? We hear a lot about the richest 1 percent in America these days, but a Duke University researcher says we should focus on the smartest 1 percent instead. How do they affect our GDP, and are we nurturing the next generation of the cognitive elite? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/26/daily-circuit-smartest-one-percent?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jul 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Obama, Romney court military veterans President Obama and Mitt Romney courted military veterans this week at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention. What have they done for veterans, and what can we expect for veteran support? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/25/daily-circuit-romney-obama-veteran-policy?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jul 2012 14:46:16 -0500 Thomas Nides on finding common ground with Pakistan U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides has gone from negotiating financial deals on Wall Street to negotiating geo-political deals with U.S. allies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/24/daily-circuit-thomas-nides?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2012 15:00:00 -0500 America's crumbling transportation infrastructure The way America has funded its roads for decades is breaking down. With such a hostile legislative environment, can there be any agreement as to the future of transportation funding in America? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/22/daily-circuit-transportation-funding?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2012 11:11:49 -0600 Preparing for the Minn. redistricting maps A Minnesota five-judge panel will release the state's updated congressional and legislative district maps Tuesday afternoon. What should Minnesotans expect in the new maps? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/21/daily_circuit_redistricting?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon canceled due to lack of snow The 29th running of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon in northeastern Minnesota has been canceled due to lack of snow, according to an announcement Monday from organizers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/16/beargrease-cancelled?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jan 2012 11:09:28 -0600