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MPR News with Angela Davis

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MPR News with Angela Davis

MPR News with Angela Davis

Minnesota Public Radio

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Conversations about life in Minnesota and how the state is changing, weekdays from MPR News.

Latest Episodes

How to work from home without hurting your back or losing focus

More than six months ago, many of us had to scramble to create a home office. Now, nearly half of the U.S. labor force is working from home full-time. We’re slumped over laptops on the couch, crouched over a desk that’s too short, or slouching over the only counter space available. And the distractions that come with working from home can make it harder to stay focused and do our job. Two experts joined MPR News host Angela Davis to talk about why an ergonomically correct workstation is important and offered tips on being productive. She also checked in on the state of the economy with MPR News senior economics contributor Chris Farrell. Guests: Jan Lehman is a productivity consultant, founder and CEO of CTC Productivity. Ariane Laxo is an interior designer with HGA, a Twin Cities-based multidisciplinary design firm rooted in architecture and engineering. Chris Farrell is MPR’s chief economics contributor Use the audio player above to listen to the program. Subscribe to the MPR N...

48 min2 d ago
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How to work from home without hurting your back or losing focus

Secretary of State Steve Simon answers your voting questions

Updated: Sept. 21 Early in-person and mail-in absentee voting began in Minnesota this Friday. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the process a little different this year. Minnesota’s top elections official, Secretary of State Steve Simon, joined us on this week’s Politics Friday to answer questions from the MPR News audience. Count on it Election Day voting in Minnesota starts now Don’t let COVID-19 stop your vote Here’s how to vote by mail MN Votes More guidance from the Secretary of State Here are a few of the most frequently asked about voter questions, and Simon’s answers to them: How many mail-in ballots are you expecting in the Nov. 3 election? As of Sept. 18, the Secretary of State office already had 926,000 Minnesotans who requested to vote from home. At that rate, there’s going to be 1.2 million people voting from home this general election, Simon said. In total, they’re expecting 3 million voters, with over a third of them voting from home. Recently, the SOS office sent...

51 min5 d ago
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Secretary of State Steve Simon answers your voting questions

How is the coronavirus pandemic affecting climate change?

We’re traveling less and staying at home more. Is it helping or hurting the environment? MPR News host Angela Davis spoke with a climate scientist and a meteorologist on how the pandemic is affecting climate change. Guests: Paul Huttner is MPR's Chief Meteorologist. Kim Cobb is a professor of earth and atmospheric sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Use the audio player above to listen to the program. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS.

48 min6 d ago
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How is the coronavirus pandemic affecting climate change?

How to navigate your children’s mental health as they return back to school

About 1 in 5 school-aged children has a mental health condition, but that number could be going up. There’s not a lot of research on how the pandemic is affecting children’s mental health, but the United Nations has warned of an impending global mental health crisis. How is the pandemic is affecting school-aged kids? What resources are available for parents? What are some signs that students are in need of extra support? Guests: Mark Sander is the director of school mental health at Hennepin County and Minneapolis Public Schools. Meghan Miller is a psychologist and clinical director for the Mental Health and Addiction Service Line at Allina Health. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS

49 min1 w ago
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How to navigate your children’s mental health as they return back to school

In 2020, wedding vendors say 'I do' to uncertainty

With the majority of the country’s weddings canceled or rescheduled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the small, local businesses that support them — vendors like florists, caterers, photographers and wedding planners — have been left trying to stay afloat or pivot their businesses. And couples have had to decide whether to put off their nuptials, or make do within the state’s guidelines for safe celebrations. After all, Minnesota’s largest COVID-19 social spreader event to date was a late-August wedding in the town of Ghent. Of the 300 people who attended, 75 later tested positive, and one was hospitalized. MPR News host Angela Davis talks with two local wedding industry insiders on what it’s been like to navigate the pandemic. Guests: Sonja Babich is the publisher of Minnesota Bride magazine. Celisia Stanton is a Minneapolis-based wedding photographer.

48 min1 w ago
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In 2020, wedding vendors say 'I do' to uncertainty

How are Minn.'s minority-owned businesses navigating pandemic, economic crisis?

Only 12 percent of minority-owned businesses have received coronavirus relief loans. How are Minnesota’s minority business owners navigating the lending space? Guests: Anisha Murphy is the director of community advancement at the Community Reinvestment Fund, USA. Michelle Maryns is the founder and CEO of We Sparkle Co. Chris Farrell is MPR’s senior economics contributor. Use the audio player above to listen to the program. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS.

48 min1 w ago
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How are Minn.'s minority-owned businesses navigating pandemic, economic crisis?

How are Minnesota's parents doing?

Last school year, kids and their parents were thrown into a new world of distance learning. This time around, parents had a few months to get ready for another strange semester — but even with prep time, it's proven to be a stressful start for districts and families. Some parents have a few weeks of the new semester under their belts; others just started a few days ago. MPR News host Angela Davis dives into the realities Minnesota’s parents of school-age children are facing right now, with the help of two guests. Guests: Elizabeth Shockman is an education reporter for MPR News. She’s been writing about the changes parents, teachers, administrators and students have experienced and how they are dealing with them. Dana Abrams is the ombudsperson for St. Paul Public Schools. She investigates and works to resolve complaints made by families against the school district.

48 min1 w ago
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How are Minnesota's parents doing?

Gov. Tim Walz on COVID-19, emergency power, Floyd's killing and more

The Minnesota Legislature is back in special session as Gov. Tim Walz once again extended his peacetime emergency by 30 more days. The governor first invoked the emergency power in March to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic when the virus started to hit Minnesota. Walz said he is using the emergency authority to procure supplies quicker, to carry out a mask mandate, to foster an expansion of coronavirus testing and to head off evictions for those in financial distress amid the pandemic. Republicans argue that the emergency has gone on too long, saying the Legislature needs to again be on equal footing with the governor. The GOP-controlled Senate is expected to vote to end the emergency power, while the DFL-led House supports the extension during this special session. Six months after Walz first declared the peacetime emergency, where is Minnesota in the response to the pandemic and what will the next few months bring? On this week’s Politics Friday, MPR News host Mike Mulcahy talked...

51 min1 w ago
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Gov. Tim Walz on COVID-19, emergency power, Floyd's killing and more

How to be happy

We are becoming increasingly unhappy. It’s no surprise — we are living in a global pandemic and navigating a lot of unknowns. Two experts joined MPR News host Angela Davis and explored why people are struggling to find purpose. They also offered tips on where to find joy during this unprecedented time. Guests: Janet Lewis Muth is Carleton College’s director of health promotion and teaches a 10-session course about positive psychology called “Happy Hour.” Dr. David Frenz is a mental health expert with Allina Health. Use the audio player above to listen to the program. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS.

48 min2 w ago
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How to be happy

Minding your pandemic manners

That awkward pandemic moment when a stranger gets too close to you without a mask on; or when you have to turn down an invitation to a friend’s birthday party because you’re not comfortable hanging with all those people. We’re living in a new normal, and a lot of things that used to be easy to do are now more difficult. That goes for interpersonal interactions, too. MPR News host Angela Davis dives into pandemic etiquette with two etiquette experts. They talk about how to respectfully ask a stranger to put a mask on, how to politely get out of someone’s personal space, and address lots of other sticky situations, too. And they want to answer your etiquette questions. Have you had to navigate a tricky social situation during the pandemic? How did you handle it? Call during the 11 a.m. hour at 651-227-6000 or tweet @AngelaDavisMPR to join the conversation. Guests: Julie Frantz is a Forest Lake, Minn.-based etiquette instructor and the owner of Everyday Etiquette. Lizzie Post is th...

49 min2 w ago
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Minding your pandemic manners

Latest Episodes

How to work from home without hurting your back or losing focus

More than six months ago, many of us had to scramble to create a home office. Now, nearly half of the U.S. labor force is working from home full-time. We’re slumped over laptops on the couch, crouched over a desk that’s too short, or slouching over the only counter space available. And the distractions that come with working from home can make it harder to stay focused and do our job. Two experts joined MPR News host Angela Davis to talk about why an ergonomically correct workstation is important and offered tips on being productive. She also checked in on the state of the economy with MPR News senior economics contributor Chris Farrell. Guests: Jan Lehman is a productivity consultant, founder and CEO of CTC Productivity. Ariane Laxo is an interior designer with HGA, a Twin Cities-based multidisciplinary design firm rooted in architecture and engineering. Chris Farrell is MPR’s chief economics contributor Use the audio player above to listen to the program. Subscribe to the MPR N...

48 min2 d ago
Comments
How to work from home without hurting your back or losing focus

Secretary of State Steve Simon answers your voting questions

Updated: Sept. 21 Early in-person and mail-in absentee voting began in Minnesota this Friday. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the process a little different this year. Minnesota’s top elections official, Secretary of State Steve Simon, joined us on this week’s Politics Friday to answer questions from the MPR News audience. Count on it Election Day voting in Minnesota starts now Don’t let COVID-19 stop your vote Here’s how to vote by mail MN Votes More guidance from the Secretary of State Here are a few of the most frequently asked about voter questions, and Simon’s answers to them: How many mail-in ballots are you expecting in the Nov. 3 election? As of Sept. 18, the Secretary of State office already had 926,000 Minnesotans who requested to vote from home. At that rate, there’s going to be 1.2 million people voting from home this general election, Simon said. In total, they’re expecting 3 million voters, with over a third of them voting from home. Recently, the SOS office sent...

51 min5 d ago
Comments
Secretary of State Steve Simon answers your voting questions

How is the coronavirus pandemic affecting climate change?

We’re traveling less and staying at home more. Is it helping or hurting the environment? MPR News host Angela Davis spoke with a climate scientist and a meteorologist on how the pandemic is affecting climate change. Guests: Paul Huttner is MPR's Chief Meteorologist. Kim Cobb is a professor of earth and atmospheric sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Use the audio player above to listen to the program. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS.

48 min6 d ago
Comments
How is the coronavirus pandemic affecting climate change?

How to navigate your children’s mental health as they return back to school

About 1 in 5 school-aged children has a mental health condition, but that number could be going up. There’s not a lot of research on how the pandemic is affecting children’s mental health, but the United Nations has warned of an impending global mental health crisis. How is the pandemic is affecting school-aged kids? What resources are available for parents? What are some signs that students are in need of extra support? Guests: Mark Sander is the director of school mental health at Hennepin County and Minneapolis Public Schools. Meghan Miller is a psychologist and clinical director for the Mental Health and Addiction Service Line at Allina Health. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS

49 min1 w ago
Comments
How to navigate your children’s mental health as they return back to school

In 2020, wedding vendors say 'I do' to uncertainty

With the majority of the country’s weddings canceled or rescheduled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the small, local businesses that support them — vendors like florists, caterers, photographers and wedding planners — have been left trying to stay afloat or pivot their businesses. And couples have had to decide whether to put off their nuptials, or make do within the state’s guidelines for safe celebrations. After all, Minnesota’s largest COVID-19 social spreader event to date was a late-August wedding in the town of Ghent. Of the 300 people who attended, 75 later tested positive, and one was hospitalized. MPR News host Angela Davis talks with two local wedding industry insiders on what it’s been like to navigate the pandemic. Guests: Sonja Babich is the publisher of Minnesota Bride magazine. Celisia Stanton is a Minneapolis-based wedding photographer.

48 min1 w ago
Comments
In 2020, wedding vendors say 'I do' to uncertainty

How are Minn.'s minority-owned businesses navigating pandemic, economic crisis?

Only 12 percent of minority-owned businesses have received coronavirus relief loans. How are Minnesota’s minority business owners navigating the lending space? Guests: Anisha Murphy is the director of community advancement at the Community Reinvestment Fund, USA. Michelle Maryns is the founder and CEO of We Sparkle Co. Chris Farrell is MPR’s senior economics contributor. Use the audio player above to listen to the program. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS.

48 min1 w ago
Comments
How are Minn.'s minority-owned businesses navigating pandemic, economic crisis?

How are Minnesota's parents doing?

Last school year, kids and their parents were thrown into a new world of distance learning. This time around, parents had a few months to get ready for another strange semester — but even with prep time, it's proven to be a stressful start for districts and families. Some parents have a few weeks of the new semester under their belts; others just started a few days ago. MPR News host Angela Davis dives into the realities Minnesota’s parents of school-age children are facing right now, with the help of two guests. Guests: Elizabeth Shockman is an education reporter for MPR News. She’s been writing about the changes parents, teachers, administrators and students have experienced and how they are dealing with them. Dana Abrams is the ombudsperson for St. Paul Public Schools. She investigates and works to resolve complaints made by families against the school district.

48 min1 w ago
Comments
How are Minnesota's parents doing?

Gov. Tim Walz on COVID-19, emergency power, Floyd's killing and more

The Minnesota Legislature is back in special session as Gov. Tim Walz once again extended his peacetime emergency by 30 more days. The governor first invoked the emergency power in March to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic when the virus started to hit Minnesota. Walz said he is using the emergency authority to procure supplies quicker, to carry out a mask mandate, to foster an expansion of coronavirus testing and to head off evictions for those in financial distress amid the pandemic. Republicans argue that the emergency has gone on too long, saying the Legislature needs to again be on equal footing with the governor. The GOP-controlled Senate is expected to vote to end the emergency power, while the DFL-led House supports the extension during this special session. Six months after Walz first declared the peacetime emergency, where is Minnesota in the response to the pandemic and what will the next few months bring? On this week’s Politics Friday, MPR News host Mike Mulcahy talked...

51 min1 w ago
Comments
Gov. Tim Walz on COVID-19, emergency power, Floyd's killing and more

How to be happy

We are becoming increasingly unhappy. It’s no surprise — we are living in a global pandemic and navigating a lot of unknowns. Two experts joined MPR News host Angela Davis and explored why people are struggling to find purpose. They also offered tips on where to find joy during this unprecedented time. Guests: Janet Lewis Muth is Carleton College’s director of health promotion and teaches a 10-session course about positive psychology called “Happy Hour.” Dr. David Frenz is a mental health expert with Allina Health. Use the audio player above to listen to the program. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS.

48 min2 w ago
Comments
How to be happy

Minding your pandemic manners

That awkward pandemic moment when a stranger gets too close to you without a mask on; or when you have to turn down an invitation to a friend’s birthday party because you’re not comfortable hanging with all those people. We’re living in a new normal, and a lot of things that used to be easy to do are now more difficult. That goes for interpersonal interactions, too. MPR News host Angela Davis dives into pandemic etiquette with two etiquette experts. They talk about how to respectfully ask a stranger to put a mask on, how to politely get out of someone’s personal space, and address lots of other sticky situations, too. And they want to answer your etiquette questions. Have you had to navigate a tricky social situation during the pandemic? How did you handle it? Call during the 11 a.m. hour at 651-227-6000 or tweet @AngelaDavisMPR to join the conversation. Guests: Julie Frantz is a Forest Lake, Minn.-based etiquette instructor and the owner of Everyday Etiquette. Lizzie Post is th...

49 min2 w ago
Comments
Minding your pandemic manners
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