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MPR News with Kerri Miller

MPR News with Kerri Miller

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Conversations on news and culture with Kerri Miller. Weekdays from MPR News.

Latest Episodes

Exploring the depths of family relationships with author Sue Miller

Families are intricate, made up of interwoven and multilayered relationships. Sue Miller’s newest book, “Monogamy” examines these complex ties amidst a family who loses their beloved and gregarious father, Graham. After his death, his second wife Annie, discovers Graham wasn’t always faithful during their 30-year marriage. The resulting grief, anger, reassessing and, ultimately, acceptance is the work of being human. Sue Miller’s own life informed her new book, as she tells Kerri Miller in the above interview. But her book also taught her how to embrace the broken and beautiful bits of her own life. Guest: Sue Miller, author of many novels including the new book “Monogamy” To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above. Subscribe to the MPR News with Kerri Miller podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts , Spotify or RSS

48 min1 d ago
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Exploring the depths of family relationships with author Sue Miller

Election night could become election week this year

Here’s how presidential elections normally work: Votes are cast on the first Tuesday in November. Ballots are counted. And usually, sometime late that night, a winner is announced. Not this year. Election officials are expecting a big bump in mail-in ballots, which take longer to count. Some experts think up to half of all ballots cast this year will be done by mail. That means it could be days or even weeks before we know if President Donald Trump won a second term or if Democratic contender Joe Biden unseated him. Thursday at 9 a.m., MPR News host Kerri Miller will talk with two voting experts about what to expect on election night 2020. Guests: Barry Burden, political science professor and director of the Election Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kat Calvin, founder and executive director of Spread the Vote and co-host of Vote! The Podcast. Correction (Sept. 17, 2020): A previous version of this story misspelled Barry Burden’s name. The story has been upd...

48 min2 d ago
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Election night could become election week this year

Dan Wilson on songwriting, vulnerability and new Semisonic music

Semisonic’s newest EP, “You’re Not Alone,” will be released Friday. It’s the first EP for the group since it reunited in 2017; Semisonic was founded in Minneapolis in 1995. MPR News host Kerri Miller talked with Dan Wilson about what the pandemic has meant for musicians and live performance. They also discussed how creative expression in his life informs his work and how vulnerability is part of the process. Guest: Dan Wilson is a singer, songwriter, producer and co-founder of Minneapolis-formed bands Trip Shakespeare and Semisonic. Semisonic’s new EP, “You’re Not Alone,” will be released Friday. Subscribe to the MPR News with Kerri Miller podcast on:Apple Podcasts,Google Podcasts,SpotifyorRSS.

46 min3 d ago
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Dan Wilson on songwriting, vulnerability and new Semisonic music

The future of the Republican Party — with or without a Trump reelection

There’s no denying President Donald Trump has reshaped the Republican Party. Under his leadership, the GOP turned away from decades of Ronald Reagan-style conservatism to a new gospel of populism and nationalism. But that shift has split the party into two groups: those who are energized by the new direction and those who want to put the “Trumpism” genie back in the bottle. Tuesday on MPR News with Kerri Miller, we took a look at the future of the GOP. What happens to the party if President Trump wins reelection? What happens if he doesn’t? Will the transformation he started outlast his presidency? Should it? Guests: Annette Meeks, CEO of the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota Charles Sykes, editor-in-chief of The Bulwark and host of The Bulwark podcast Editor’s note (Sept. 15, 2020): Jennifer Carnahan was originally slated to be a guest on this show. Due to a last-minute scheduling conflict, she was unable to join. Subscribe to the MPR News with Kerri Miller podcast on:Apple Podc...

48 min4 d ago
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The future of the Republican Party — with or without a Trump reelection

Minnesota health officials discuss pandemic, take listener questions

After a few days of a testing slowdown in Minnesota since Labor Day, data released Friday nearly reached 20,000 tests. In addition, there was only moderate new case growth, with 484 infections reported. On Monday, MPR News Host Kerri Miller talked with Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm and the state’s infectious disease director, Kris Ehresmann, about COVID-19 testing, the spread of infection in the state and the return of children and adults to school this fall. Guests: Jan Malcolm is the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health. Kris Ehresmann is the director of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division at the Minnesota Department of Health.

48 min5 d ago
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Minnesota health officials discuss pandemic, take listener questions

The Five: An intense BBC drama, a podcast with a Minnesota twist and lush new music

MPR Newsdirector of programmingSteph Curtis stopped by with an early fall edition of “The Five,” where she recommends things to read, listen to and experience right now. 1) “A Judge Asked Harvard to Find Out Why So Many Black People Were In Prison. They Could Only Find 1 Answer: Systemic Racism,” via The root. You can read the study it is based on, too. If you need a quick explanation of how pervasive racism is in the justice system, read this: Police are more likely to search or investigate Black residents. Law enforcement agents charge Black suspects with infractions that carry worse penalties. Prosecutors are less likely to offer Black suspects plea bargains or pretrial intervention. Judges sentence Black defendants to longer terms in prison. 2) Watch “Gold Digger,” a BBC family drama-romance-thriller about a recently divorced woman who takes up with a younger man — much to the horror of her children and ex-husband. Julia Ormond and Ben Barnes play the much-scrutinized cou...

7 min1 w ago
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The Five: An intense BBC drama, a podcast with a Minnesota twist and lush new music

Diving into the drive-in phenomenon

Some movies are best enjoyed on a big screen, but the pandemic temporarily shuttered thousands of theaters across the country. One silver lining for the silver screen? Drive-in theaters. Even as indoor theaters open up again, the outdoor theaters remain popular with folks who aren’t ready to congregate inside and want to soak up the last bit of summer. This very strange summer has breathed new life into a shrinking ecosystem of outdoor screens, and a new generation of moviegoers experienced the magic of watching new flicks and old favorites outside. On Friday, two film fanatics talked with MPR News about the magic drive-in movies and suggest titles to add to your must-see lists. Guests: Aisha Harris is a co-host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour. Alissa Wilkinson is a film critic and culture reporter for Vox.com. To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above. Subscribe to the MPR News with Kerri Miller podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts , Spotify or ...

41 min1 w ago
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Diving into the drive-in phenomenon

Is more economic relief from Congress on the way?

Throughout the course of the pandemic, the U.S. economy lost 22 million jobs and recovered close to half of them. Despite significant hiring gains over the past four months, the unemployment rate is at 8.4 percent. As recess comes to a close for Congress — and many families and small businesses look for a lifeline — Democrats and Republicans remain at odds over the amount of money the federal government should inject into the economy. Two economists joined MPR News host Kerri Miller Thursday for a conversation about the changing economic landscape and what a potential recovery might look like. Guests: J Michael Collins is faculty director at the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Caroline Fohlin is an economic historian at Emory University. Minnesota aims for Quick turnaround on $300 unemployment boost To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above. Subscribe to the MPR News with Kerri Miller podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Goo...

49 min1 w ago
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Is more economic relief from Congress on the way?

The U.S. isn’t meeting COVID-19 testing targets. What would it take to change that?

Six months into the pandemic, the United States still hasn’t met COVID-19 testing goals. More than half of states across the country aren’t testing enough residents to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Some epidemiologists say robust, rapid testing could be the key to safely reopening more schools, businesses and other places that have been shuttered throughout the pandemic. There is some concern that rapid antigen tests, while less expensive and simple to administer, don’t provide the same level of accuracy as the more widely used PCR tests. However, proponents of the rapid tests say increasing the testing volume by testing more people, more frequently can help identify early cases that might otherwise be missed. Two doctors joined MPR News host Kerri Miller Wednesday for a conversation about the status of COVID-19 tests across the country. Guests: Dr. Jana Broadhurst is the director of the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit Clinical Laboratory and an assistant professor in path...

49 min1 w ago
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The U.S. isn’t meeting COVID-19 testing targets. What would it take to change that?

Personal finance in uncertain times

It’s been a challenging year, with 62 percent of surveyed consumers describing current conditions as unfavorable. Unemployment sits at 8.4 percent, and the pandemic is hitting low-wage workers and their families the hardest. Being financially literate has perhaps never been more important, as knowing more about money, credit and debt can have an impact both on our personal finance and broader economic outcomes. On Tuesday at 9 a.m., MPR News guest host Chris Farrell and producer Twila Dang talked with a financial coach about lessons she’s learned over time and why she wants people to understand money and credit better, and take listener questions about personal finance. They also discussed the forthcoming MPR News podcast, “Small Change: Money Stories From The Neighborhood,” which focuses on the creative and collaborative ways people without much money manage to achieve their dreams. Guest: Tonia Brinston is an employment coach at Twin Cities R!se To listen to the full conversat...

48 min1 w ago
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Personal finance in uncertain times

Latest Episodes

Exploring the depths of family relationships with author Sue Miller

Families are intricate, made up of interwoven and multilayered relationships. Sue Miller’s newest book, “Monogamy” examines these complex ties amidst a family who loses their beloved and gregarious father, Graham. After his death, his second wife Annie, discovers Graham wasn’t always faithful during their 30-year marriage. The resulting grief, anger, reassessing and, ultimately, acceptance is the work of being human. Sue Miller’s own life informed her new book, as she tells Kerri Miller in the above interview. But her book also taught her how to embrace the broken and beautiful bits of her own life. Guest: Sue Miller, author of many novels including the new book “Monogamy” To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above. Subscribe to the MPR News with Kerri Miller podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts , Spotify or RSS

48 min1 d ago
Comments
Exploring the depths of family relationships with author Sue Miller

Election night could become election week this year

Here’s how presidential elections normally work: Votes are cast on the first Tuesday in November. Ballots are counted. And usually, sometime late that night, a winner is announced. Not this year. Election officials are expecting a big bump in mail-in ballots, which take longer to count. Some experts think up to half of all ballots cast this year will be done by mail. That means it could be days or even weeks before we know if President Donald Trump won a second term or if Democratic contender Joe Biden unseated him. Thursday at 9 a.m., MPR News host Kerri Miller will talk with two voting experts about what to expect on election night 2020. Guests: Barry Burden, political science professor and director of the Election Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kat Calvin, founder and executive director of Spread the Vote and co-host of Vote! The Podcast. Correction (Sept. 17, 2020): A previous version of this story misspelled Barry Burden’s name. The story has been upd...

48 min2 d ago
Comments
Election night could become election week this year

Dan Wilson on songwriting, vulnerability and new Semisonic music

Semisonic’s newest EP, “You’re Not Alone,” will be released Friday. It’s the first EP for the group since it reunited in 2017; Semisonic was founded in Minneapolis in 1995. MPR News host Kerri Miller talked with Dan Wilson about what the pandemic has meant for musicians and live performance. They also discussed how creative expression in his life informs his work and how vulnerability is part of the process. Guest: Dan Wilson is a singer, songwriter, producer and co-founder of Minneapolis-formed bands Trip Shakespeare and Semisonic. Semisonic’s new EP, “You’re Not Alone,” will be released Friday. Subscribe to the MPR News with Kerri Miller podcast on:Apple Podcasts,Google Podcasts,SpotifyorRSS.

46 min3 d ago
Comments
Dan Wilson on songwriting, vulnerability and new Semisonic music

The future of the Republican Party — with or without a Trump reelection

There’s no denying President Donald Trump has reshaped the Republican Party. Under his leadership, the GOP turned away from decades of Ronald Reagan-style conservatism to a new gospel of populism and nationalism. But that shift has split the party into two groups: those who are energized by the new direction and those who want to put the “Trumpism” genie back in the bottle. Tuesday on MPR News with Kerri Miller, we took a look at the future of the GOP. What happens to the party if President Trump wins reelection? What happens if he doesn’t? Will the transformation he started outlast his presidency? Should it? Guests: Annette Meeks, CEO of the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota Charles Sykes, editor-in-chief of The Bulwark and host of The Bulwark podcast Editor’s note (Sept. 15, 2020): Jennifer Carnahan was originally slated to be a guest on this show. Due to a last-minute scheduling conflict, she was unable to join. Subscribe to the MPR News with Kerri Miller podcast on:Apple Podc...

48 min4 d ago
Comments
The future of the Republican Party — with or without a Trump reelection

Minnesota health officials discuss pandemic, take listener questions

After a few days of a testing slowdown in Minnesota since Labor Day, data released Friday nearly reached 20,000 tests. In addition, there was only moderate new case growth, with 484 infections reported. On Monday, MPR News Host Kerri Miller talked with Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm and the state’s infectious disease director, Kris Ehresmann, about COVID-19 testing, the spread of infection in the state and the return of children and adults to school this fall. Guests: Jan Malcolm is the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health. Kris Ehresmann is the director of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division at the Minnesota Department of Health.

48 min5 d ago
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Minnesota health officials discuss pandemic, take listener questions

The Five: An intense BBC drama, a podcast with a Minnesota twist and lush new music

MPR Newsdirector of programmingSteph Curtis stopped by with an early fall edition of “The Five,” where she recommends things to read, listen to and experience right now. 1) “A Judge Asked Harvard to Find Out Why So Many Black People Were In Prison. They Could Only Find 1 Answer: Systemic Racism,” via The root. You can read the study it is based on, too. If you need a quick explanation of how pervasive racism is in the justice system, read this: Police are more likely to search or investigate Black residents. Law enforcement agents charge Black suspects with infractions that carry worse penalties. Prosecutors are less likely to offer Black suspects plea bargains or pretrial intervention. Judges sentence Black defendants to longer terms in prison. 2) Watch “Gold Digger,” a BBC family drama-romance-thriller about a recently divorced woman who takes up with a younger man — much to the horror of her children and ex-husband. Julia Ormond and Ben Barnes play the much-scrutinized cou...

7 min1 w ago
Comments
The Five: An intense BBC drama, a podcast with a Minnesota twist and lush new music

Diving into the drive-in phenomenon

Some movies are best enjoyed on a big screen, but the pandemic temporarily shuttered thousands of theaters across the country. One silver lining for the silver screen? Drive-in theaters. Even as indoor theaters open up again, the outdoor theaters remain popular with folks who aren’t ready to congregate inside and want to soak up the last bit of summer. This very strange summer has breathed new life into a shrinking ecosystem of outdoor screens, and a new generation of moviegoers experienced the magic of watching new flicks and old favorites outside. On Friday, two film fanatics talked with MPR News about the magic drive-in movies and suggest titles to add to your must-see lists. Guests: Aisha Harris is a co-host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour. Alissa Wilkinson is a film critic and culture reporter for Vox.com. To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above. Subscribe to the MPR News with Kerri Miller podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts , Spotify or ...

41 min1 w ago
Comments
Diving into the drive-in phenomenon

Is more economic relief from Congress on the way?

Throughout the course of the pandemic, the U.S. economy lost 22 million jobs and recovered close to half of them. Despite significant hiring gains over the past four months, the unemployment rate is at 8.4 percent. As recess comes to a close for Congress — and many families and small businesses look for a lifeline — Democrats and Republicans remain at odds over the amount of money the federal government should inject into the economy. Two economists joined MPR News host Kerri Miller Thursday for a conversation about the changing economic landscape and what a potential recovery might look like. Guests: J Michael Collins is faculty director at the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Caroline Fohlin is an economic historian at Emory University. Minnesota aims for Quick turnaround on $300 unemployment boost To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above. Subscribe to the MPR News with Kerri Miller podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Goo...

49 min1 w ago
Comments
Is more economic relief from Congress on the way?

The U.S. isn’t meeting COVID-19 testing targets. What would it take to change that?

Six months into the pandemic, the United States still hasn’t met COVID-19 testing goals. More than half of states across the country aren’t testing enough residents to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Some epidemiologists say robust, rapid testing could be the key to safely reopening more schools, businesses and other places that have been shuttered throughout the pandemic. There is some concern that rapid antigen tests, while less expensive and simple to administer, don’t provide the same level of accuracy as the more widely used PCR tests. However, proponents of the rapid tests say increasing the testing volume by testing more people, more frequently can help identify early cases that might otherwise be missed. Two doctors joined MPR News host Kerri Miller Wednesday for a conversation about the status of COVID-19 tests across the country. Guests: Dr. Jana Broadhurst is the director of the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit Clinical Laboratory and an assistant professor in path...

49 min1 w ago
Comments
The U.S. isn’t meeting COVID-19 testing targets. What would it take to change that?

Personal finance in uncertain times

It’s been a challenging year, with 62 percent of surveyed consumers describing current conditions as unfavorable. Unemployment sits at 8.4 percent, and the pandemic is hitting low-wage workers and their families the hardest. Being financially literate has perhaps never been more important, as knowing more about money, credit and debt can have an impact both on our personal finance and broader economic outcomes. On Tuesday at 9 a.m., MPR News guest host Chris Farrell and producer Twila Dang talked with a financial coach about lessons she’s learned over time and why she wants people to understand money and credit better, and take listener questions about personal finance. They also discussed the forthcoming MPR News podcast, “Small Change: Money Stories From The Neighborhood,” which focuses on the creative and collaborative ways people without much money manage to achieve their dreams. Guest: Tonia Brinston is an employment coach at Twin Cities R!se To listen to the full conversat...

48 min1 w ago
Comments
Personal finance in uncertain times
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