MPR News with Kerri Miller In-depth conversations on news and culture, with host Kerri Miller.
MPR News with Kerri Miller

MPR News with Kerri Miller

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In-depth conversations on news and culture, with host Kerri Miller.

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Domestic response to possible spread of COVID-19 cases

Public health officials — including those in Minnesota — warn that Americans need to prepare for the possibility of domestic outbreaks of COVID-19 cases as this strain of coronavirus continues to spread internationally. Response to this so far has included changes in how we travel, how we gather and how people feel about the economy. MPR News host Kerri Miller talked with an epidemiologist about what to learn from the spread of the respiratory virus so far. We also checked in with the Minnesota Department of Health about the state's public health strategy.

The continued spread of COVID-19 cases

New outbreaks of COVID-19 in Iran, Italy and South Korea have officials on high alert as efforts to contain and prevent the spread of the respiratory virus continue. The spread of this strain of coronavirus — which has been classified as a global health emergency — has the potential to become a pandemic, but isn't at that level yet, according to the head of the World Health Organization. WHO officials believe the illness in China "peaked and plateaued" earlier in February. Overall, cases have been confirmed in 32 countries. Host Kerri Miller talked with an epidemiologist about what a pandemic designation would mean, the latest on the spread of the virus and whether it can be contained. Guest: Jennifer Nuzzo is an epidemiologist and senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in Baltimore.

Nevada caucus results

Sen. Bernie Sanders won the Nevada caucuses handily, based on significant support from both white and Latino voters and among voters under age 65. Beyond his win, Nevada has spurred conversations about the caucus process and what the results may reveal about upcoming contests in other states. Kerri Miller talked with a political scientist from the Silver State about the results of the primary, the debate over superdelegates and what candidates learned in Nevada as they try to connect with voters in upcoming primaries. Guest: Precious Hall is a professor of political science at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nev.

Author Dina Nayeri on breaking down stereotypes of the refugee experience

When she was 8 years old, Dina Nayeri fled the Iranian revolution with her mother and brother, leaving behind her father. Her family settled in the United States, where she learned that acclimating to an adoptive country is an uphill battle. In her first nonfiction book, "The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You," Nayeri shares her story and that of other asylum seekers in hopes of breaking down misconceptions of the refugee experience. The title of the book may come off as brash, but Nayeri says she is thankful for her journey and adoptive home. "We are grateful, we do love our country ... but that gratitude is private. It can't be channeled, it can't be forced," she said. MPR News host Kerri Miller spoke with author Dina Nayeri about her new book, "The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You," and what it means to be a refugee. Guests: Dina Nayeri, author of "The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You"

Author Dina Nayeri on breaking down stereotypes of the refugee experience

An exploration of women at work

How are women changing the modern workforce? According to photographer and author Chris Crisman, their roles — and the jobs they hold — continue to expand and shift. These changes haven't come without challenges; women have had to push for space in male-dominated industries and to overcome misconceptions based on gender, class and race. Kerri Miller talks with Crisman about his book of portraits and essays, "Women's Work: Stories From Pioneering Women Shaping Our Workforce;" his inspiration to portray this facet of today's workforce and society, and where future generations can find inspiration. Guest: Chris Crisman is a photographer and author.

Author P. Carl on 'Becoming a Man'

On March 16, 2017, author P. Carl sent a photo of himself to his wife in a text with this message: "I'm me now." It was the point, he writes in his memoir "Becoming a Man: The Story of a Transition," that he felt visible for the first time after living more than 50 years as a girl and queer woman. Carl's transition to a man happened during a period of change for America: the months following the announcement of the Trump administration's travel ban and before #MeToo dominated our social media sites and conversations. It also took place during a time when there's both advancement and a lack of understanding about transgender people and their bodies. He joins host Kerri Miller for a candid conversation about his journey and about gender, masculinity and inequality in the United States. P. Carl is the author of "Becoming a Man: The Story of a Transition" and distinguished artist in residence at Emerson College in Boston, Mass.

Fear and misinformation spread alongside COVID-19

Over 71,000 people across the globe have been infected with COVID-19, the new, deadly strain of coronavirus. As that number grows, so has fear, confusion and misinformation about the novel respiratory virus. Monday morning at 9 on MPR News with Kerri Miller, two physicians helped sort through what is known about the virus and what scientists have yet to learn. Related 4 myths about coronavirus and how to spot them Guests: Dr. Erica Shenoy is an infectious disease specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. William Schaffner is a professor in the division of infectious disease and preventative medicine at Vanderbilt University. 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

Steve Inskeep on 'Imperfect Union'

NPR's Steve Inskeep read diaries, letters and maps while researching his biography on John and Jessie Fremont, one of America's original power couples. His new book is called "Imperfect Union: How Jessie and John Fremont Mapped the West, Invented Celebrity, and Helped Cause the Civil War." Though it's set in the 1800s, their story is surprisingly relevant today. Inskeep joined MPR host Kerri Miller for a conversation about politics and public radio Friday.

Flyover 2020: Farmer identity

In the Upper Midwest, farming maintains a wholesome glow. Red barns, picket fences and photos of kittens weaving among jugs of frothy milk loom large in our collective psyche. But reality is more stark. Farm bankruptcies are up. Thousands of farms have simply closed. Farm debt is at an all-time high. Add in a trade war, severe weather and tanking crop prices, and it's not hard to understand why health workers are worried about a spike in suicide and depression. At the same time, new farmers – usually young and passionate about regenerative practices and helping others – are entering the field. Thursday, for our Flyover 2020, we talk about the changing farming identity, and what it means to be a farmer today. Guests: Jenni Patnode, whose blog post "The Last Milking" went viral after the sale of her and her husband's fourth-generation Wisconsin dairy farm Hannah Breckbill, co-owner of the Humble Hands Harvest farm outside Decorah, Iowa

New Hampshire primary takeaways

New Hampshire residents have had their say, and we'll take a crack at understanding what it all means. Meanwhile, candidates are already looking beyond New Hampshire to the future of their campaigns and how they'll connect with voters in Nevada, South Carolina and beyond. Kerri Miller talks with two political analysts about the New Hampshire results, the role of independent voters and the path forward for Democratic candidates. Guests: Emily Baer is an assistant professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire. She joins us from Durham, New Hampshire. Reed Galen is an independent political consultant and an adviser for The Lincoln Project. 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.

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