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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Booker Prize finalist Nadifa Mohamed's novel revisits Somali seaman's fate in '50s Wales

It took many decades after Mahmood Mattan's execution at Cardiff Prison in Wales for his name to be cleared over a killing he did not commit. Booker Prize finalist Nadifa Mohamed remembers seeing his picture in the newspaper, and she later learned that Mattan, a young Somali sailor, knew her father. Mattan's story — and the life he led before his hanging — is at the center of Mohamed's novel, "The Fortune Men." Host Kerri Miller talked with Mohamed about her historical novel, her family's history and about the miscarriage of justice during this latest Big Books and Big Ideas show. Guest: Nadifa Mohamed's new book is "The Fortune Men." She is also the author "Black Mamba Boy" and "The Orchard of Lost Souls."

Booker Prize finalist Nadifa Mohamed's novel revisits Somali seaman's fate in '50s Wales

Author Ann Patchett on friendship, time and the idea of 'enoughness'

Ann Patchett is out with a new collection of essays. Join Kerri Miller for a wide-ranging conversation with Patchett about being present, the gift of friendship, and how the pandemic can reveal what matters most.

Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe says all is not lost

Dealing with climate change can feel overwhelming. Efforts to address it can feel futile. But climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe insists all is not lost. In this week's conversation about big books and bold ideas, MPR News host Kerri Miller talks with Hayhoe about her new book, "Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World." Hayhoe argues that collective action is still possible when it comes to climate change, and she offers practical and thoughtful ideas on how to pull the debate from the quagmire of politics and division. Guest: Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist and the chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy. Subscribe to the MPR News with Kerri Miller podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS.

Talking Volumes: Kate DiCamillo on 'The Beatryce Prophecy'

Host Kerri Miller's second Talking Volumes event of the season took place on Thursday, Sept. 30, with Kate DiCamillo, whose latest book is "The Beatryce Prophecy."

Kat Chow chronicles her loss to help us navigate our own

Losing a parent at a young age shapes a person. In her debut memoir, "Seeing Ghosts," Kat Chow pours her grief onto the page and examines how the loss of her mother when she was only 13 both marked her and made her into who she is today. She also looks back at past generations of her family to examine how their journey from China and Hong Kong to Cuba and America both marked and made them. Her book asks what it means to reclaim and tell your family story. Is it a form of exorcism? Or is it a way to hold on to those we loved and lost? Listen to Kerri Miller's fascinating conversation about big books and bold ideas, as she talks with Chow about her new book and family identity.

Talking Volumes: Lauren Groff on 'Matrix'

Host Kerri Miller kicks off the fall season of Talking Volumes with a conversation with novelist Lauren Groff, whose latest book is "Matrix."

Dr. Leana Wen reflects on her memoir and the importance of public health

When she was still in training, Dr. Leana Wen led a student organization whose motto was, "It takes more than medical school to make a physician." It also takes more than "M.D." after your name to be the kind of courageous, unflagging, ethical public health leader that this country needs. Dr. Wen's memoir, "Lifelines: A Doctor's Journey in the Fight for Public Health," shows why. She has lived the advice from a mentor and close friend: "Turn your pain into passion, your passion into purpose." Dr. Wen joined host Kerri Miller for a conversation about her memoir and how her personal story has shaped the public health leader she has become. Guest: Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency room doctor and professor of public health at George Washington University and a former health commissioner for the city of Baltimore.

Dr. Leana Wen reflects on her memoir and the importance of public health

Summer reading with Minnesota's beloved booksellers

On Friday morning, we talked books — and we received plenty of your recommendations.

Reaching out to people who are unvaccinated for COVID

As the delta variant surged last month, more Americans got vaccinated against COVID-19. But one in four Minnesota adults is still unvaccinated against the virus, and their reasons for turning down the shots are varied and personal. Guest host Catharine Richert talked with a family doctor and a family therapist about what's behind vaccine hesitancy and how to have conversations with people who are vaccine hesitant. She also spoke with a community organizer about the reasons why he hasn't gotten a vaccine shot. Guests: Dr. Eduardo Medina is a family physician at HealthPartners Park Nicollet Clinic in Minneapolis. Bill Doherty is a family therapist and professor of family social science at the University of Minnesota. He's co-founder of Braver Angels, an organization that brings together reds and blues to try to depolarize America. Tommy McBrayer Jr. is a community organizer in south Minneapolis and vaccine hesitant. Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation. Subscribe to the MPR News with Kerri Miller podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS.

Exploring the future of Minnesota's live theater scene

During the pandemic, Minnesota's theater companies lived their industry's credo: The show must go on. Some worked outdoors, others offered livestreams and virtual performances and some went deep with pandemic-specific programming. Now that Broadway has reopened and many local venues are returning with masks and social distancing, theater companies are applying what they learned during the quarantine to their futures. Guest host Euan Kerr checked in with Minnesota theater directors on life during the pandemic and returning to the stage in all its forms. Guests: Joseph Haj is the artistic director of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis Kevin West is general manager, artistic associate and director of the Capri After School Theater in Minneapolis Lily Tung Crystal is the artistic director of Theater Mu in St. Paul Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation. Subscribe to the MPR News with Kerri Miller podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS.