MPR News with Angela Davis Conversations about life in Minnesota and how the state is changing.
MPR News with Angela Davis

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Why new age spirituality is more popular than ever

Photo by Lucas Pezeta via Pexels More Americans are turning to things like astrology, tarot cards and crystals to make sense of the world. As we try to make sense of the damage and loss this year, you may notice more people turning to new age spirituality. Things like astrology, tarot cards, crystals, and manifestation have boomed in popularity during the last few years. A 2018 Pew Research study shows that 6 in 10 Americans hold some sort of new age belief, including things like psychics and astrology. Likewise, manifestation, the practice of thinking positive thoughts in order to make them real, is finding a new life during these troubling times. As reported in Vox, Google searches for "manifestation" increased 669 percent from March to July of 2020. And a report by the New York Times shows that astrologers are seeing an increase in horoscope consultations this year. Why are more people turning to spirituality? Is it harmless self-soothing or an attempt to escape a less-than-ideal reality? Guests: Meredith McCowan is an astrologer based in St. Paul. J. Ryan is a tarot life coach based in St. Paul. Rebecca Jennings is an internet and culture reporter for Vox. 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.

What's next for LGBTQ rights?

When a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling made same-sex marriage the law of the land, the LGBTQ community celebrated, but it didn't take the win for granted. Supporters of marriage equality worried that a different balance of political ideologies on the U.S. Supreme Court could lead to the ruling being overturned down the line. The confirmation of conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett in late October inspired some LGBTQ couples to get married right away, concerned that the right could be revoked. MPR News host Angela Davis spoke with a Minnesotan who got married to his partner a few days after the new justice's confirmation, and two long-time advocates who can explain the state of LGBTQ rights in the state and across the country. Guests: Monica Meyer is the executive director of OutFront Minnesota, the state's largest LGBTQ civil rights organization. Jess Braverman is the legal director for Gender Justice, a nonprofit legal and advocacy organization. Mikko Gaysin married his partner Nov. 1 in Minneapolis in response to Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation.

Are Minnesota's new COVID-19 restrictions enough?

This past weekend, new restrictions meant to tamp down the spread of COVID-19 took effect in Minnesota under the guidance of Gov. Tim Walz. Once again, restaurants, bars, fitness centers and youth sports are required to make adjustments in an effort to turn around the stark upward trend in cases the state has been seeing. Two MPR News reporters brought us up to speed on how the state is responding to a staggering number of new cases each day as well as the rising death count. Plus, MPR News senior economics contributor Chris Farrell was back for a weekly Monday morning chat about the economy and other money matters. Guests: Catharine Richert is an MPR News senior reporter based in Rochester covering the coronavirus pandemic. Peter Cox is an MPR News reporter who covers the aging beat, including what's happening at long-term care facilities during the pandemic. Chris Farrell is senior economics contributor for MPR News. 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.

Education at a crossroads for students with disabilities

Isolated at home with few services to help, many Minnesota families of students with disabilities say they are terrified that their children's progress in school will regress. It's a trend across the country. Almost 75 percent of parents of students with special needs in the Los Angeles Unified School District say their children are showing signs of regression during distance learning. According to a survey from the advocacy group Speak UP, some students are having meltdowns, difficulty staying focused and are showing signs of learning loss. A school administrator, a parent and special education teachers share how distance and hybrid learning is affecting their students with learning and physical disabilities. Guests: Fhonda Contreras is the Hopkins School District's director of special services. Jamie O'Conner is the outreach coordinator for Family Voices of Minnesota, a family-led organization of families and friends of children and youth with special health care needs and disabilities. James Schmidtke teaches at Intermediate School District 287, which serves about 1,000 high-needs kids from across Hennepin County. Heather Bakke teaches special education to high school students at GFW Schools, an independent public school district in south central Minnesota.

Fighting the winter blues: Sleep and seasonal depression

As the temperatures drop, daylight hours diminish and social isolation continues due to the pandemic, experts worry that seasonal depression will have a harsher effect this year. Stress related to the pandemic is also keeping more Americans up at night. Host Angela Davis asked our experts for their tips on combating seasonal depression and getting a good night's rest.

MPR Journalist Series: Angela Davis interviews 1A's Jenn White

Jenn White became the new host of 1A this summer, and what a summer — and fall — it's been. White spoke with MPR News host Angela Davis as part of the MPR Journalist Series.

What are the challenges of rebuilding Lake Street?

More than half of the Lake Street businesses that were damaged during May's civil unrest have been reopened, but a lot of work remains. What are the challenges confronted by business owners trying to rebuild? Host Angela Davis hears stories of both rebuilding success and frustrating roadblocks.

A pandemic winter is a great time to start a new hobby

Three people who have turned hobbies and crafts into careers joined host Angela Davis to talk about the benefits of indoor hobbies and how to get started if you want to try something new.

Revisiting the life of Jamar Clark, 5 years after his death

Sunday marks the fifth anniversary of the death of Jamar Clark. On Nov. 15, 2015, the unarmed 24-year-old was shot and killed in a confrontation with two Minneapolis police officers. Host Angela Davis spoke with Clark's birth mother and a racial justice activist to examine what has changed in the past five years.

Can local music venues keep on rocking through the pandemic?

Across the country, music venues are closing, shuttered due to the financial pressures and social distancing requirements of the pandemic. So what's next for Minnesota's local music venues — including the iconic First Avenue? How have they pivoted to endure the pandemic? Guest host and MPR News reporter Brandt Williams talks with two guests with insight into the industry.

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