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

MPR News with Angela Davis

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Conversations about life in Minnesota and how the state is changing.

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Buying Minnesota-made for the holidays

How's that holiday gift list coming along? Host Angela Davis helps you shop local for the holidays. Monday at 9 a.m., learn about Minnesota makers and retailers where you can find local goods for everyone on your list.

Getting outdoors in winter

The difference between enduring winter and enjoying winter might be as simple as finding an outdoor activity that makes you happy. Host Angela Davis talks about winter biking, snowshoeing, skiing and other ways to have fun in winter.

The future of abortion access in Minnesota

The landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court case known as Roe v. Wade is cited as having made abortion legal in America. And while that's true, what the decision says is that no state may make laws regulating abortion during the first three months of pregnancy — except to provide that they be done by licensed physicians. The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear a case involving Mississippi's law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks. Because the makeup of America's high court has changed since both the 1973 decision and other challenges, legal experts and court watchers expect Wednesday's case could lead to the overturning of Roe v. Wade. What will this mean for Minnesota? What is our current state law governing abortion? How did we get to where we are, and what might happen if Roe v. Wade is overturned? Ahead of the court's hearing of the Mississippi case, MPR News guest host Chris Farrell spoke with three law professors about the current landscape of abortion rights and access in Minnesota and how that landscape could change. This show is not about the right or wrong of abortion. It's about the future of abortion in Minnesota. Guests: Mary Ziegler is the Stearns Weaver Miller Professor at Florida State University and the author of "Abortion and the Law in America: Roe v. Wade to the Present." Laura Hermer is a law professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul and the author of the recent article, "Covid-19, Abortion, and Public Health in the Culture Wars." Jill Hasday is a professor of constitutional law, family law and legal history at the University of Minnesota Law School and the author of two books: "Family Law Reimagined" and "Intimate Lies and the Law." Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS.

Homemade and heartfelt gifts cheer both giver and receiver

Handmade gifts come from the heart. If we take time to make something for someone else, there's love knitted into that scarf and affection baked into every box of cookies. Making gifts for the holidays is a long tradition for some people. Others are making homemade gifts for the first time, maybe after they discovered a craft or hobby during the pandemic as an antidote to stress and digital fatigue. MPR News guest host Stephanie Curtis talks with crafters and listeners about why people make gifts and how homemade presents can bring joy to both giver and receiver. Plus, MPR News senior economics contributor Chris Farrell shares the latest on the economy and Cyber Monday. Guests: Ingrid Nyholm-Lange is director of experience at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis where she oversees classes in traditional handcrafts. She's also a paper cut and paper fold artist in the Scandinavian tradition. Lisa MacMartin is the owner of Heartfelt, a toy and craft shop in Minneapolis that offers craft classes for children and families. Jess Hirsch is a woodworker and founder of Fireweed Community Woodshop in Minneapolis, which offers space, equipment and instruction for women and nonbinary people interested in woodworking. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS. Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.

Why practicing gratitude is good for your body, mind and soul

Thanksgiving is a time for food, family and friends. It's designed for gathering and articulating our gratitude for each other and the fruits of the earth. Particularly in these trying times, practicing gratitude can help lift your spirits in the moment and create a positive outlook for a lifetime. Guest host Chris Farrell spoke with three experts on wellness about the role gratitude plays in our overall health and the health of our relationships with other people and the planet. Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation. Guests: Annie Pezalla is a professor of psychology at Macalester College in St. Paul. She teaches about Positive Psychology and the practice of gratitude. Diane Wilson is the author of the novel "The Seed Keeper" and several memoirs. She's a Dakota writer living in Shafer, Minn. Mary Jo Kreitzer is the director of the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota and a professor at the School of Nursing. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS.

The opioid reckoning in Minnesota

Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released some heartbreaking statistics. Not about COVID-19, but about drug overdose deaths, which reached a new record high during the pandemic. In the 12 months between May 2020 to April 2021, over 100,000 people died of drug overdoses in the United States. Three-quarters of those deaths were from opioids, the class of drugs that include heroin, prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. That's an almost 30 percent increase in drug overdose deaths from the previous 12 months. MPR News host Angela Davis talks to a history professor whose new book is about the opioid epidemic, an addiction doctor and a drug counselor about the devastating toll of opioid addiction and new approaches in treatment. Guests: Amy C. Sullivan is a visiting assistant professor at Macalester College and author of "Opioid Reckoning: Love, Loss, and Redemption in the Rehab State." Dr. Emily Brunner is an addiction medicine physician at Workit Health, a telemedicine company that offers medication treatment for opioid addiction. She's also on the board of directors for the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Yussuf S. Shafie is a licensed clinical social worker and a drug and alcohol counselor. He's CEO and treatment director at the Alliance Wellness Center in Bloomington that offers multicultural mental health services and addiction treatment with a focus on East African communities. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS. Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.

How supply chain drama affects holiday shopping, grocery prices and more

The pandemic has disrupted the global supply chain. Manufacturing, transportation and logistics have been affected by delays, labor shortages and rising prices. And that could impact everything from the price you're paying for groceries to whether you can get a turkey for Thanksgiving. MPR News host Angela Davis breaks down exactly what is going on with the supply chain and how it affects us. Guests: Kingshuk Sinha is a professor and chair of the Supply Chain and Operations Department at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. He is also the U's Elmer L. Andersen Chair in Sustainable Supply Chain. Chris Farrell is the senior economics contributor for MPR News. Christine Lantinen is the president and owner of candy company Maud Borup. Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS. Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.

How supply chain drama affects holiday shopping, grocery prices and more

Eyes on the pies

Courtesy of Alexandra Vang Pumpkin pie from Pie & Mighty in Minneapolis Are you looking forward to eating a slice of pie this Thanksgiving? Or two slices? Maybe you're planning to make one. Pie is a classic finale to a holiday feast, comforting and distinctly American. Do you like pumpkin or sweet potato? Pecan or apple? Many people discovered baking during the pandemic. But turning out that flaky pie crust can intimidate new bakers. Host Angela Davis got tips from pie experts and listeners and explored why eating and making pies nourish our family and cultural traditions. Guests: Rachel Swan is co-owner and chief pie baker at Pie & Mighty in Minneapolis. After years working in the restaurant industry she started selling pies by subscription in 2016 and opened the brick-and-mortar shop in 2020. Ken Haedrich is founder of the online pie-making community thepieacademy.com and author of 16 cookbooks, including a comprehensive guide to pies for new and experienced bakers published last year, "Pie Academy: Master the Perfect Crust and 255 Amazing Fillings, with Fruits, Nuts, Creams, Custards, Ice Cream, and More." Lachelle Cunningham runs Chelle's Kitchen, a catering and food education business based in Minneapolis. She was previously founding executive chef at Breaking Bread Cafe, which opened in 2015 in north Minneapolis and still serves a variation of her uncle's sweet potato pie recipe. Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation. We also asked listeners to tell us about their favorite pie recipes. Check them out below and tell us about your favorite here. Pumpkin Pie (with a kick!) Mix these 8 dry ingredients together in small bowl: 1 cup sugar 1 tbsp. flour 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. ginger 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. nutmeg 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper 1/8 tsp. cloves In large bowl mix: 3 large eggs 1 1/2 cups pumpkin scant 1 cup light cream Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients stir well, pour into a 9" unbaked pie crust. Bake 45-55 minutes at 400 degrees in the oven. Let cool, serve with whipped cream and grated nutmeg on top or with vanilla ice cream. Karen's Pie Crust Mix together until pea sized pieces: 3 cups flour 1 1/4 cups butter 1 tsp. salt In one cup measure, mix: 1/4 cup cold water I beaten egg 1 tbsp. white vinegar Pour liquids into dry ingredients, mix to form a ball. Put flour onto board, divide dough into four equal pieces. Each ball is enough for 1 crust. The unbaked dough can stay in refrigerator for up to a week or freeze dough in small piece or in a rolled out pie crust. Penny's 5 ingredient Last Minute Pie I bring this when invited last minute. I stop at the store to pick up the items. When I arrive, I ask for a spatula and a mixing bowl. (I offer to do dishes in trade for my friends letting me in the kitchen for a few moments. ;-) ) 10" Graham cracker crust 1 can sweetened condensed milk 1 package Lemonade drink mix 1 regular size Cool Whip 1 can blueberry pie filling Put condensed milk in bowl, add lemonade drink mix. Stir until it starts to thicken. Add Cool Whip. Stir until completely mixed. Pour in crust. Top with berries. Put in refrigerator until after meal. Don't forget to do the dishes! (I use other drink mixes and pie fillings, too.) Festal Golden Pumpkin Pie Recipe by Marian Biersdorf, aka The Pumpkin Pie Lady! 1/4 (or 1/2) tsp. salt 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 tsp. cloves 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 1/4 tsp. ginger 3 eggs, slightly beaten 1 cup granulated or light brown sugar 1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree 1 cup evaporated (or regular) milk 1 9-inch deep-dish pie crust, unbaked Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a large bowl, combine salt, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger, and mix. Add eggs and sugar. Mix well. Stir in pumpkin. Add milk and beat well. Pour pumpkin filling into crust. Bake for 10 minutes at 450. Reduce heat to 350 degrees, and bake additional 40 to 45 minutes. Test for doneness by inserting knife into pie center. The pie is done when the knife comes out clean. Garnish with choice of topping. (Marian reduces the salt to 1/4 teaspoon. She also says it's fine to replace the evaporated milk with skim milk, to reduce the calorie and fat content.) Mixed Fruit Pie A 9 inch pie — double crust. 1 and 1/4 of blueberries, raspberries, rhubarb of any variation. 1/2 tsp. of almond flavoring 1 and 1/4 cup of sugar — or less 1/4 cup of quick tapioca 1/4 tsp. of nutmeg 1/4 tsp. of salt 1 tbsp. lemon juice Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes, then at 375 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Variation on the 'Stir-N-Roll' crust Submitted by Louise DiCesare. I use a completely different way to make the crust from Betty Crocker's original cookbook called Stir-N-Roll. Mix 2 cups sifted flour and 1 1/2 tsp. salt (I don't use any salt) Next, pour 1/2 cup cooking oil (I use Canola) and 1/4 cup of milk into the flour all at once. Stir with a fork. Wet countertop and put a piece of wax paper so the wax paper won't move. Put half the dough on the wax paper and put another piece of wax paper on top of the dough. Roll it out with a rolling pin. Lift off top sheet of wax paper and pick up bottom sheet with crust and flip onto the baking dish. Repeat with top crust. Make any filling and you can use a form to make the top crust to make it a lattice or separate top crust with a knife. From The Splendid Table Bourbon Pecan Pie Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS.

Navigating social anxiety during the pandemic holidays

As if the holidays aren't stressful enough, many of us are still dealing with the mental health effects of the protracted pandemic. Host Angela Davis talks about navigating holiday stress during a pandemic and how to manage social anxiety when gathering in groups once again.

Mental health care for men

Courtesy Brett Newski Brett Newski's book When Sen. Josh Hawley described what he called an attack on men and masculinity in a speech to the National Conservatism Conference a few weeks ago, it raised the question of whether or not masculinity can be defined. Certainly there are societal traditions, norms and expectations, but are those what he's defending? Knowing how to be a man is increasingly vexing. Even the American Psychiatric Association is concerned. For the first time ever, they released in 2019 new guidelines for therapists specifically for working with men and boys. Musician Brett Newski understands the confusion about being a man. In the midst of his storied career playing with every '90s band you've heard of, he's written a book called "It's Hard to Be a Person" about his struggle with anxiety as well as his struggle with asking for help. Newski found some healing in the creative process and in reaching out to other men and feeling less alone, knowing he's not alone. He joins host Angela Davis ahead of his show at the 7th St. Entry on Thursday night, to talk about managing his mental health as a man. Two Minnesota therapists who work with men on their mental health also join the conversation. Guests: Brett Newski is a musician and the author of the new book, "It's Hard to Be a Person." He plays at the 7th St. Entry in Minneapolis on Thursday night. Anesh Patel is a therapist in St. Paul who works on men's issues. Jacob Schuchman Falk is a therapist in Edina who also works on men's issues.