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49 minutes | Mar 5, 2020
Women in politics
Only one woman, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, remains in the Democratic race for president. But that picture doesn’t tell the whole story. Across the country, more women are running for office than ever before. The 2018 election was widely hailed as the Year of the Woman, as women ran for office and voted in record numbers – many of them Democrats galvanized by the election of President Trump. “This is so much larger than a political reaction,” says Stephanie Schriock, president of Emily’s List. “[It’s] a cultural change. So many women are saying, ‘I need to serve, I have something to offer, I can do this.’ That’s not gonna go away when Trump’s out of office.” On Flyover 2020, we took a closer look at this new wave of women entering politics. What motivates them to get in the ring, knowing they will face discrimination and attacks? Guests: Dianne Bystrom, director emerita of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University. Erin Vilardi, founder and CEO of Vote Run Lead.
46 minutes | Feb 13, 2020
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
51 minutes | Feb 5, 2020
Flyover 2020: What does patriotism mean?
The Upper Midwest is patriotic. But how that word is defined varies, depending on where you are standing and to whom you are talking. Thursday on Flyover 2020, we delve into the concept of patriotism and the role that the urban/rural divide plays in how the value is expressed – and how people vote. Guests: Francesco Duina, sociology professor at Bates College in Maine and author of the book “Broke and Patriotic: Why Poor Americans Love Their Country” Arlie Hochschild, sociology professor emeritus at University of California Berkeley and author of the book “Strangers in their Own Land”
49 minutes | Jan 23, 2020
They Believed: Maya Angelou’s ‘On the Pulse of Morning’
When Maya Angelou stepped to the podium on a cold January day in 1993, she became the first African-American and the first woman to offer an inaugural poem. And what a poem it was. “On the Pulse of Morning” garnered immediate praise for its sweeping portrait of American history and wisdom. Elizabeth Alexander remembers that moment – and contrasts it with her own time on the same stage – on MPR News with Kerri Miller, in the first installment of an occasional series, “They Believed.” At this pivotal moment in U.S. history, we want to look back at the words of America’s firebrands, visionaries and truth-tellers. What do they reveal about who we were then – and who we are now? Guest: Elizabeth Alexander is a poet and scholar. She currently leads The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
27 minutes | Jan 16, 2020
The Upper Midwest is one of the most unpredictable places in politics right now. Voters in more than 50 counties in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Michigan flipped from President Obama in 2012 to President Trump in 2016. And so-called identity politics played a role in that, for better or worse. Today on Flyover 2020, we talk about how both political parties try to activate specific segments of voters – and whether that practice is leaving us even more fractured. We also talk with a conservative pastor from a small town in Iowa who defies some of those labels. Guests: Khalilah Brown-Dean, political science professor at Quinnipiac University and the author of the new book “Identity Politics in the United States” Rev. John Lee, Bethel Christian Reformed Church, Sioux Center, Iowa
42 minutes | Jan 9, 2020
Flyover 2020: Rural America’s brain gain
It’s a surprise to many: Rural America is more politically diverse, more educated and more economically optimistic than stereotypes lead us to believe. Maybe most encouraging to the Upper Midwest: Many small towns are reversing the so-called brain drain and showing a brain gain. Young people who left their hometowns to go to college are increasingly likely to move back in their 30s and 40s, bringing with them college degrees, new businesses and families. On this episode, we look at the changing demographics and misunderstood labels of rural America. It’s the next installment in our Flyover 2020 series, which examines the issues that matter to the Upper Midwest and the 50 or so flipped counties in our region. Guest: Ben Winchester, University of Minnesota researcher documenting the rural brain gain
50 minutes | Jan 2, 2020
Flyover 2020: Polarization anxiety
When it comes to flipped counties, the Upper Midwest is ground zero. More than 50 counties in Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois that voted for Barack Obama in 2012 voted for Donald Trump in 2016. And many of them flipped big — in some cases, by more than 30 points. So this year, we are reviving Flyover to examine how our life experiences, beliefs about issues and compatibility with candidates shape the perception of Upper Midwestern voters as we move toward the 2020 election. Our first topic: polarization anxiety. It’s a term created by anthropologist Jose Santos to describe what he sees in the classroom: students unable to discuss topics because of the polarized climate we live in. That inhibits conversation and learning. Guest: Jose Santos, anthropologist and professor at Metro State 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. Show page Flyover Season 2, Episode 6 Voices from the Bayou
50 minutes | Jul 20, 2018
Voices from the Bayou
We close our week-long series of conversations about the Mississippi River with a townhall event from deep in Louisiana's Mississippi River delta. Our "Voices from the Bayou" special wraps up our journey with a community conversation on solutions to the problems faced by people in the river's watershed. From the Larose Civic Center in Louisiana, Kerri Miller speaks to a gathering of engineers, educators, shrimpers, tribal leaders and others about their ideas, programs and progress for improving quality life along the last miles of the Mississippi. Our guests were Donald Bogen, co-director of Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing; Chief Shirell Parfait-Dardar of the Grand Caillou/Dula Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw; Denise J. Reed of the Coastal Management and Restoration Science at the University of New Orleans; and Lance Nacio, a shrimper and coastal advocate.
50 minutes | Jul 19, 2018
How the river divides us
This episode brings us to New Orleans to explore the way the river divides people and the way a changing climate exacerbates that problem. Our guests are Happy Johnson, chief resilience officer, Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development and co-founder of the Team Happy Foundation; Heather Stone, oral historian and assistant professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette; and Tegan Wendland, interim news director and reporter for WWNO in New Orleans.
50 minutes | Jul 18, 2018
Balancing agriculture and water health
What happens here in the fields and farms of Iowa and the rest of the Midwest has an effect on the Mississippi River and its watershed all way down to the Gulf of Mexico. But the country needs the crops that Iowa produces. How do we find the right balance?
49 minutes | Jul 17, 2018
Who controls the Mississippi River?
In many towns and cities along the river, there are clashes over levees, diversion plans. dredging drainage and development. Are we listening to more than just the interests with the loudest voices and most money? Are government decision-makers hearing from enough individuals? Kerri Miller digs into these questions with two guests: Roger Wolf, director of environment program and services at the Iowa Soybean Association, and Carrie Jennings, research and policy director at the Freshwater Society.
50 minutes | Jul 16, 2018
How the Mississippi has shaped communities, culture and commerce
The Mississippi River snakes over 2,000 miles from the United States' northern border to its southern coast. But the waterway's imprint is felt far beyond its shores. As we kick off Flyover: Down the Mississippi River, we discuss the historical and cultural impact of the river — from the towns that were founded on its banks to the businesses that it bolstered and the music that it inspired. Boyce Upholt, a writer and editor, and Winona LaDuke, the director of Honor the Earth, describe how the river has been an inextricable part of America's past and a vital part of our future.
52 minutes | Jul 12, 2018
How Mississippi River mayors handle a 'perfect storm' of challenges
MPR News host Kerri Miller moderated a discussion with a group of mayors who are all faced with the urgency of delivering clean water to their communities in the face of tight city budgets and aging infrastructure and a climate that's changing. The talk was part of the One Water Summit in Minneapolis.
2 minutes | Jul 4, 2018
Season 2 Preview: We're back for a special trip down the Mississippi River
Kerri Miller returns as host of Flyover this summer for a week of call-in shows about what the Mississippi River means to the people who live near it. We aim to connect radio listeners in the middle of America with the stories of this one shared resource. We've never done something like this before, and we need your help to make it work. Tune in for the conversations, then call in with your stories. We want to know how you live, work and play in the vast swath of America that needs -- and feeds -- the Mississippi River. We'll be live in Minnesota, Iowa and New Orleans starting July 16.
51 minutes | Dec 8, 2017
Special episode: America grapples with the pervasiveness of sexual harassment
As the wave of allegations over sexual misconduct in politics, entertainment, media and music continue, Americans are confronting tough questions about power, gender and identity. This show will examine what we're learning about the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in everyday life and whether the #MeToo moment can usher in lasting change.
52 minutes | Nov 26, 2017
Lessons learned from 12 turbulent weeks
This week on Flyover, we hear some of the most thoughtful calls we've received in the last 12 weeks from listeners across the country. People responded in droves to our conversations about some of the most urgent issues of our day and shared honest experiences about guns, race, religion, health care and much more. Host Kerri Miller asks Jose Santos, an anthropologist and assistant professor at Metropolitan State University, to analyze what we've heard and what it says about American identity today.
52 minutes | Nov 19, 2017
Can America bridge its racial divide?
This week on Flyover, we discuss how we can have meaningful conversations about one of the nation's most polarizing issues: race. "Bias" and "privilege" are mentioned a lot in American discourse, but when is the last time you had an in-depth discussion with a person of another race? Our guests were Verna Myers, an attorney, consultant and author; and Texas Woman's University associate professor Brigitte Vittrup. • Read more on MPRnews.org
52 minutes | Nov 12, 2017
How do military veterans fit into American identity?
Support for our troops is a common refrain during campaign season and after a national crisis. But how often do Americans think about vets on the days in between? This week on Flyover, as we reflect on Veteran's Day weekend, we're talking about where veterans fit into America's national identity. This week's guests were WUNC military reporter Jay Price and Melissa Bryant, a former Army captain and Iraq veteran who's currently the director of political and intergovernmental affairs for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
52 minutes | Nov 5, 2017
How do immigrants fit into the 'American Dream?'
President Trump's stance on immigration is one of the messages that appealed to many voters in last year's presidential election. But one year out from the election there's a lot we still don't know about his platform: Will there be a wall along our border with Mexico? Are Trump's immigration bans legal? This week on Flyover, we're asking if America's immigration system is one of our greatest strengths weaknesses. This week's guests were Michel Marizco, Frontera's Desk senior editor at KJZZ; Efren Perez, associate professor at Vanderbilt University; and Tony Suarez, Executive Vice President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.
52 minutes | Oct 29, 2017
Is American identity shaped by the view from abroad?
President Trump won his office on the promise to always put "America First," enticing the many people who have personally experienced the downsides of globalization to support him. But not all Americans were keen on pulling back our influence on the global community. This week on Flyover, we're talking about how America -- and Americans -- are seen abroad. Does it matter how other nations look at America? Is our identity at home at all shaped by the gaze from abroad? This week's guests were John Radsan, a Mitchell Hamline School of Law professor, and David Kong, director of the Center for International Studies at the University of Southern California.
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