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The Takeaway

Celebrating Indigenous People Instead of Columbus

Monday, October 13, 2014

This year, Minneapolis is celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day for the first time. 

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PRI's The World

A shy 19-year-old woman disappeared in Minnesota — and resurfaced in Syria

Monday, September 15, 2014

At least one young man from Minnesota has died fighting with ISIS militants in Syria. But who would expect a shy, 19-year-old woman with no job and no passport to attempt the journey there? But that's exactly what happened to one Minneapolis family.

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PRI's The World

Decontee Sawyer remembers the life of her husband — the first American victim of Ebola's latest outbreak

Friday, August 01, 2014

Liberian American Patrick Sawyer died this week of Ebola virus in Lagos, Nigeria. His wife, Decontee, remembers him as a passionate advocate for Liberian democracy and a man who was "bigger than life."

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The Takeaway

Report: Decades of Church Abuse in Twin Cities

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Earlier this month, Pope Francis begged victims of clerical sexual abuse for forgiveness and promised to hold bishops accountable for covering up the scandal. In recent weeks, a year-long investigation from Minnesota Public Radio revealed decades of abuse and cover-up in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Archdiocese. 

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On Being

Ann Hamilton — Making, and the Spaces We Share

Thursday, February 13, 2014

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On Being

[Unedited] Ann Hamilton with Krista Tippett

Thursday, February 13, 2014

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Transportation Nation

Minneapolis Celebrates Marriage Equality With a Rainbow Bridge

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

On Monday, the governor of Minnesota signed the state's Marriage Equality bill into law.  To celebrate, on Tuesday the city of Minneapolis lit up its I-35 bridge in rainbow colors.

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The Takeaway

Rep. Keith Ellison on Islamophobia and Home-Grown Terrorism

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

In the wake of a Minnesota case in which nine Somali immigrants left the U.S. to fight with Al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda-linked militant group fighting to create an Islamic state in Somalia, and the Boston bombing, Americans are re-thinking our understanding of home-grown terrorism. While Congressman Keith Ellison, Democrat from Minnesota’s fifth district, is certainly concerned about these recent cases, as the first Muslim representative elected to Congress, he also cautions against undue surveillance of Muslim communities.

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The Takeaway

Google's Vision for "The New Digital Age," The Music Scene of Minneapolis, How the ACA Affects Independent Care Providers

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Is Angelina Jolie's Medical Choice Available to All Women? | Rep. Keith Ellison on Islamophobia and Home-Grown Terrorism | The Music Scene of Minneapolis |The Death of American Liberalism? | How does the Affordable Care Act Affect Independent Care Providers? | Google's Vision for “The New Digital Age"

The Takeaway

The Music Scene of Minneapolis

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Today, as The Takeaway broadcasts from Minnesota Public Radio, we look at the music scene in the Twin Cities, where some of the nation's biggest headliners got their start, from Bob Dylan to Prince. Musician Jeremy Messersmith acts as a tour guide around Minneapolis/St. Paul. 

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On The Media

License Plate Readers and Your Privacy

Friday, January 04, 2013

Police car mounted license plate readers collect date, time and location information and are used by law enforcement around the country to help catch criminals. But when Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter Eric Roper filed a Freedom of Information request for information on his own car, he got a lot more than he bargained for. In a segment that originally aired in August of 2012, Bob talks to Roper about how Minneapolis police and agencies across the country deal with this potentially sensitive location information.

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Transportation Nation

Boston, Denver Bike Shares Back This Week

Monday, March 12, 2012

A Denver bike share station (RTD photo)

After a winter intermission, both Denver and  Boston relaunch their bike shares this week.  The two northern cities (along with Minneapolis and Washington, DC) were among the nation's first bike share programs. Washington, DC's bike share is year-round, and Minneapolis's will start up the first week of April.

Chicago and New York are expected to launch two of the nation's biggest bike shares this summer.   San Francisco is launching a smaller, 500-bike program this summer.

New York is actively planning bike share share station locations, and both New York and Chicago are putting together bike share sponsors.

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Transportation Nation

TN MOVING STORIES: Fuel Economy Up, Bipartisan Hatred of House Transpo Bill, and NY MTA Head: No Subway Food Ban

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Top stories on TN:
LaHood Heaps More Criticism on “Lousy” House Transpo Bill (Link)
President’s Budget: High Speed Rail, Fixing Roads & Bridges, Complete Streets, TIGER Grants (Link)
Biodiesel Producers Push to Raise Federal Production Limits (Link)
Two More Ex-Governors Say Port Authority Has Long History of Problems (Link)

(photo by Ed Yourdon via Flickr)

The current head of the MTA won't support a ban on eating in the subway. (New York Times)

Meanwhile, Lee Sander -- a former MTA head -- grilled Eric Cantor about the House transportation bill. (Capital New York)

The fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. last month hit a record high. (Detroit Free Press)

Chicago politicians discover bipartisanship when it comes to opposing the House transportation bill. “When we look at transportation infrastructure, this is not a Republican or a Democratic issue. It’s an American issue,’’ said one Republican. (Chicago Tribune)

New York State says it erred when it invited community members to a briefing about the Tappan Zee Bridge; transit advocates say disinviting them is par for the course. "All the decisions have already been made behind closed doors," said one. (The Times Herald Record)

Color wars: officials in Minneapolis-St. Paul can't agree on the color scheme for its new bus rapid transit system. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

NJ Transit has released its latest customer satisfaction survey, and the results remain consistent: riders feel that the level of service is just barely acceptable. (Times of Trenton)

And Happy Valentine's Day, TN readers! Two links of love:
Why are so many romantic comedies set in cities? "Love can happen anywhere, anytime...(but) the odds are much higher in nature or in a walkable city neighborhood (or both at the same time!) than in sprawl, or while driving in traffic." (Atlantic Cities)
And a special treat for New Yorkers: did your eyes lock -- just as the C train was pulling out of the station? Did a tall, handsome stranger help you navigate the weekend subway work? Find your 'Missed Connection' tonight at the New York Transit Museum.

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Transportation Nation

TN MOVING STORIES: Transit Fare Affects School Attendance in Chicago, Singapore's Subway Snarl

Friday, December 16, 2011

Top stories on TN:

More Congressional outrage for high-speed rail. (Link)
Chicago bike share, VA toll road big TIGER III winners. (Link)
Taxi advocates plead their case to New York's governor. (Link)

Singapore's subway (photo by DDay209 via Flickr)

Chicago school officials say the cost of transit fare can discourage school attendance. (WBEZ)

Two legislators from New York and New Jersey -- steaming over recent toll hikes -- have introduced a bill that would put the Port Authority under federal oversight. (Staten Island Advance)

Cuomo's approach to the outer borough taxi bill is "the legislative equivalent of the slow-food movement." (New York Times)

The new Tappan Zee Bridge must have bus rapid transit or be obsolete from day one, says a coalition of elected officials and local groups. (Journal News)

Singapore's subway system suffered a major breakdown yesterday when four trains stalled during rush hour, trapping thousands of passengers and affecting some 127,000. (Wall Street Journal)

The number of bicyclists in and around Minneapolis has soared in the past year. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

Has crime really fallen on DC's Metro? Yes...and no. (TBD)

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WNYC News

Settlement Reached in Arrest of Journalists at RNC

Monday, October 03, 2011

Amy Goodman, host of the New York-based television and radio show "Democracy Now!," said that she and two of the shows producers won a $100,000 from a settlement with the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul and the federal government over their arrests during the 2008 Republican National Convention.

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The Takeaway

Somali Americans Face Setbacks in Sending Aide to Drought Victims

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The drought in the Horn of Africa has sent tens of thousands of Somalians to refugee camps in search of necessary resources. In Minneapolis, a large community of Somali-Americans are doing their best to send aid overseas. But their efforts are fraught with difficulty because of the dangerous climate in Somalia, where Islamist militants aligned with al-Qaida have control.

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Transportation Nation

Check Out Minneapolis' Bike Repair Vending Machines

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A small Minneapolis company is supporting cycling by making it easier to fix your bike while out on the road. Bike Fixtation has installed its first bike repair vending machine (pictured below) at Minneapolis' Uptown Transit Station.

The self-service vending machine will be accessible, just like the transit station, from 6am-midnight every day of the year, ensuring an off-hours place to pick up an inner tube, patch kit, or even a headlight.

This first location was chosen because it's along Minneapolis' Midtown Greenway, a 5.5 mile bike-only path built over an unused and reclaimed railway. It's part of a pro-bike initiative that helped earn the frigid northern city accolades for its ease of urban cycling, including the honor of the #1 bike city in America according to Bicycling magazine.

The inventors behind Bike Fixtation hope to expand beyond the Greenway. There's a second location in planning now, and they are promoting the sale of the customized vending machines to bike shops and other entrepreneurs who want to replicate the idea. They suggest a fixtation as a way to extend the hours of a shop, or brand a bike business in a hip new way.

Each vending machine comes with a bike repair stand and a self-contained compressed air tire inflator. The company can also supply other services like help choosing, sourcing and stocking the contents, as well as an extra advertising opportunity by putting the shop's name on the machine's side.

In addition to bike parts, the first vending machine open for business also offers snacks and sunscreen.

Via GOOD.

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Features

Walker Center Acquires Merce Cunningham Dance Group Costumes and Décor

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Walker Center in Minneapolis purchases work from Merce Cunningham's 70-year career, with sets, costumes and backdrops by Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and others.

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Transportation Nation

Do More Cyclists Mean Safer Streets?

Friday, February 18, 2011

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation)  The latest data comes from Minneapolis ' League of Bicyclists. (hat tip: Streetsblog) which shows steadily fewer bike accidents as more cyclists hit the streets.  In 1999 there were three hundred some-odd bike crashes -- a decade later, that number was 269.  During the same period, daily bike commuters jumped from 3000 to 8000.

New York's trend has been similar: city data shows a huge spike in cycling in the latter part of the last decade.  But overall bicycle crashes have not been rising, according to the New York City DOT.   Bicycle deaths did increase from 2009 to 2010 -- to 18. That's up from 12 in 2009 but down from 26 in 2008.

New York's pedestrian safety report also found that the installation of bike lanes makes those streets safer for all users, whether on foot, in a car, or on a bike.

But San Francisco is showing the opposite trend -- as Kate and Casey reported earlier this month . According to a pretty lengthy analysis by the Bay Citizen, crashes are rising faster in San Francisco than the number of cyclists.

What's going on here?  Planners &c, please weigh in!

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Transportation Nation

Remainders: Traffic EVERYWHERE

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

It's the busiest traffic day of the year, whaddya expect?   But if you're a glutton for punishment, you can check NYC traffic conditions via live cam here.  Here's the CalTrans link, Houston is here.  Doesn't look so bad in Washington.  Downtown Minneapolis? NotSoGood.  But hey, you can buy your way out of congestion in the Twin Cities.  Or, if you're stuck in the Lincoln Tunnel, trying to get out to New Jersey, you can dream about a  new train under the Hudson.    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! -- Transportation Nation

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