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What We’re Reading, November 2019 [full show]

What We’re Reading, November 2019 [full show]













Author Samuel Shem --his new satirical novel is "Man’s 4th Best Hospital;" author Ruta Sepetys--her new book is called "The Fountains of Silence"--it’s a historical novel set in the 1950s Franco-era Madrid; contributor Gary Rozman will give us his take on Stephen Kings new book, "The Institute;" Lily Winter returns with another installment of Forgotten Authors--we’ll hear about Belgian writer George Simenon, and Wisconsin author Ed Block on his book “Jon Hassler--Voice of the Heartland."

Suddenly, I Could Not Catch a Breath

Suddenly, I Could Not Catch a Breath

Pat, who is going on 107 years old, says she was surprised that her difficulty breathing was caused by a heart problem, not her lungs.


Minnesota Provides Free Face Masks to Community Groups

Minnesota Provides Free Face Masks to Community Groups

The State of Minnesota has partnered with numerous organizations across the state, including native community organizations, to make it easier for people to find affordable face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Quarantine Dream Recording Project Features New Work By Twin Cities Musicians

Quarantine Dream Recording Project Features New Work By Twin Cities Musicians

Many musicians are writing music relating to the strange time defined by Covid-19. Two local songwriters, Ted Hajnasiewicz and Ryan Ruud are among them. They got together virtually, and then their project grew. As we listen to a singer who goes by Waltzing on Waves, Ted told Phil Nusbaum about writing with Ryan.


Kevin Buck on Roadhouse

Kevin Buck on Roadhouse

Duluth guitarist Kevin Buck joined Ann and Will on Roadhouse for a live performance.


“Astro Bob” blogger Bob King talks Comet NEOWISE and when to see it

“Astro Bob” blogger Bob King talks Comet NEOWISE and when to see it

You may have seen photos on social media recently of Comet NEOWISE. Will chatted with “Astro Bob” blogger Bob King about the NEOWISE and when we can see it along the North Shore.


The science of soap and handwashing

The science of soap and handwashing

With the focus on washing our hands frequently over the past months, we wondered why and how does soap work?


Jeremy Messersmith performs on Roadhouse

Jeremy Messersmith performs on Roadhouse

Minnesota musician Jeremy Messersmith joined Ann and Will for a socially distant performance right outside the WTIP studios.


Researchers say comedy can play an important role in social justice

Researchers say comedy can play an important role in social justice

Comedy can play an important role in challenging people to address critical social issues, says Lauren Feldman, an associate professor at Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information.


Safe Learning Plan Provides Detailed Guidance for Schools and Parents

Safe Learning Plan Provides Detailed Guidance for Schools and Parents

The “safe learning plan” provides very detailed guidance for school administrators and parents to help figure out the complex problem of whether kids should be back in classrooms, or continue with distance learning, or whether schools should take a combined approach.
Governor Walz calls the plan a “localized, data-driven approach” where school leaders can make decisions based on what is happening in their county with regard to the number of COVID cases and the rate of spread in their local community.


Statewide Conversation on COVID19 – Governor Tim Walz

Statewide Conversation on COVID19 – Governor Tim Walz

A statewide conversation with Minnesota’s Governor Tim Walz. It’s your opportunity to ask questions about Minnesota’s response and plans during this COVID-19 pandemic. This week the governor answered questions about the schools and his emergency powers.

If you didn’t get a chance to send or call in your question this week email covid@ampers.org or call 612-562-9895.


More Tests Needed Throughout the State

More Tests Needed Throughout the State

The Coronavirus continues to spread statewide, with cases in every county now and the median age about 36 years old. Hospital admissions are up, and so is the number of patients needing intensive care. Officials say even though the state has processed more than a million tests, there are still not enough to meet the demand.


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