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You get a breakup text -- on your phone.

Your boss calls you into her office.

Your partner says, "I want a divorce."

That moment - the moment of crisis or panic - can send your mind tearing into the future, constructing one awful scenario after another, and it's that moment when you - or someone you love is vulnerable.

But you can learn and strengthen skills to get you through that moment and out on the other side - safe.

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Ingebourg Schwingel

Tune in Monday for a Memorial Day Special at 7pm Mine Enemy: The Story of German POWs in America. During World War II, some 400,000 captured German soldiers were shipped across the Atlantic to prison camps dotted across the U.S. Suddenly the enemy was hoeing the back garden, and sometimes, sitting at the kitchen table. Hear both sides of the story from veterans who lived this most unusual moment in history. 

Monday May 29

6:00 Making Contact

6:30 Counterspin

7:00 Mine Enemy: The Story of German POWs in America

Lisa Johnson

The suicide rate for Native kids is twice the rate of that for non-Natives.

With that terrifying number, how can tribal people encourage hope and resilience in young people when their lived experience is so different - and falls so short, many times - of what they see on television or online?

All over the country, and here in Minnesota, tribes are working hard to reconnect their young people with traditional teachings, the land, the natural world and with elders to restore their identify and reinvigorate their pride in who they are.

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Forever Home 5/25

May 25, 2017

Dajah | Animal Allies

Dajah is a seal point grey tabby Siamese mix who is 12 years old. He came to us from a previous home and is now looking for his new loving home! This shy guy needs patience and love as he takes a while to warm up. A calm environment with another mellow cat would be a great fit for Dajah!

Mickey | Animal Allies

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On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we have conversation with Obizaan  [Lee  Staples], a spiritual advisor for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and Chato Gonzalez, Obizaan's apprentice and translator.  Obizaan talks about the passing of Mille Lacs elder and longtime Ojibwe Stories contributor Larry Amik Smallwood.  Obizaan conducted Amik's funeral in April, and he discusses teachings about our journey to the spirit world.  Obizaan also discusses growing up with Amik in the Aazhomog community.

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Do you have five people you can talk to?  Really talk to?

How do you find them - as a young person or an adult?

And how can you become that person for someone else?

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ERs in the Northland are seeing young people coming in who have made, to varying degrees, attempts to take their own lives in the wake of the popular Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.

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The Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. The death of Project Semicolon founder Amy Bluel. The study that discovered that a group of white, middle-aged Americans are dying what they call "deaths of despair."

What do these three things have in common?

Let's call it an absence of hope.

In troubling times, it's easy to put your finger on everything that's going wrong. And we're given the idea that focusing on the problems is somehow the right thing, the mature thing to do, while focusing on the good makes you naive or foolish.

Lisa Johnson

Six months ago, a group of Duluthians brought their concerns to local political candidates, asking them to take specific steps to address their issues.

Part of the Local Solutions to Poverty Candidate Forum included the commitment to a follow-up Accountability Session this spring.

In this final part of a three part report, we hear about  efforts to make transportation more accessible for people with disabilities, and the progress of Homes for All in the Minnesota Legislature.

Forever Home 5/18

May 18, 2017

Freckles | Contented Critters

Freckles is an adult female Aussie mix who was rescued off the euthanasia list in a Mpls shelter. She is friendly with people and gets along with other dogs, but she does like to be the boss. She has been vet checked, spayed and vaccinated.

Dory | Animal Allies

Lisa Johnson

  Six months ago, a group of Duluthians brought their concerns to local political candidates, asking them to take specific steps to address their issues.

Part of the Local Solutions to Poverty Candidate Forum included the commitment to a follow-up Accountability Session this spring.

 

In this second part of a three part report, we hear about  efforts to make transportation more accessible for people with disabilities, and the progress of Homes for All in the Minnesota Legislature.

 

Lisa Johnson

Six months ago, a group of Duluthians brought their concerns to local political candidates, asking them to take specific steps to address their issues.

Part of the Local Solutions to Poverty Candidate Forum included the commitment to a follow-up Accountability Session this spring.

In this first part of a three part report, we hear about  efforts to reform GRH (Group Residential Housing) and implement the Landlord Incentive Program. 

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There's concern in Indian country, too, about what will replace the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. 

Dr. Mary Owen of UMD's Center for American Indian and Minority Health says the Indian Health Service is already critically underfunded ... and for people who are already experiencing a high rate of poverty, private insurance may be priced out of reach for them.

Forever Home 5/11

May 11, 2017

Charolette | Contented Critters

Charolette. She is a 2 year old female Am Staff. Charolette has a lot of personality. She is very friendly with people, does not care for other dogs. She is a very happy and playful girl just waiting for a family (or person) to call her own.

Morris | Animal Allies

Cole White

This week, we’re featuring some entries in the Audio Story Challenge at UMD.

Here’s how it works.

  • Journalism students had to tell a story in two to three-and-a-half minutes.
  • The story has to include the sound of air or water
  • it has to include a mention of food
  • it has to include the voices of two people whose ages are at least 20 years apart.
  • it has to be a true story.

53 veterans graduated last Saturday from UMD. One of them was UMD Journalism student Cole White, who brought us this piece.

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