The indoor mall became a ubiquitous symbol of American suburbia in the 20th century. But America’s first shopping mall, still landing in Edina, Minnesota, was designed, like every enclosed mall modeled after it, to bring some urbanity to suburbia. NewHour Weekend’s Tracy Wholf reports. Continue reading
Native women in the U.S. face some of the highest levels of violence of any group. The Justice Department says acts of sexual assault against Native American women are most frequently committed by non-Indian men, who are generally immune to prosecution in tribal courts. Congress reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act last year, which gave tribal courts jurisdiction over certain domestic violence crimes committed by non-Indians. But advocates say acts of sexual violence on Indian reservations are still happening with few consequences. NewsHour Weekend’s Stephen Fee reports. Continue reading
Every Thursday, the Rev. Margaret Kelly and a group of volunteers gather in the basement of St. Paul’s Gustavus Adolphus Church to roll out hundreds of meat- and cheese-filled calzones, to be loaded and baked in her food truck and distributed along with bottled water at their weekly noon time service. “We’re doing our charity rather than simply handing it out,” she says. Continue reading
When it comes to money in politics, U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., often complains that there is just too much of it.
But when Franken called the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that opened the door for corporations, unions and individuals to spend unlimited amounts on candidates a “disaster” earlier this month, his impassioned Senate floor speech disguised a central fact of his campaign, and that of his Republican opponent, businessman Mike McFadden. Continue reading
In St. Paul, Minnesota, students are dancing their way to class — literally — in the middle of the summer. This is Breakthrough, an innovative summer program with the sole focus of inspiring low-income, under-resourced middle school students to go to college, and showing them how to get there. Special correspondent Terry Rubin has the story. Continue reading
Maybe there’s something in the air in Minnesota.
During a two-day trip to the Gopher State, the president referred to himself Thursday as a “caged bear,” who is on the “loose” when he’s able to get outside the White House. Continue reading
The deep freeze over much of the United States forced state and local governments to take precautions to ensure public safety, including closing schools. Judy Woodruff talks to Mayor Chris Coleman of St. Paul, Minn., about how his city is faring and how the extreme weather affects families and others who depend on services. Continue reading
The collapse of a bridge on Washington state’s Interstate-5 has refocused the nation’s attention on the state of its ailing transportation infrastructure. Gwen Ifill discusses the deficiencies and potential solutions with Casey Dinges of the American Society of Civil Engineers and infrastructure analyst Dan McNichol. Continue reading