Every year around this time, I feel like a slacker.
It happens whenever the Bush Foundation reveals the recipients of its fellowships. Twenty-four were selected this year, according to a press release.
They’ll each get up to $100,000 to pursue their projects and interests.
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‘Suicide hotline, can you hold?’
A year ago, a report said the Veterans Administration crisis hotline was putting vets on hold. Politicians said all the things you’d expect politicians to say. The VA said it was hiring additional staff to comply with the inspector general’s report. And then nothing really changed.
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Dave Chappelle doesn’t do many interviews. But with a three-part Netflix special, he broke his reticence to talk about Prince.
In an interview with CBS This Morning, Chappelle said his friendship with Prince had his beginnings when his sister went to a concert. Read more →
Chuck Berry should be on your radio
Demographics aside, surely there must still be a place on the radio for his work. Read more →
The death of the newspaper columnist
Jimmy Breslin, perhaps the most famous of the New York tabloid columnists, died on Sunday. He was 88. A legend. The nation’s newspapers don’t do legends anymore. Read more →
A spring break for civil rights
A group of students at the University of Minnesota Duluth could’ve spent spring break doing what so many other college students do — partying. They had bigger goals. They wanted to learn more about the history of civil rights in America. Read more →
Fourth-graders learn robotics and racism
It happened to the Pleasant Run Panther Bots, who had just won the competition near Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Star reports. Two on the team are African American, three are Latino. After they won, students and parents reportedly told them to ‘Go back to Mexico.’ Read more →
Perhaps the best time to have a funeral is while we’re still alive. Read more →
Because it’s Friday, that’s why. Read more →
Using Google today? The cops may be watching. Read more →
Exhale, Clinton, Minn., — population 433 — your cafe survives. Read more →
Twenty-five years ago today, I showed up at Minnesota Public Radio for my first job interview. I knew nothing, really, about Minnesota other than Hubert Humphrey, Gene McCarthy, Walter Mondale, Garrison Keillor, and a meatpacker strike that killed a classmate who was covering it for ABC News. I wasn’t sure if the fact that I Read more →
The power of the leprechaun
StoryCorps’ Friday morning episode today provides some great advice: If you want results, dress like a leprechaun. Read more →
Minnesota sends love — and hay — to wildfire victims
These are tough times in the nation’s breadbasket. Commodity prices are down, and when a wildfire swept through sections of Kansas a little over a week ago, it devastated entire farm communities and killed livestock.
So a Minnesota woman is sending hay. Read more →
The obvious question: Who owns the current record for the largest game of Twister? It depends on how you calculate it. Read more →