Public Affairs

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Get the scoop on the royal baby bump from an expert on British history & monarchy

Ann Possis chatted Dec. 7 with Prof. John Watkins, professor of English at the U of MN, who specializes in sovereignty, queenship, and British history. Learn about the royal family, how succession to the British throne works, and changes in British law that will allow a girl baby equal chance to become the monarch. 


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Former state legislator Tom Berg's new book on 1970s state politics, "Minnesota's Miracle," offers lessons for today

Bob visited recently with former state legislator Tom Berg, author of "Minnesota's Miracle: Learning from the Government That Worked," about state politics in the 1970s and how significant changes and advances were made through hard work and compromise.


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Weekend News Wrap for November 23, 2012

Each weekend WTIP news produces a round up of the news stories they’ve been following this week.


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Edward Schiappa, communication studies expert, on why the anti-gay marriage amendment was defeated in MN

Bob visited Nov. 9 with Dr. Edward Schiappa, chair of the communication studies department at the U of MN, about his theories on why Minnesota reversed a 31-state trend to defeat the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.


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Cook County veterans Lennie & Leonard Sobanja visit The Roadhouse for Veterans Day

Bob welcomed local veterans (and husband & wife) Leonard and Lennie Sobanja to the studio Nov. 9 to share stories of their service, in recognition of Veterans Day.


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Cook County Posts High Voter Turnout

With many Cook County precincts turning out in the high 80 and 90 percentages, registered voters came out in droves to cast their ballots in all precincts.  They gave President Barack Obama a wid


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"Minnesota Railroads" provides photographic history of rail transport over past 70 years

Bob visited Oct. 19 with Steve Glischinski, author of "Minnesota Railroads: A Photographic History, 1940-2012," from the U of MN Press. They chatted about about rail service in Minnesota then and now, the future of rail transport, and the restoration of the historic St. Paul Depot to once again serve as a transportation hub. Steve is a correspondent for Trains Magazine; this is his sixth book about railroading.


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Cook County's Denny Fitzpatrick shares experience as national political convention delegate

Bob chatted Sept. 14 with Denny Fitzpatrick of Grand Marais, who recently served as a delegate from Minnesota to the Democratic National Convention. Hear what it's really like to work behind the fanfare and speeches.


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Former National Security Council member Tom Maertens on the state of terrorism today

Ann Possis visited Aug. 31 with Tom Maertens, a career foreign service officer who served in the White House as National Security Council director for nonproliferation and homeland security in the Clinton & Bush administrations. At the time of the 9/11 attacks, he was serving as deputy coordinator for counterterrorism at the U.S. State Department. He's speaking at Cook County Higher Education Wed., Sept. 5 at 5 p.m. on "Terrorism 2012: The nature of the threat."


The Dakota War resulted in the largest one-day execution in U.S. history, on December 26, 1862

Documentary on Minnesota's Dakota War of 1862 to air on WTIP

On August 17, 1862 a group of four young Dakota men on a hunting expedition killed five settlers who lived along the Minnesota river in what is now southwest Minnesota, igniting a war that claimed