Jonathan Franzen on adolescence and family
Author Jonathan Franzen is known for his self-deprecating humor, with which he won the National Book Award for his 2001 novel "The Corrections." His latest memoir is called "The Discomfort Zone." He speaks at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.
The Metrodome's 25th anniversary
The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, which opened 25 years ago, is considered the country's most versatile stadium. The history, funding, politics, major events and most amazing stories of The Dome are told by the man with the closest association to the place, Bill Lester.
Kids and money matters
Teaching their children about money is "Do as I say, not as I do" for a lot of parents. Personal finance expert Ruth Hayden talks about what kids need to know, and how parents can model better money management.
The story of StoryCorps
David Isay, award-winning broadcast producer, created StoryCorps, a national oral history project in which participants interview each other. He spoke recently at the Chautauqua Institution.
Thursday is the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. It is a time for Muslims around the world to engage in acts of prayer, and it is also a time of daytime fasting. That restriction can represent a particular sacrifice for Muslims in Minnesota because of our northern latitude.
One lucky lottery winner is actually a loser as of Thursday afternoon. The Minnesota State Lottery says a $200,000 lottery winner failed to meet the one-year deadline to collect the winnings by the 5 p.m. deadline. The money now reverts to the state's general fund.
A new approach to training pets
One author and trainer has a new approach to training pets that rejects aggression and dominance.
Behind the lure of luxury
Despite a shaky stock market and a rash of home foreclosures, spending on luxury items continues to rise. Midmorning looks at the business of luxury, and what its continued growth says about our culture.
Focus on food
From food safety to genetically modified crops to obesity, what we eat and how we eat is a bigger issue than ever before. A new institute at the University of Minnesota aims to tackle some of those problems.
Destination unknown
Summer is almost over, but that doesn't mean travel season is over. Travel expert Rudy Maxa joins Midmorning to talk about his latest adventures, and answer questions about fall travel destinations.