Kerri Miller, MPR News

Kerri Miller

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Saint Paul, MN, United States

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Past articles by Kerri:

David Wright Faladé on the all-Black brigade that inspired his new historical novel

A new historical fiction book follows an all-Black brigade as they fight in the Civil War. → Read More

In an emotional memoir, a sports writer reflects on the loss of his son

Ivan Maisel lost his 21-year-old son to suicide in 2015. It was a shattering moment. But Maisel and his wife had no choice but to go on living without Max. In “I Keep Trying to Catch Your Eye,” Maisel chronicles his journey through grief. → Read More

What's a true summer 'beach read'?

Summer officially started last week, so Kerri Miller is asking: What’s a true “beach read”? → Read More

Is free community college a good idea?

In just a few years, tuition-free college has gone from a radical idea to one that’s being discussed in Congress. Is making community college free the best way to help disenfranchised students afford a college degree? → Read More

A Minnesota-born ambassador and a long lost puppy

The Thread Must-Read this week features the true-life story of a faraway place, a Minnesota-born ambassador and a lost puppy. → Read More

Understanding the temporary pause on J&J vaccines as the variants spread

If it’s a race between the vaccines and the variants, the variants got a boost on Tuesday, when the U.S. announced a temporary pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccines. What does that mean for the sprint to vaccinate adults? → Read More

Michael Osterholm on how new COVID variants could change the pandemic's trajectory

As vaccinations continue, new variants of the virus are spreading. Scientists worry that the vaccine could be less effective against these mutations and that infection rates might rise again if one of these variants becomes the dominant strain. → Read More

The Thread: Three books to expand scientific understanding

For this week’s Thread: Kerri Miller finishes a series this to give more attention to authors you might not have heard about, and would be great ideas for the holiday season. If you have someone in your life who loves science, here are some your last-minute, gift-giving recommendations! → Read More

More named storms than ever. Is it climate change?

It’s been the most active hurricane season on record, with 30 named storms – 13 of them hurricanes. Is climate change to blame? → Read More

Should we trust the polls in the 2020 election?

After Donald Trump won the election in 2016, surprised observers said polls had underestimated his support. What did pollsters get right, what did they get wrong and what have they learned? → Read More

Rebroadcast: Ijeoma Oluo and 'So You Want to Talk About Race'

We revisit a conversation with Ijeoma Oluo about her book “So You Want to Talk About Race.” → Read More

Rebroadcast: Ibram X. Kendi on ‘How to Be an Antiracist’

We revisit a conversation with author Ibram X. Kendi about his book “How to Be an Antiracist” → Read More

The Thread: Armchair travels for when we’re stuck at home

Many of us have canceled spring getaways and are starting to wonder if we’ll be sticking close to home this summer too. Kerri Miller shares three books that will transport you far away from home. → Read More

What we can learn from pandemics in history

As cases of COVID-19 increase globally, historians and researchers are looking back in time for insights about how the world responded to pandemics and illnesses. We turn to two medical historians for a conversation about what we can learn from the pandemics of our past. → Read More

Our favorite books of 2019

MPR’s fleet of readers has compiled a list of gems from 2019, including everything from deep historic dives to sci-fi. → Read More

Propaganda in the age of Trump

Propaganda might sound like a throwback idea, more relevant to the last century than today. But given our political landscape and the turbulent world of social media, it’s never been more important to recognize. → Read More

Are baby bonds the fix for America’s racial wealth gap?

The net worth of black households continues to be much lower than that of white households. Could baby bonds help shrink that gap? Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey thinks so. He’s one of the contenders for the Democratic nomination for president. His campaign platform includes a policy to give each newborn in the country a savings bond worth $1,000. Depending on the income of the child’s parents,… → Read More

Summer must-reads: Family secrets, sci-fi and buried history

From military fumbles to astonishing memoir to ghost stories on the frontier, this list of summer reads takes wild detours. → Read More

What are Minnesotans getting from their high taxes?

Minnesota is among one of the highest taxed states in the country, but what are Minnesotans gaining from them in return? → Read More

Stopping evictions before they happen

Who is at risk of eviction and what is being done to prevent homelessness? → Read More