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April 22 - 26, 2002
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MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2002

HOUR 1: (9 a.m.) Earth Day

On Midmorning we observe Earth Day by looking into the connections between agriculture and ecosystems with the editor of a new book, The Farm as Natural Habitat.

Guest: Dana Jackson, associate director of the Land Stewardship Project in White Bear Lake. She is co-editor of The Farm as Natural Habitat: Reconnecting Food Systems with Ecosystems.

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HOUR 2: (10 a.m.) The state of the nation's papers

The associate editor of The New York Times talks about his storied journalism career and the state of the nation's papers.

Guest: R.W. Apple Jr., associate editor of The New York Times. Since joining The Times in 1963 Apple has written from more than 100 countries. He covered the Vietnam War and headed The Times' coverage of the Gulf War in 1991.

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HOUR 1: (9 a.m.) Special courts for the mentally ill

We talk about the possibility of the Twin Cities joining a growing trend to have a separate courts for the mentally ill, with the intent of reducing minor crimes and getting people into treatment.

Guest: Lawrence Panciera, chief clinical psychologist for the Hennepin County District Court.

HOUR 2: (10 a.m.) New book on children and sexuality

A controversial new book that examines our cultural attitudes towards childhood sexuality.

Guest: Judith Levine, a journalist and author of the new book Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex, published by the University of Minnesota Press. She is also the author of, My Enemy, My Love: Women, Men & the Dilemmas of Gender. Robert Knight, director of the Culture and Family Institute, an affiliate of Concerned Women for America.

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HOUR 1: (9 a.m.) Update of Zacarias Moussaoui case

The only man indicted as a 9/11 conspirator told the court on Monday that he wants to fire his government-appointed lawyers and represent himself. Zacarias Moussaoui told the judge he didn't trust his attorneys and that he wanted to defend his life, or have a Muslim lawyer. The unexpected request at a routine hearing has put the court into something of a dilemma: how to balance the rights of a suspect against what may be his desire to become a political martyr?

Guest: Robert Precht represented one of the defendants in the first World Trade Center bombing. He's currently an assistant dean at the University of Michigan Law School.

HOUR 2: (10 a.m.) America's liberal left

What's the role of the American Left in the wake of the September 11th attacks? After vocal leftist opposition to the war in Afghanistan, some leaders and thinkers are beginning to re-evaluate. Can there be a 'decent' left in a superpower - in the only superpower? That's the central question posed in a provocative new essay in Dissent magazine.

Guest: Michael Walzer is a professor at Princeton University's School of Social Science. His recent article, Can There Be A Decent Left? appears in the current issue of Dissent Magazine, a political and cultural journal he co-edits.

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HOUR 1: (9 a.m.) Political pundit Molly Ivins

Midmorning welcomes a special guest: veteran political journalist and columnist Molly Ivins.

Guest: Molly Ivins is a Texas-based journalist and best-selling author. She's been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize three times, but considers the fact that the Minneapolis police force once named its mascot pig after her one of her greatest honors. She worked for the Star Tribune for a time shortly after graduating from Columbia's School of Journalism in the late '60s. Her column for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram is syndicated to more than 100 papers.

HOUR 2: (10 a.m.) 'Strong Women' stay healthier

Another best-selling author: Miriam Nelson comes in to talk about how her work in strength training and nutrition helps people--particularly older women--stay active and feel better. Her latest book is, Strong Women--and Men--Beat Arthritis.

Guest: Miriam Nelson is an associate professor at the School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, and Director of the Center of Physical Fitness there. Her 'Strong Women' books have been international best sellers.

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Strong Women website

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2002

HOUR 1: (9 a.m.) Welfare reform

America's national experiment with welfare reform is in its sixth year. We'll find out how it's working out in Minnesota, and talk about President Bush's plans for other reform measures.

Guest: Michael O'Keefe, Minnesota's Human Services commissioner.

HOUR 2: (10 a.m.) Bicycling in Minnesota

As cycling season gear up, we'll check in with one of Minnesota's most avid bicyclists, and ask what's new in gear, trails, and biking trends.

Guest: Doug Shidell is the Star Tribune's online Ride Guide guy. He's been writing a bicycle column there since '99. The 7th edtion of his 'Twin Cities Bike Map' is out now. And he's also the author of Bicycle Vacation Guide, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Doug's been writing about cycling (and wearing out many tires) since 1972.

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