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Episode 9: The Truth

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When Danny Heinrich confessed in court on Sept. 6 to abducting and murdering Jacob Wetterling and assaulting Jared Scheierl 27 years ago, investigators declared that at last, the public had the truth. But despite Heinrich's excruciatingly detailed accounts, the truth remains elusive. Many questions remain unanswered.

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University of Minnesota lab aims to use simplified cells

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Man-made molecules that mimic cells but aren't alive could be used to study dangerous diseases in detail, test new drugs or even define life on other planets.

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The Question of Black Identity

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Racial identity in the U.S. is complicated because race is an invented category rooted in slavery. This episode explores the question of black identity in America through the voices of four people who, at one time or another, have had to answer the question: "What are you?"

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The stress of racism may impact learning

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A new study finds that black and Latino students who experience racism have higher levels of cortisol, a hormone linked to stress, and one that is known to impact focus and learning.

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MCAD faculty vote to unionize

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Two separate bargaining units approved joining the Service Employees International Union Local 284.

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Minnesota teachers get through the election with real talk, and sometimes gourds

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Amid a contentious presidential election season, teachers are trying to find ways to engage students about the race and its issues.

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UND to retain all 20 sports currently offered by school

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In April, the school announced it was cutting men's golf and baseball due to state budget cuts. Golf was reinstated after securing the necessary funding but the decision does not reinstate baseball.

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A look at school tax referendums in Minneapolis, statewide

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School districts are seeking operating levies or bond referendums this year to help increase funding. Donald McFarland and Greg Abbott talk about what's going on the ballots.

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Brian Guimond

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He is convinced the Stearns County Sheriff's Office hasn't looked hard enough for his son, who disappeared 14 years ago.

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Episode 8: What's Going on Down There?

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In November 2012, a police officer named Tom Decker was shot and killed in Cold Spring, Minn., after getting out of his car to check on a man who lived above a bar. The man was quickly arrested and held in the Stearns County jail. He was interrogated but then released without charges. The state crime bureau later ruled him out as a suspect. Investigators turned their focus to another man, Eric Tho

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Ryan Larson

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He was detained in connection with the 2012 shooting of a Cold Spring police officer, but later declared not a suspect.

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Harlem Through James Van Der Zee's Lens

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James Van Der Zee was a celebrated African American photographer who documented black New York for much of the 20th century.

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Talking about race in schools

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Can children as young as 4 learn to have meaningful dialogues about race?

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Joseph Ture Jr.

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Just days after the shotgun killings of Alice Huling and three of her children, he was interviewed by Stearns County sheriff's deputies and then let go.

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Rita Reker

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The woman Patty Wetterling didn't want to see.

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