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A Matter of Facts Blog

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A Matter of Facts: Who owns your media?

In the months leading up to the United States presidential election in 2016, false stories circulated widely on social media. Media scholars and journalists cautioned Americans to get their news from trusted media networks and newspapers rather than from unvetted online publishers. It’s also important to learn how markets and regulations shape our traditional media landscape. We’ve compiled some articles, databases, and government resources below to help our readers understand the behind-the-scenes forces that help shape the news.

From the Archivist Blog

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A cover-up at the Met

From 1938-1979, the Minnesota School of the Air brought educational programs into the classrooms of Minnesota and beyond over radio airwaves and through tape transcription. This episode takes listeners to Metropolitan Stadium to learn how to stay dry on a rainy day. 

Blue Ox Review

Read This Book: Book Groups

Why am I in a Book Group? I get to meet interesting people. I moved to Minnesota five years ago. This was the home of my husband's family. I had one friend who was an...

Health Sciences Libraries News

Final Stethoscope. Photo credit Allison Thompson.

Testing a low-cost 3D printed stethoscope

PLOS One recently published an article about an effective, low cost, 3D printed stethoscope. The researchers found that the 3D-printed stethoscope was comparable to the Littmann Cardiology III — and that it could be made at a $5 price point. We recently used the open access designs to print a stethoscope in our Makerspace. Here’s what the process looked like and what we learned.

Kirschner Cookbook Collection Blog

Cheesy Pretzels

Our historical take on football snacks

As the Twin Cities prepares for the 2018 NFL championship game many locals are busily planning their party menus. We’re taking an old approach to current favorites with some historical recipes that are ready for a comeback: chicken wings, cheese straws, pretzels, and bacon-wrapped shrimp. 

Land of 10,000 Workflows Blog

Geoffrey Ghose

How I Work: Geoffrey Ghose

Geoffrey Ghose, Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Radiology, runs a lab studying the physiological basis of cognitive factors such attention and learning at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research. He's an advocate for LyX, which bills itself as a cross-platform, WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) LaTeX frontend, for around 20 years. "For me the biggest appeal was that it wasn’t Word, the program which everyone loves to hate." He also uses Overleaf and Mendely.

Archives and Special Collections News

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Celebrating the St. Paul JCC’s Symphony Orchestra

Each May is Jewish American Heritage Month, a month where we celebrate Jewish Americans who have helped weave the fabric of American history, culture, and society. This year, the theme is Jewish contributions to American music, which provides the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives an opportunity to shine a light on a unique local group of musicians in St. Paul, Minnesota who have been making music for 90 years.