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Minnesota Now

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Live, down to earth, unscripted interviews that aim to connect, inform and entertain. Real people share real stories with Cathy Wurzer. It’s journalism that doesn’t take itself too seriously and puts people first.
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Minnesota Today

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Minnesota Today from MPR News brings you the most important stories from around the state. All on your schedule. Get updated on the latest news in about five minutes, every weekday morning and evening.
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Art Hounds

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Each week three people from the Minnesota arts community talk about a performance, opening, or event they're excited to see or want others to check out.
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Cube Critics

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From Minnesota Public Radio News, MPR News producers Samantha Matsumoto and Aron Woldeslassie share a passion for movies. Each week, they take a break from their day jobs to talk about what they've seen lately.
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Early Risers

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George Floyd’s death was a tragedy and a wake up call — expanding a global conversation about race and racism. And young children have been watching it all. So how do we help them make sense of this? Early Risers is a podcast from Little Moments Count and MPR with frank facts, engaging stories and real how-tos for anyone who cares about raising children with a clear-eyed understanding of cultural differences, race and implicit bias. Hosted by Dianne Haulcy of The Family Partnership.
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Bruce Kramer lived a remarkably rich life because of – not despite – an incurable, always fatal disease: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was diagnosed with ALS December 6, 2010. While the disease diminished his body, it expanded his life and spirit. He shared that experience with Minnesota Public Radio News host Cathy Wurzer over nearly five year of conversations.
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74 Seconds

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74 Seconds tells the story of a July 2016 traffic stop that ended with the world watching a man die, live on their phones. This is the story of that man, Philando Castile, and the officer who is about to go on trial for his death, Jeronimo Yanez. Through comprehensive reporting, MPR News examines this intersection of race, policing, justice and safety in America. A lot can happen in 74 seconds.
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In Front of Our Eyes

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In March 2021, the first of the former officers charged in the killing of George Floyd will go on trial. Police officers are rarely prosecuted in such cases—and the world will be watching. The Minnesota Public Radio newsroom, which has followed this case in detail from the beginning, will bring listeners updates on this monumental case, and the consequences it holds for the city and the country. Created in collaboration with American Public Media.
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First Year Out

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First Year Out is a podcast from Minnesota Public Radio News chronicling two young women as they navigate their first year of college. Marissa Abara and Erianna Jiles take listeners with them through their ups and downs as they grapple with becoming adults -- managing money, relationships, coursework and family. Though they are fast friends, Marissa and Erianna come from different backgrounds, and they're up against very different experiences at school.
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Rivers of Oil

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Oil. It’s in your tires, your makeup, your kids’ toys, your gas tank. And the pipelines that get it to you have become the focus of growing protests, from Keystone XL to Dakota Access. On Rivers of Oil from Minnesota Public Radio News, we’ll look at those pipelines buried beneath our feet, how they’ve come to the forefront of an epic tug of war between reliance and risk, and how we all have a role to play in this story.
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The Current Music News

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The Current Music News is the essential daily listen for fans of all genres to catch up on what matters in the music world. Hosts Jay Gabler and Jade break down industry developments to explain how they affect you, fill you in on breaking news about upcoming releases, and surprise you with strange-but-true stories. It’s a quick, fun and informative rundown that will make you think, make you laugh, and help you understand what’s happening onstage and behind the scenes in popular music. There’ ...
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A five-time Emmy winning SNL comedy writer/producer, joins a four-time #1 NYT bestselling author, a three-time highest-rated national progressive radio host, a two-time Grammy winning artist, and a former US Senator. So, it gets a little crowded in the booth when Al talks public policy and sometimes political comedy with notable guests. Think “The Daily” without the resources of the NYTimes.
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Bridge Builder Podcast

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Minnesota Catholic Conference (MCC) is the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota. MCC supports the ministry of our state’s Catholic bishops by: Working with political and community leaders to shape legislation that serves human dignity and the common good. Educating Catholics and the public about the ethical and moral framework that should be applied to public policy choices. Mobilizing the Catholic community to make its voice heard in the public arena.
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Newsmakers

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"Newsmakers" is a weekly news and current affairs talk show produced by WPR's La Crosse News Bureau. The program's host/producer is Ezra Wall (pictured above) with La Crosse senior news editor/producer John Davis. Interviews on the program explore politics, education, the environment and other regional issues relevant to southwest Wisconsin and adjacent portions of Minnesota and Iowa.
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Eat Your Heartland Out

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Eat Your Heartland Out is a series dedicated to highlighting the rich, yet often overlooked, culinary depth of the American Midwest. Food is the storyteller while host Capri S. Cafaro serves as your audio tour guide through this region spanning 12 states. The show aims to weave a tapestry of cultural diversity, immigration history, migration patterns and agricultural variations in each episode. Expect to gain new insights about Midwestern foodways through compelling interviews with historian ...
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Faith In Action with Joanne Fox is a public affairs show produced by Siouxland Catholic Radio 88.1 FM KFHC/KOIA (Ponca, NE.), Sioux City, IA/Storm Lake, IA. Joanne is a retired journalist and Siouxland Catholic Radio Board member. Joanne guests include Bishop R. Walker Nickless, Diocese of Sioux City; regional areas of interest such as the Herreid Military Museum in Luverne, Minnesota; and national speakers and authors including Lt. Col. Scott Mann, Operation Pineapple Express. Faith In Acti ...
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The Dads are Talking is a collection of insightful, engaging, and deeply personal conversations with talented, passionate everyday dads. Host and dad Jeff Achen invites his fellow dads into conversations that will enlighten and entertain you with episodes focused on a wide range of topics for any father to grow in their relationship with their child.
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Atheists Talk Radio Show is a weekly production of Minnesota Atheists. It airs in Twin Cities on AM 950 KTNF at 9:00 AM Sunday mornings or stream live at http://www.am950ktnf.com. Minnesota Atheists is Minnesota's oldest and largest atheist organization. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational organization that seeks to promote the positive contributions of atheism to society and to maintain separation of state and church. Our bylaws are available here. Each year we hold eight monthly mem ...
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Laura Flanders is a best-selling author and the host of Laura Flanders and Friends (formerly The Laura Flanders Show), a syndicated weekly program airing on Public TV in which she talks to creative thinkers and change-makers from the worlds of politics, arts and the new economy. In her weekly commentary, The "F" Word, she tells you what she thinks. The "F" Word is heard on the Progressive Voices Channel on Tune-In and is made available free to radio stations who appreciate an upbeat, radical ...
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Minnesota lawmakers are out of time to pass legislation. One of the bills that didn't make it was the public works infrastructure package, known around the Capitol as the bonding bill. We hear reaction from a group that represents local governments across the state. It has been nearly four years since the murder of George Floyd. This week, we look …
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There’s a phrase that’s lit up across the internet recently — it’s not new, but it’s having a resurgence. The term is “kinkeeping.” It describes the constant work required to keep a family connected. And the vast majority of that work is done by women. Whether it’s keeping family traditions or buying gifts for holidays and birthdays, much if this w…
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This Saturday will mark four years since the murder of George Floyd. The impact his murder had on Minnesota are long-lasting and still playing out today. Each day this week on Minnesota Now, we will look at a different impact. Monday’s segment is one the State of Diversity Equity and Inclusion in workplaces, or DEI. Sharon Smith-Akinsanya joined MP…
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One of the main tasks of the session was supposed to be passing a bonding bill. Lawmakers fielded more than $7 billion in requests for state and local projects around the state. But a bill didn’t pass, and now most of those projects are getting no state money. Without state funding, infrastructure projects across the state including roads, health c…
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The 40th anniversary of Prince’s best-selling album and film “Purple Rain” is next month on June 25 and 27 respectively. And on Tuesday, a new memorabilia- and picture-filled book will be released in honor of the occasion: “Prince and Purple Rain: 40 Years.” Prince’s story is told by Minneapolis-based music journalist Andrea Swensson, who is also t…
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Just this past week, tech giant Google unveiled its new AI music tool, ”Music AI Sandbox,” which the company says will be “the ultimate collaborator” for musicians. It’s an example of how rapidly AI is integrating into the art world — for better or for worse. MPR News guest host Chris Farrell and his guests talked about what the rise of artificial …
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The legislative session is over, but the Timberwolves' season is not. The Minnesota Legislature hit its midnight deadline Sunday with little fanfare but lots of shouting. One of the biggest DFL priorities fell short at the finish; a proposed constitutional amendment that would add equal rights language and abortion protections to Minnesota's Consti…
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Trae Crowder, the viral Tennessean comedian joins to discuss his upbringing in a red state, why rednecks are Trumpies and what happens to a community when the jobs leave. Learn why he understands Trump's appeal to rednecks, and how and why they transitioned from not liking Trump to supporting his every move. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/…
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Minnesota lawmakers are butting up against the deadline to adjourn the 2024 legislative session. And data suggest many Minnesotans have taken advantage of a law allowing them to apply for a driver's license regardless of immigration status. Those stories and more in today’s evening update from MPR News. Hosted by Emily Reese. Music by Gary Meister.…
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The class of 2024 may be one of the most unique college classes. Many of them were high school seniors in 2020 and didn’t get a high school graduation. They then entered college in the height of the pandemic, starting school entirely online. Additionally, they were experiencing fallout from the murder of George Floyd, increasing climate disasters a…
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The Minnesota Republican Party convention gets underway at the St. Paul RiverCentre, with the selection of national delegates and endorsement of a U.S. Senate candidate on the to-do list. Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak at the party’s annual Lincoln-Reagan fundraising dinner which will be held in association with the convention.…
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Birds, bats, freshwater mussels and a small catfish. They all slipped away in 2023, among the 21 species declared extinct by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Grief is a rational response. So are the questions novelist and conservationist Lydia Millet articulates in her new book, “We Loved It All.” A blend of memoir and ecological truth-telling, …
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Delegates to the 2024 Republican state convention gather in St. Paul on Friday. Democrats at the State Capitol say they will move to advance a bill Friday that would put an equal rights amendment before voters in 2026. And the Minnesota Timberwolves are headed to a 7th and deciding game in the Western Conference semifinal playoff series.…
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A Texas-based rideshare app has officially launched in Minneapolis. Wridz, pronounced “rides,” already operates in nine other states. It is now in the process of onboarding drivers in Minneapolis. And Republicans in the Minnesota House say they could block key legislation after the DFL House Speaker cut off debate on a bill last night. Those storie…
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There’s controversy over the upcoming graduation ceremony for Hinckley-Finlayson High School. On Monday, the school board announced the Native American Student Association will no longer have the opportunity to play the Ojibwe Honor Song with its drum group at graduation next Friday. More than 40 students walked out of class Wednesday in protest. T…
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State lawmakers are entering the final stretch to get work done at the Minnesota Capitol. Tensions flared Wednesday night when DFL House Speaker Melissa Hortman cut off debate on a bill connected to a new paid family leave program. After the bill passed and Democrats called it a day, the chamber filled with Republican lawmakers calling for the day’…
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It was a late night at the Capitol as Minnesota lawmakers worked past midnight to pass bills in the final days of the session. MPR News senior politics reporter Dana Ferguson explains why tensions ran high on the house floor. The college Class of 2024 has overcome a lot in their four years. We hear reflections from graduates. A northern Minnesota s…
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Thursday is a make-or-break day for the Timberwolves. The team needs a win against the Denver Nuggets to stay in the playoffs. If the Wolves lose, Denver gets to keep defending the championship title they won last year. If the Wolves prevail tonight, they get another chance Sunday to win the series against Denver and move on to the Western Conferen…
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Have you ever passed an interesting building while driving through town and been curious about what goes on behind its closed doors? An event Saturday and Sunday is made for the curious to take a peek behind closed doors throughout Minneapolis. The public is free to tour hundreds of private spaces, from historic mansions to factories to performance…
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Depression, anxiety and other mental health issues are the most common complications during and after pregnancy, yet 75 percent of postpartum problems go untreated. The consequences can be devastating. Suicide and overdoses are leading causes of maternal death in the United States. The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the first-ever p…
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Schizophrenia affects about 24 million people worldwide. It can be a disruptive illness, making it difficult to find a meaningful job, attend school or manage relationships. People with schizophrenia require lifelong treatment, but there is hope. A growing body of research shows that with new interventions it’s possible to live well with the illnes…
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A Minnesota state trooper charged with fatally shooting a motorist last summer has pleaded not guilty to murder, manslaughter and assault charges in Hennepin County District Court. Plus, Minnesota lawmakers have approved a new bill focused on education policy. It passed the House 68-59 and now heads to Gov. Tim Walz’s desk. Find more Minnesota news…
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From MPR News, Art Hounds are members of the Minnesota arts community who look beyond their own work to highlight what’s exciting in local art. Their recommendations are lightly edited from the audio heard in the player above. Want to be an Art Hound? Submit here. A play about a team Denise Tennan of St. Louis Park is a musician, writer, visual art…
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This season of Top Chef is taking place in Wisconsin. Chefs from across the country and even world are competing in different Wisconsin-themed challenges focusing on things like cheese, beer and cherries. Wednesday night’s episode will be focused on Indigenous cuisine. And a familiar face will be there to judge and help out in the challenge. James …
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The Minnesota House voted unanimously to advance a bill today that would set up extra systems to keep Black kids with their families in the child protection system. And DFL lawmakers are at odds over a housing policy bill and whether a voucher provision will make it through this year. Those stories and more in today’s evening update. Hosted by Emil…
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School district referendums for building new schools, technology upgrades and more are failing across the state, and by just a few hundred votes. We talked to the Duluth and Fergus falls school districts about impacts on students. The newest Top Chef episode is on Indigenous cooking. One of the judges is Minnesota’s own Sean Sherman and we talked w…
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