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Minnesota Today from MPR News brings you daily updates on the trial of Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd, plus the most important stories from around the state. All on your schedule. Get updated on the latest news in just five minutes, every weekday morning and evening.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Decomposed breaks down the stories that have shaped classical music, from secrets and scandals to acts of sheer genius. Hear these stories accompanied by the symphonies, operas and other masterpieces they inspired. Hosted by Jade Simmons, a classical concert pianist and storyteller, the first season of Decomposed takes on gender expectations, Cold War propaganda and the danger of putting your personal life on the stage. Produced in partnership with Classical Minnesota Public Radio.
 
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.
 
Prince Rogers Nelson left this universe behind on April 21, 2016, leaving fans worldwide in mourning. Maybe nowhere in the world has felt this loss as profoundly than Prince's home state of Minnesota. And to The Current, a radio station from Minnesota Public Radio, Prince was more than an artist, he was our friend. That's why, in memory of the Purple One, we’re sharing the many conversations we’ve had with musicians, critics, reporters and more about Prince: his life, his music and his legacy.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Flyover from MPR News focuses on issues of American identity and the changing American dream as they are lived and experienced in the cities, towns and rural areas that lie beyond the media spotlight. This podcast is an unedited hour of live radio with award-winning host Kerri Miller. Season Three, starting January 2020, focuses on the counties that flipped party loyalties from one presidential election to the next. Season Two, which aired the summer of 2018, focused on the Mississippi River ...
 
In The Current Rewind’s second season, we’re tracing the 50-year history of Minneapolis club First Avenue, using 10 pivotal dates to explore how a city, a scene, and popular music have evolved since the dawn of the ’70s. The Current’s Cecilia Johnson and Mark Wheat — along with special guest hosts like Craig Finn, Jay Smooth, and Sun Yung Shin — will meet you at the barricades for opening night, drop in on life-changing shows, and take an inside look at the present-day #SaveOurStages campaign.
 
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’ ...
 
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.
 
"Newsmakers" is a weekly news and current affairs talk show produced by WPR's La Crosse News Bureau. Interviews on the program explore politics, education, the environment and other regional issues relevant to southwest Wisconsin and adjacent portions of Minnesota and Iowa. The program airs Fridays at 10 a.m. on La Crosse's Ideas 90.3 WHLA, with repeat broadcasts Fridays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 5 a.m on La Crosse's 88.9 WLSU.
 
This documentary podcast explores Hüsker Dü’s formative years and legacy through rare exclusive interviews with the band, as well as those who were around in the beginning and notable artists who’ve drawn inspiration from the band. We’ll also dive into recordings from Numero Group’s new remastered box set of the band’s early releases, demos and live recordings. From The Current®.
 
A show about clinical depression...with laughs? Well, yeah. Depression is an incredibly common and isolating disease experienced by millions, yet often stigmatized by society. The Hilarious World of Depression is a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with this disease, hosted by veteran humorist and public radio host John Moe. Join guests such as Maria Bamford, Paul F. Tompkins, Andy Richter, and Jen Kirkman to learn how they’ve dealt with ...
 
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 ...
 
Is your family thinking of adding a fish tank or pond to your home? Fish tanks and ponds are wonderful places to observe a habitat on a smaller scale. Its like having your very own window into a fresh water riverbed or saltwater ocean. Keeping aquarium fish is a pleasurable and educational hobby for families around the world. Keeping fish as pets has been a tradition going back to ancient Egypt and China. Today, many more different, beautiful and fascinating kinds of fish and other aquatic a ...
 
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Gov. Tim Walz on Monday ordered a four-county curfew overnight into Tuesday to help keep the peace as the Twin Cities reeled over news of another fatal encounter with police, this time in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center. This edition of Minnesota Today for Monday, April 12, 2021, was hosted by Dan Kraker. Theme music by Gary Meister.…
 
With new, more contagious and likely more severe variants taking hold, people are scrambling to book appointments and many are frustrated. Get answers about where to find vaccine appointments and what you need to get fully vaccinated — and fast. Guests: Dr. David Hilden is vice president of medical affairs at Hennepin Healthcare. Winnie Williams is…
 
Police deployed tear gas and flash-bang grenades Sunday night to clear protesters who gathered outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department after the fatal police shooting of a 20-year-old man. Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said more National Guard troops and state law enforcement personnel were headed into the Twin Cities. This is an…
 
The medical examiner who ruled George Floyd’s death a homicide said heart disease combined with being restrained by Derek Chauvin and two other officers led to the man’s death. Other medical experts described Floyd’s being squeezed between Chauvin’s knee, the other officers on his back and legs and the pavement. Meanwhile, Minneapolis police leader…
 
Long-awaited testimony from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner in the trial of Derek Chauvin is focused on how George Floyd died. On the stand Friday, Dr. Andrew Baker said, with the autopsy, he determined the force applied to Floyd was too great for him to bear, given his heart disease. This is the MPR News afternoon update for Friday, April 9, …
 
Hennepin County Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker takes the stand Friday in what could be pivotal testimony in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Baker, who conducted the autopsy on Floyd’s body, ruled the man’s death a homicide last year, saying Floyd went into cardiopulmonary arrest as then-officer Chauvin kept h…
 
A succession of Minneapolis police officials have taken the stand this week in the trial of Minneapolis former police officer Derek Chauvin. Their testimony, along with that of police procedure experts, builds the prosecution’s case that Chauvin strayed far from department policy and used unnecessary deadly force when he knelt on George Floyd’s nec…
 
After Minneapolis Chief Medaria Arradondo took the rare step of testifying against former officer Derek Chauvin, some experts are wondering if the long-held police code of silence may be crumbling. In this episode, MPR News host Kerri Miller examined how some police chiefs are spearheading reform. How do they balance the needs of the communities th…
 
Wednesday began with a prosecution use-of-force expert concluding that Chauvin's restraint of Floyd constituted an unwarranted use of deadly force. Jody Stiger noted that Floyd's subdued position — handcuffed, prone and pinned face down on the street — created the danger of positional asphyxia even without the pressure of Chauvin's knee on Floyd's …
 
Verlena Flournoy Matey-Keke has long enjoyed the work of the Black Storytellers Alliance in Minneapolis. This year marks the 30th Black Master Storytelling Festival, which will live-stream on April 10, 17 and 25. The free series of events will include music and storytelling by artists from Minnesota and around the country. Danielle Daniel emcees. N…
 
Jurors in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial have heard a succession of Minneapolis police officials in recent days call Chauvin’s use of force to subdue George Floyd unreasonable and outside the bounds of department policy. Police rarely call out a fellow officer for decisions made on the job, so those moments in court have been extraordinary. This is a…
 
Stress is pushing public educators out of their field early, according to a recent study by the Rand Corp. More than a year after schools were forced to close to in-person learning because of COVID-19, teachers are struggling to cope with the added pressures and uncertainty brought on by the pandemic. Nearly 1,000 former public school teachers rank…
 
A key part of Derek Chauvin’s murder trial defense is that the Minneapolis officer’s use of force against George Floyd last May was appropriate and in line with department policy. But high-ranking Minneapolis police leaders have spent the past few days testifying that simply isn’t so. This is an MPR News morning update for Tuesday, April 6, 2021. H…
 
Chauvin’s defense argues that Floyd’s death was caused from the drugs in his body and his underlying health problems and that Chauvin’s use of force was in sync with Police Department policy. A piece of that argument took a hit on Friday when the head of the Minneapolis police homicide unit testified the use of force officers used on Floyd was “tot…
 
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