Steve Seel

Host, The Current
Minnesota Public Radio
sseel@mpr.org


Steve Seel co-hosts weekday mornings on The Current with Jill Riley from 6-10 a.m. He possesses a broad knowledge of many musical genres, having hosted radio programs ranging from classical to jazz and even avant-garde music before joining Classical MPR in 1999. In 2005, Seel become one of the founding voices on MPR's The Current, and since then has enjoyed being an advocate for engaging, adventurous modern music with a particular soft-spot for artists who tilt slightly to the experimental side. His resume' includes in-depth interviews with musical luminaries ranging from Brian Eno to Wayne Coyne, David Byrne to Tori Amos, and he also conducted the first on-air interview with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. Seel is an avid reader of political and social commentary as well, and he emcees The Current's popular Policy and a Pint community series, featuring discussions with noted scholars, politicians, community leaders, authors and big thinkers on important issues of the day.

Steve Seel Feature Archive

Coffee Break
What songs do you want to hear from bands whose name is a collective/unit/project/outfit for today's coffee break? (11/25/2014)
Coffee Break
If you're lucky to be working only a three-day week this week, then admit it, you might not be planning to put in a whole lot of effort at your job over the next three days. So how about an 'easy' coffee break? (11/24/2014)
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Montreal band Stars have released their seventh album, but on their most recent visit to The Current, they opened the in-studio set by covering "Here Comes a Regular" by the Replacements. "It is one of the greatest sad songs ever written," says Stars' vocalist Torquil Campbell. Check out the full session. (11/21/2014)
Before making his <a href="http://www.witsradio.org/episodes/kondabolu-ok-go/">Wits debut tonight at the Fitzgerald Theatre with musical guest OK Go</a>, stand-up comedian Hari Kondabolu sat down to chat with Steve Seel of The Current's Morning show. (11/14/2014)
After playing a show at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis, Sydney-based band The Preatures stopped in to The Current's studio to play some songs off their album, 'Blue Planet Eyes', and to talk to Steve Seel. (10/17/2014)
At the Austin City Limits Festival on Sunday, Oct. 12, Steve Seel attended what may well be the very last Replacements' gig ever. Read and listen to his recap of the historic show. (10/15/2014)
Do you ever wonder why politicians running for office do exactly what they do, say exactly what they say? Steve Seel hosted a Policy and a Pint conversation in September with a couple of actual, real-live political spin-doctors and our audience at the the Amsterdam Bar and Hall to get to the bottom of the spin inherent in political messaging. (10/13/2014)
Minneapolis graphic designer and illustrator Jesse Lindhorst was selected to create the artwork for Live Current Volume 10. Lindhorst talks with the Morning Show about his process and inspiration. (09/25/2014)
Morrissey is a man with high purpose, albeit one with the darkest of gallows humor. As usual in Morrissey's world, we get a real problem answered with melodrama. But wait. Isn't high art often just as melodramatic? Morrissey is indeed in league with the likes of operatic masters. (08/11/2014)
Marianne Combs joins The Morning Show to talk about the fun and playful weekend activities happening in the Twin Cities from July 17-21. (07/17/2014)
On tour supporting their fifth studio album, 'Education, Education, Education & War', Kaiser Chiefs stopped in to The Current's studio to play some songs and to chat with Steve Seel. (06/20/2014)
Celebrating the release of his new album, 'Beauty & Ruin', and in town for a special appearance on 'Wits', Bob Mould stopped in to The Current's studio to play songs and to talk to Steve Seel about how the new album came together. (06/13/2014)
As students graduate and the school year comes to a close, it's worth asking: what if most of our assumptions about "higher education" are wrong? Our notions of who needs higher education, what types of skills are needed, and how this learning should be provided are becoming outdated. In the midst of this unprecedented change, are students truly being prepared for what Minnesota needs in the future? (05/29/2014)
After a whirlwind weekend, Lizzo stopped by The Current's studio to talk with The Morning Show about joining the 2014 Rock the Garden lineup. (05/28/2014)
There's a growing threat that, if we fail to act, could profoundly affect our lives. Like many species, bees and other insect pollinators are facing environmental challenges -- the biggest of which is loss of native habitat -- that jeopardize their very existence. (04/30/2014)