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

Open Mike Eagle
Ahead of a live taping of his Infinite Guest podcast, 'Secret Skin', tonight at MPR's Forum, hip-hop artist and writer Open Mike Eagle spoke with Steve Seel on The Current's Morning Show. (01/30/2015)
Coffee Break
With the prevalence of "whoa-oh-oh's" in today's pop music, we thought we'd ask: Are there other songs that use the "whoa" to great effect but aren't specifically part of the current wave of pop tunes? Give us some ideas for "whoa" songs that are a little different for today's 9:30 Coffee Break. (01/30/2015)
Coffee Break
Today's 9:30 Coffee Break is all about the Super Bowl halftime. In an alternate universe -- where massive, million-selling, mainstream pop culture familiarity and success weren't the prerequisites -- what bands or artists would simply make amazing, awesome Super Bowl halftime performers, purely by virtue of their awesomeness? Send us your requests. (01/29/2015)
2015 is starting to feel like the "year of the reunion" for a lot of bands who haven't recorded or toured in a while. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, which bands reuniting in 2015 would you like to hear? (01/28/2015)
As part of our #Current10 celebrations, many of the staff at The Current are sharing their favorite memories. Morning Show co-hosts Jill Riley and Steve Seel have fond memories of Janelle Monae, their first week as a team, and a random dancing five-year-old. (01/21/2015)
As baby boomers reach retirement and beyond, younger generations will need to think about the care of their aging parents. Policy and a Pint: <em>How are we taking care of Mom?</em> looks at how the changing demographics are shaping how we think about aging in the 21st century. (12/03/2014)
What songs from concept albums do you want to hear for today's coffee break? (12/01/2014)
Host Steve Seel shares his top 10 songs of 2014. (12/01/2014)
With travel on the minds of many of us, we thought we'd have a travel tie-in for today's 9:30 Coffee Break. What songs with planes, trains or automobiles do you want to hear for today's Coffee Break? (11/26/2014)
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)
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)
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)