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
Inspired by llamas on the lam, we're thinking about songs having to do with running and running away. What songs about being on the run do you want to hear? (02/27/2015)
Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash was born on this date in 1932, and he went on to record 96 albums over the course of his nearly 50-year career in music. For today's Coffee Break, what songs by Johnny Cash do you want to hear? (02/26/2015)
Coffee Break
After last night's Flaming Lips show at First Avenue, we're thinking about bands who put on a full sensory experience during their concerts. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs would you like to hear by bands who are known for visual spectacle at their live shows? (02/25/2015)
On the 40th anniversary of the release of Led Zeppelin's 'Physical Graffiti', for today's Coffee Break, we're asking you which songs by bands or artists influenced by Led Zeppelin do you want to hear? (02/24/2015)
Last night at the Oscars, Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne took home the trophies for Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively. Each has a ruddy complexion and ginger hair. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs by musicians with red hair would you like to hear? (02/23/2015)
Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' has been nominated for nine Academy Awards. The maker of such films as 'Rushmore', 'The Royal Tenenbaums' and 'The Darjeeling Limited', Anderson has always used music in his storytelling. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what music from Wes Anderson films would you like to hear? (02/20/2015)
Feburary 19 is the Lunar New Year, and celebrations spread across China and much of the world in honor of it. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, we're asking, what songs would you like to hear that mention or are about the moon? (02/19/2015)
Pharrell Williams has signed an agreement to write a series of children's books, but it turns out he's not the first musician to venture into authorship for kids. So for today's Coffee Break, we're asking: What songs would you like to hear by musicians who have written books for children? (02/18/2015)
For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, Jeanne from Cinnaminson, N.J., had an idea that's perfect for the day before Valentine's Day: song titles that can fit on those pastel-colored candy hearts. What songs with two- or three-word titles would you like to hear? (02/13/2015)
One of the big stories from the world of media and entertainment this week is the news that Jon Stewart will be leaving Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show' after 17 years as its host. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs would you play for Jon Stewart? (02/12/2015)
For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, we're thinking about the just-announced lineup for the Eaux Claires Music Festival, scheduled for July 17 and 18. It's a massive lineup, so we're wondering: Which of these artists would you like to hear this morning? (02/11/2015)
If our machines are actually listening to us, what songs do you think they'd like to hear? For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, we're asking for songs that reference technology. (02/10/2015)
Today we've been talking about last night's Grammy Awards, but it turns out there are a number of influential artists who have never received the award. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, we're asking: Which artists would you like to hear who you think deserve a Grammy but have never won one? (02/09/2015)
He's known for his work in the bands Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers. Saturday, Thile is filling in for Garrison Keillor as host of "A Prairie Home Companion." (02/07/2015)
Known for his work in the bands Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers, and in projects with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, musician Chris Thile is stepping into new territory this weekend and next when he fills in for Garrison Keillor as host of 'A Prairie Home Companion'. "As long as I can avoid 20 minutes of dead air," Thile tells MPR's Steve Seel, "I'll consider it to be something of a success." Listen to the complete interview. (02/06/2015)