Phil Picardi Feature Archive

Thirty years ago today, Bruce Springsteen hit No. 1 in the U.S. with the song "Born in the USA." (07/07/2014)
The Minnesota Orchestra today released a jam-packed 2014-15 season, its first full season since ending a lockout of musicians. The season will feature a slew of world class visiting performers, a number of musical series, and a completion of the Sibelius recording cycle halted by the recent lockout. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio news reporter Euan Kerr, who talked to Music Director Osmo Vanska about the upcoming season. (06/13/2014)
It's turning out to be quite the year for black flies. Up north, loons are abandoning their eggs. They're fleeing the insects attacking them at their nests. Black fly counts are up too in the metro area. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Mike McLean, who's with the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District, about the matter. (06/12/2014)
Like Minnesota's Hmong population, many have moved from refugee camps in Thailand. There are now estimated to be more than 7,000 Karen people living in the St. Paul metro area -- more than double their population just four years ago. (06/10/2014)
A bill that would legalize some forms of medical marijuana is on track to become law in Minnesota in a matter of days. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger about what the does, and doesn't mean. (05/23/2014)
MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about significant rain storms earlier this week, and why those storms did not cause much flooding. Seeley also says Minnesota is expected to be warmer than normal over the next few months. (05/23/2014)
The new Atmosphere album "Southsiders" is released today. The title of Atmosphere's 8th studio album refers to the south side of Minneapolis where Ant and Slug, the group's creative team, grew up. (05/06/2014)
The next CEO of Target will face a number of challenges and one of the biggest is turning things around in Canada. (05/06/2014)
Democrats in the Minnesota Senate will unveil a $1 billion package of public construction projects today that they want to fund with a combination of bonding and surplus cash. (05/05/2014)
The Minnesota Wild are now down two games to none in their second round NHL playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks. They lost to the Blackhawks 4-1 yesterday in Chicago. (05/05/2014)
There will be a funeral service on Thursday in Potomac, Maryland for former Minnesota Congressman Jim Oberstar. Oberstar, who represented the eighth district for 36 years, died Saturday. He was 79. Duluth Mayor Don Ness knew Jim Oberstar well. He served as the Congressman's campaign manager for ten years. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Mayor Ness. (05/05/2014)
For Steve Rushin, there is a particular piece of music that makes him think about baseball. It's something organist Ronnie Newman would always play before games at the old Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. (04/07/2014)
The Minnesota Twins will play their home opener this afternoon at Target Field in Minneapolis against Oakland. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about how the team has performed in several games on the road. (04/07/2014)
Minnesota lawmakers will be busy again this week with their Easter/Passover break just ahead. But before the break, we'll see some more action on anti-bullying legislation, a supplemental spending bill, the design for a new Senate office building, the Women's Economic Security Act. It also looks like there's a deal on a minimum wage increase. (04/07/2014)
Today's music is from lead singer Merry Clayton and a group dubbed the Brothers and Sisters singing Bob Dylan's "The Times They are a Changin." (04/01/2014)