Phil Picardi Feature Archive

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)
Today is the last day for Minnesotas to enroll in health insurance or face a penalty. It was a busy weekend for the MNsure website and its associated call center. (03/31/2014)
It's another busy week at the Capitol as state lawmakers try to finish their work on tax and spending bills. House and Senate floor sessions are planned every day, even Saturday. The fast pace has fueled speculation about a possible early conclusion of the 2014 session. But there's still plenty of work remaining, including a bonding bill, a second tax bill and a resolution to the minimum wage impasse. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Pugmire who covers the Capitol. (03/31/2014)
Today's music comes from the Bad Plus, a jazz trio from Minneapolis. For several years now, some audiences around the world have had the chance to hear the group interpret Igor Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring." (03/24/2014)
The University of Minnesota women's hockey team lost to Clarkson 5-4 in the NCAA championship game yesterday. The loss prevented the Gophers from winning their third-straight title. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the game and the fact that it wasn't on television. (03/24/2014)
State revenue officials will offer more detailed advice to tax filers today about that tax bill that Legislators passed and sent to Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday. (03/24/2014)
"Workbook" was the first solo album released by Bob Mould. When it came out in 1989, fans of Mould's punk rock band Husker Du were surprised by his new softer sound. To mark the 25th anniversary, "Workbook" is being re-released with additional tracks and a second disc featuring a concert recorded in Chicago in 1989. Mould will be performing songs off the album tonight at the Women's Club in Minneapolis. (03/04/2014)
Taking over the job of overseeing 76 state parks and thousands of miles of state trails will be Erika Rivers. Rivers comes from inside the DNR, where she's currently an assistant commissioner. (03/04/2014)
State lawmakers begin the second week of the 2014 session today with a $1.2 billion budget surplus to work with. In addition, some legislative committees are set to discuss tax cuts, medical marijuana and a minimum wage increase. (03/03/2014)
Star Tribune digital sports editor Howard Sinker offers perspective on Twins prospect Miguel Sano, who will miss the regular season because he needs surgery on his throwing arm. (03/03/2014)
The latest installment from the North Shore Sessions, a Minnesota-based live music video series, features the Nightingale Trio singing the Ukranian widow's song, "Vdova." The trio made this recording in a cave behind the frozen Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis. (03/03/2014)
"It's Only Dancing" is the first track on the highly-anticipated new album being released today by Minneapolis singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith. (02/04/2014)