Phil Picardi Feature Archive

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)
Later this week, Minnesota is set to become the first state to let lottery players scratch tickets online. (02/04/2014)
MPR News host Phil Picardi spoke this morning with a man who knew the late Joan Mondale and her family very well. Rev. Tim Hart-Andersen is the senior pastor at Mondale's church, Westminster Presbyterian in Minneapolis. The following is an edited transcript of the conversation. (02/04/2014)
Today's music comes from the monks of the Saint John's Abbey Gregorian Chant Schola singing on a new recording of "The Maker" by singer Bobby Vee. (02/03/2014)
Wednesday is National Signing Day when many of the most-coveted high school players reveal where they plan to attend college. MPR News' Phil Picardi spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about recruiting for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers football team. They are going after Washburn High running back Jeff Jones. (02/03/2014)
The Olympics open on Friday in Sochi, Russia. Minnesotans are well-represented at the games - not only on the ice and snow, but also in the training rooms. (02/03/2014)
The Lone Bellow is one of the acts performing tonight at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis as part of Communion Club Night. (01/21/2014)