Mark Wheat Feature Archive

This week, Mark takes a look at which sides in the Premier League showed character -- and which did not; meanwhile, a vital Monday game pits Chelsea against Manchester City. Plus, a look ahead to a luncheon with 2012 FIFA Coach of the Year Pia Sundhage, and a Brazilian-style rainbow pass demonstration from none other than Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent. (02/03/2014)
Arctic Monkeys regain the top spot ahead of their sold out Valentines Day show at First Avenue. We've invited them in to do a special in-studio performance that afternoon, stay tuned for details on Thursday, Jan. 30 for a chance to get in on the action. (01/29/2014)
On tour promoting his second album in as many years, singer-songwriter Jake Bugg returned to The Current last week to perform an intimate show inside Minnesota Public Radio's UBS Forum. Between songs, The Current's Mark Wheat talks to Jake Bugg about Bugg's new album, 'Shangri La', and about his career trajectory thus far. (01/28/2014)
This week, Mark Wheat looks at the excitement and romance of the FA Cup, where the huge teams are sometimes surprised by the minnows. Plus, an exclusive interview with Jake Bugg about Bugg's support of Notts County F.C. (01/27/2014)
Jeremy Messersmith AND Jake Bugg are inducted into our Chart Hall of Fame this week. Jeremy has added an extra show at First Avenue now, Feb. 21 and 22. Jake played there last week and stopped by to do a great acoustic session that we'll air on Tuesday, Jan 28 at 6 p.m. (01/22/2014)
In this week's On The Ball, Mark Wheat examines some of soccer's great cliché's -- and why they're so often true. And on the week we commemorate Martin Luther King Jr., Mark pays tribute to John Barnes, a player who worked to kick racism out of football, with a music pick. (01/21/2014)
The highest mover on the chart this week is the #1! Fans of Jake Bugg are getting excited about his appearance at First Avenue on Friday have elevated him to the top for the first time in Chart history. He'll stop by Minnesota Public Radio's Forum to do a session for us earlier that afternoon which we'll broadcast on my show Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. (01/15/2014)
This week, Mark Wheat looks at: significant wins for Arsenal and Manchester United; a big award for Ronaldo; and a surprise transfer of a Spurs player to Toronto FC in the MLS. Plus a music pick from the terraces at Old Trafford. (01/13/2014)
After taking two weeks off to summarize last year we have a massive turn over this week with <em>nine</em> new entries. Jeremy Messersmith remains at the top however, starting off a big year for him! (01/08/2014)
We start by remembering Portugese great Eusebio, who passed away this weekend. Then, Fred Child, host of 'Performance Today', talks about how he became a Spurs fan and why he keeps a bright outlook for the team despite Saturday's FA Cup result. Plus, a music pick for American goalkeeper Kasey Keller, who enjoyed a good career at Spurs. (01/06/2014)
These are the 20 songs that were in inducted into the Chart Show Hall of Fame <em>and</em> and made it to #1 in 2013 ranked by how many weeks they spent at the top! (01/02/2014)
As the Premier League reaches the critical Christmas-New Year's week, it's time to make predictions. Have a look at Mark Wheat's picks and then share your predictions. And of course, Mark also has a music pick; this week, it goes out to Hull City. (12/30/2013)
This week and next, the Chart Show is revisiting the Current's greatest hits of 2013. This week, we're playing songs that spent their maximum 12 eligible weeks on the charts but never reached the top spot. (12/26/2013)
Being a Premier League manager is a tough job; four out of the bottom five clubs have sacked their managers. Malky Mackay and Sam Allardyce hold on to their jobs, but for how long? Plus, a look at some highlights from the weekend and today's London derby, and a music pick for the Kop at Anfield. (12/23/2013)
A crazy weekend in the Premier League brought goals aplenty and two sacked managers. Plus, we give a shout-out to a Minnesota-bred goalkeeper in the Premiership, have a look at the Champions League draw and make a music pick based on Man City. (12/16/2013)