Jill Riley Feature Archive

Cheez Whiz has found its way onto tables as well as into pop culture (e.g. Beck's song, 'Loser'). But now that Cheez Whiz may be headed for its ultimate sell-by date, we're wondering what songs with outdated cultural references you'd like to hear. Send your requests. (03/30/2015)
The Decemberists have done a Theft of the Dial, and they headlined at Rock the Garden 2009. But they'd never done a proper in-studio session at The Current until this week. Jill Riley welcomes the Portland, Ore., indie rockers into the studio for a live session and interview. (03/25/2015)
As part of Member Appreciation Week, today's 9:30 Coffee Break idea comes from MPR member Deb Baker of Grand Rapids, Minn., who suggests: What songs featuring prominent harmonica parts do you want to hear? Send your requests. (03/23/2015)
As Pharrell Williams and the UN team up to raise climate-change awareness through International Happy Day, we're wondering what other songs about being happy you'd like to hear. Tell us your requests. (03/20/2015)
Jill Riley interviews Tommy Dehler and Shaun Hagglund, organizers of the Rock n Jock Expo, an event that happens Saturday, March 21. It brings together sports and music fans - particularly those who are passionate about collecting memorabilia. The event features DJs, live music and a reunion of Minnesota North Stars goalies from 1967 to 1993. (03/20/2015)
As a social media-based transport provider threatens to leave Minnesota over pending legislation, we're wondering what songs that mention "leave" or "leaving" you'd like to hear. Send us your requests. (03/19/2015)
What songs by artists who were underrated or under-appreciated during their initial run would you like to hear? Tell us your suggestions. (03/18/2015)
In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, what songs by artists who are Irish or who have Irish heritage do you want to hear? Send us your requests for today's 9:30 Coffee Break. (03/17/2015)
As Kim Gordon's memior reaches No. 2 in the New York Times best-seller list, Carrie Brownstein has announced her autobiography will be out later this year. For today's Coffee Break, what songs by artists who have written autobiographies would you like to hear? (03/16/2015)
For this Friday of Women's History Month, we're looking at the Minnesota women who have been the beneficiaries of all the great musical innovators and influencers who came before them. For today's Coffee Break, what Minnesota women in music from the year 2000 to the present would you like to hear? (03/13/2015)
As the popular selfie stick is getting banned from a growing list of museums and cultural venues around the world, we're wondering what songs you'd like to hear with 'me' or 'I' in the title. Tell us your requests. (03/12/2015)
As we announce the lineup for Rock the Garden 2015, it's impossible not to think back on great moments from Rock the Garden festivals past. For today's Coffee Break, what bands from past Rock the Garden lineups would you like to hear? (03/10/2015)
Yesterday, an estimated 70,000 people -- including The Current's Derrick Stevens -- marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Alabama to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery march. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs that capture the spirit of civil rights and equality do you want to hear? (03/09/2015)
When a server in a restaurant cautions that the plate is hot, we should all take those words seriously. To help us remember that, what songs containing the words "hot," "fire" or "burn" do you want to hear? (03/06/2015)
The World Health Organization recommends limiting sugar intake to 25 grams per day 'for additional health benefits'. But because music is calorie-free, what songs that mention 'sugar' or 'sweet' do you want to hear for today's Coffee Break? (03/05/2015)