Jill Riley Feature Archive

Today's 9:30 Coffee Break is inspired by Sean McPherson's realization that he uses the expression 'all right' a lot. So let's have fun with that: What songs that contain the phrase 'all right' do you want to hear? Tell us your requests. (04/03/2015)
OK Go like to push the bounds of imagination in all its positive forms. In town for a sold-out show at First Avenue, OK Go's Damian Kulash, Tim Nordwind and Andy Ross visited The Current for a special acoustic session and to talk to Jill Riley about their many creative outlets. "We try not to recognize a distinction between the different forms of creativity we pursue," Kulash says. (04/03/2015)
Last night at the Varsity Theater, The Current and the Citizens League hosted Policy and a Pint: May the Workforce Be with You, which looked at the present and future of work. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs about work, working or the work experience do you want to hear? Tell us your requests. (04/02/2015)
As people pledge to ride their bikes every day for a month as part of 30 Days of Biking, what songs about bicycles, bicycling -- or that capture the spirit of bicycling -- do you want to hear? Send us your requests. (04/01/2015)
In town to play a sold-out show at the Varsity Theater, singer-songwriter George Ezra chats with The Current's Jill Riley and plays a couple songs off his debut album, 'Wanted on Voyage'. Ezra explains how the album title was partially inspired by Paddington Bear, and how the song 'Budapest' has less to do with the Hungarian capital than with a visit to Sweden, the Eurovision Song Contest and a bottle of rum purchased from a stranger. Listen to the full session. (04/01/2015)
Patrick Stephenson is director of 30 Days of Biking, a program that encourages people to ride their bikes every day in April. Stephenson joins Jill Riley to talk about the global movement he and his friends started in Minneapolis in 2010. "It's not about distance," Stephenson says. "Just get on your bike at least once a day." (04/01/2015)
It's Herb Alpert's 80th birthday! So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs that feature some hot brass do you want to hear? Send us your requests. (03/31/2015)
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 But now that Cheez Whiz may be headed for its ultimate sell-by date, we're wondering what songs with outdated cultural references you'd like to hear.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)