Jill Riley Feature Archive

Last night at the Oscars, Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne took home the trophies for Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively. Each has a ruddy complexion and ginger hair. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs by musicians with red hair would you like to hear? (02/23/2015)
Feburary 19 is the Lunar New Year, and celebrations spread across China and much of the world in honor of it. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, we're asking, what songs would you like to hear that mention or are about the moon? (02/19/2015)
Pharrell Williams has signed an agreement to write a series of children's books, but it turns out he's not the first musician to venture into authorship for kids. So for today's Coffee Break, we're asking: What songs would you like to hear by musicians who have written books for children? (02/18/2015)
Trying to define such concepts as 'fair trade', 'living wages' and 'sustainability' is always an interesting conversation in the context of local food. Heavy Table Editor James Norton joins Jill Riley to talk about the relaunched Atlas of of Ethical Eating and Drinking, a resource that starts the discussion about the values that businesses and consumers care about. (02/18/2015)
Today is Mardi Gras, a festival for which the city of New Orleans is nearly synonymous. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs having to do with Mardi Gras or with New Orleans do you want to hear? (02/17/2015)
For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, Jeanne from Cinnaminson, N.J., had an idea that's perfect for the day before Valentine's Day: song titles that can fit on those pastel-colored candy hearts. What songs with two- or three-word titles would you like to hear? (02/13/2015)
One of the big stories from the world of media and entertainment this week is the news that Jon Stewart will be leaving Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show' after 17 years as its host. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs would you play for Jon Stewart? (02/12/2015)
For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, we're thinking about the just-announced lineup for the Eaux Claires Music Festival, scheduled for July 17 and 18. It's a massive lineup, so we're wondering: Which of these artists would you like to hear this morning? (02/11/2015)
If our machines are actually listening to us, what songs do you think they'd like to hear? For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, we're asking for songs that reference technology. (02/10/2015)
Today we've been talking about last night's Grammy Awards, but it turns out there are a number of influential artists who have never received the award. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, we're asking: Which artists would you like to hear who you think deserve a Grammy but have never won one? (02/09/2015)
The second album Josh Tillman has released under the moniker Father John Misty is a concept record on life and love, "And it's the darkest collection of love songs I've ever heard," writes Jill Riley. Read Jill's complete review. (02/09/2015)
For today's Coffee Break, we're thinking about the Grammys, coming up this Sunday. In particular, we're thinking of the nominees for Best Alternative Music Album. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, we want to know, which songs best represent these albums? (02/06/2015)
For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, we're inspired by today's Member Drive thank-you gift, a Minnesota State Parks pass. So we'd like to know, what songs would you like to hear that mention "park" or "parks" or describe the great outdoors? (02/05/2015)
For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, we thought we'd celebrate the beauty of the spinning musical platter with songs that make reference to records in some way, shape or form. So, what songs mentioning records should we play for the 9:30 Coffee Break? (02/04/2015)
With the prevalence of "whoa-oh-oh's" in today's pop music, we thought we'd ask: Are there other songs that use the "whoa" to great effect but aren't specifically part of the current wave of pop tunes? Give us some ideas for "whoa" songs that are a little different for today's 9:30 Coffee Break. (01/30/2015)