Cathy Wurzer Feature Archive

The Timberwolves nabbed UCLA point guard Zach LaVine in the NBA draft last night. But LaVine's reaction was less-than-enthusiastic. MPR's Cathy Wurzer checked in with Howard Sinker, digital sports editor at the Start Tribune, for reaction to the Timberwolves' pick. LaVine played only one season for UCLA, and he was not a starter. But Sinker says the Timberwolves see him as someone with athletic potential who can make a contribution a year or two down the road. Sinker also discussed the Timberwolves strategy in not trading Kevin Love last night. (06/27/2014)
Today's Morning Edition music is "The Reflex," Duran Duran's first No. 1 hit in America. Band members wanted the song to be their first single off their album "Seven and the Ragged Tiger." But their label reportedly objected to the "warbling" in the chorus, which it said would get in the way of the song's stand-alone success. (06/23/2014)
The Minnesota Twins closed a four-game sweep yesterday for the first time in the history of Target Field, which opened in 2010. MPR's Cathy Wurzer touched base with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor at the Star Tribune. (06/23/2014)
Today's Morning Edition music is Spoon's track "Rent I Pay" from the band's forthcoming album, "They Want My Soul." The band will headline the second day of day, Sunday, of Rock the Garden at the Walker Arts Center this weekend. (06/20/2014)
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker about Yohan Pino, who made his first major league start yesterday. He helped the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 4-2. He spent about a decade in the minor leagues before being called up. (06/20/2014)
Climatologist Mark Seeley says all this wet weather is part of a broader precipitation trend in Minnesota -- a trend representative of a changing climate. Both the "character and quantity" of Minnesota's precipitation is changing, he told MPR's Cathy Wurzer. (06/20/2014)
A former Rogers High School student is suing the Elk River School District. The case raises questions of how we define free speech for students in the digital age. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Richfield-based attorney Aimee Bissonette, who has advised schools across the country on their social media policies. (06/20/2014)
Floodwater from recent rains continues to cause problems across the state this morning. Cathy Wurzer checked in with Mayor Don Ness in Duluth, where a major flood just two years ago drew national attention. (06/20/2014)
Today's Morning Edition music is the unmistakeable sound of Steppenwolf and their classic 1960s motorcycle anthem "Born to be Wild." It's believed to include the first use of the term "heavy metal" in a rock song. Founding member and lead singer John Kay is bringing a band he still calls Steppenwolf to the Grand Casino in Mille Lacs for a show tonight. The current incarnation of Jefferson Starship will also be playing. (06/19/2014)
All the rain in recent weeks has lakes and rivers and streams in our region rising to record levels in many places. Flooding is a big concern. As many people shovel mud and suck water out of soggy basements, and farmers fields are underwater, you have to wonder is there any good that could come out of all this rain? Does the heavy rain mean that the problem with declining groundwater levels that we've been reporting on has been solved? MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Jim Stark, Director of the U.S. Geological Survey in Minnesota. (06/19/2014)
Ev Emerson, the wife of Bruce Kramer, teaches music at the Normandale Elementary French Immersion School in Edina, and is also looking after her husband after he was diagnosed with ALS. In our latest conversation, they talk about the challenges of care-giving. (06/15/2014)
Today's Morning Edition music is from 40 years ago today, when the woman who would become known as the "godmother of punk" recorded her first single, a cover of "Hey Joe." (06/05/2014)
Today's Morning Edition music comes from 50 years ago this month when "A World Without Love" by Peter and Gordon was the number song on the pop charts. Tonight at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, Peter Asher, the "Peter" part of the band, will be performing this song and others he made with Gordon Waller who died in 2009. (06/04/2014)
A Minnesota man serving life in prison may have been wrongfully convicted. Billy Glaze was found guilty of murdering three women in the late 1980s. He is now 70 years old and has already served more than 25 years behind bars. But new DNA evidence may prove he's innocent, and that the real killer is another man. The Innocence Project has been looking into Glaze's case since 2004. Yesterday, they asked the court to reconsider its decision. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with attorney Ed Magarian, who's working with the Innocence Project on the case. (06/04/2014)
There's an ick factor to the storms that swept across Minnesota this weekend. Torrential rain dropped as much as five-and-a-half inches in parts of the state by Monday morning. That caused sewer overflows into Lake Minnetonka that have already closed beaches. But experts say that's supposed to happen. (06/03/2014)