Today's music is Junior Brown's "Hang Up and Drive," a tune from his latest release. He'll be beringing his double-necked guitar that combines a regular six-string with a steel guitar to the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis.
A new biography celebrates the life of a true trailblazer. "Her Honor" by Star Tribune columnist Lori Sturdevant tells the story of Rosalie Wahl. Wahl, who died in 2013, was the first woman to serve on the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Today's music is "Does My Ring Hurt Your Finger" by Charley Pride in honor of his 76th birthday today. In all, Pride recorded 39 songs that made it to the top of the country charts. But country music was not his first career choice.
In sports, we now know the 68 teams that will be competing in the men's NCAA basketball tournament, and the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers are not one of them.
"There's still, I think, two months left in the legislative session, which is certainly time to see if something can be worked out. Whether it can or not, I don't know at this point," Gov. Mark Dayton told Cathy Wurzer this morning.
At the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas Lady Gaga will deliver the keynote address today. She is the youngest person and first woman to have that honor. MPR News' Cathy Wurzer spoke with Jim McGuinn, the program director for our sister station 89.3 The Current, about the festival with a focus on Minnesota acts.
MPR News' Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about snow that just hasn't stopped in northeastern Minnesota, and he sheds light on whether Minnesota really does have frequent March tournament snow storms.
It was a wild day at the Minnesota Boy's High School tournament yesterday with several of the games going to multiple overtimes. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune.
There is yet another new proposal on the table to solve one of the trickiest questions about the proposed Southwest light rail line: "the deeper shallow tunnel." MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minneapolis Park Board Commissioner Anita Tabb, who represents the Kennilworth area, about it.
Andre Cymone, who was the bass player in Prince's first touring band, has released a new solo album. It's called "The Stone." He will be playing at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis on Sunday. This is his first solo recording in 27 years, and we have a clip you can hear.
Today's music is from violinist David Garrett and his take on Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Garrett will be performing tonight at the State Theater in Minneapolis. Born in Germany, Garrett was a child prodigy who first played with the Hamburg Philharmonic orchestra at the age of 10. He studied with Itzhak Perlmann and at Julliard. Lately, Garrett has been committed to making classical music more accessible to young people. The music performed during his current "Crossover" tour combines classical elements with pop, rock and rhythm and blues.
The authors of a bill which will get a hearing today at the Legislature say that if it doesn't pass, your auto insurance rates could go up.
Today's music is from 40 years ago this week when "Seasons in the Sun" by Canadian singer Terry Jacks was the number one song on the U.S. pop charts. It is a translation of the French song "Le Moribond" by the popular Belgian-born singer Jacques Brel. The original French version about the laments of a dying man included verses about his unfaithful wife. The Terry Jacks version left that part out.
Fifty years ago today, Simon and Garfunkel recorded "The Sound of Silence." The acoustic version of the song was included on their first album "Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M."
The Minnesota Wild lost to St. Louis in a shootout Sunday night by a score of 3-2. The Minnesota Timberwolves lost at home to Toronto 111-104. And the University of Minnesota Gopher men's basketball team beat Penn State 81-63. The Gopher women's basketball team won just one game in its conference tournament.
As the regular seasons wind down, our local hockey and basketball teams are all looking to secure a spot in the post season.
Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune.