Cathy Wurzer Feature Archive

The University of Minnesota Women's volleyball team is once again in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the team. (12/13/2013)
If you've ever watched "A Charlie Brown Christmas," you may recall Lucy telling Charlie Brown to "get the biggest aluminum Christmas tree you can find, maybe painted pink." In 1965, when the program first aired, the world's leading manufacturer of aluminum Christmas trees, even pink ones, was in Manitowoc, Wis. (12/13/2013)
Elders living with dementia and other forms memory loss are expressing themselves creatively with the help of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project of Minnesota. (12/12/2013)
Today's music is the highly regarded Twin Cities-based vocal ensemble Cantus, with a song from their latest Christmas album. Several of the shows are already sold out, but there are still some tickets available. (12/12/2013)
Days like this in International Falls -- it was -20 with a -37 windchill this morning -- are perfect for testing new cars and trucks to make sure they're ready for extreme conditions. (12/11/2013)
Do you have a gospel music fan on your Christmas list? If so, you may want to check out a new four-CD collection that is being released today. (12/10/2013)
The Sounds of Blackness will be performing "The Night Before Christmas: A Musical Fantasy" tonight on the Guthrie Theater's Wurtele Thrust stage. (12/09/2013)
The Fender Stratocaster guitar that Bob Dylan played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival is being auctioned off today in New York by Christie's Auction House. (12/06/2013)
Major League Baseball's winter meetings begin on Monday. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about that, and recent roster moves the Minnesota Twins have made. The team has signed two free agent pitchers, Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes. (12/06/2013)
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about this winter's first major snow storm that hit most of Minnesota this week. And he tells us that the cold weather that followed the storm will stick around for a while. (12/06/2013)
Little Richard was the original rock and roll wild man of the 1950s, but he also made a number of gospel recordings like this one. Richard was born into a very religious family and is an ordained minister of the Church of God of the Ten Commandments. He stopped playing rock and roll for many years because he came to believe that it was the devil's music. Richard quit touring relatively recently, not for religious reasons, but because he was having trouble getting around after hip surgery. Happy birthday to a true music legend. (12/05/2013)
Fifty years ago today the Ronettes's classic album "A Christmas Gift for You" was released. (12/04/2013)
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Bill Hanna, the executive editor of the Mesabi Daily News, based in Virginia, about how the mining debate is playing out in northern Minnesota. (12/04/2013)
For lots of people who grew up in the Twin Cities, it was a holiday tradition each year to go to Dayton's in downtown Minneapolis to see the Christmas-themed window displays and walk through the elaborate shows in the 8th floor auditorium. A new book "Dayton's: A Twin Cities Institution" tells the story of the department store as a community institution. One of the people that author Kristal Leebrick features in the book is Jack Barkla. Since the 1970s Barkla has been responsible for creating the auditorium shows. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked to Barkla about what he calls "conjuring up magic." (12/04/2013)
Forty years ago today, the famous music venue CBGBs opened in New York City. The club's full name was actually CBGB-OMFUG which stands for "Country Bluegrass Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizers." (12/03/2013)