Cathy Wurzer Feature Archive

Seventy years ago this week, the first bebop recordings were made. They were performed by a band featuring Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespe, Max Roach and bassist Oscar Pettiford who grew up in the Twin Cities. (02/20/2014)
If you listen carefully, you'll discover that you're bombarded by noises of all kinds. The constant drone of traffic, technology, talking, and television is the background buzz of our lives. But while the rest of the world is getting louder, Bruce Kramer, who has ALS, is becoming quieter. (02/20/2014)
Today's music is based on some sad news this week for fans of the innovative art-rock band Devo. Guitarist Bob Casale died on Monday from heart failure. He was 61 years old. Bob and his brother Gerald were founding members of the band which started on the campus of Kent State University in reaction to the shooting of students by the National Guard in 1970. Casale's guitar playing was a key element of the distinctive Devo sound. (02/19/2014)
Today's music is the "Winter" concerto from Vivaldi's Four Season's perfomed by violin virtuoso Vanessa-Mae. Her techno-classical music has sold millions of albums, but she put that career on hold to train for the Olympics. (02/18/2014)
The Gophers are 17-9 and have surprised a lot doubters who didn't expect much from this team this season, including Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with him about the season so far, and whether the team could make next month's NCAA tournament. (02/18/2014)
The U.S. women's hockey team, featuring several Minnesota players, routed Sweden 6 to 1 today. They will play next in the gold medal game on Thursday. Dave Schwartz of KARE-11 talked about the game and the rest of the action at the Winter Olympics with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. (02/17/2014)
Today's music is from a recording of Bob Dylan and The Band that was made 40 years ago today at the Forum in Los Angeles. It was the last stop on a 21-city concert tour, Dylan's first tour in seven years. Ringo Starr was among the celebrities at the show and described it as "bloody fantastic. The best concert I've ever been to." (02/14/2014)
On Sunday, pitchers and catchers for the Minnesota Twins arrive in Fort Myers, Fla., to start getting ready for the upcoming baseball season. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the team. (02/14/2014)
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about a forecast that doesn't include many days below zero, which is a stark change from winter so far. (02/14/2014)
People in Minneapolis and St. Paul were awakened early this morning by an unusual sound. Some people thought it might be animals howling. Other folks guessed it was a train. MPR reporter Tim Nelson called Ramsey County dispatchers, who initially thought it might be a concrete grinding project that got an early start. But that was not the case. Authorities now say they think it's the sound of spring. Dispatchers sent several officers to check out the sound and they concluded that it's ice breaking up on the Mississippi River. The river had frozen over during the recent cold snap. (02/13/2014)
Today's music is "Step by Step" the title track from a new record by Peter Tork and his band Shoe Suede Blues. (02/13/2014)
Today's music is from 90 years ago today when "Rhapsody in Blue" was performed live for the first time. Just a few weeks earlier, Paul Whiteman had commissioned George Gershwin to create a concerto-like piece for an all-jazz concert. This recording of Gershwin and the Whiteman Orchestra was made just a few months after that first performance in 1924. (02/12/2014)
Today's music is from 50 years ago today when the Beatles played their first concert in the United States. It was at the Collesium in Washington, D.C. The stage was in the middle of a basketball arena and several times during the show, Ringo's drum kit and the microphones were rotated so the band would be facing a different part of the audience. (02/11/2014)
It's another busy day at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Among the sports on today's schedule: pairs figure skating, curling, cross country skiing and women's slopestyle free skiing. Keri Herman, a native of Bloomington, Minnesota, is competing in that event. Dave Schwartz of KARE-11 is tracking all the Minnesota athletes and he spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. (02/11/2014)
An impressive list of musicians will take the stage to provide 28 hours of continuous drone music. The money raised will benefit Doctors Without Borders. (02/07/2014)