Farmers head into their Thanksgiving meals this week with a lot of uncertainty. So do low income families who rely on federal food assistance. Both groups could see big changes from a new Farm Bill that is stalled right now in Congress.
Today's music comes from jazz legend Thelonious Monk performing "Don't Blame Me" live in Paris in 1969. A recording of that concert is being released today on Blue Note Records. "Paris 1969" includes several of Monk's well known compositions played by his quartet, plus some old Tin Pan Alley tunes like this one that he plays solo on the piano in his own unmistakable style.
Today's music is from Rokia Traore, off her latest album "Beautiful Africa." On this record, she adds some rock and roll into the mix along with the music of her native Mali and other European influences. She will be performing tonight at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis.
Tonight the Minnesota Wild are in St. Louis to take on the Blues. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about how well the Wild have played so far despite injuries to their top goaltenders.
A new show created by Twin Cities writer and storyteller Kevin Kling premieres this weekend at the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul.
Fifty years ago today, after learning that President John F. Kennedy had been killed, Brian Wilson and Mike Love of the Beach Boys got together in a hotel room and finished writing a ballad they had been working on.
On Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings are in Green Bay to play the Packers. But unlike most seasons, that is not the most highly anticipated Minnesota - Wisconsin border battle football game of the year. That distinction goes to the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Wisconsin Badgers, who square off at TCF Bank stadium in Minneapolis tomorrow afternoon.
At 12:30 p.m. this afternoon in Dallas, Texas, there will be a moment of silence to mark the exact moment when 50 years ago President Kennedy was shot as his motorcade drove past Dealey Plaza. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with professor Annette Atkins who teaches history at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University about how Minnesotans reacted to the news.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the historic outbreak of late-season tornados in several midwest states earlier this week. Eight people died in those storms. He also has a cold forecast for Minnesota for the next couple of days.
A law that hasn't even taken effect yet in Minnesota is inspiring federal legislation to take on the problem of child sex trafficking in the United States. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with DFL U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen from Minnesota's Third Congressional District about the issue.
Blues prodigy Gary Clark Jr. will be performing at a sold out show tonight at First Avenue in Minneapolis. He has two songs on the soundtrack to the motion picture, "12 Years a Slave," that show off his quieter side. You can click on the audio link to hear "Glitter Aint Gold."
Fourty years ago this week, "Keep on Truckin" by Eddie Kendricks was the number one song on the pop charts. It was the only solo recording by the co-founder of the Temptations to reach number one.
Truckin' was a dance step that became popular in Harlem in the 1930s. Kendricks once said about this song "I knew it was a hit because of the title. The old people used to truck when they were dancing. And I knew the trucking industry would embrace the record." To make that connection stronger, truck driving sound effects were added to the mix.
It's been a confusing few weeks for the more than 140,000 Minnesotans whose health insurance doesn't meet the standards of the nation's new health care law. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Julie Brunner, executive director of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, which represents insurance companies that do business in the state.
At a Minneapolis recording studio, Sound 80, everyone from Bob Dylan to Dave Brubeck to the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra recorded music during the 1970s. And it was at Sound 80 in 1978 where the SPCO made one of the first digital recordings to be released commercially.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, who gave her a quick status check on several local teams.