When our friends over at The Current recently asked people to list their <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2013/12/18/930-coffee-break-best-and-worst-holiday-songs" target="blank">least favorite and most favorite</a> Christmas albums of all-time, they suggested that Bob Dylan's 2009 album "Christmas in the Heart" might make both lists. <p>
Some people can't stand the sound of his voice these days, while others feel the gravelly croaking vocals are a refreshing antidote to the syrupy renditions of these songs that we hear all the time. Either way, it's a memorable addition to the Christmas music tradition.
R.T. Rybak spoke with MPR News' Cathy Wurzer about his last year in office and what he's looking forward to in 2014.
For 20 years, honky tonk music fans have flocked to Lee's Liquor Lounge in Minneapolis around the holidays to see and hear the Trashy Little Christmas show. Tonight is the last time this year to catch the special show featuring Trailer Trash.
The Minnesota Vikings are now 4-10-1 after losing to the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday by a score of 42-14. With one game left in a very disappointing season for the Vikings, there is growing speculation that head coach Leslie Frazier will be fired. Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, discussed the Vikings coaching situation with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.
Today's music is from the Twin Cities hip hop group Big Quarters with their song "New Plateau." .
The Minnesota Timberwolves are in Los Angeles to play the Lakers tonight. On Wednesday, the Wolves beat Portland, a team that came into the game with the best record in the NBA. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the team.
MPR News' Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the amount, and the frequency of measurable snow fall this month in many parts of the state. And he has some good news for those suffering the winter blues: the winter solstice is near and daylight will start getting longer and longer as the days go by.
Today's music is Ray Price and Vince Gill with "Heartaches by the Number," from the 2007 album "Last of the Breed." Price died yesterday at the age of 87.
This month marks the third year since Bruce Kramer of Minneapolis received a medical diagnosis that changed his life in an instant. Now he's using a pacemaker-like implant that helps him breathe and feel better, even as he knows his ALS won't halt its march.
"Dominique" by the Singing Nun reached number one on the Billboard charts 50 years ago this week.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about Matt Cassel's performance as well as other quarterbacks in the NFL.
Today's music is the Trans-Siberian Orchestra with "Faith Noel" from their rock opera "The Lost Christmas Eve." They will be performing it live tomorrow night at Target Center in Minneapolis. It's the final installment of the band's Christmas trilogy which all deal with loss and redemption around the holidays.
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.
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.
Elders living with dementia and other forms memory loss are expressing themselves creatively with the help of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project of Minnesota.