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.
It doesn't seem like a decade with nearly the significance of the '60s. But a new book about the 1970s in Minnesota shows what a transformative decade it was for our state politically, socially and economically.
The Minnesota State Mankato football team looks to complete a perfect regular season tomorrow when they take on the Upper Iowa Peacocks. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the team and some strange circumstances it has had to handle along the way.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with a Minnesotan who is part of that relief effort on the ground in the Philippines. Graham Eastmond is with the American Refugee Committee, which is based in Minneapolis.
Plans to move some of Minnesota's civilly committed sex offenders to a less restrictive facility are on hold this morning now that Gov. Mark Dayton has decided to halt any changes to the state sex offender treatment program.
The political fallout from the problems with the Affordable Care Act have some Minnesota Democrats suggesting they'll support Republican legislation that could significantly roll back parts of the 2010 law.