Jim Bickal Feature Archive

The Minnesota Twins have a much needed day of rest today in their first round playoff matchup with the New York Yankees. Last night, the Twins lost to the Yankees 7 to 2 in New York in the first game of their best of five series. MPR's Jim Bickal explains what went wrong. (10/08/2009)
The Minnesota Twins begin a pivotal three game series tonight against the Detroit Tigers at the Metrodome. The Tigers are in first place in the American League Central Division and the Twins are four games behind in second place. If the Twins sweep the series, they will be just one game out of first place with 13 games left to play, including four more against the Tigers. Minnesota Public Radio producer Jim Bickal previews the series. (09/18/2009)
Macalester College in St. Paul has a reputation for rigorous academics and a commitment to internationalism, but not for football. But this year, there is a spirit of optimism in the Fighting Scots football program. (09/04/2009)
This is going to be a big weekend for Minnesota fans of the sport of cricket. Many of the country's best cricket players will be in the Twin Cities for the tournament, hoping to earn a spot on the U.S. National Cricket team. (07/31/2009)
The Major League Baseball All Star festivities begin today. Three Minnesota Twins players -- Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and Joe Nathan -- will play in the All Star game tomorrow night for the American League. Tonight, Mauer participates in the home run-hitting contest. (07/13/2009)
Paris-based filmmaker William Klein is in Minneapolis this weekend for the culmination of a retrospective of his films at the Walker Art Center. Klein, who is 82 years old now, revolutionized the art of street photography in 1956 with the publication of his book of photos entitled "New York." After that he tried his hand at moving images and made a number of satiric films and insightful documentaries. Morning Edition's Jim Bickal talked with Klein about his career. (06/25/2009)
There are more than 50,000 Hmong people in Minnesota, but very few Hmong restaurants -- and no mainstream Hmong cookbooks, until now. "Cooking from the Heart: the Hmong Kitchen in America," has just been published. MPR's Jim Bickal talked with the authors, Sami Scripter and Sheng Yang. (06/01/2009)
A new book from the University of Minnesota Press explores many facets of Dylan's life and legacy. Highway 61 Revisited: Bob Dylan's Road from Minnesota to the World" touches on everything from Dylan's youth on Minnesota's Iron Range to his emergence as one of the most influential musicians in the world. (05/22/2009)
The Dominican Republic is famous for the large number of major league baseball players it produces. A new movie, "Sugar," follows the story of one man who tries to make that leap. MPR's Jim Bickal talked to the filmmakers. (04/24/2009)
The Minnesota Twins begin their final season at the Metrodome on Monday. The unique environment under the dome has provided the Twins with some clear home-field advantages. This year, the team is hoping that the Metrodome's climate-controled sterility will create another edge, as a haven for the knuckleballs thrown by Twins relief pitcher R.A. Dickey. (04/02/2009)
Star Tribune sports columnist and WCCO radio personality Sid Hartman turns 89 on Sunday and he plans to mark his birthday by doing what he does almost every day -- working. (03/13/2009)
Back in 1988, Jim Bickal, now the managing producer for Minnesota Public Radio News, tried to demystify the Minneapolis plowing system. Naturally, that meant composing and performing a rap song. (03/09/2009)
Twenty years ago this week, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden opened to the public. It's one of the largest urban sculpture gardens in the country. MPR's Cathy Wurzer recently took a walking tour of the garden with Olga Viso, head of the Walker Art Center. (09/08/2008)
In honor of the 67th birthday of its most famous former resident, Hibbing celebrates "Dylan Days" this weekend. One of the people who will be in Hibbing for the festivities is writer Toby Thompson, author of "Positively Main Street." (05/22/2008)
Tomorrow, Minnesotan Patrick Dewane presents a one-man play at the Minnesota History Center called "The Mushroom Picker: A Family Story about World War II." It's part of the History Center's ongoing exploration of Minnesota's Greatest Generation. (04/25/2008)