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  • Chan Poling performs in the Maud Moon Weyerhauser studio
    Minneapolis native Chan Poling has been in the business of entertaining since 1977. Jeremy Messersmith, the Laurels Quartet and Brian Roessler join Chan to perform some of his favorite film themes. Film-music expert Andy Trudeau will also join us to discuss some familiar cinematic scores.Midmorning, May 20, 2011
  • Songs about me: narcissism in popular music
    A recent analysis of the last three decades of hit song lyrics shows a trend in recent years toward narcissism and hostility in popular music. Is today's popular music indicative of increasing self-absorption, or is defining a generation by the Billboard charts a bit of a stretch?Midmorning, May 16, 2011
  • Musician authors on Midmorning
    Excerpts from Kerri Miller's conversations with three well-known musicians who have also written books.Midmorning, May 11, 2011
  • St. Olaf jazz band recognized by Downbeat magazine
    Downbeat magazine is honoring a jazz band from St. Olaf College in Northfield as the nation's top undergraduate large ensemble. "Jazz One" is the only Minnesota band to make this year's Downbeat honors.April 29, 2011
  • Jazz legend Irv Williams
    At 91, Irv Williams has earned the right to slow down a bit. But this Minnesota jazz legend has just released another CD and still performs. Irv stops by to talk about his life, his music and his work with Ella Fitzgerald and Fletch Henderson.Midmorning, April 29, 2011
  • Janis Ian performs in the Maud Moon Weyerhauser studio
    At age 14, Janis Ian wrote a controversial song that sailed to the top of the charts. It was 1964, and "Society's Child" told the story of a forbidden interracial romance. Nearly 50 years later, Ian is still making bold statements with her music.Midmorning, April 27, 2011
  • What music does to the mind
    Listening to your favorite song can have an intense emotional effect, triggering memories and feelings unlike anything else. But what makes music so expressive? Dr. Daniel Levitin and Thomas Plaunt join us to discuss what happens to your brain on music.Midmorning, April 25, 2011
  • Mpls. musician takes low-key approach to his work
    Minneapolis singer-songwriter Ben Weaver is known for deeply imagistic lyrics and an ability to reduce songs to their bare elements. He won't tell you what he thinks his song "East Jefferson" means. That's for you to decide.April 15, 2011
  • Controversial dance returns 30 years after first run
    In 1979 a dance performance at the Northrop Auditorium on the U of M campus in Minneapolis outraged the audience. Some people booed and walked out. The object of the derision was a piece simply called "Dance" by choreographer Lucinda Childs with music composed and performed by Philip Glass. Now 32 years later, they've returned to mount the piece again at the Walker Art Center this weekend.April 7, 2011
  • St. Paul musician writes a song a day, for a year
    It's easier and cheaper than ever to make your own high quality recordings, and local musicians are getting more and more ambitious with their output. A St. Paul singer/songwriter is committed to reaching a formidable goal -- writing and recording a song a day for an entire year.April 5, 2011
  • Academics to dissect Bob Dylan at NY conference
    Academics from around the country will examine the implications of Bob Dylan's classic song "Hurricane" and others during a conference in New York this week.April 3, 2011
  • Composer Lee Hoiby, 1926-2011
    Lee Hoiby died yesterday, age 85. He was a distinguished composer of song and opera.March 29, 2011
  • Songwriter/guitarist Patty Larkin in-studio
    Patty Larkin's been called both a "contemplative songwriter" and a "whoop-ass guitarist." To celebrate 25 years in the music business, she's put out an album of 25 of her most requested songs, recorded with 25 of her favorite artists.Midmorning, March 28, 2011
  • Researcher looks at impact of file sharing on music industry
    When file-sharing websites like Napster first appeared years ago, many in the music industry predicted a devastating effect on new artists breaking into the business, and a chilling effect on creativity. But, that hasn't happened, according to a researcher at the University of Minnesota.March 22, 2011
  • President Obama press conference on Middle East and Japan
    President Obama holds a press conference to discuss unrest in the Middle East and rising gas prices. He's also expected to address the developing situation in Japan. Live coverage from National Public RadioMarch 11, 2011

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