Minnesota Public Radio features by Marc Sanchez http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30256 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Sun, 27 May 2018 04:25:06 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Marc Sanchez http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Celebrate Bruce Adolphe's birthday with an old friend We've grown awfully fond of Bruce since he first joined us in 2002, and we know that you have, too. His 60th birthday is this week, so we've decided to throw him an on-air bash. Plus, we'll have an exclusive interview with one of his oldest friends - his 50-year-old pet parrot, Polly Rhythm. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/29/celebrate-bruce-adolphes-birthday-with-an-old-friend?refid=0 Fri, 29 May 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Why does the sun make some people sneeze? The question of why the sun makes some people sneeze has been a mystery for millennia. Turns out there's a name for the phenomenon: photic sneeze reflex. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/13/bcst-brainson-sun-sneezing?refid=0 Wed, 13 May 2015 11:35:58 -0500 The rise of interfaith marriages The proportion of marriages that remain interfaith jumped from 20 percent in the 1960s to around 40 percent by the first decade of this century. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/24/daily-circuit-interfaith-marriage?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:00:00 -0500 What tech do you expect in 50 years? The jetpacks we thought we'd have didn't work out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/24/daily-circuit-future-tech?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:00:00 -0500 Minnesotans talk about their Boston Marathons We interviewed Minnesotans on their way to Boston. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/21/daily-circuit-boston-runners?refid=0 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:00:00 -0500 Thwarted twice, determined runner goes back to Boston Edina runner will take part in the 'Boston Strong' experience. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/18/daily-circuit-boston-runner?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:20:00 -0500 Southwire performs live in the studio The Duluth-based band defies easy description. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/11/daily-circuit-southwire?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:00:00 -0500 Foreign objects are keys to Hauschka's piano German composer and pianist finds new ways to conjure distinctive sounds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/31/daily-circuit-hauschka?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:00:00 -0600 Journalism for the undamaged attention span Web-based publications bet on a public appetite for long-form journalism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/19/daily-circuit-long-form?refid=0 Thu, 19 Sep 2013 09:00:00 -0500 10 years after crash, a visit to the Wellstone memorial The event this afternoon to mark the 10th anniversary of Sen. Paul Wellstone's death will take place at the Wellstone memorial near the crash site near Eveleth, Minn. The memorial site will be busier today, but on a normal day, it's a quiet place in northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/25/daily-circuit-wellstone-memorial?refid=0 Thu, 25 Oct 2012 08:57:19 -0500 The sounds of spring at Carlos Avery The semantics of love, according to frogs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/29/carlos-avery-frogs?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2011 13:37:38 -0500 Columbus: Wolves Group howls and hunts and the Wildlife Science Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/18/columbus-wolves?refid=0 Tue, 19 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Austin: Sounds of science World-class cancer research in Austin, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/11/austin-hormel-institute?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0500 New Ulm: Popcorn popper Tradition smothered in butter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/24/new-ulm-popcorn-popper?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2011 12:43:22 -0500 Two Harbors: Split Rock Lighthouse Split Rock Lighthouse is easing into its century status. It began operating in 1910 and was celebrated throughout 2010 to mark its 100th anniversary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/11/split-rock?refid=0 Tue, 22 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0500 1973: Defining Irish Dr. Eoin McKiernan talks about what it means to be Irish. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/02/1973-irish?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Red Wing: carving a violin Scrapes and cuts help fine tune the violin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/28/red-wing-violin-maker?refid=0 Fri, 04 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Minnesota Sounds: sole ocean port rumbles with cargo, air horns Duluthians barely notice the deafening whistles and fog horn blasts that are part of area shipping, but the boats, and their sounds, remain a big draw for tourists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/09/duluth-boats?refid=0 Thu, 17 Feb 2011 14:34:56 -0600 Grand Marais: Black Ash basketry Traditions are passed down at North House Folk School. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/03/grand-marais-basketry?refid=0 Tue, 15 Feb 2011 14:49:26 -0600 1989: the Trashmen More than a surfin' bird. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/31/1989-trashmen?refid=0 Sun, 06 Feb 2011 13:10:24 -0600 Iron Range: mining Otherworldly sounds groaned out of digger trucks, crushers, and explosions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/27/iron-range-mining?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jan 2011 08:28:50 -0600 At the Ordway in St. Paul, moving a 70-ton wall is a breeze Even when the house is empty, the inside of St. Paul's Ordway Theater is a sight to behold. From the stage, plush seats fill your line of sight row after row and extend to a third balcony. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/25/st-paul-ordway?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jan 2011 11:24:50 -0600 Morton: Dakota 38 + 2 A horseback ride to commemorate 38 hanged Dakota warriors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/24/dakota-38?refid=0 Fri, 24 Dec 2010 16:37:25 -0600 1982: Metrodome deflates A brief history of the deflating dome. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/20/1982-metrodome-deflates?refid=0 Mon, 20 Dec 2010 12:58:24 -0600 Cantus - MPR stairwell Cantus performs in a not so likely MPR space. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/17/cantus-stairwell?refid=0 Fri, 17 Dec 2010 14:19:33 -0600 Cantus: Sky Pesher What does the inside of a sculpture sound like? Close your eyes and let Cantus lead the way. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/08/cantus-sky-pesher?refid=0 Thu, 09 Dec 2010 12:00:00 -0600 1974: Dellums on healthcare Ron Dellum discusses America's Socialist health care system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/06/1974-dellums-healthcare?refid=0 Mon, 06 Dec 2010 15:11:39 -0600 Cantus: Wabasha Street Caves Gangsters, mushrooms, and Cantus. Singing in the caves http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/30/cantus-caves?refid=0 Tue, 30 Nov 2010 11:25:42 -0600 Cantus: Under the bridge The men of Cantus take their voices out of the concert hall and under a bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/18/mntoday-cantus-bridge?refid=0 Thu, 18 Nov 2010 16:31:55 -0600 Duluth: Peace Bell Ohara, Japan and Duluth, Minn., use a slice of tumultuous to ring out in harmony. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/12/duluth-peace-bell?refid=0 Fri, 12 Nov 2010 11:38:43 -0600 Soudan: Underground mine A 2341 foot vertical train ride into the earth can get a little bumpy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/29/mntoday-soudan-underground-mine?refid=0 Fri, 29 Oct 2010 14:20:36 -0500 1990: Paul Wellstone senate bid Paul Wellstone is interviewed on MPR just after winning his 1990 senate bid. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/28/1990-wellstone?refid=0 Thu, 28 Oct 2010 14:51:33 -0500 St. Paul: Chandelier cleaning Tinkling crystal: the song of a 100 year old hotel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/19/st-paul-chandelier-cleaning?refid=0 Tue, 19 Oct 2010 13:53:52 -0500 Sandstone: Wildcat Sanctuary Lions and tigers and bears... well actually, no bears. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/15/sandstone-wildcat-sanctuary?refid=0 Fri, 15 Oct 2010 12:57:28 -0500 St. Paul: Ice cream man It's his "Dreamcycle" world, we just live in it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/24/st-paul-ice-cream?refid=0 Fri, 24 Sep 2010 14:26:17 -0500 New York Mills: Corn Stalk Chopper An outdated piece of farm equipment is re-purposed as a music box. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/17/corn-stalk-chopper?refid=0 Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:23:34 -0500 St. Paul: State Fair chickens Dawn approaches, and a symphony of clucks and crows heads for a crescendo in the poultry barn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/03/state-fair-chickens?refid=0 Fri, 03 Sep 2010 16:02:27 -0500 1987: Activists educate fairgoers about AIDS AIDS was a new and frightening epidemic disease when activists set up a booth at the Minnesota State Fair to educate people about the disease. This 1987 MPR report captures fairgoers' reactions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/02/1987-aids-booth?refid=0 Fri, 03 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Maplewood: Where pitching horseshoes is a passion For die-hards, pitching horseshoes is way more than a backyard game. At the St. Paul Ramsey Co. Horseshoe Club in Maplewood, ringers are a way of life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/25/maplewood-horseshoes?refid=0 Thu, 02 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0500 1975: State Fair food back in the day Nothing that starts with "fried" or ends in "on a stick?" That's crazy talk. Take a tour of the Minnesota State Fair's menu from 35 years ago in this report from the Minnesota Public Radio archives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/25/1975-fair-food?refid=0 Wed, 25 Aug 2010 15:23:00 -0500 1975: Speed limits become a hot-button issue Gas prices go up, speed limits come down and people grumble all around. Check out this 1975 report from the Minnesota Public Radio archive to hear how speed limits drove an intense public debate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/25/1975-speed-limit?refid=0 Wed, 25 Aug 2010 13:19:30 -0500 Fort Snelling: Gun powder, fuses and the boom of a cannon When Fort Snelling was an actual workaday fort, soldiers never fired the cannon in battle. But these days, soldiers fire the old gun all the time. In this audio feature, you can hear how reenactors use period equipment to set off a big boom. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/17/fort-snelling-cannon?refid=0 Tue, 17 Aug 2010 12:22:58 -0500 Composer brings talent to Minn. woods With help from the American Composers forum a composer and Bloomington native Ryan Ingebritsen is inviting the public to experience an exploration of sound and nature in Banning State Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/12/sound-path?refid=0 Fri, 13 Aug 2010 12:00:00 -0500 Waite Park: Cannonballs and belly flops at the quarry A former granite quarry near St. Cloud is a haven for mountain biking, hiking, fishing, scuba diving and swimming. Dive in ... the water's nice and cool. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/06/quarry-park?refid=0 Tue, 10 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 1975: Minnesotans remember wide open spaces Open land isn't always easy to find these days. Minnesota may be the land of 10,000 lakes -- but there's a road or two leading almost all of them. It wasn't always that way. In this 1975 report, Minnesotans share memories of the vast countryside and hushed sounds of the prairie. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/05/1975-mn-memories-pt1?refid=0 Thu, 05 Aug 2010 14:54:25 -0500 1975: To build or not to build the Metrodome The Metrodome is down to one major tenant -- the Minnesota Vikings -- and even they don't want to play there anymore. As the team and the state contemplate building a new stadium, take a look back at the days when the Metrodome was still just a gleam in lawmakers' eyes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/20/mntoday-archive-metrodome?refid=0 Mon, 02 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Richfield: Pickin' party at the strip mall music shop Bluegrass, country, Cajun, Celtic, and Tejano music might not be the first thing you think of when you see the strip mall located near 66th Street and Penn Avenue South in Richfield, but that's what you'll find at the Homestead Pickin' Parlor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/02/mntoday-sounds-homestead-pickin-parlor?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0500 1974: Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce McDonalds brings competition to the kitchen. In this 1974 Minnesota Public Radio story, reporter Greg Barron tells us about a national competition to be the best McDonalds worker. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/26/archive-mcdonalds?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jul 2010 14:32:14 -0500 St. Paul: Skilled hands make a wooden canoe In an old warehouse in downtown St. Paul's Lowertown, Dennis Davidson and George Weed make canoes the old-fashioned way. They cut, plane and tap planks onto a hull in a trance-inducing rhythm. Their finished products are marvelous watercraft. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/23/st-paul-canoe?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jul 2010 15:53:41 -0500 Stillwater: Up up and away Scott Aamodt has been piloting hot air balloons for more 20 years, and he still enjoys the view. Check out the sights and sounds as he voyages up and away. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/20/stillwater-hot-air?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jul 2010 10:20:06 -0500 1990: First Avenue marks its first two decades The venerable music venue First Avenue celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. In this archival MPR story, First Avenue was marking its first 20 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/13/first-ave-20-years?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jul 2010 17:45:09 -0500 1981: Twins resume play after 50-day strike Baseball went on long hiatus in the summer of 1981. Finally, after a 50-day players union strike, games resumed in August 1981. In this archival news report, Lee Axdahl reports about the Twins getting back into action. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/13/twins-after-baseball-strike?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jul 2010 10:19:37 -0500 Rollag: Preserving the power of steam In the tiny community of Rollag, about 20 miles east of Moorhead, people are crazy about one thing: steam. This is where steam-powered locomotives, tractors, boilers, diggers and other vintage machines live on. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/08/rollag-steam?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0500 New York Mills: Sheep are par for the course Retired veterinarian Howard Legried built his very own field of dreams. But his masterpiece is not a ball diamond. Instead, he carved a nine-hole golf course on his sheep farm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/01/golfing-with-sheep?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0500 1972: Writer Brenda Ueland remembers our streetcars Brenda Ueland, an author and the first female reporter at the Minneapolis Tribune, recalls the days when streetcars rumbled through the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/29/mntoday-streetcar-memories?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Red Wing: Poetry, one letter at a time For Scott King at Red Dragonfly Press, poetry is a blue-collar job. He prints poetry the old-fashioned way, painstakingly setting type letter by letter and printing poems on vintage presses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/25/red-dragonfly-press?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0500 1984: Talking about a nurses strike 26 years ago A labor dispute between Twin Cities hospitals and nurses led to a one-day strike and the threat of a longer walkout. The animosity between the caregivers and their employers echoed a Minnesota nurses strike in 1984. In this archival audio, Curt Johnson of the Citizens League gives his thoughts about the '84 strike. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/24/1984-nurses-strike?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jun 2010 00:00:00 -0500 New Ulm: Bring on the polka From polka to Prince, the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in New Ulm plays host to all styles of music. Come for a visit and Charlie Braunreiter will show you around. If you're lucky, he'll play his concertina for you. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/23/new-ulm-concertina?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jun 2010 00:00:00 -0500 1972: Love and hate for the Mary Tyler Moore show Minneapolis thanks the show and its star for all the free publicity they've given Minneapolis. But the owner of Mary's fictional home offers nothing but disdain for the fans who come flocking for a glimpse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/24/mary-tyler-moore?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jun 2010 16:14:41 -0500 1973: Fishin' for mudcats in the Mighty Mississippi Fisherman Riley Haynie gives a city-slicker reporter a lesson in fishing for mudcats on the Mississippi River in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/21/mntoday-mudcat?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jun 2010 00:00:00 -0500 1975: Border towns celebrate a century The cities of Fargo-Moorhead celebrate their first hundred years as border buddies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/11/fargo-moorhead-centennial?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jun 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Stillwater: Iconic lift bridge hums right along The Stillwater Lift Bridge hums, creaks and clangs as it goes up and down over the St. Croix River. Bridge tender Mike Byard loves every sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/27/stillwater-lift-bridge?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jun 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Northfield: Memorial wind chimes ring through St. Olaf Breezes set off 21 sets of chimes in a wooden tower at St. Olaf College. The chimes play to remember students who have died. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/20/mntoday-sounds-memorial-chimes?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jun 2010 14:00:00 -0500 1973: Breaking ground at Orchestra Hall A symphony brass band heralds a new home for the Minnesota Orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/09/mn-orchestra-groundbreaking?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jun 2010 16:31:13 -0500 Red Wing: A water tower full of music and poetry A historic water tower outside Red Wing finds new life as a peaceful and inspiring retreat for musicians and artists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/02/mntoday-sounds-anderson-center?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jun 2010 08:56:27 -0500 A theater's roof becomes part of the act When Jason Peterson and his wife, Jessica Lind, converted a furniture warehouse into a space for their theater company, they thought the space was perfect. And it was, except for one thing: the roof. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/26/mnsounds-yellow-tree-theater?refid=0 Mon, 26 Apr 2010 12:04:17 -0500 Mark Vinz writes from the heartland Taken from a 1973 interview, Midwest poet Mark Vinz reads "Linestorm" and talks about how his writing is rooted in a region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/21/mntoday-archive-midwest-poetry?refid=0 Wed, 21 Apr 2010 10:51:48 -0500