MPR News Programs and Podcasts

Programs

Morning Edition

Morning Edition 2024

Morning Edition, with Cathy Wurzer in St. Paul and NPR hosts in Washington and Los Angeles, brings you all the news from overnight and the information you need to start your day. Listen from 4 to 9 a.m. every weekday.

MPR News with Angela Davis

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Conversations about life in Minnesota and how the state is changing. Listen Mondays through Thursdays from MPR News starting at 9 a.m.

All Things Considered

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All Things Considered, with Tom Crann in St. Paul and NPR hosts in Washington, is your comprehensive source for afternoon news and information. Listen from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every weekday.

Minnesota Now

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Live, down to earth, unscripted interviews that aim to connect, inform and entertain. Real people share real stories with Cathy Wurzer. It’s journalism that doesn’t take itself too seriously and puts people first. Listen Mondays through Thursdays at noon.

Big Books & Bold Ideas with Kerri Miller

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Host Kerri Miller holds in-depth conversations with authors about their books and ideas. Listen Fridays at 11 a.m.

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Minnesota Today

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Minnesota Today from MPR News brings you the most important stories from around the state, on your schedule.

Politics Friday

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On Fridays at noon, MPR News political editor Brian Bakst discusses Minnesota politics and the latest from the legislature. Join us for interviews with lawmakers, candidates and more.

Climate Cast®

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MPR meteorologist Paul Huttner joins All Things Considered to talk about the latest research on our changing climate and the consequences we're seeing here in Minnesota and worldwide.

Cube Critics®

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Weekly art and culture chats with MPR News' Jacob Aloi, Alex V. Cipolle, Max Sparber and guests.

small change: Money Stories from the Neighborhood

Small Change Podcast

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small change: Money Stories from the Neighborhood is a podcast and learning platform highlighting smart, practical and collaborative money skills developed by people living with lower and unstable incomes. Hosts Chris Farrell and Twila Dang talk to community members who are redefining wealth and poverty, the value of community and the purpose of money. Money wisdom taught by the true experts — people who have learned from experience. From MPR News.

Art Hounds®

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Each week three people from the Minnesota arts community talk about a performance, opening, or event they're excited to see or want others to check out.

In Front of Our Eyes

In Front of Our Eyes Podcast

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In March 2021, the first of the former officers charged in the killing of George Floyd went on trial in Minnesota. Police officers are rarely prosecuted in such cases — and the world was watching. MPR News, which has followed this case in detail from the beginning, brings listeners updates on the monumental case, and the consequences it holds for the city and the country. Created in collaboration with American Public Media.

74 Seconds

74 Seconds

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In July 2016, the world watched a man die, live on their phones, after a traffic stop in suburban Minnesota. This is the story of that man, Philando Castile, and the officer, Jeronimo Yanez, who is about to go on trial in his death. It sits at the intersection of race, policing, justice and safety in America. A lot can happen in 74 seconds.

Living While Dying

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Insights on life from a man facing death.

MPR News Ask a Bookseller

Ask a Bookseller Podcast

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Every week, The Thread checks in with booksellers around the country about their favorite books of the moment.

Rivers of Oil

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Oil. It’s in your tires, your makeup, your kids’ toys, your gas tank. And the pipelines that get it to you have become the focus of growing protests, from Keystone XL to Dakota Access. On Rivers of Oil from Minnesota Public Radio News, we’ll look at those pipelines buried beneath our feet, how they’ve come to the forefront of an epic tug of war between reliance and risk, and how we all have a role to play in this story.

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The peacetime emergency declared by Gov. Tim Walz has been extended. Minnesota's Executive Council voted to extend the emergency from five to thirty days due to severe flooding. And the University of Minnesota's faculty senate gave a vote of "no confidence" yesterday to interim president Jeff Ettinger and provost Rachel Croson in protest of their actions regarding the hiring of a director of the U's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
Lakes could help harness large amounts of clean energy from the sun using floating solar panels
Already used in lakes around the world, floating solar panels have helped harvest a vast amount of clean energy. Matt Simon with Grist talks about floating photovoltaics — the technology gathering energy from the sun on top of still bodies of water.   
Early absentee voting kicks off for legislative and congressional primaries across Minnesota. Governor Walz seeks federal emergency aid for severe flooding, extending the state’s peacetime emergency. Hear from the Hruska family, who lost their Rapidan home to the Blue Earth River’s destructive path.
County, state and federal officials continue to monitor the Rapidan Dam near Mankato, as the rain-swollen Blue Earth River carves a wider channel around the structure. And Minnesota's U.S. attorney Andrew Luger says federal prosecutors will take steps to safeguard juror identities after an attempted scheme to bribe a juror in a recent Feeding Our Future fraud trial. 
Federal prosecutors have charged five people in connection with a plot to bribe a juror to sway a verdict in a major nutrition aid fraud case. And eight small Minnesota cities will receive state funding to prepare for extreme weather caused by climate change.
Officials in the southwestern Minnesota community of Windom are dealing with flooding on the Des Moines River. The house perched over the eroding Blue Earth River near the Rapidan Dam fell into the rain-swollen river Wednesday night. And Minnesotans will have another shot at applying for an electric bicycle rebate next week.
Officials in Blue Earth County say the Rapidan Dam on the Blue Earth River upstream from Mankato remains under threat of failure. But they also report the water flow around the structure is down slightly from yesterday. Highway 60 through Windom is among many southern Minnesota highways closed due to flooding. And the Lino Lakes City Council last night backed a one-year development moratorium that would temporarily stall a proposed housing development that includes a mosque.
As of 6 a.m. Tuesday morning, a house was still teetering on the edge of the newly-cut channel of the Blue Earth River by the Rapidan Dam. And Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park has closed tours to the mine due to flooding. 
Gov. Tim Walz and state emergency management officials held a briefing today to discuss the state's response to what the governor called, "catastrophic" flooding. The Rapidan Dam's structural integrity is causing concerns for downstream residents as flood waters may cause it to fail.
Rivers and streams across the region have gone over their banks. Gov. Tim Walz has declared a peacetime emergency so the Minnesota National Guard can help. And gymnastics fans will be in Minneapolis this week for the USA Gymnastics Olympic trials. Two Minnesota-born gymnasts already have Olympic resumes — Suni Lee from St. Paul and Shane Wiskus from Spring Park.