Below you will find ever evolving curated collections highlighting diverse, historically relevant, and special interest content. Each collection contains audio stories of a particular subject, represented in chronological order. Explore our state and its people!
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In both celebration and honoring of Black History Month, MPR highlights the Black Life in Minnesota collection, an auditory sampling of the millions of stories on the black experience in the North Star state; one of warmth, joy, anger, sadness, and strength.
Since our beginning, the stations and programs affiliated with Minnesota Public Radio and later American Public Media, have endeavored to create quality programming for the community and audiences we serve, in keeping with our mission of public service. We have been honored that so many of the talented individuals and teams and their programs have won prestigious industry and audience awards; the MPR Archive is proud to highlight and present these winners in a way that celebrate the award recipient along with the subjects, stories, and communities that demonstrate public media's meaning and impact.
It’s been over 25 years since Jesse Ventura began a gubernatorial campaign and then surprised many by becoming the 38th governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003. Archive presents a selection of numerous stories of Ventura during the campaign, his tenure as governor, and reflections on his legacy after leaving office. Unsurprisingly, it is a lively collection.
The MPR Archives invites you to jump into the deep end of the music pool. Of course, this collection includes stories on Minnesota luminaries such as Bob Dylan, Prince, and Replacements; but there is an incredible amount of talent and sounds coming out of the land of 10,000 Lakes. This sampling tries to play homage to those many artists. Test your musical knowledge on the likes of the Hmong group Asian Invasion; transgender artist Venus; North Woods rappers Crew Jones; all-girl garage band The Continental Co-ets; Native American rock musician Jake Reum; throat singer Steve Sklar; or jazz vocalist Roberta Davis. Have fun taking a dip and exploring!
Have you ever wondered if cryptids are real? Have human and animal like beasts such as Bigfoot, the Lochness Monster, and Wendigos have really been seen? This collection has a variety of perspectives on cryptids, ranging from critics talking about their books on werewolves, to TV shows and how they portray vampires, to ghosts haunting local Minnesota locations, and to bigfoot hunters who reside here.
An MPR news program, broadcasting a variety of public affairs programming covering politics, education, business, world affairs, and sports. Shows were a mix of call-in discussions, interviews, speeches, debates, special presentations, live coverage, and documentaries. Longtime home of the popular hosts Bob Potter and Gary Eichten.