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Almanac is a weekly news and public affairs program produced by tpt and seen statewide. Now in its 30th season, Almanac is the longest-running primetime TV program in Minnesota history. Almanac is hosted by Cathy Wurzer and Eric Eskola. Mary Lahammer contributes political reporting on a weekly basis.

Below is a list of broadcasts scheduled to air in the next 60 days on any of our three channels.

Episode #3050
Airs Friday August 29th
This week on Almanac... a former lawmaker panel... exploring Twin Cities pro wrestling history... boosting state disability hiring.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3101
Airs Friday September 5th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3102
Airs Friday September 12th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3103
Airs Friday September 19th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3104
Airs Friday September 26th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3105
Airs Friday October 3rd
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3106
Airs Friday October 10th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3107
Airs Friday October 17th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3108
Airs Friday October 24th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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This list includes any broadcasts that aired in the past 2 months on any of our three channels.

Episode #3049
Previously aired Friday August 22nd
Senate Leaders Senators Tom Bakk and David Hann joined Cathy and Eric from the state fair. State Fair Weather U of M meteorologist Mark Seeley gave us a primer on state fair weather of the past and then provided a forecast for the next ten days. Politics on a Stick Mary Lahammer caught up with candidates for governor and U.S. Senate on the first day of the fair. Political Reporting Duo MPR reporter Tom Scheck joined Mary Lahammer to size up the fall campaign. A Live Tune by Chad Brownlee Canadian country music star Chad Brownlee talked music and hockey with Jearlyn Steele and then played a tune for us. A State Fair Essay Mark DePaolis has been doing an Almanac state fair essay for more than 15 years. This time his focus is on state fair attire. A 4H Visitor Did our animal guest have four legs or two? Cathy Wurzer didn't know until showtime. Political Scientist Panel Political Scientist profs Larry Jacobs, Kathryn Pearson and Stacey Hunter Hecht sat down on the transplanted Almanac couch to chat up politics. State Fair History Question What was banned at the Minnesota state fair from 1921 to 1925? Mary Lahammer coaxed the answer out of the audience in an interactive, live index file exercise. Cathy Wurzer Answers a Challenge Due to her extensive public radio interviews with former University of St. Thomas education dean Bruce Kramer, Cathy Wurzer has a personal stake in the fight against ALS. So she decided to accept the ice bucket challenge. Closing Tune Chad Brownlee returned to do a second tune for us.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3048
Previously aired Friday August 15th
Jeff Johnson for Governor Jeff Johnson won Tuesday's Republican gubernatorial primary. Johnson talked with us about his campaign against Mark Dayton. Hit Play! Wonder what Child Lake looks like? You are in luck. It?s the subject of our web clip of the week. Phyllis Kahn Rep. Phyllis Kahn has been in the state house for four decades and this week survived the tightest election battle of her career. Make It OK In a clip from one of tpt's Make It Ok specials, Minnesota-born comedian Maria Bamford talked about her struggles with depression. Hidden History Cathy brought us the fascinating hidden story of the Kim Loo Sisters of Minneapolis. An Illustrated Essay Bobby Edwards isn't often shocked by what he sees on TV. But then he recently ran across the PBS series Sex in the Wild. Ebola Crisis Michael Osterholm with the U of M?s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy talked about the global issues being caused by the Ebola outbreak. Looking Ahead to November Mary Lahammer brought us the lessons of Tuesday's primary and what they may mean for the fall elections. The Political Panel Primary results analyzed by Democrats Sarah Walker and Javier Morillo-Alicea and Republicans Brian McClung and Brian McDaniel. The Index File Section We asked a Minnesota State Fair question to get you ready for our live appearance at the fair on August 22nd. The Wrap The Twin Kitties from the Twin Cities dazzled us with puppetry on this week's web-only segment.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3047
Previously aired Friday August 8th
Sandpiper Pipeline Enbridge is trying to build a pipeline across northern Minnesota to deliver North Dakota crude oil to the Twin Ports. We brought you a debate between Enbridge official Lorraine Little and pipeline critic Paul Blackburn. Making Medical Marijuana The state held a meeting with potential medical marijuana manufacturers. Minnesota Asst. Health Commissioner Manny Munson-Regala explained how the process is supposed to work. Hit Play! This week's web-only segment featured riding down the big slide up at Lutsen. Lost Twin Cities 4 Sneak Preview Documentary maker Lisa Blackstone previewed the Dayton's Oval Room and the Black Baseball segments from the upcoming Lost Twin Cities 4 special. Lowertown Guitar Festival Holly Maher stopped by the studio to play for us and preview the August 9th Lowertown Guitar Festival. A Jim Ragsdale Essay Let's just say that Jim Ragsdale is hoping that this retirement nest eggs remain unbroken. State Fair Carousel Turns 100 Authors Nancy Peterson and Peter Boehm talk about their new book "State Fair Carousel: Saving a Minnesota Treasure." Political Panel Tuesday's Primary election was on the minds of this week's panel: Mike Hatch, Sarah Walker, Andy Brehm and Fritz Knaak. The Index File Section What's up with all the nun photos? Find out by watching the Index File section. After we asked our weekly history questions Molly Maher played another tune for us. The Wrap Bobby Edwards created an inspired illustrated essay on the topic of the PBS show "Sex In the Wild."
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3046
Previously aired Friday August 1st
Ebola Concerns Zubah Kpanaku with the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota and Abdullah Kiatamba with African Immigrant Services talk about what is being done to inform Minnesota's Liberian community about the Ebola virus outbreak in west Africa. Hit Play! Can a piano play music based on the movements of the clouds? Yes is the short answer. State Party Chairs With the August primary election just two weeks away Republican Party Chair Keith Downey and DFL Party Chair Ken Martin stopped by for a visit with Cathy and Eric. House Race 48A 48A is a western suburban district that has seesawed in recent elections. Mary Lahammer profiled the candidates. The Achievement Gap Educator and author Eric Mahmoud talked about the success in closing the achievement gap at the charter schools (Seed Academy, Harvest Prep) he runs in Minneapolis. The Weekly Essay Kevyn Burger has an issue with work anniversaries. Hear her out. Author Joe Amato Joe Amato returns with a new book to talk about. "Bouyancies" is a book of poetry. It's a new genre for Joe and we find out why he chose to venture in a new direction. Political Reporter Panel We played campaign catch-up with capitol reporters Rachel E. Stassen-Berger, Tom Scheck and Doug Belden. The Index File Section How did you do guessing the Leamington Hotel visitor of 1958? Find out and then try to tackle the this week's question. Ending music this week courtesy of Peter Ostroushko and Dean Magraw. The Wrap This week's web-only segment features two Minnesota artists who have taken a swing at designing mini-golf holes. Kate McDonald chatted with Tim Loftus and Robin Schwartzman.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3045
Previously aired Friday July 25th
Ventura Defamation Suit Legal analyst Paul Hannah filled us in on the Jesse Ventura defamation suit in federal court. Hit Play! A viewer suggested we feature Nice Ride the Musical! in our we clip of the week. Medtronic Merger Questions They are called corporate inversions and they are controversial. Lee Schafer from the Star Tribune talked with us about the proposed Medtronic inversion and the business strategy behind it. Bee Woes We got a preview of Sunday's Star Tribune report on America's dwindling bee population. The Star Tribune has a summer series on the topic. Reporter Josephine Marcotty and editor Dave Hage were our guests. American Refugee Committee ARC head Daniel Wordsworth talked about his recent trip to Somalia and the American Refugee Committee's work there. We also touched upon the crises in the Middle East that are straining the ability of NGOs to deal with refugee problems in the region. A Monologue Adia Morris did the honors this week. And she wants you know that she is NOT lazy. Green Party Politics The U.S. Green Party is holding its convention in St. Paul this week. Jill Stein - the party's presidential candidate in 2012 - joined us in studio to talk about her party's challenges. Minnesota House Race 56B Mary Lahammer started a series of profiles of key House races this fall. She began by focusing on the Twin Cities suburban race that was the tightest in the state two years ago. Former Lawmakers Panel We chatted up politics with a group of distinguished former lawmakers. Republicans Amy Koch and Fritz Knaak mixed it up with DFLers Ellen Anderson and Mindy Greiling. The Index File Section Just who was that famous 1958 Leamington Hotel visitor? After we had fun with Minnesota history we ended the hour with a tune by Steve Kaul and the Brass Kings. The Wrap Adia Morris took over the reins this week. Local actor and playwright Ansa Akyea was her web-only guest.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3044
Previously aired Friday July 18th
Congress World leaders are calling for a cease-fire in the Ukraine after a Malaysian jetliner was shot down yesterday, killing all 298 people on board. Closer to home Congress and President Obama remain at odds over immigration reform, Obamacare and more. Republican First District Congressman John Kline was our guest. Betrayed by Silence MPR News aired an hour long documentary earlier this week about the clergy sex abuse scandal in the Archdiocese and the subsequent cover-up by three Archbishops. Reporter Madeleine Baran has spent a year covering the story and she was our guest. Hit Play! Mary Lahammer has spent the week in England with the tpt Travel Club. She created this week's web clip. Cool Time in the Summer Record rainfall in June. Cooler than normal temps to date in July. Forecast for heat, storms and smoke from western fires. Paul Douglas was our guest. Light Rail Transit An agreement between Minneapolis and the Metropolitan Council keeps the Southwest Light Rail on track, the Green Line has been up and running for a month and a conservative think tank has called for a moratorium on light rail funding. Met Council Chair Susan Haigh was our guest. The Monologue Jim Ragsdale recalls his days covering Governor Ventura and isn't surprised that some people may have the desire to punch him. Gordon Parks Memorial This weekend at Rondo Days, visitors will have the opportunity to express their opinions about a public memorial for Gordon Parks. Robin Hickman, his grandniece and head of SoulTouch Productions, talked about the life and legacy of the accomplished photographer and filmmaker. The Political Panel A couch full of political analysts talked about the upcoming primary, goings-on in DC and more. DFLers Ember Reichgott Junge and Mindy Greiling squared off against Republicans Brian McDaniel and Ben Golnik. The Index File Section What Minnesotan was a cabinet member in the 1920s? Who gave a speech at the Leamington in February of 1958? After we dispensed with history we played a tune from the tpt archives. The Wrap Paul Douglas does the weather to music provided by his son's band.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3043
Previously aired Friday July 11th
Transportation Funding A report out by the conservative think tank "Center of the American Experiment" advocated increased funding for roads and decreased funding for light rail transit. Fritz Knaak, former Republican lawmaker and co- author of the report, was our guest. Capitol Renovations Mary Lahammer gave us a behind-the-scenes look at all of the construction in the Capitol and updated us on how much of the building will be closed to the public in the next couple of years. Savage Minnesota For the second summer in a row, the Star Tribune is publishing a summer serial and making it available in e-book form. This year's book is "Savage Minnesota." Author Cary Griffith and Star Tribune editor Kate Parry joined us. The Monologue Kevin Kling told us why Minnesota lakes are his special place. Sports Larry Fitzgerald Sr. stopped by the studio to talk about next week's MLB All Star game at Target Field. Sea Wing Hidden History Cathy visited with historian/author Fred Johnson and filmmaker Ben Threinen about the Sea Wing disaster. Political Science Panel A couch full of political science professors talked DC politics and more. David Schultz, Stacey Hunter Hecht, Larry Jacobs and Steven Schier were our guests. The Index File Section What U. S. President gave a speech at the Minneapolis Exposition Building in the 1890s? And what Minnesotan was a cabinet member in the 1920s? After we dispensed with history we played a tune from the tpt archives. The Wrap David Gillette quizzed a college friend about a recent Almanac show.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3042
Previously aired Friday July 4th
As Almanac gears up for its 30th anniversary, we bring you a behind-the-scenes special filled with program facts and history.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3041
Previously aired Saturday June 28th
Republican Governor Debate The four leading Republican candidates for governor - Scott Honour, Jeff Johnson, Marty Seifert and Kurt Zellers - appeared live in studio for their first TV debate. Flooding Update Mary Lahammer brought us the latest on flooding this week and the chances for a special legislature session to help pay for the damage. Twin Cities Mayors Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges and St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman paired up for a status report on their cities. The Index File Section Two terrific Minnesota History questions followed by a show-ending tune from the tpt vaults. The Wrap St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman answered our Ten Questions.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.



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