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Almanac is a weekly news and public affairs program produced by tpt and seen statewide. Now in its 31st 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 #3128
Airs Friday March 27th
This week on Almanac... Mark Seeley's new weather book... Photog extraordinaire Ben Garvin... and the latest from the capitol.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3129
Airs Friday April 3rd
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3130
Airs Friday April 10th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3131
Airs Friday April 17th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3132
Airs Friday April 24th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3133
Airs Friday May 1st
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3134
Airs Friday May 8th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3135
Airs Friday May 15th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3136
Airs Friday May 22nd
56 minutes long
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This list includes any broadcasts that aired in the past 2 months on any of our three channels.

Episode #3127
Previously aired Friday March 20th
Legislative Auditor Report Legislative Auditor James Nobles issued a report critical about the way the U of M conducts clinical drug trials. He joined us live in studio. Political Party Chairs Republican Party Chair Keith Downey and DFL Party Chair Ken Martin agreed on some political issues but disagreed on many others. Superintendent Silva Valeria Silva was offered a contract extension this week to lead the St. Paul Public Schools until late 2018. Superintendent Silva talked about the challenges facing the Capitol City district. Pope Francis University of St. Thomas professor Massimo Faggioli talked about Pope Francis' two year reign as pope. He also gave us his take on the bankruptcy of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Hit Play! If you missed the aurora borealis up north this week we gave you second chance. This Week's Monologue Kate Gibson wrote an open letter to Spring. And she pulled no punches. Sports with Larry Fitzgerald As trade rumors about Adrian Peterson swirled, we spoke with Larry Fitzgerald Sr about football, hockey and baseball. Senator Tom Bakk Mary Lahammer sat down this week with the most powerful member of the Minnesota Senate. They talked about the state surplus, the budgeting process and his relationship with Governor Dayton. Political Scientist Panel National politics was on the agenda this week with Kathryn Pearson, Steven Schier, David Schultz and Dan Hofrenning. The Index File Section Who was the famed visitor to the Twin Cities in 1927? Then we ended the show with a music clip from the Nighttimes Variety program on KTCA in the early 1980s. The Wrap David Gillette got to know monologist Kate Gibson a bit better.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3126
Previously aired Friday March 13th
Target Job Cuts Star Tribune columnist Lee Schafer gave us his take on the massive layoffs this week at Target Corporation headquarters. Hit Play Has spring sprung? Watch our web clip of the week and make up your own mind. Federal Pilot Project U of M criminologist Chris Uggen talked about some of the challenges of developing more trust between police departments and communities. Minneapolis was chosen this week to be part of a six-city federal effort to improve police/community relations. Role of Party Chairs at the Legislature Mary Lahammer looked at the expectations of how state party chairs interact with lawmakers. Included in the story is a telling interview with House Speaker Kurt Daudt. The Week's Essay Dominic Papatola was pondering his Lenten promises this week. Mall of America Black Lives Matter Protest University of St. Thomas law professor Nekima Levy-Pounds is one the people facing charges for her role in a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mall of America in December. She discussed her case with us. Former Lawmaker Panel Republicans Kurt Zellers and Mary Liz Holberg and DFLers Ember Reichgott-Junge and Mindy Greiling dissected the week?s political doings in St. Paul. The Index File Section We gave you the details about the famed movie banned at the U of M in 1940. Then we asked you about a 1927 noted visitor to St. Paul. We ended the show with a clip from a performance of a 2010 musical tribute to the Buddhist Prince. The Wrap This week David Gillette was joined by Brendan Henehan as viewers were treated to a sneak peak at the contents of the time capsule placed in tpt's newly-renovated facilities.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3125
Previously aired Friday March 6th
Federal Job Numbers The American economy is growing jobs. And most job categories saw a dip in unemployment last month. We talked about the upside and downside of the latest jobless figures with Chris Farrell with American Public Media. Sunday Growler Sales Should tap rooms be allowed to sell growlers on Sunday? We'll debate Sunday liquor sales with Rep. Jenifer Loon and Scott Neal with the group SMART. Hit Play! With warm weather approaching fast the ice racing season in Minnesota is all but over. That's why we made it our web clip of the week. Warming Trend Paul Douglas stopped by to explain why high temps next week in our region will be fifty degrees higher than they were this week. The Weekly Monologue Don't you hate it when you hop online and scare yourself by diagnosing your own illnesses? Adia Morris promised that she'll stop doing that. It's the theme of this week's essay. Cantus Live The noted Minnesota choral group will perform March 15th at new Ordway Concert Hall. As a preview, Cantus stopped by Studio B to chat with Jearlyn Steele and entertain us. Remembering Dick Chapman The longtime WCCO Radio reporter passed away recently. We went into the Almanac archives and found a nice clip of Dick Chapman from 1998. The topic of the conversation that evening was the career of Senator Hubert Humphrey. Education Reform Teacher tenure and teacher license reform were topics of a bill that passed out of the Republican-controlled House Thursday night. Mary Lahammer brought us a report that assessed chances for bi-partisan action on education this session. A Political Panel Education was one topic with Republican panelists Gregg Peppin and Brian McClung and DFLers Mindy Greiling and Javier Morillo-Alicea. The Index File Section We told you the name of the Minnesotan with the bit role in a 1976 film blockbuster. Then we quizzed you about a noted film that was banned from being shown on the U of M campus in 1940. The Wrap Janey Klebe and JoAnn Hawkins donned hardhats for a tour of the mid-renovation of the tpt facilities.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3124
Previously aired Friday February 27th
State Budget Surplus Grows Mary Lahammer reported on the increase in the state budget forecast and then Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans provided context. Mississippi River Cruises Viking River Cruises -- known for their European river trips -- announced this week that their first North American cruise will be along the Mississippi River in 2017. Representatives from St. Paul, Red Wing and Stillwater made pitches for why their towns should be destinations. Southwest Light Rail Line A deal was reached in the tunnel versus bridge fight between the Minneapolis Park Board and the Metropolitan Council. Is this the breakthrough needed to bring the Southwest Corridor light rail project to life? Met Council chair Adam Duininck and Mpls Park Board head Liz Wielinski were our guests. Hit Play! Want to see someone running in snow shoes? Then watch our Minnesota web clip of the week. A David Gillette Illustrated Essay Let there be light! A new kind of light. That was the message from Almanac illustrator commentator David Gillette. Farm Fresh Buffalo Mary Lahammer added another chapter to her series of Minnesota Farm Fresh Road Trips. Minnesota-raised Buffalo was on the menu at the FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar. Medical Marijuana Update Manny Munson-Regala is the architect of Minnesota's medical marijuana program. He explained the results of a user survey released this week. Political Reporter Panel The state's budget surplus was one topic with this week's political reporter panel. Eric Eskola and Mary Lahammer were joined by Rachel Stassen-Berger with the Pioneer Press, Pat Condon from the Star Tribune and Briana Bierschbach with MinnPost. The Wrap David Gillette learned from Eric Eskola and Mary Lahammer how theY organized their questions for this week's Almanac conversations.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3123
Previously aired Friday February 20th
New Wolf Rules Ed Boggess with the Minnesota DNR talked with us about new federal rules that now designate gray wolves in Minnesota as "threatened." Hit Play! This week's featured web clip came from the Nature 365 group. And it's gorgeous. Frosty Weather Sure it hit 40 below in Minnesota this week, but just look at Boston's weather! Paul Douglas gave us a weather lesson. Minnesota's National Rank How good is the life in Minnesota? As Mary Lahammer reported, it all depends on what you are measuring. Remembering Don Stolz The legendary owner and director at the Old Log Theater passed away this week at age 97. We showed a clip of Don Stolz from a few years back when he appeared on Almanac to talk about his pioneering days in television. The Weekly Monologue Why are we surprised by the remarkable variety of germs in the New York Subway? Dr. Mark DePaolis explained. August Wilson's Legacy The famed American playwright called St. Paul home for more than a decade. We previewed an upcoming PBS documentary, and then spoke with Lou Bellamy of the Penumbra Theatre about his colleague and friend. A True Light Bulb Moment David Gillette is never happier than when he gets to crawl around exploring the nooks and crannies of the state capitol building. This week he followed around a worker who needed to change a very hard-to-reach light bulb. The Political Panel The troubles at MNsure and the pay raise controversy were topics with this week's panel. Republicans Amy Koch and Mark Drake were paired up with DFLers Mike Hatch and Sarah Walker. The Index File Question Our survey of Minnesota high school sports records continued. Then we played a show-ending tune by troubadour Burl Ives who appeared in the KTCA studios this week back in 1983. The Wrap David Gillette enlisted the crew's help to disclose remarkable facts associated with Almanac's thirtieth birthday.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3122
Previously aired Friday February 13th
Remembering David Carr David Carr... the Twin Citian who went on to be the fabled New York Times media reporter... was remembered by fellow journalist David Brauer. Law School Merger William Mitchell Law School is merging with Hamline Law School. We heard from the current law school deans about the plan. Twin Cities Mayors Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman joined us live in studio to talk about the challenges facing their communities. Anti-Terrorism Programs Last week we heard from U.S. Attorney Andy Luger about his office's plans to combat terrorism. This week Jaylani Hussein from the Minnesota chapter of the Council On American-Islamic Relations gave us his perspective. The Weekly Monologue Adia Morris had thoughts about Valentine's Day... and the job market. Sports with Larry Fitzgerald Wild... Timberwolves... Women's hoops. Larry Fitzgerald touched on all of them in his monthly sports segment. Rift at the Capitol Governor Dayton and Senate Majority Leader Bakk had a serious public fight this week. Mary Lahammer gave us some perspective. Former Lawmaker Panel Republicans Marty Seifert and Fritz Knaak met up with DFLers Ember Reichgott Junge and Ellen Anderson to talk about a host of political topics. And yes. The Dayton/Bakk squabble was the hot topic. The Index File Section We were still collecting answers about what St. Cloud Tech and Little Falls did a record 8 times in a high school boys basketball game. Then we ended the show with a tune by John Gorka from the tpt archives.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3121
Previously aired Friday February 6th
Paid Sick Time Policy Minnesota is trying to become one of a few states to mandate paid sick time off for workers. Rep. Ryan Winkler supports changing the law, Rep. Pat Garofalo opposes it. Hit Play! This week's web highlight featured some great nighttime footage of the state capitol. U of M President Kaler We checked in with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler about a host of issues including his school's legislative priorities. Electronic Data Privacy State Senator Branden Petersen wants to change our state constitution to add privacy protections for electronic data. The Weekly Monologue Roy Finden believes that Minnesotans don't get enough credit for getting kids into snowsuits. U.S. Attorney Outreach U.S. Attorney Andy Luger talked with us about his office's work with the Somali community to combat terrorism. First-Termers Check-in Freshman lawmakers have been on the job for a month now. Just long enough for Mary Lahammer to check in with him and find out how they are getting along. A Political Panel This week's politicos include Democrats Javier Morillo-Alicea and Mindy Greiling and Republicans Andy Brehm and Gregg Peppin. One of the topics was commissioner salary hikes. The Index File Section We had not one but TWO questions about high school basketball history. Then we ended the hour with a closing tune by Rhonda Vincent and the Rage who performed in the Twin Cities studios this week in 2001. The Wrap David Gillette's weekly web-only feature told you all you ever needed to know about how to be an Associate Director in a TV studio.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3120
Previously aired Friday January 30th
Police Body Camera Debate Should the images captured by police body cameras be available to the public? We brought you a debate between State Rep. Dan Schoen and public data advocate Don Gemberling. Governor's Budget Two influential legislative committee chairs gave us their take on Governor Dayton's budget which was released this week. Sen. Dick Cohen and Rep. Jim Knoblach were our guests. Measles Outbreak Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger talked about the case of measles reported in Minnesota this week. He also spoke about the outbreak in California. Weather with Paul Douglas The blizzard out east and our snow-light winter were two topics with Paul Douglas. Hit Play! This week's web clip featured winter camping way up north where there's actually snow. St. John's Abbey Church Victoria Young is the author of a book published by the U of M Press on the remarkable St. John's Abbey Church in Collegeville. She talked with us about the under-appreciated masterpiece by architect Marcel Breuer. Budget Strategy Mary Lahammer reported on the similar strategies being employed by Governor Dayton and President Obama when it comes to rolling out their budget proposals. Political Reporter Panel We were lucky to nab Brian Bakst, Mary Lahammer, Briana Bierschbach and Tom Scheck to join us for a capitol reporter roundtable. The Index File Section Two Minnesota history questions were paired with a great show-ending tune from the KTCA archives featuring jazz great Doris Hines. The Wrap David Gillette's weekly web-only show drew upon the drawing talents of an unlikely group... Political reporters.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.



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