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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 #3137
Airs Friday May 29th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3138
Airs Friday June 5th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3139
Airs Friday June 12th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3140
Airs Friday June 19th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3141
Airs Friday June 26th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3142
Airs Friday July 3rd
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3143
Airs Friday July 10th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3144
Airs Friday July 17th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3145
Airs Friday July 24th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.


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

Episode #3136
Previously aired Friday May 22nd
Session's End Mary Lahammer brought us the perspective of first-term lawmakers as they watched the legislative session come to a messy close. Governor Dayton Live Governor Mark Dayton joined us in studio to explain the budget bills he signed and the reasons why he vetoed the education bill. Congressman Ellison We're checking in with members of Congress this summer and first up was 5th District DFL Congressman Keith Ellison. A David Gillette Essay David had fun drawing a castle that warded off germs. Star Tribune Summer Series For the second year running, the Star Tribune will feature a serialized summer novel daily in the newspaper. Author Megan Marsnik is the writer of "Under Ground" and was our guest. Star Tribune special projects manager Kate Parry joined us too. Party Chairs Republican State Party Chair Keith Downey and DFL Party head Ken Martin joined Cathy and Eric on the Almanac couch and talked politics local and national. The Index File Section Last week we asked about a 1938 performer. This week our subject is a 1944 Minnesota Poll. We ended the show with a tune by the Wailin? Jennys a Canadian group that performed on Almanac this week in 2004. The Wrap David Gillette had some fun with a familiar face at the capitol... Mark Dayton's press secretary Matt Swenson.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3135
Previously aired Friday May 15th
Packing Up at the Capitol Mary Lahammer explained that as the legislative session went down to the wire there is special incentive this year to get the work done: the looming capitol renovation. Legislative Leaders Live How much will lawmakers get done by Monday? Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, House Speaker Kurt Daudt, Senate Minority Leader David Hann and House Deputy Minority Leader Erin Murphy joined us live in studio to assess where things stand. St. Paul Saints Tailgating The Saints will play their first game in the new downtown St. Paul ballpark next week and the team has announced where fans can tailgate. Saints spokesperson Sean Aronson explained. The Week's Monologue Kate Gibson wanted to re-introduce Minnesotans to their friend the car turn signal. Polka Legend Florian Chmielewski Florian Chmielewski is celebrating 70 years in the performing biz with concerts later this month at Grand Casino Hinckley. He and daughter Patty played some polka tunes for us. Former Lawmaker Panel We rounded up four former legislative leaders to weigh in on the logjam at the end of session. DFLers joining us were Former Senate Majority Leaders Roger Moe and John Hottinger, with Republicans Amy Koch (former Senate Majority Leader) and Marty Seifert (former House Minority Leader.) Index File Section Two prime Minnesota history questions followed up by another live polka tune by Florian and Patty Chmielewski. The Wrap We asked Florian and Patty Chmielewski to play another polka tune and then opened up Studio B for some live dancing.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3134
Previously aired Friday May 8th
Bird Flu Woes Eighty four farms in 21 counties are now shut down due to bird flu. We heard from Steve Olson with the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association about the serious challenges to his industry. Debating Lurking Laws Minneapolis is discussing whether to drop its lurking ordinance which some think unfairly targets people of color. We presented a debate between Minneapolis City Council member Cam Gordon and Downtown Council head Steve Cramer. A New Dorothy Day Catholic Charities officials announced Friday a 40 million dollar plan to totally recreate the Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul. Catholic Charities CEO Tim Marx explained why. The Weekly Monologue Maple Syrup. Tasty. And mighty good for you too! That's the thesis of Dr. Mark DePaolis' essay this week. Sports with Larry Fitzgerald Larry Fitzgerald Senior talked Twins, Vikes, and the Wild. It's been a big month for each of the teams. Larry Sr. covers sports for the Spokesman Recorder newspaper and does radio work for the National Programming Network. City Pages Star Tribune Deal Alt weekly City Pages has a new owner... the legacy Star Tribune newspaper. How exactly is that supposed to work? City Pages publisher Mary Erickson was our guest. Medical Marijuana and Hemp Mary Lahammer gave us an update on both topics this week as Minnesota is poised to pass a hemp law after decades of effort. An All Star Political Panel Republicans Brian McDaniel and Walter Hudson matched up against DFLers Sarah Walker and Ellen Anderson as lawmakers head down the final stretch at the capitol. The Index File Section The Nobel Peace Prize figured prominently in the Index File section. Then we ended the hour with a tune by Chris Koza who performed on Almanac this week back in 2006. The Wrap David Gillette has issued a challenge to all state workers. It's an interactive "Where is That?" quiz.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3133
Previously aired Friday May 1st
Water Safety A survey released this week by the MN Pollution Control Agency found nearly half of the streams and lakes in southern Minnesota were unfit for fishing or swimming. We found out why from MPCA scientist Shannon Lotthammer. MinnesotaCare MinnesotaCare was created twenty years ago to provide healthcare to state residents who didn't quality for medical assistance. Now that we have MNsure is MinnesotaCare still needed? Rep. Matt Dean and State Sen. Tony Lourey debated that point. O Canadian Trade David Gillette talked this week with the Canadian Governor General David Johnston. We followed that up with a conversation in studio about trade and other matters with Canadian Counsel General Jamshed Merchant. The Weekly Monologue Adia Morris told us why she wanted to bury her head in the sand this week. Bird Flu Update Minnesota lawmakers are scrambling to respond to the growing avian flu problem in our state. Mary Lahammer brought us the latest. Joe Dowling Bids Adieu Joe Dowling is stepping down soon as the Artistic Director at the Guthrie Theater. But first he has a play or two to direct. We talked with Dowling about his Guthrie career and his plans to come. Political Reporter Panel Just over two weeks remain in the Minnesota legislative session. And there's a lot of work to do. We gathered a quadriga of political reporters to give us an assessment. Tom Hauser, Briana Bierschbach, Pat Condon and Tom Scheck stopped by Studio B. The Index File Section We answered last week's wrestling question... and then queried you about the National Statuary Hall in Washington DC. After that we ended the show with a tune first performed in the tpt studios by Kim Richey in the year 2000. The Wrap Canada's official representative in Minnesota --Consul General Jamshed Merchant-- told David Gillette about ten things most Americans don?t know about their neighbor to the north.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3132
Previously aired Friday April 24th
Avian Flu U of M bird flu expert Carol Cardona talked about the spread of avian flu in the wake of Governor Dayton declaring a state of emergency over the outbreak. Blue Zones Twin Citian Dan Buettner has been studying places around the world where people live the longest for a decade. He joined us to talk about his latest book "The Blue Zones Solution." Weather Paul Douglas stopped by to talk about our spring snow showers and look back at the historic tornadoes in May of 1965. The Week's Monologue Bobby Edwards shared a near crisis in his new marriage. Carmen visits Almanac Carmen is one of the world's most popular operas. The Minnesota Opera honored us with a visit from the lead in their upcoming Carmen performance. Facing Race Ambassadors The St. Paul Foundation's annual Facing Race Ambassadors Awards honor anti-racism activists annually. Carleen Rhodes, head of the St. Paul Foundation and two of this year's honorees talked about the importance of their work. Sunday Liquor Sales The Minnesota House will be taking up the omnibus liquor bill as soon as next week and activists continue to push hard for Sunday liquor sales. The Political Panel We talked about the legislature's final few weeks with DFL analysts Ember Reichgott Junge and Mike Hatch and Republican analysts Fritz Knaak and Gregg Peppin. The Index File Section A Minnesota March weather record revealed... who was the boxer at the AWA wrestling event in 1986... another musical selection from the Minnesota Opera's Carmen. The Wrap David Gillette whipped up a batch of Blue Zone Smoothies with the help of Dan Buettner.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3131
Previously aired Friday April 17th
Medicare Reform Mayo President and CEO Dr. John Noseworthy reacted to this week's federal Medicare reform bill. U of M Human Drug Trials Controversy Drug trials with human subjects have been halted at the U of M pending a review panel's report. We debated the U's drug trial policies with U of M Medical School Dean Dr. Brooks Jackson and Leigh Turner, a professor at the U of M's Center for Bioethics. Pro Soccer in Minnesota Mary Lahammer talked to Minnesota's greatest pro soccer star -- Alan Merrick -- about the MLS arrival in Minnesota. MN Orchestra Goes to Cuba Orchestra President Kevin Smith talked about why he is so excited about next month's trip to Cuba by the Minnesota Orchestra. The Week's Monologue Dominic Papatola was greatly amused by several actions at the State Capitol this week. Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile We watched a clip of the documentary film "Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile" and then chatted with the film's star -- Tenzin Khecheo -- and the film's director Norah Shapiro. Push For Pre K Governor Mark Dayton made it clear this week that he is very serious about his advocacy for universal Pre K in Minnesota. The Political Panel We covered a wide range of topics with Republican analysts Brian McDaniel and Kurt Zellers and DFL analysts Ellen Anderson and Mindy Greiling. The Wrap David Gillette talked antiquated Minnesota Senate rules with former State Senator Ellen Anderson.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3130
Previously aired Friday April 10th
State of the State Recap Mary Lahammer brought us clips and analysis of Thursday's State of the State address. Governor Dayton Live Governor Mark Dayton joined us live in the studio to preview the rest of the legislative session. Walleye Woes on Mille Lacs Anglers will be allowed just one walleye each day this summer on our state's premier walleye lake. We heard all about the new policy from Don Pereira with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Medicine of the Wolf Filmmaker Julia Huffman talked about her film "Medicine of the Wolf" that features Minnesota photographer Jim Brandenburg. Huffman and Brandenburg joined us in studio. Our Weekly Monologue Roy Finden says he's a founding member of the group STET. Don't worry, he explained it all to us. Music with Chuck Lazarus Chuck Lazarus is a trumpeter with the Minnesota Orchestra. He previewed an upcoming trumpet concerto entitled American Nomad. Political Reporter Panel Brian Bakst, Rachel E. Stassen-Berger and Heather Carlson gave us a reporter perspective on the State of the State. The Index File Section A famed visitor from 1966... and some state weather history are featured in this week's Index File section. We also gave you another tune by Chuck Lazarus.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3129
Previously aired Friday April 3rd
Taconite Plant Woes More layoffs were announced at Minnesota taconite plants this week. Eighth District Congressman Rick Nolan talked to us about the global glut of iron ore and about steel dumping. St. Paul Baseball History The Minnesota Historical Society Press has just published a history of the St. Paul Saints. Author Stew Thornley gives us a primer on professional baseball in the Capital City down through the years. Remembering Dick Moore Dick Moore was the General Manger of KTCA when Almanac first went on the air in 1984. He was a great champion of Almanac and other Channel 2 programming. Dick Moore died recently at age 95. We pulled a classic Dick Moore interview clip from the Almanac archives. The Weekly Monologue Dr. Mark DePaolis brought us news about doggie doctors. Yes, you read that sentence correctly. The Art of George Morrison Minnesota-born modern artist George Morrison was remembered in a recent tpt documentary. We showed a clip from the film and then talked about Morrison's legacy with artist Hazel Belvo. Minnesota Women's Press Turns 30 Women's Press co-publisher Kathy Magnuson talked about the monthly magazine's feminist mission as it enters its fourth decade of publication. Former Lawmaker Panel With state lawmakers on break it was a great time to assess the legislative session. We talked some national politics too with Republicans Amy Koch and Fritz Knaak and Democrats Steve Murphy and Ember Reichgott Junge. The Index File Section Mitchell the Poet struck again. And we asked you a tricky question about a noted writer who visited Minnesota in the fall of 1966. Then we ended the show with a tune from the Almanac vaults by singer-songwriter Chastity Brown. The Wrap David Gillette talked with sports historian Stew Thornley about his day job. He has an occupation that might surprise you.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3128
Previously aired Saturday March 28th
Tip Credit Debate The Minnesota Restaurant Association is pushing for a lower minimum wage for employees who earn tips. Dan McElroy is with the Restaurant Association. Peggy Flanagan represented a coalition in opposition to changing the minimum wage rules. Remembering Bruce Kramer Bruce Kramer died this week from A.L.S. We played an excerpt from a conversation last December between Kramer and Cathy Wurzer. Minnesota Weather Almanac A completely updated second edition of Mark Seeley's book about Minnesota Weather History was published this month by the Minnesota Historical Society. U of M Climatologist Mark Seeley told us all about it. Capitol Renovation Special On April 1, Almanac at the Capitol will present a special on the ongoing renovations at the Minnesota State Capitol. We gave everyone a sneak peek. An Illustrated Essay Sloth or ingenuity? Watch this week's Illustrated Essay by David Gillette and make up your own mind. Photog Ben Garvin Acclaimed Pioneer Press photojournalist Ben Garvin has left the paper to work for KARE-11 TV. We looked at some of Ben's work and talked about the transition from newspaper to television work. State Budget Update The Governor, state senate, and state house have all proposed ways of dealing with the state budget for the next two years. Mary Lahammer brought us all up to speed on the three differing plans. A Political Panel As lawmakers prepared to take a week off, we assessed where things stand in St. Paul. Democrats Sarah Walker and Javier Morillo-Alicea and Republicans Brian McClung and Walter Hudson took their seats on the couch and engaged with each other. The Index File Section Just who was it who spoke at the Peoples Church in St. Paul in 1927? We finally got around to answering the question. Then we ended the show with a vintage clip of singer-songwriter Haley Bonar. The Wrap David Gillette talked craft with remarkable photojournalist Ben Garvin.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.



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