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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 #3142
Previously aired Friday July 3rd
This week on Almanac... We bring you behind the scenes to explore the remarkable restoration work of the century-old Minnesota State Capitol building.
56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Sun Jul 5th @ 9:30 am

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

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

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

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

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

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

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3146
Airs Friday July 31st
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3147
Airs Friday August 7th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3148
Airs Friday August 14th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3149
Airs Friday August 21st
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3150
Airs Friday August 28th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.


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

Episode #3142
Previously aired Friday July 3rd
This week on Almanac... We bring you behind the scenes to explore the remarkable restoration work of the century-old Minnesota State Capitol building.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3141
Previously aired Friday June 26th
Same-Sex Marriage Ruling The Supreme Court ruling affirming gay marriage in all 50 states was discussed with Cristine Almeida, one of the leaders of the push for same-sex marriage in Minnesota. Medical Marijuana to Start Next Week Mary Lahammer previewed the start of Minnesota?s cautious program to distribute medical cannabis. Ryan Winkler vs. Pat Garofalo The two lawmakers have squared off for years in the Minnesota House of Representatives. With Winkler leaving the House, the two reps matched wits one final time. The Weekly Essay Kate Gibson admitted she has a cat problem. Busy Week in Sports The Timberwolves made big news on draft night, and the Twins had to put their star rookie Byron Buxton on the DL. Larry Fitzgerald Sr. stopped by and talked about both developments. Jon Weber Live! The noted jazz pianist stopped by Studio B and played for us. He was here to help promote the Twin Cities Jazz Festival taking place all weekend in St. Paul. Saving the Boutwell House Brent Peterson with the Washington County Historical Society explained why he thinks the historic Boutwell House in Stillwater is worth saving. A Political Scientist Panel Historic Supreme Court rulings, lots of presidential candidates and ongoing debate about the Confederate battle flag. They were topics all for this week's political scientists panel. Kathryn Pearson, Steven Schier and Dan Hofrenning were our guests. The Index File Section Our weekly Minnesota history questions followed by another tune by Jon Weber. The Wrap The weekly web-only segment featured a chat between David Gillette and Tom Weber from MPR News.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3140
Previously aired Friday June 19th
Archbishop John Nienstedt Resignation Archdiocese whistleblower Jennifer Haselberger talked with us about the resignation this week of Archbishop John Nienstedt. Congressman Tom Emmer Trade policy and medical device taxes were topics of our conversation with 6th District Republican member of congress Tom Emmer. Paul Douglas Weather We looked back five years to the day when more than 40 tornadoes struck Minnesota. Paul Douglas explained how there were more twisters in that single day than in any YEAR since in Minnesota. A Mark DePaolis Essay Mark DePaolis playfully pondered Target's move to sell off its pharmacies. Minnesota Sex Offender Program William Mitchell Law School Dean Eric Janus talked with us about this week's sweeping ruling by Federal Judge Donovan Frank. My Brother's Keeper It's a national White House initiative to give greater voice to young men of color. Guests Jonathan Mensah and Trista Harris told us what the My Brother's Keeper program will look like in the Twin Cities. Political Reporter Panel Capitol reporters Rachel Stassen-Berger, Ricardo Lopez, Brian Bakst and Briana Bierschbach reflected on the just-ended legislative session. And they had fun while doing it. The Index File Section What famed musical Minnesota street was described by a 1926 newspaper? After we asked that history question we rolled out a show-ending tune by Eliza Blue who performed for us in studio B this week back in 2010. The Wrap In this week's web-only segment David Gillette gave us a tour of the temporary tpt office space... semi-affectionately called Camp tpt.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3139
Previously aired Friday June 12th
Special Session Lawmakers worked all afternoon on passing bills necessary to avoid a state shutdown. Mary Lahammer gave us an update. New NAACP Head in Minneapolis Nekima Levy-Pounds talked with us about her priorities in her new job as head of the Minneapolis branch of the NAACP. Latest on Bird Flu Michael Osterholm with the U of M's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy outlined his ongoing concerns about the bird flu virus. Minnesota Military Family Tribute Mary Lahammer introduced us to a new space on the state capitol mall dedicated to military families. The Week's Monologue Dominic Papatola thinks that high school graduation open houses have gotten a little out of hand. 100 Things To Do in the Twin Cities Before You Die That's the title of a book by Minnesota Public Radio News host Tom Weber. Twin Cities High School Graduates Speak Four recent high school graduates told KMOJ Radio host Lissa Jones about their high school experiences and about their hopes for the future. It's all part of tpt's -- and Almanac's -- American Graduate initiative. Former Lawmakers Panel On the day of this historic special session we were joined by DFL former lawmakers Ember Reichgott Junge and Ellen Anderson... and by former Republican lawmakers Kurt Zellers and Fritz Knaak. The Index File Section We had some fun with the 1976 Minnesota Twins Index File question... and then asked a question about 1920s era Minnesota. We then ended the show with a tune by Alison Scott. The Wrap On David Gillette's web exclusive segment Keno Evol - poet, educator and one of Almanac's American Graduate Creative Advisors - delivers a spoken word piece on the education of black history in the classroom.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3138
Previously aired Friday June 5th
Speaker Daudt House Speaker Kurt Daudt joined us live to talk about the special session stalemate. State Auditor Otto MN State Auditor Rebecca Otto defended her office duties in the wake of legislative attempts to change them. Remembering Bud Kraehling We had a delightful conversation back in 1996 when Bud Kraehling did his final WCCO TV weather forecast. We showed clips from that interview for you. Gorbachev's 1990 Visit 25 Years Later Paul Ridgeway handled logistics for the 1990 visit to Minnesota by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. We dusted off video from the tpt archives and visited with Ridgeway who was kind enough to bring a prop or two. An Adia Morris Essay Adia Morris is thinking about robots taking away all of our work. Final Tour of West Publishing Mary Lahammer took us on a tour of the soon-to-vanish West Publishing buildings on the St. Paul riverfront. Duluth's Historic Glensheen Tony Dierckins stopped by and shared photos featured in the new book "Historic Glensheen 1905-1930" The Week's Political Panel Democrats Sarah Walker and Javier Morillo Alicea joined forces against Republican panelists Brian McClung and Brian McDaniel. The looming special session was the chief topic. The Index File Section Two fine Minnesota history questions and a show-ending tune from 1999 by Mason Jennings. The Wrap David Gillette dipped deep into the KTCA archives for this week's web-only feature which somehow also featured ABBA.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3137
Previously aired Friday May 29th
Solar Energy Expansion This week Minnesota's largest solar energy project was given the go ahead. We heard from two supporters of solar: Michael Noble with the group Fresh Energy and St. Thomas University professor John Abraham. Capitol Renovation Now that the legislative session is over the renovation on the state capitol is in full gear. Mary Lahammer shows all the historic furnishings leaving the building and gave us a peek at where the special session will be held. MPR News' Peabody Award Reporter Madeleine Baran looked back at MPR's series "Betrayed with Silence" which examined the problems of clergy abuse within the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The series of reports will be honored with a Peabody Award this weekend. A Kevin Kling Essay Kevin Kling told us the story of going to a demolition derby with his mother. The Nearly Annual Weather Quiz by Paul Douglas Paul Douglas tested Cathy and Eric on their severe weather knowledge. African Immigrant Economic Power Bruce Corrie from Concordia University and Tom Gitaa from Mshale News joined us talk about a new report on the economic impact of African immigrants in Minnesota. Political Panel Are our panelists optimistic that a deal can be reached soon on a special session? Republicans Gregg Peppin and Fritz Knaak were joined by DFLers Mindy Greiling and Rep. Rena Moran. The Index File Section What did 21% of Minnesotans tell the Mpls Tribune in 1944 that they wanted to own after World War II? And who was that noted 1939 visitor? After our questions we played a show-ending tune by Minnesota jazz legend Debbie Duncan. The Wrap An exit interview with departing Twin Cities Public TV Associate Producer --and Almanac Associate Director-- Alauna Yust.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

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.



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