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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 #3109
Previously aired Friday October 31st
This week on Almanac the leading candidates for governor square off in their final debate.
56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Sun Nov 2nd @ 9:30 am

tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3110
Airs Friday November 7th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3111
Airs Friday November 14th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3112
Airs Friday November 21st
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3113
Airs Friday December 5th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3114
Airs Friday December 12th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3115
Airs Friday December 19th
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 #3109
Previously aired Friday October 31st
This week on Almanac the leading candidates for governor square off in their final debate.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3108
Previously aired Friday October 24th
House Race 14B Mary Lahammer profiled a hot House race in St. Cloud between current lawmaker Zachary Dorholt and former representative Jim Knoblach. House Leaders Live Speaker of the House Paul Thissen and House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt previewed the fight for control of the Minnesota House. Ebola Update Michael Osterhom -- head of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the U of M -- talked about the need to stop the spread of Ebola in Africa. Illustrated Essay David Gillette is a new parent. That's the topic of his latest illustrated essay. Raptor Center Birthday The Raptor Center at the U of M is turning 40 and we celebrated with the studio visit of a Bald Eagle. Johnson Bio Preview We brought you a clip featuring Governor hopeful Jeff Johnson from the upcoming candidate bio special "Minnesota's Choice 2104." Political Panel The upcoming election is previewed by panelists Aaron Brown, Javier Morillo-Alicea, Amy Koch and Brian McDaniel. The Index File Section Another quizzer about historic campaign photos and a show-ending tune by Alicia Wiley. The Wrap David Gillette has finally gone to the birds.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3107
Previously aired Friday October 17th
Clergy Misconduct Settlement A landmark settlement was reached this week between attorney Jeff Anderson and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Attorneys Jeff Anderson and Charles Rogers talked about how and why the deal came about. House Race 51B Mary Lahammer went to Eagan this week to peek in on a hotly contested state house race. DFL incumbent Laurie Halverson faces Republican challenger Jen Wilson in the contest. Ebola Readiness We checked in with Dr. Peter Bornstein with HealthEast to talk about Ebola preparations here and elsewhere in the wake of two Dallas area nurses contracting the disease this week. Hit Play! Our web feature of the week is a great video of the turf going in at the St. Paul Saints new ballpark. The Weekly Essay This week's monologue was by Adia Morris. Her topic? The "work voice" that women need to use. Dayton Bio Preview On October 24 at 8pm tpt will air "Minnesota's Choice 2014" featuring personal profiles of the leading candidates for U.S. Senate and Governor. This week we teased you with a clip from the Mark Dayton profile. Secretary of State Debate We brought you the first televised debate in the race for Secretary of State. All four candidates on the ballot took part: Republican Dan Severson, DFLer Steve Simon, IP candidate Bob Helland and Libertarian nominee Bob Odden. The Index File Section We continued with our series of historic campaign photo history questions and then ended the show with a tune by Rosalie Sorrels who appeared in the tpt studios this week in the year 2000. The Wrap Brendan Henehan is tpt's official historian -- don't worry, no pay comes with the lofty title -- and he showed David Gillette the five coolest historic items that have been unearthed as tpt prepares to rehab its offices and studios.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3106
Previously aired Friday October 10th
Ebola Readiness Abdullah Kiatamba from the Minnesota African Taskforce Against Ebola talked with us about preparing for Ebola's presence in our state. Debate Clips Mary Lahammer showed clips from the 8th District debate in Duluth and the governor's tilt in Moorhead. Open Letter About Police Relations Nekima Levy-Pounds--professor at St. Thomas U Law School--talked with us about her letter to Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges. Community-police relations was the topic. The Weekly Monologue Dominic Papatola came to the studio to talk about the Nobel Prize in Literature. Weather with Paul Paul Douglas of Media Logic Group conversed about the lovely fall weather heading our way. Cantus Live! The acclaimed Minneapolis-based choral group made a return visit to the tpt studios to talk about the new CD "A Harvest Home." McFadden Bio Preview Mary Lahammer gave us an advance peek at her upcoming biography of Republican Senate hopeful Mike McFadden. The Political Panel Republicans Andy Brehm and Annette Meeks chatted up politics with DFLers Javier Morillo-Alicea and Ellen Anderson. The Index File Section We continued with our series of historic Minnesota campaign photos... and then had Cantus sing another tune for us. The Wrap Cantus was kind enough to provide a bonus tune for our web-only segment.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3105
Previously aired Friday October 3rd
President Kaler U of M President Eric Kaler talked about the season ticket snafu, Little Brown Jug joy and strategic planning. A Week of Debates Mary Lahammer recapped this week's Senate and Governor debates. Ebola Precautions Minnesota Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger explained the precautions Minnesota hospitals are taking to deal with possible Ebola cases. Hit Play! Who can resist beautiful fall colors? Our web clip of the week featured the fine photography of Fotos Alamode. The Steeles Live! The Steele Family singers stopped by studio B to preview the upcoming Colors of Gershwin concert at the Cowles Center. The Monologue Kate Gibson is a new parent. And she has a question or two about how this mother-daughter thing is supposed to work. North Dakota Oil Boom Star Tribune reporter Maya Rao took time off this summer to work as a cashier at a truck stop in North Dakota oil boom country. She wrote about her experience in The Atlantic Magazine. Minnesota's Choice 2014 Preview We showed an excerpt of Al Franken's interview with Mary Lahammer featured in an upcoming tpt campaign documentary. Political Scientist Panel U.S. Senate race, congressional tilts, a governor's contest? plenty to talk about with Steven Schier, David Schultz, Stacey Hunter Hecht and Larry Jacobs. The Index File Section We finally answered that question about the famed kidnapping case and then asked you to identify a campaign photo. We then ended the hour with another tune by the Steeles. The Wrap U of M President Eric Kaler and Gopher Superfan Luke Heikkila matched wits in a quiz about the Little Brown Jug.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3104
Previously aired Friday September 26th
Senator Franken Senator Al Franken talked with us about topical and campaign issues. Governor Hopeful Hannah Nicollet Hannah Nicollet - the Independence Party candidate for governor - joined us in studio to talk about why she wants to take Mark Dayton's job. Capitol Renovation Moves Ahead Mary Lahammer went on a tour of the capitol and told us about the journey being taken by the Charioteer of the Quadriga. Pieta Brown Live! Red House Records singer-songwriter Pieta Brown previewed her upcoming new album Paradise Outlaw. Hit Play! Matthew Moses captured some beautiful images of the Aurora Borealis earlier this week. We made it our web clip of the week. The Weekly Monologue Jim Ragsdale burst into song this week while talking about medical cannabis. Ordway Spring Bash The new Ordway Center will have a month-long grand re-opening bash next March. Find out all about these festivities from Ordway President Patricia Mitchell. Former Lawmakers Democrats Mindy Greiling and Ember Reichgott Junge were joined by Republicans Phil Krinkie and Fritz Knaak. They talked politics and policy. The Index File Question What kidnapping arrests were we asking about last week? After we had fun with Minnesota history we presented another tune by Pieta Brown. The Wrap This week's web-only segment promoted the upcoming Wrap TV special!!!
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3103
Previously aired Friday September 19th
Governor Mark Dayton Governor Dayton joined us live in studio to talk about the week?s news, including MNSure changes. MacArthur Foundation Winner William Mitchell College of Law professor Sarah Deer talked about her "genius" grant and her pioneering legal work on Indian reservations. Anti-terrorism The U.S. Justice Department will soon launch a pilot program in the Twin Cities to combat radical terrorism. We discuss the pilot program with U.S. Attorney Andy Luger and Hashi Shafi from the Somali Action Alliance. Independence Party IP chair Mark Jenkins spoke with Cathy and Eric about some of the challenges his party faces in maintaining major party status in Minnesota. The Week's Monologue Dr. Mark Depaolis isn't rushing out to buy an Apple Watch anytime soon. Hit Play! Our web clip of the week celebrated the Minnesota summer courtesy of Chad Halvorson. Weather with Paul Douglas Paul looks back at our summer... and peers ahead at what winter may bring us. House Race 36A Mary Lahammer brought us another state house race to watch... the 36A seat in Champlin. Party Chairs The chairs of Minnesota's two leading political parties joined us to chat politics. Ken Martin and Keith Downey were our guests. The Index File Section We brought you world record history... and memories of a famed Minnesota kidnapping. Then we ended the hour with a tune by Spider John Koerner. The Wrap tpt had a fabulously successful regional Emmy haul this year with 17 statuettes. David Gillette offered some of the Emmy winners a chance to say thank you.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3102
Previously aired Friday September 12th
Enterovirus 68 Dr. Aaron DeVries from the Minnesota Department of Health talked about the virus strain in the news this week. Senate Candidate Mike McFadden Republican senate hopeful Mike McFadden talked with Cathy and Eric about why he wants to take Al Franken's job. House Race 11B Rep. Tim Faust faces a challenge from Jason Rarick in House district 11B. It's one of the races that Mary Lahammer is watching this fall. She brought us a profile. The Weekly Monologue Dom Papatola thinks he looks nothing like Steve Jobs. Doesn't act like him either. Hit Play! Watch a vintage diesel engine chug along in Cloquet in our web clip of the week. Teasing the Wrap David Gillette has been working on a Wrap special and shows us a clip. He then offered a primer on our weekly web-only segment. The First Lady of Radio Stephen Drury Smith talked with us about his upcoming book about Eleanor Roosevelt and her legacy on the radio. Political Reporter Panel Rachel Stassen-Berger, Tom Hauser, Brian Bakst and Briana Bierschbach made up this week's panel of political reporters. The Index File Section We were reduced to using the metric system to make it more difficult to Google this week's Minnesota history question. We then ended the show with a tune by Katy Vernon. The Wrap Brittany Shrimpton talked with Erik Martz about his LEAV app. Erik is featured on an upcoming episode of Minnesota Original.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3101
Previously aired Friday September 5th
Sports Concussions This week the MN Dept of Health issued its first-ever sports concussions report. We talked about it with Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger and HealthPartners physician Dr. Matthew Hofkens. Hit Play! What's Wake Surfing? Find out by watching our Minnesota web clip of the week. Twin Cities School Superintendents Now the school year has started we checked in with Superintendents Bernadeia Johnson (Mpls) and Valeria Silva (St. Paul.) House Race 44B Mary Lahammer profiled another closely-watched legislative race: House District 44B candidates Ryan Rutzick and Jon Applebaum. White Snake at the Guthrie Director Mary Zimmerman talked with Cathy and Eric about her play at the Guthrie... and about her unusual approach to directing plays. This Week's Monologue Kevyn Burger had questions about restaurant branding. Music with Jon Vezner The singer-songwriter gave us a preview of his performance at the 13th annual Grand Marais Unplugged music festival. Birds vs. Vikes Stadium Matthew Anderson from the Minnesota chapter of the Audubon Society outlined his concerns about all the glass used in the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. A Business Panel Jobs... housing... inversions. We talked about all these with Chris Farrell, Jeanne Boeh and Lee Schafer. The Index File Section We tried to stump you with a Minnesota history question and then Jon Vezner sang another tune for us. The Wrap Jenn Schaal chatted about the Twin Cities comedy scene on this week?s web-only segment.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.



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