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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 #3115
Previously aired Friday December 19th
A look at the latest Congressional news with Rep. Betty McCollum, Paul Douglas gives the odds of a brown Christmas and Kevin Kling stops by to share a holiday story.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3116
Airs Friday January 2nd
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3117
Airs Friday January 9th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3118
Airs Friday January 16th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3119
Airs Friday January 23rd
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3120
Airs Friday January 30th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3121
Airs Friday February 6th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3122
Airs Friday February 13th
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 #3115
Previously aired Friday December 19th
A look at the latest Congressional news with Rep. Betty McCollum, Paul Douglas gives the odds of a brown Christmas and Kevin Kling stops by to share a holiday story.
56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Fri Dec 19th @ 7:00 pm

tpt MN Channel 2.2

Fri Dec 19th @ 10:00 pm

tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3114
Previously aired Friday December 12th
Protecting Children Better Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson went over recommendations from a statewide task force charged with improving child protective services. Best Buy's Future Thomas Lee has written a book called "Rebuilding Empires" that explores the future of Big-Box retailing using Best Buy and Target as examples. Federal Support of Indian Education The Star Tribune devoted a series of reports this month taking to task federal support for Indian education on Minnesota's Leech Lake Reservation. We spoke with Jill Burcum from the Star Tribune, Sen. Terri Bonoff and Crystal Redgrave from Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School. The Weekly Monologue Mark DePaolis fondly remembered 50 years of Rudolph's red nose. La Natividad We gave you a taste of the In the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre's holiday production of "La Natividad," Ebola Update Liberia is no longer the West Africa country with the most cases of Ebola. We spoke with Abdullah Kiatamba with the African Immigrant Services organization about how that news was being received in the Twin Cities Liberian community. Legislative Preview Mary Lahammer moderated an event on Thursday in which legislative leaders talked about the issues that will be key in next month's session. Political Scientists Panel Larry Jacobs, Stacey Hunter Hecht, Kathryn Pearson and David Schultz talked up politics local and national. The Index File Section The perfect combination: Minnesota history and music. Sherwin Linton performed the music honors at the end of the program. The Wrap Want the latest on what is torn up at the State Capitol? David Gillette brought you a full report.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3113
Previously aired Friday December 5th
Rosy Revenue Forecast A billion dollar surplus is in the state forecast. Mary Lahammer explained it all. State of the Economies Jeanne Boeh of Augsburg College looked at the health of Minnesota's economy and of the nation as a whole. Survey Says! David Gillette showed you how to take the annual Almanac viewer survey. Minneapolis Budget Battle Minneapolis city council members Linea Palmisano and Alondra Cano took different positions on Betsy Hodges? property tax levy hike. Tiny Houses And tiny businesses too. David Gillette talked to Minnesotans who are thinking small when it comes to architecture. A Year of MN Weather Mark Seeley from the U of M looked back at an historic year of Minnesota weather. Hit Play! A time lapse of downtown St. Paul is our web clip of the week. The Weekly Essay Bring on the zombies says Adia Morris. Remembering Rodger Kent Minnesota Broadcast Hall of Famer Rodger Kent died this past week at age 90. We brought you a classic clip of Kent on Almanac from 1998. Medical Marijuana Mary Lahammer showed some of the winners and losers from this week's awarding of contracts to manufacture and distribute medical marijuana in Minnesota. The Political Panel The revenue forecast was the hot topic this week with Democrats Mike Hatch and Denise Cardinal and Republicans Andy Brehm and Fritz Knaak. The Index File Section We had our weekly fun with historic photos and ended the show with a tune by British pop-idol Donovan from an appearance on Almanac in 2004. The Wrap Ever wonder how a TV studio camera worked? Well, David Gillette provided you with a demonstration.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3112
Previously aired Friday November 21st
Congressman John Kline We caught up with 2nd District congressman John Kline on the topics of oil pipelines, education and immigration. House Committee Shakeup Republican leadership in the Minnesota House has come up with a new committee structure. Mary Lahammer explained. Paul Thissen The departing Speaker of the House (soon to be Minority Leader) Paul Thissen gave us his take on the changed dynamic at the capitol. Sports with Larry Fitzgerald Sr. Larry Fitzgerald talked Vikings and Gopher football. Remembering Jim Ragsdale Jim Ragsdale was a funny man. But he also had a serious side. One theme that Jim returned to time and time again in his Almanac essays was hope. We shared one of our favorite Ragsdale monologues. Weather with Paul Douglas How cold will it get on Thanksgiving? Paul Douglas offered some meteorological musings. Going Cold Turkey That was the theme of David Gillette's latest illustrated essay. Grand Homes of Minnesota Architectural historian Larry Millett has written a new book about 22 marvelous Minnesota homes. "Preserving our Grand Homes: Minnesota's Own" was published by the Minnesota Historical Society with photographs by Matt Schmitt. Political Reporter Panel Bill Salisbury, Tom Hauser, Rachel E. Stassen-Berger and Mary Lahammer previewed the upcoming legislative session and shared some stories about Jim Ragsdale. The Wrap David Gillette's weekly online-only segment featured a bonus essay from the Jim Ragsdale archives.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3111
Previously aired Friday November 14th
Mayor Betsy Hodges Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges broke her silence about the Pointergate story and her strained relationship with the Minneapolis Police Federation. E-cigarette Report The state released its new survey of teen tobacco users. MN Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger talked to us about the rise in use of e-cigarettes by high schoolers. A Brother/Sister Act Siblings Marion O'Neill and Brian Daniels will become the first brother/sister lawmakers in Minnesota history when they are sworn into office in January. Mary Lahammer told their story and the tales of other sibling lawmakers in Minnesota history. Tu Dance The noted contemporary dance company has its fall concert later this month. Tu Dance founders Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands talked about the performance and then we watched a preview. MN Orchestra Head Kevin Smith lost the interim label this week and became the President and CEO of the Minnesota Orchestra. We talked with Smith about the challenges ahead. Political Panel Republicans Ben Golnik and Brian McDaniel are joined by DFLers Sarah Walker and R. T. Rybak as we talked about the elections, Mpls politics and the upcoming legislative session. The Index File Section Two weeks' worth of "guess the person in the photo" followed by a vintage tune from the vaults by John Gorka. The Wrap David Gillette nabbed another person to play "Ten Questions."
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3110
Previously aired Friday November 7th
Election Recap Mary Lahammer brought us up to speed on what happened on election night and the reverberations through the week. House Speaker-Designate Kurt Daudt was elected by the House Republican Caucus to be the new Speaker of the Minnesota House. We talked with Daudt about his priorities for the upcoming session. Minnesota's new Secretary of State Steve Simon will take office in January. He laid out his agenda for us. Through a Soldier's Eyes We shared a clip of the upcoming tpt special "Through a Soldier's Eyes." It's a story of Minnesota soldiers in Italy in the Second World War. The Weekly Monologue Minnesota is much nicer than New York. So said Kate Gibson. Hit Play! The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree hails from northern Minnesota. Our web clip of the week showed how it was harvested. History of Minnesota Brewing We brought you a zippy history of beer in our state. From the lager days of old... to the micro-breweries of today. 6th District Congressman-Elect Tom Emmer is the only fresh face in the Minnesota congressional delegation. So we invited him to join Cathy and Eric at the table. Tim Pawlenty Talks The former governor showed up Friday as House Republicans caucused to elect a new Speaker. We caught up with him and talked politics a bit. State Party Chairs The chairs of Minnesota's two remaining major political parties gave us their thoughts on the meaning of Tuesday's election. The Wrap Seven fun facts about the history of beer in Minnesota.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

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.



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