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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 #3105
Airs Friday October 3rd
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3106
Airs Friday October 10th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3107
Airs Friday October 17th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3108
Airs Friday October 24th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3109
Airs Friday October 31st
56 minutes long
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.


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

Episode #3104
Previously aired Friday September 26th
This week on Almanac... we talk about ISIL with Senator Al Franken... we learn about the New Ordway Center... and we profile another hotly-contested state house race.
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.

Episode #3050
Previously aired Friday August 29th
Historic Union Vote This week the SEIU won a union vote home health care workers, the largest single union vote in Minnesota history. SEIU supporter Sumer Spika debated union opponent Scott Price. Hit Play! This week's featured web clip allowed all of us to take a trip to the BWCA. Vikings Stadium Update Sports Authority head Michele Kelm-Helgen talked with us about the stadium construction schedule, the pedestrian bridge and why bird-friendly glass isn't being used. State Disability Hiring We learned more about the executive order issued this month to increase the number of disabled employees working for the state. Our Weekly Essay Adia Morris has been busing making a new friend. The Green Line. Sports with Larry Fitzgerald The playoff-playing Lynx are a topic. Along with the football Gophers and Vikes. Our guest is sports writer Larry Fitzgerald Sr. World War One Remembered Matt Cassady from the Minnesota Historical Society gave us a show-and-tell about the special Labor Day weekend WWI-themed activities at Fort Snelling. Pro Wrestling History Cathy and Eric talked with author George Schire about classic pro wrestling of the 1960s. Get ready for heavy doses of Vern, Mad Dog and the Crusher. Former Lawmakers We discussed the fall campaign season with former Republican lawmakers Amy Koch and Chris DeLaForest and DFL ex-solons Mindy Greiling and Ember Reichgott Junge. The Index File Section We asked another state fair index file question and then closed out the show with a tune from last year's state fair by Dale Watson. The Wrap Nick Hodges stopped by Studio B to perform some magic tricks for us.
57 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3049
Previously aired Friday August 22nd
Senate Leaders Senators Tom Bakk and David Hann joined Cathy and Eric from the state fair. State Fair Weather U of M meteorologist Mark Seeley gave us a primer on state fair weather of the past and then provided a forecast for the next ten days. Politics on a Stick Mary Lahammer caught up with candidates for governor and U.S. Senate on the first day of the fair. Political Reporting Duo MPR reporter Tom Scheck joined Mary Lahammer to size up the fall campaign. A Live Tune by Chad Brownlee Canadian country music star Chad Brownlee talked music and hockey with Jearlyn Steele and then played a tune for us. A State Fair Essay Mark DePaolis has been doing an Almanac state fair essay for more than 15 years. This time his focus is on state fair attire. A 4H Visitor Did our animal guest have four legs or two? Cathy Wurzer didn't know until showtime. Political Scientist Panel Political Scientist profs Larry Jacobs, Kathryn Pearson and Stacey Hunter Hecht sat down on the transplanted Almanac couch to chat up politics. State Fair History Question What was banned at the Minnesota state fair from 1921 to 1925? Mary Lahammer coaxed the answer out of the audience in an interactive, live index file exercise. Cathy Wurzer Answers a Challenge Due to her extensive public radio interviews with former University of St. Thomas education dean Bruce Kramer, Cathy Wurzer has a personal stake in the fight against ALS. So she decided to accept the ice bucket challenge. Closing Tune Chad Brownlee returned to do a second tune for us.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3048
Previously aired Friday August 15th
Jeff Johnson for Governor Jeff Johnson won Tuesday's Republican gubernatorial primary. Johnson talked with us about his campaign against Mark Dayton. Hit Play! Wonder what Child Lake looks like? You are in luck. It?s the subject of our web clip of the week. Phyllis Kahn Rep. Phyllis Kahn has been in the state house for four decades and this week survived the tightest election battle of her career. Make It OK In a clip from one of tpt's Make It Ok specials, Minnesota-born comedian Maria Bamford talked about her struggles with depression. Hidden History Cathy brought us the fascinating hidden story of the Kim Loo Sisters of Minneapolis. An Illustrated Essay Bobby Edwards isn't often shocked by what he sees on TV. But then he recently ran across the PBS series Sex in the Wild. Ebola Crisis Michael Osterholm with the U of M?s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy talked about the global issues being caused by the Ebola outbreak. Looking Ahead to November Mary Lahammer brought us the lessons of Tuesday's primary and what they may mean for the fall elections. The Political Panel Primary results analyzed by Democrats Sarah Walker and Javier Morillo-Alicea and Republicans Brian McClung and Brian McDaniel. The Index File Section We asked a Minnesota State Fair question to get you ready for our live appearance at the fair on August 22nd. The Wrap The Twin Kitties from the Twin Cities dazzled us with puppetry on this week's web-only segment.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3047
Previously aired Friday August 8th
Sandpiper Pipeline Enbridge is trying to build a pipeline across northern Minnesota to deliver North Dakota crude oil to the Twin Ports. We brought you a debate between Enbridge official Lorraine Little and pipeline critic Paul Blackburn. Making Medical Marijuana The state held a meeting with potential medical marijuana manufacturers. Minnesota Asst. Health Commissioner Manny Munson-Regala explained how the process is supposed to work. Hit Play! This week's web-only segment featured riding down the big slide up at Lutsen. Lost Twin Cities 4 Sneak Preview Documentary maker Lisa Blackstone previewed the Dayton's Oval Room and the Black Baseball segments from the upcoming Lost Twin Cities 4 special. Lowertown Guitar Festival Holly Maher stopped by the studio to play for us and preview the August 9th Lowertown Guitar Festival. A Jim Ragsdale Essay Let's just say that Jim Ragsdale is hoping that this retirement nest eggs remain unbroken. State Fair Carousel Turns 100 Authors Nancy Peterson and Peter Boehm talk about their new book "State Fair Carousel: Saving a Minnesota Treasure." Political Panel Tuesday's Primary election was on the minds of this week's panel: Mike Hatch, Sarah Walker, Andy Brehm and Fritz Knaak. The Index File Section What's up with all the nun photos? Find out by watching the Index File section. After we asked our weekly history questions Molly Maher played another tune for us. The Wrap Bobby Edwards created an inspired illustrated essay on the topic of the PBS show "Sex In the Wild."
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3046
Previously aired Friday August 1st
Ebola Concerns Zubah Kpanaku with the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota and Abdullah Kiatamba with African Immigrant Services talk about what is being done to inform Minnesota's Liberian community about the Ebola virus outbreak in west Africa. Hit Play! Can a piano play music based on the movements of the clouds? Yes is the short answer. State Party Chairs With the August primary election just two weeks away Republican Party Chair Keith Downey and DFL Party Chair Ken Martin stopped by for a visit with Cathy and Eric. House Race 48A 48A is a western suburban district that has seesawed in recent elections. Mary Lahammer profiled the candidates. The Achievement Gap Educator and author Eric Mahmoud talked about the success in closing the achievement gap at the charter schools (Seed Academy, Harvest Prep) he runs in Minneapolis. The Weekly Essay Kevyn Burger has an issue with work anniversaries. Hear her out. Author Joe Amato Joe Amato returns with a new book to talk about. "Bouyancies" is a book of poetry. It's a new genre for Joe and we find out why he chose to venture in a new direction. Political Reporter Panel We played campaign catch-up with capitol reporters Rachel E. Stassen-Berger, Tom Scheck and Doug Belden. The Index File Section How did you do guessing the Leamington Hotel visitor of 1958? Find out and then try to tackle the this week's question. Ending music this week courtesy of Peter Ostroushko and Dean Magraw. The Wrap This week's web-only segment features two Minnesota artists who have taken a swing at designing mini-golf holes. Kate McDonald chatted with Tim Loftus and Robin Schwartzman.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.



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