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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 #3125
Airs Friday March 6th
This week on Almanac... education reform at the capitol... warmer weather... and our political panel.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3126
Airs Friday March 13th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3127
Airs Friday March 20th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3128
Airs Friday March 27th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3129
Airs Friday April 3rd
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3130
Airs Friday April 10th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3131
Airs Friday April 17th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3132
Airs Friday April 24th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3133
Airs Friday May 1st
56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

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tpt Life Channel 2.3

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

Episode #3124
Previously aired Friday February 27th
State Budget Surplus Grows Mary Lahammer reported on the increase in the state budget forecast and then Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans provided context. Mississippi River Cruises Viking River Cruises -- known for their European river trips -- announced this week that their first North American cruise will be along the Mississippi River in 2017. Representatives from St. Paul, Red Wing and Stillwater made pitches for why their towns should be destinations. Southwest Light Rail Line A deal was reached in the tunnel versus bridge fight between the Minneapolis Park Board and the Metropolitan Council. Is this the breakthrough needed to bring the Southwest Corridor light rail project to life? Met Council chair Adam Duininck and Mpls Park Board head Liz Wielinski were our guests. Hit Play! Want to see someone running in snow shoes? Then watch our Minnesota web clip of the week. A David Gillette Illustrated Essay Let there be light! A new kind of light. That was the message from Almanac illustrator commentator David Gillette. Farm Fresh Buffalo Mary Lahammer added another chapter to her series of Minnesota Farm Fresh Road Trips. Minnesota-raised Buffalo was on the menu at the FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar. Medical Marijuana Update Manny Munson-Regala is the architect of Minnesota's medical marijuana program. He explained the results of a user survey released this week. Political Reporter Panel The state's budget surplus was one topic with this week's political reporter panel. Eric Eskola and Mary Lahammer were joined by Rachel Stassen-Berger with the Pioneer Press, Pat Condon from the Star Tribune and Briana Bierschbach with MinnPost. The Wrap David Gillette learned from Eric Eskola and Mary Lahammer how theY organized their questions for this week's Almanac conversations.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3123
Previously aired Friday February 20th
New Wolf Rules Ed Boggess with the Minnesota DNR talked with us about new federal rules that now designate gray wolves in Minnesota as "threatened." Hit Play! This week's featured web clip came from the Nature 365 group. And it's gorgeous. Frosty Weather Sure it hit 40 below in Minnesota this week, but just look at Boston's weather! Paul Douglas gave us a weather lesson. Minnesota's National Rank How good is the life in Minnesota? As Mary Lahammer reported, it all depends on what you are measuring. Remembering Don Stolz The legendary owner and director at the Old Log Theater passed away this week at age 97. We showed a clip of Don Stolz from a few years back when he appeared on Almanac to talk about his pioneering days in television. The Weekly Monologue Why are we surprised by the remarkable variety of germs in the New York Subway? Dr. Mark DePaolis explained. August Wilson's Legacy The famed American playwright called St. Paul home for more than a decade. We previewed an upcoming PBS documentary, and then spoke with Lou Bellamy of the Penumbra Theatre about his colleague and friend. A True Light Bulb Moment David Gillette is never happier than when he gets to crawl around exploring the nooks and crannies of the state capitol building. This week he followed around a worker who needed to change a very hard-to-reach light bulb. The Political Panel The troubles at MNsure and the pay raise controversy were topics with this week's panel. Republicans Amy Koch and Mark Drake were paired up with DFLers Mike Hatch and Sarah Walker. The Index File Question Our survey of Minnesota high school sports records continued. Then we played a show-ending tune by troubadour Burl Ives who appeared in the KTCA studios this week back in 1983. The Wrap David Gillette enlisted the crew's help to disclose remarkable facts associated with Almanac's thirtieth birthday.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3122
Previously aired Friday February 13th
Remembering David Carr David Carr... the Twin Citian who went on to be the fabled New York Times media reporter... was remembered by fellow journalist David Brauer. Law School Merger William Mitchell Law School is merging with Hamline Law School. We heard from the current law school deans about the plan. Twin Cities Mayors Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman joined us live in studio to talk about the challenges facing their communities. Anti-Terrorism Programs Last week we heard from U.S. Attorney Andy Luger about his office's plans to combat terrorism. This week Jaylani Hussein from the Minnesota chapter of the Council On American-Islamic Relations gave us his perspective. The Weekly Monologue Adia Morris had thoughts about Valentine's Day... and the job market. Sports with Larry Fitzgerald Wild... Timberwolves... Women's hoops. Larry Fitzgerald touched on all of them in his monthly sports segment. Rift at the Capitol Governor Dayton and Senate Majority Leader Bakk had a serious public fight this week. Mary Lahammer gave us some perspective. Former Lawmaker Panel Republicans Marty Seifert and Fritz Knaak met up with DFLers Ember Reichgott Junge and Ellen Anderson to talk about a host of political topics. And yes. The Dayton/Bakk squabble was the hot topic. The Index File Section We were still collecting answers about what St. Cloud Tech and Little Falls did a record 8 times in a high school boys basketball game. Then we ended the show with a tune by John Gorka from the tpt archives.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3121
Previously aired Friday February 6th
Paid Sick Time Policy Minnesota is trying to become one of a few states to mandate paid sick time off for workers. Rep. Ryan Winkler supports changing the law, Rep. Pat Garofalo opposes it. Hit Play! This week's web highlight featured some great nighttime footage of the state capitol. U of M President Kaler We checked in with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler about a host of issues including his school's legislative priorities. Electronic Data Privacy State Senator Branden Petersen wants to change our state constitution to add privacy protections for electronic data. The Weekly Monologue Roy Finden believes that Minnesotans don't get enough credit for getting kids into snowsuits. U.S. Attorney Outreach U.S. Attorney Andy Luger talked with us about his office's work with the Somali community to combat terrorism. First-Termers Check-in Freshman lawmakers have been on the job for a month now. Just long enough for Mary Lahammer to check in with him and find out how they are getting along. A Political Panel This week's politicos include Democrats Javier Morillo-Alicea and Mindy Greiling and Republicans Andy Brehm and Gregg Peppin. One of the topics was commissioner salary hikes. The Index File Section We had not one but TWO questions about high school basketball history. Then we ended the hour with a closing tune by Rhonda Vincent and the Rage who performed in the Twin Cities studios this week in 2001. The Wrap David Gillette's weekly web-only feature told you all you ever needed to know about how to be an Associate Director in a TV studio.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3120
Previously aired Friday January 30th
Police Body Camera Debate Should the images captured by police body cameras be available to the public? We brought you a debate between State Rep. Dan Schoen and public data advocate Don Gemberling. Governor's Budget Two influential legislative committee chairs gave us their take on Governor Dayton's budget which was released this week. Sen. Dick Cohen and Rep. Jim Knoblach were our guests. Measles Outbreak Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger talked about the case of measles reported in Minnesota this week. He also spoke about the outbreak in California. Weather with Paul Douglas The blizzard out east and our snow-light winter were two topics with Paul Douglas. Hit Play! This week's web clip featured winter camping way up north where there's actually snow. St. John's Abbey Church Victoria Young is the author of a book published by the U of M Press on the remarkable St. John's Abbey Church in Collegeville. She talked with us about the under-appreciated masterpiece by architect Marcel Breuer. Budget Strategy Mary Lahammer reported on the similar strategies being employed by Governor Dayton and President Obama when it comes to rolling out their budget proposals. Political Reporter Panel We were lucky to nab Brian Bakst, Mary Lahammer, Briana Bierschbach and Tom Scheck to join us for a capitol reporter roundtable. The Index File Section Two Minnesota history questions were paired with a great show-ending tune from the KTCA archives featuring jazz great Doris Hines. The Wrap David Gillette's weekly web-only show drew upon the drawing talents of an unlikely group... Political reporters.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3119
Previously aired Friday January 23rd
Data Privacy Minnesota Senate Judiciary Chair Ron Latz talked about a data privacy bill regarding use of license plate readers by law enforcement. Child Protection Changes We checked in with two members of a statewide Child Protection Taskforce to discuss plans to change Minnesota?s trouble system that is supposed to be protecting children. Winter Carnival Parade History Steve Shumaker's family has been making St. Paul Winter Carnival parade floats since the 1930s. Steve shared with us some historic photos and stories about grand parade floats in years gone by. The Week's Monologue Kevyn Burger had a different take on how to make a New Year's resolution you can keep. The Elixir of Love The Minnesota Opera's production starts this weekend. Artistic Director Dale Johnson stopped by --along with baritone Andrew Wilkowske-- to give us a preview. Emerge The Twin Cities' oldest library building is now home to a digital literacy and job training center. The Emerge Career and Technology Center is the brainchild of Emerge President Mike Wynne. He was our guest. Lt. Governor Tina Smith Mary Lahammer profiled our state's new Lieutenant Governor. Political Scientist Panel This week's State of the Union address was the starting point for this week's group of political scientists: Kathryn Pearson, Steven Schier, Dan Hofrenning and David Schultz. The Index File Section Our history questions concerned Guernsey cows and road atlases. Then we were treated to another operatic performance by Andrew Wilkowske. The Wrap tpt is undergoing a renovation. David Gillette gave us a little tour.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3118
Previously aired Friday January 16th
Archdiocese bankruptcy Archdiocese attorney Charlie Rogers and abuse victims attorney Jeff Anderson talked with us about the bankruptcy filing by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. St. Paul Shooting Jeff Martin of the St. Paul NAACP discussed why he wants an independent investigation of the St. Paul police shooting death of Marcus Golden. Drawing with Kate DiCamillo David Gillette had some fun with Minnesota's "Artist of the Year" author Kate DiCamillo. Bernadeia Johnson Exit Interview We spoke with outgoing Minneapolis Schools Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson about her recent decision to step down from her post. Kate DiCamillo Returns Acclaimed children's author Kate DiCamillo returned to the Almanac table to chat with Cathy and Eric about her recent writing projects. The Weekly Essay Kate Gibson just can't seem to erase the memories of this past holiday season. New National Park Head John Anfinson talked with us about his new job as the superintendent of the only National Park devoted to the Mississippi River. More Kate Drawing This was the segment when we found out if Kate DiCamillo picked up on the drawing tips offered by David Gillette. Transportation Tussle Democrats and Republicans disagree about the best way to pump money into fixing and building new roads, bridges and transit lines. Mary Lahammer had a report. Political Panel Transportation was one of the topics with this week's version of our political panel: Amy Koch, Mindy Greiling, Ellen Anderson and Brian McClung. The Wrap Kate DiCamillo and David Gillette solved all the problems in the universe.
55 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3117
Previously aired Friday January 9th
Party Chairs MN Republican Party chair Keith Downey and MN DFL Party chair Ken Martin exchanged views on the new congress and state legislature. Talking Budget Former State Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter talked with Cathy and Eric about his years formulating and managing budgets. The Walker Turns 75 The Walker Arts Center is celebrating its 75th birthday this year with a big exhibit. Walker director Olga Viso was our guest. Hit Play! Our web clip of the week features snow-kiting on White Bear Lake. The Weekly Monologue Dominic Papatola noticed the cold weather this week. And he didn't like it a bit. First Termer Catch-Up Mary Lahammer checked in with rookie lawmakers on their first week on the job at the capitol. Legislative Leaders Live All four top leaders of the Minnesota legislature sat down on the Almanac couch: House Speaker Kurt Daudt, House Minority Leader Paul Thissen, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and Senate Minority Leader David Hann. The Index File Section The right answer to this week's Minnesota History question came in the form of a sonnet. Won't want to miss that. Plus a show-ending tune from the vaults by Peter Mayer. The Wrap David Gillette talked to new House Speaker Kurt Daudt about the special gavel he will use this session in St. Paul.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.



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