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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 #3150
Airs Friday August 28th
This week on Almanac is at the State Fair. We talk politics and weather and visit with live animals. Storyteller Kevin Kling will stop by too.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3201
Airs Friday September 4th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3202
Airs Friday September 11th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3203
Airs Friday September 18th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3204
Airs Friday September 25th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3205
Airs Friday October 2nd
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3206
Airs Friday October 9th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3207
Airs Friday October 16th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3208
Airs Friday October 23rd
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.


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

Episode #3149
Previously aired Friday August 21st
Twin Cities Mayors Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman talked budgets and pro soccer. Mexican American Economic Impact Economist Bruce Corrie and Minneapolis City Council member Alondra Cano talked about Corrie's new study on the economic impact of Minnesota?s Mexican American community. Connections to Cass Mary Lahammer continues with stories about historic structures that have connections to Minnesota Capitol architect Cass Gilbert. This week?s story took her to the oldest commercial structure in St. Paul. Black Lives Matter Macalester Professor Duchess Harris has co-written a classroom book on the topic of the Black Lives Matter movement. She joined us in studio to talk about it. Hit Play! This week's web highlight featured Fort Snelling reenactors in action. A David Gillette Illustrated Essay David Gillette will NOT share what he did on his summer vacation. He explained why in his latest illustrated essay. The Iran Treaty U of M Law School Professor Oren Gross told us why he opposes the recently-negotiated deal with Iran. A few weeks back we heard from a treaty proponent. The Week's Political Panel Democrats Javier Morillo-Alicea and Ellen Anderson debated policy and politics with Republicans Fritz Knaak and Andy Brehm. The Index File Section Who was threading that movie projector in last week's historic photo? Can you name the noted American in the 1922 State Fair photograph? After we had some fun with history we played a tune by the Castaways who sang "Liar, Liar" in our studio this week back in 1997. The Wrap Can you guess the State Fair food favorites of the Almanac team? We put new Almanac staffer Katie Moritz to the test in her very first Wrap appearance.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3148
Previously aired Friday August 14th
Congressman Erik Paulsen Minnesota's 3rd District congressman Erik Paulsen chatted with Eric and Cathy about national politics. Minnesota's Soccer Future How excited should Minnesota be about Major League Soccer landing here? Pat Borzi from MinnPost filled us in. Civil War History Mary Lahammer previewed what is being billed as the largest-ever Civil War themed gathering at historic Fort Snelling. Alison Scott Sings Singer/songwriter Alison Scott gave us a taste of her new CD "Stone Cold Love" as she performed live in studio B. A Paul Douglas Weather Check-in Paul Douglas's summer summary is simple. The weather was lovely. But will winter be a rough ride? This Week's Political Panel A special session dud. Intriguing presidential races. Fallout from the Norwood Teague scandal. Democrats Ember Reichgott Junge and Mindy Greiling square off with Brian McClung and Walter Hudson. The Index File Section Were you one of only two correct guessers of last week's Index File question? Click and find out. Then we end the show with a music video by Alison Scott aimed at combating domestic violence. The Wrap Alison Scott performed a bonus tune for us.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3147
Previously aired Friday August 7th
The Crowded Republican Race for President Political scientists Kathryn Pearson and David Schultz assessed Thursday's big debate... and a cast a long glance at the 2016 Presidential race. State Fair Stories Preview We showed you a sneak peek at tpt?s upcoming documentary on the Minnesota State Fair. Teen Pregnancy Paradox New state survey data should that GLBTQ teens have rates of pregnancy than their straight peers. Judith Kahn with the group Teenwise Minnesota explained why that is happening. The Iran Deal This month we'll present different views of the pending Iran Nuclear Deal. First up, U of M prof William Beeman told us about his recent trips to Iran and why he supports the deal. This Week's Essay Adia Morris has been thinking lately about Minnesota Nice. Sports with Larry Fitzgerald In addition to the Vikes and the Twins and the Lynx we also talked with Larry Fitzgerald about the sudden resignation of U of M Athletic Director Norwood Teague. The Environment in the News Walleye in Mille Lacs, a "new" citizen environment council... Mary Lahammer brought us up to date on environmental issues at the capitol. Capitol Reporters Special session talk... Donald Trump... troubles at the U... upcoming meetings about the state's sex offender program... were all worthwhile topics this week with our political reporter panel. Mary Lahammer was joined by Tom Scheck and Briana Bierschbach. The Index File Section A VERY tricky Index File question last week led to dozens of wrong answers. We admit we had fun with that. Then we asked you a question about a noted actress who once played the Guthrie. We closed the show with a performance by Maria Isa who performed on Almanac this week in 2009. The Wrap On this week's edition of our web-only program David Gillette engages in debate with tpt staffer Rachel Finch about office place thermostat settings. Eric Eskola was the moderator.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3146
Previously aired Friday July 31st
African Lions Rep. Betty McCollum talked about what she wants congress to do to help protect African lions in the wake of the Walter Palmer story. Boy Scout Changes We talked with Kent York from the Northstar Council of Boy Scouts about two different stories: the national Boy Scout decision to allow gay scoutmasters... and ongoing local lawsuits relating to past alleged abuse of scouts. Mille Lacs Special Session? The walleye woes on Mille Lacs may lead soon to a special session of the legislature. Resorts representative Dan McElroy detailed the problems resorts are facing due to the reduced haul of walleye. Citizen Swain Mary Lahammer dug deep into the tpt archives as she profiled Tom Swain's remarkable life of public service. Swain has recently co-written a book about his life with the assistance of Lori Sturdevant. Ode to Pluto David Gillette's illustrated essay sang the praises of the New Horizons mission to Pluto and beyond. Buzz It's a perfect summertime Minnesota read... a thriller that combines the State Fair, the BWCA and killer mosquitoes. Author David Lebedoff stopped by our studios for a fun summer chat. A Run for President St. Cloud resident Anab Dahir wants to be the first female president of Somalia. She joined us in studio to talk about her campaign. This Week's Political Panel Republicans Annette Meeks and Amy Koch were matched up with DFLers Javier Morillo Alicea and Mindy Greiling. Topics included national presidential politics and a possible special session. The Index File Section History questions about Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the Minnesota Vikings. And a show-ending tune from the archives about leaping carp by Jeff Horwich. The Wrap David Gillette showed us an AMAZING basement train set up.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3145
Previously aired Friday July 24th
Congress First District Congressman Tim Walz talked about the budget bills left to pass before the end of the fiscal year and how much may or may not get done before summer recess begins at the end of next week. Decline of Lake Mille Lacs walleye population The management of Lake Milles Lacs walleye population has long been controversial. David Gillette headed north in the spring of 2014 to find out more about the environmental and economic challenges facing the region. Lake Mille Lacs walleye harvest nearing end DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr talked about the news that Lake Mille Lacs will soon close to walleye fishing for 2015 and explained the management plan going forward. Hit Play! This week's web video featured a group from Northern Tier on their summer canoe adventure in the BWCA. This Week's Monologue Kate Gibson turned 39 recently and she's feeling a bit like a slacker. Cass Gilbert Tour With the State Capitol closed for renovations, Mary Lahammer took a look at some of architect Cass Gilbert's other work. The ADA at 25: Disability Rights in Minnesota An excerpt of the tpt-produced documentary explored the history of the ADA. ADA Turns 25 Margot Imdieke Cross from the Minnesota State Council on Disabilities joined us to talk about her involvement in passage of the ADA 25 years ago and her continued work on accessibility issues in Minnesota. Pope Francis The Vatican hosted a global conference on climate change and human trafficking earlier this week. Theologian Massimo Faggioli from the University of St. Thomas talked about Pope Francis, the conference and his upcoming trip to the U. S. This Week's Panel Business and economic experts talked about a variety of summertime news. Chris Farrell from American Public Media, Lee Farrell from the Star Tribune and Jeanne Boeh were our guests. The Index File Question We answered last week's question. Asked a new history question. And played some Shawn Phillips music from the archives to end the show. The Wrap David Gillette had fun visiting with a family that was very excited about their dad being on TV.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3144
Previously aired Friday July 17th
Road Construction Woes MnDOT Chief Engineer Sue Mulvihill explained all of the current road construction in the West Metro on Hwys 110 & 394. And offered suggestions for commuter survival and alternate routes until the work is completed. Severe Summer Storms Paul Douglas explained why Sunda'?s damaging high winds and storms are classified as a 'derecho' and looked ahead to a hot, steamy summer weekend. 1934 Truckers' Strike An excerpt from "Minneapolis Past" looks back at the violent labor struggles of 1934, including the Minneapolis Truckers' Strike. Remembering 1934 Strikers International Teamsters official Tom Keegel and Teamsters Local 120 intern Haylee Hilton talked about the significance of the 1934 strike and the ceremony this weekend to commemorate the two strikers that died during the violence. Boy Scouts of America Sex Abuse Lawsuits Attorney Jeff Anderson talked about filing lawsuits against the Boy Scouts of America designed to open up decades-old private files of accused sex abusers. Hit Play! This week's web clip features summertime fun on a teen cabin trip. This Week's Essay Bobby Edwards talked about his heartbreaking grass allergy. African American Bike Week A week long African American bike conference in Minneapolis continues through the weekend. Louis Moore, head of the ?Major Taylor Bicycling Club of Minnesota? talked about hosting the events. "Minnesota Modern: Four Artists of the Twentieth Century" A new book from Afton Press celebrates the work of four Minnesota connected artists. Co-author Brian Szott was our guest. This Week's Political Panel Former DFL lawmakers Ellen Anderson and Jeremy Kalin joined former Republican lawmakers Kurt Zellers and Jim Abeler for a lively summertime political conversation. The Index File Question We asked about a noted politician who was a baseball fanatic and then played some show ending music Blues artist Charlie Parr. The Wrap David Gillette helped viewers get to know essayist and Almanac Associate Director Bobby Edwards.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3143
Previously aired Friday July 10th
Kramer vs. Cramer Matt Kramer with the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce and Steve Cramer with the Minneapolis Downtown Council made their best pitch why a pro soccer stadium should be built in their communities. Branden Petersen To Step Down A rising star in the Republican State Senate elected this week not to seek re-election. Sen. Branden Petersen talked with Mary Lahammer about why he made that decision. Diversity Council Report The Governor's Council on Inclusion and Diversity issued its first report this week. Minnesota Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey talked with us about some ideas to improve civic engagement in our state. Hit Play! A mama moose and her two calves were spotted this week up north by Almanac's Kari Kennedy. We made the footage our web clip of the week. Saving Minnesota Moose An environmental group pushed federal officials this week to put moose on the Endangered Species List. Collette Adkins is an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity, the group advocating for federal protection. This Week's Essay Adia Morris has a new take on people who are always punctual. Minnesota Civil Rights History Historian Bill Green discussed about his new book "Degrees of Freedom" which explores the complex history of civil rights in Minnesota in the time between the Civil War and World War One. Meeting in Minneapolis We talked about the international Sister Cities convention coming to Minneapolis next week with Melvin Tennant, head of Meet Minneapolis... the Mill City's Visitors and Convention Bureau. This Week's Political Panel Presidential Politics was one topic. Minnesota's budget reserves was another. This week's political panel consisted of Republicans Brian McDaniel and Fritz Knaak and Democrats Sarah Walker and Mike Hatch. The Index File Question We revealed the name of a historic Toro product, we asked about a noted politician who was a fanatical baseball enthusiast, and then played some show-closing music by violinist Gil Shaham. The Wrap David Gillette explored the many talents of Almanac essayist Adia Morris.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

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 Sunday June 28th
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 Channel 2.1

Sun Jun 28th @ 9:30 am

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

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