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Almanac is a weekly news and public affairs program produced by tpt and seen statewide. Now in its 30th 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 #3032
Airs Friday April 25th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3033
Airs Friday May 2nd
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3034
Airs Friday May 9th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3035
Airs Friday May 16th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3036
Airs Friday May 23rd
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3037
Airs Friday May 30th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3038
Airs Friday June 6th
56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

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episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3039
Airs Friday June 13th
56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

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episode on this channel.

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 #3031
Previously aired Friday April 18th
This week on Almanac... renovating the state capitol... touring by bike every Twin Cities street... and our political scientist panel.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3030
Previously aired Friday April 11th
Party Chairs The heads of Minnesota's top political parties assessed political news local and national. GOP chair Keith Downey and DFL chair Ken Martin were our guests. Guthrie's New Season Guthrie director Joe Dowling previewed the 2014-15 season at the theater. That will also be Dowling's final season with the Guthrie. Medical Marijuana Update Is medical marijuana legislation making a comeback at the state capitol? Mary Lahammer has an update. Monologue Dr. Mark DePaolis got all emotional on us. But that's OK because he did it in the name of science. Hit Play! Artist Mike Wohnoutka Award-winning artist Mike Wohnoutka --fresh off a win this week at the Minnesota Book Awards-- joined David Gillette to talk about how he approaches illustrating children's books. New Approach to Alzheimer's Disease The group ACT on Alzheimer's commissioned a study this week that showed intensive help for home-care can significantly reduce the costs associated with caring for Minnesotans with dementia. Political Reporters Panel With lawmakers on spring break we checked in with a trio of talented political reporters: Brian Bakst, Tom Scheck and Rachel Stassen-Berger. The Index File Section What happened at Parade Stadium in September of 1951? And what the heck was the significance of that little state flag we showed you? After we talked history we closed out the show with a tune by Steve Goodman who was featured in a KTCA music special recorded thirty years ago. The Wrap David Gillette went overtime with noted children's book illustrator Mike Wohnoutka. It was fun.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3029
Previously aired Friday April 4th
A Cold Snowy Winter A classic sloppy April snowstorm blew through the state Thursday night. Paul Douglas put it into perspective along with the rest of this long winter. Hit Play! Behold Snow Dog! Jon Springer created a great winter video that was declared our Minnesota web clip of the week. Road Construction Plans MNDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle stopped by to describe the more than one billion dollars in state road and bridge projects in the works for 2014. Pope Francis One Year Later St. Thomas University theologian Massimo Faggioli talked with Cathy and Eric about a host of issues relating to the dynamic new leader of worldwide Catholics. A Weekly Monologue Adia Morris made her Almanac essay debut this week by looking back at her New Year's resolutions. Bagpipes! The Macalester Pipe Band paid us a visit to preview the group's upcoming concert. Runestone Historic Designation? Rep. Joe Atkins wants the Kensington Runestone discovery location to be declared a state historic site. He explained myself. Anti-Bullying Bill The Minnesota Senate passed a school anti-bullying bill this week. Mary Lahammer brought us an update on this emotional issue. The Political Panel Democrats Denise Cardinal and Mindy Greiling squared off against Republicans Andy Brehm and Fritz Knaak. The controversial new Senate Office Building was one of the topics under discussion. The Index File Section Did you recognized that 1949 future baseball Hall of Famer? After we settled that one we asked about an historic event at Minneapolis Parade Stadium in September of 1951. We then ended the show with more bagpipe music. The Wrap David Gillette couldn't resist having some further fun with the Macalester Pipe Band.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3028
Previously aired Friday March 28th
St. Paul Vision City and business leaders revealed a bold plan today envisioning development in four areas of downtown St. Paul. Capitol City mayor Chris Coleman explained. Mille Lacs Walleye Woes The walleye problems continue on Lake Mille Lacs. Don Pereira with the DNR stopped by to talk about this year's slot limit and nighttime fishing ban. Lawmaker Immunity Update Mary Lahammer brought us up to speed on efforts by Concordia University students to pass a law to change the "get out of jail free" cards that entitle Minnesota lawmakers to legal immunity during the legislative session. Pew Media Study Media analyst John Rash took a deep look into the Pew Foundation's annual study of media. The Monologue Dominic Papatola was determined to tell us about the up side of mediocre local sports teams. Hit Play! Ben Garvin demonstrated what you could do with some big cardboard boxes and a house full of kids. It was our web clip of the week. Legal Update Attorney Paul Hannah examined several key legal stories in the news?. Including the national Hobby Lobby healthcare case? and a ruling on Minnesota's assisted suicide law. Sun Mee Chomet We brought you a mini-profile of Twin Cities actress and playwright Sun Mee Chomet. You can watch the full profile on this week?s Minnesota Original program. The Political Panel Medical marijuana... a proposed new Senate Office Building... the ongoing minimum wage fight. That was the agenda for this week's political panel with Republicans Brian McClung and Chris Tiedeman and Democrats Mike Hatch and Rep. Melissa Hortman. The Index File Question Baseball is the Minnesota history question theme of the week. When we finished with that we played a tune by Chastity Brown from the tpt vaults. The Wrap ??
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3027
Previously aired Friday March 21st
Future of Rochester We checked in with Rochester mayor Ardell Brede and talked about his city in light of Mayo growth and IBM downsizing. Capitol Reporter Duo Almanac's Mary Lahammer and Rochester Post-Bulletin reporter Heather Carlson gave an update on this year's legislative session, especially the tussle this week over taxes. Mayo Clinic CEO Mayo head Dr. John Noseworthy talked Mayo history, the Affordable Care Act and the Clinic's expansion plans through the new state/private funded Destination Medical Center project. An Illustrated Essay David Gillette put the residents of Rochester to work to create a live crowd-sourced illustrated essay. Syrian Refugee Crisis Neal Porter from the Minnesota-based Center for Victims of Torture discussed the world's greatest refugee problem... the hundreds of thousands of refugees in Jordan who have fled the Syrian War. Senator Senjem's Health Makeover Rochester Senator Dave Senjem surprised his friends by taking up long-distance running at the age of 70. Mary Lahammer talked with the senator about his adoption of a healthier lifestyle. Somalis in Rochester Mohamoud Hamud told us about what is a surprise to many Rochester visitors... the city's robust Somali community. Political Scientist Panel Politics both national and international was the focus of this week's group of political scientists. David Schultz, Kathryn Pearson, Stacey Hunter Hecht and Dan Hofrenning were our guests.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3026
Previously aired Friday March 14th
Sex Offender Policy It now looks likely lawmakers won't make changes this year to our state's sex offender housing policy. William Mitchell Law School Dean Eric Janus told us he thought that was a mistake. St. Patrick's Day Parade Policy The city of St. Paul is trying to move the capitol city's famed St. Patrick's Day Parade away from the 17th to the nearest Saturday. The proposal has its fans and its critics. We brought you a debate between Jeff Schmidt with the Parade organization... and Lisa Conway with the Irish Music and Dance Association. Anti-bullying Proposal Mary Lahammer brought us a story about what is proving to be one of the most emotional issues at the capitol this year... an effort to change our state's anti-bullying law. Late School Start Do later high school start times lead to better high school academics? Yes said Kyla Washington who is a researcher at the University of Minnesota. Hit Play! It's a good week to think about fly fishing. So we made that our web clip of the week. The Monologue Dr. Mark DePaolis -and yes he's really a physician- shared his feelings about overly-fancy food. Downton Abbey Music David Gillette talked to Matt Mehaffey from the Oratorio Society of Minnesota about a Downton-Abbey-themed upcoming concert. Hockey Great Noora Raty Former U of M goalie Noora Raty talked about her recent Olympic experience and her signing this week to play professional hockey in a Finnish men's league. Former Lawmaker Panel Former lawmakers Ellen Anderson, Chris DeLaForest, Amy Koch and Jeremy Kalin shared thoughts on a number of policy initiatives at the state legislature. The Index File Section We solved the mystery of the man who was milking that cow... and we asked you about a famed baseball. Then we presented a show-ending tune from the tpt vaults. The Wrap David Gillette had some fun with U of M journalism grad Noora Raty.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3025
Previously aired Friday March 7th
Job Growth APM Economics reporter Chris Farrell and Augsburg College prof Jeanne Boeh talked about Friday's strong national job growth numbers and Minnesota's economy. Medical Marijuana Rep. Bob Barrett (R-Lindstrom) and Rep Dan Schoen (DFL-St. Paul Park) debated the merits of a medical marijuana bill before the state legislature. Sports with Fitzy Larry Fitzgerald fielded questions on a host of sporting topics including a controversial new NFL policy. Cantus Minnesota's renowned choral group stopped by for another Almanac visit in preparation for a new concert series inspired by the works of Anton Dvorak. Hit Play! Erik Nelson celebrated urban winter biking in this web clip of the week. The Monologue Jim Ragsdale was inspired by a pronouncement this week by Governor Dayton. St. Paul Police Dept. Hijab Policy Kandra Mohamed is a new community officer for the St. Paul Police Department. She made history this week by becoming the first to wear the department's approved hijab headscarf. Lori Saroya with CAIR-MN explained to us the role of the hijab in Muslim culture. House Tax Cuts Mary Lahammer explained how a tax bill sailed through the Minnesota House this week. And how it will be a different process when it comes to taxes in the Minnesota Senate. A Political Panel This week's version included Republicans Ben Golnik and Fritz Knaak and Democrats Mindy Greiling and Sarah Walker. The Index File Section Last week we asked you about a pair of vintage spectacles? this week we showed you a photo of a noted Minnesotan milking a cow. Then we played you another tune by Cantus. The Wrap Wonder how a studio camera works? Even if you didn't you may find this week's Wrap segment interesting. That's what David Gillette told me to say about it.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3024
Previously aired Friday February 28th
State Budget Surplus The February economic report was released Friday and it showed a projected surplus of 1.2 billion dollars for the next two years. Minnesota Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter and Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans were our guests. President Kaler U of M President Eric Kaler sat down with us to talk about the U's legislative agenda and to explain a recently-announced U of M diversity initiative. PolyMet Tour David Gillette gave us a tour of the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel plant near Hoyt Lakes. It's part of a larger story looking at the copper-nickel mining debate. Hit Play! Robins are a sign of spring right? That's the reasoning behind our web clip of the week. E-Cigarettes Should e-cigarettes be regulated like normal cigarettes? That's the issue facing Minnesota lawmakers. We previewed the issue with e-cigarette advocate Troy Decorsey and e-cigarette critic Andrea Mowery. An Illustrated Essay David Gillette says he takes his life into his hands every time he needs to cross a busy street. So he grabbed his dry-erase markers and off he went. Concordia Students at the Legislature Mary Lahammer followed a group of Concordia University students who are working with lawmakers to change six laws this legislative session. The group started by looking at the so-called lawmaker "get out of jail free" card. This Old House Host Kevin O'Connor David Gillette brought This Old House host Kevin O'Connor to the tpt scene shop to have a little fun. Kevin is in town for the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show. David played a game of "What is it? " with a group of celebrity guests. A Political Panel This week's start to the legislative session... and Friday's budget surplus announcement was the focus of this week's political panel. Republicans Brian McClung and Brian McDaniel shared the couch with Democrats Ellen Anderson and Richard Carlbom. The Index File Section Who owned that Apollo 11 tie tack? And what about that pair of spectacles? After we have fun with history with we end the show with a tune by Cantus. The Wrap This week's web-only segment featured David Gillette and Kevin O'Connor (This Old House) play Ten Questions.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3023
Previously aired Friday February 21st
Stormy Winter Paul Douglas talked with us about this week's major storm and the persistent cold that has characterized this Minnesota winter. Crashed Ice Redux It was a great week to revisit David Gillette's 2012 trip down the St. Paul Crashed Ice course. St. Paul Schools Deal St. Paul Schools and its teacher union has reached a tentative deal on a new teacher contract. Minnesota Public Radio News reporter Tim Post gave us some background. Hit Play! This week's featured web clip showed the icing over of Lake Superior. Ukraine Hamline political science professor taught in Kiev in 2012 and has spent a lot of time teaching in Russia. He used his experiences to talk about this year?s violent struggle in Ukraine. Under Sixty and Living with Dementia Writer Dan Browning is the author of a ten-part series on early onset dementia for the PBS Digital News site Next Avenue. Dan shared with us his experience living with his wife Liz who is dealing with frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Also joining us was Liz's sister Margaret Cummings. The Weekly Monologue Dominic Papatola talked about the remarkable transformation of North Dakota. Previewing the Session Our Mary Lahammer took a look at the legislative session that will begin on Tuesday. The Political Panel Legislative politics and campaign politics were the focus of this week's conversation. The panel consisted of Republicans Ben Golnik and Annette Meeks who were joined by DFLers Mike Hatch and Steve Murphy. The Index File Section Sardine tins, Apollo XI tie tacks and a show-ending tune by Romantica. The Wrap David Gillette challenged MPR News reporter Tim Post with a series of ten questions.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.



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