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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 #3046
Airs Friday August 1st
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3047
Airs Friday August 8th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3048
Airs Friday August 15th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3049
Airs Friday August 22nd
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3050
Airs Friday August 29th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3101
Airs Friday September 5th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3102
Airs Friday September 12th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3103
Airs Friday September 19th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3104
Airs Friday September 26th
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 #3045
Previously aired Friday July 25th
This week on Almanac... Medtronic merger... Green Party national convention... State races to watch this fall.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3044
Previously aired Friday July 18th
Congress World leaders are calling for a cease-fire in the Ukraine after a Malaysian jetliner was shot down yesterday, killing all 298 people on board. Closer to home Congress and President Obama remain at odds over immigration reform, Obamacare and more. Republican First District Congressman John Kline was our guest. Betrayed by Silence MPR News aired an hour long documentary earlier this week about the clergy sex abuse scandal in the Archdiocese and the subsequent cover-up by three Archbishops. Reporter Madeleine Baran has spent a year covering the story and she was our guest. Hit Play! Mary Lahammer has spent the week in England with the tpt Travel Club. She created this week's web clip. Cool Time in the Summer Record rainfall in June. Cooler than normal temps to date in July. Forecast for heat, storms and smoke from western fires. Paul Douglas was our guest. Light Rail Transit An agreement between Minneapolis and the Metropolitan Council keeps the Southwest Light Rail on track, the Green Line has been up and running for a month and a conservative think tank has called for a moratorium on light rail funding. Met Council Chair Susan Haigh was our guest. The Monologue Jim Ragsdale recalls his days covering Governor Ventura and isn't surprised that some people may have the desire to punch him. Gordon Parks Memorial This weekend at Rondo Days, visitors will have the opportunity to express their opinions about a public memorial for Gordon Parks. Robin Hickman, his grandniece and head of SoulTouch Productions, talked about the life and legacy of the accomplished photographer and filmmaker. The Political Panel A couch full of political analysts talked about the upcoming primary, goings-on in DC and more. DFLers Ember Reichgott Junge and Mindy Greiling squared off against Republicans Brian McDaniel and Ben Golnik. The Index File Section What Minnesotan was a cabinet member in the 1920s? Who gave a speech at the Leamington in February of 1958? After we dispensed with history we played a tune from the tpt archives. The Wrap Paul Douglas does the weather to music provided by his son's band.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3043
Previously aired Friday July 11th
Transportation Funding A report out by the conservative think tank "Center of the American Experiment" advocated increased funding for roads and decreased funding for light rail transit. Fritz Knaak, former Republican lawmaker and co- author of the report, was our guest. Capitol Renovations Mary Lahammer gave us a behind-the-scenes look at all of the construction in the Capitol and updated us on how much of the building will be closed to the public in the next couple of years. Savage Minnesota For the second summer in a row, the Star Tribune is publishing a summer serial and making it available in e-book form. This year's book is "Savage Minnesota." Author Cary Griffith and Star Tribune editor Kate Parry joined us. The Monologue Kevin Kling told us why Minnesota lakes are his special place. Sports Larry Fitzgerald Sr. stopped by the studio to talk about next week's MLB All Star game at Target Field. Sea Wing Hidden History Cathy visited with historian/author Fred Johnson and filmmaker Ben Threinen about the Sea Wing disaster. Political Science Panel A couch full of political science professors talked DC politics and more. David Schultz, Stacey Hunter Hecht, Larry Jacobs and Steven Schier were our guests. The Index File Section What U. S. President gave a speech at the Minneapolis Exposition Building in the 1890s? And what Minnesotan was a cabinet member in the 1920s? After we dispensed with history we played a tune from the tpt archives. The Wrap David Gillette quizzed a college friend about a recent Almanac show.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3042
Previously aired Friday July 4th
As Almanac gears up for its 30th anniversary, we bring you a behind-the-scenes special filled with program facts and history.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3041
Previously aired Friday June 27th
Republican Governor Debate The four leading Republican candidates for governor - Scott Honour, Jeff Johnson, Marty Seifert and Kurt Zellers - appeared live in studio for their first TV debate. Flooding Update Mary Lahammer brought us the latest on flooding this week and the chances for a special legislature session to help pay for the damage. Twin Cities Mayors Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges and St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman paired up for a status report on their cities. The Index File Section Two terrific Minnesota History questions followed by a show-ending tune from the tpt vaults. The Wrap St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman answered our Ten Questions.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3040
Previously aired Friday June 20th
Swampy Spring Paul Douglas talked about this week's historic rains and what the summer may hold. Flooding Update Kris Eide heads Minnesota's office of Emergency Management. She talked with Cathy and Eric about flooding and storm damage that 35 Minnesota counties face. Former Congressman Sabo Marty Sabo came out this week in opposition to the Southwest Light Rail line. We discussed light rail with him but also touched on how Congress has changed in the seven years since he left. State Seal History Minnesota's historic state seal - used for official documents - has an amazing story about it. Mary Lahammer has long been fascinated with the seal and that interest led to a by-special-invitation tour of a new exhibit at the Minnesota History Center. Paul Robeson Remembered Singer, Actor, Activist... the great 20th century African American is remembered in a play at the Capri Theater in Minneapolis. Bass-Baritone Jason McKinney talked with Jearlyn Steele about the play. Hit Play! This week's web clip of the week features skateboard, hills and bravery. A Weekly Monologue Roy Finden took the Green Line this week between Minneapolis and St. Paul. And he had some thoughts about it. Legal Analysis Paul Hannah discussed the gay marriage situation in Wisconsin, a death penalty update and Minnesota's controversial sex offender treatment program. The Political Panel A pre-primary political panel was on the agenda. Republicans Ben Golnik and Fritz Knaak were joined by Democrats Sarah Walker and Wy Spano. The Index File Section What 1909 world record were we talking about? Then we ended the show with a tune by Alison Scott who performed on Almanac two years ago this week. The Wrap Roy Finden chatted with David Gillette and answered ten questions.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3039
Previously aired Friday June 13th
Tea Party Power Tuesday's stunning primary loss by Eric Cantor led to a broader conversation about the Tea Party movement and what the Cantor loss may mean for congress. U of M Political Science Prof Kathryn Pearson was our guest. Hot DFL Auditor's Race Mary Lahammer talked to current State Auditor Rebecca Otto and her DFL primary opponent Matt Entenza in what is lining up to be a lively August primary battle. Secret Super Bowl List Rochelle Olson from the Star Tribune talked about her paper's reporting this week about the NFL's secret "Wish List" for Super Bowl bidding cities. Hidden Civil War History Cathy Wurzer made a trek to historic Fort Snelling to learn more about Minnesota's 2nd Regiment's work in the Civil War. Military historian Johannes Allert shared some historic documents he recently purchased and will donate to the Minnesota Historical Society. Historian Annette Atkins joined the conversation as well. Sports Week Larry Fitzgerald Sr. stopped by the studio to talk to Cathy and Eric about a busy week in sports. The Monologue Mark DePaolis doesn't buy into the fear about Friday the 13th. Though after this week's monologue performance he may change his mind. Red Bull History in Italy Seventy years ago this summer Minnesota's Red Bull National Guard soldiers played a key role in fighting German soldiers in Italy. tpt's Luke Heikkila talked about his recent trip to Italy to document this World War II history. Political Reporter Panel A quartet of capitol reporters digested the week's news. Rachel Stassen-Berger, Briana Bierschbach, Brian Bakst and Heather Carlson were our guests. The Index File Section Who got her start on a St. Paul stage thirty years ago this month? And what world record of 3,628 miles was set by a Minnesota person, place or thing in 1909? After we dispensed with history we played a tune from the tpt archives. The Wrap Luke Heikkila was David's guest. The topic of conversation was the valiant role in World War II played by Minnesota's Red Bull national guard unit.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3038
Previously aired Friday June 6th
Candidate Jeff Johnson Jeff Johnson won the Republican endorsement for Governor this past weekend. He joined us live in studio to talk about his campaign. Carbon Emissions Cuts President Obama set national goals this week for reducing carbon emissions from America's power plants. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency head John Linc Stine discussed what these new rules may mean for Minnesota's energy future. Jason Davis Looks Back on His Career Minnesota Broadcast Hall of Famer Jason Davis talked about his four decade career as a reporter at KSTP-TV. Skylark Opera Preview Director Wendy Cox and singer Christina Baldwin talked about Skylark's upcoming "Berlin to Broadway" production. Then Christina sang a tune. Hit Play! We presented Minneapolis' Cherry and Spoon sculpture like you have never seen it before. The Monologue Kevyn Burger wondered aloud about when "disruptive" became a positive word. Republican Convention Recap Mary Lahammer looked at last weekend?s Republican state convention and the party?s changed approach to primaries. A Political Panel This week's group of political analysts included Republicans Annette Meeks and Brian McDaniel and DFLers Mike Hatch and Javier Morillo-Alicea. The Index File Section Two stellar Minnesota history questions and a show-ending tune. The Wrap David Gillette put Jason Davis through the paces of answering his series of Ten Questions.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3037
Previously aired Friday May 30th
Republican Convention Check-in Mary Lahammer reported from the Republican state convention in Rochester where balloting for Senate endorsement took place. Economic Update Economists Jeanne Boeh and Chris Farrell explained GDP to us... and why that number is bouncing around this year. DFL Secretary of State Preview David Gillette talked with the two DFL candidates for Secretary of State at the DFL state convention in Duluth. The Weekly Monologue Aron Kahn likes when it rains. And he knows that makes him a rarity in Minnesota. Remembering Maya Angelou The renowned poet Maya Angelou appeared on tpt's "Arts on Two" program back in 1994. In this excerpt Angelou talked about writing and then she read from the poetry of Paul Lawrence Dunbar. Hit Play! Do you know what wake boarding is? You will if you watch our Minnesota web clip of the week. Synthetic Drugs Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo talked with us about new aggressive prosecutorial tools used against synthetic drug suppliers. Republican Candidates for Governor Mary Lahammer previewed the crowded field for endorsement among Republican gubernatorial candidates. Political Scientist Panel We touched on issues local and national with our panel of political scientists: Larry Jacobs, Kathryn Pearson, Stacy Hunter Hecht and David Schultz. The Index File Section Interactive Minnesota history coupled with a classic clip of Dan Wilson from the tpt archives. The Wrap David Gillette showed us how to have fun by drawing your own cartoon of Eric Eskola.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.



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