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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 #3133
Previously aired Friday May 1st
This week on Almanac... the fight against bird flu... Guthrie director Joe Dowling says farewell... and a political reporter panel.
56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Sun May 3rd @ 9:30 am

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3134
Airs Friday May 8th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3135
Airs Friday May 15th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3136
Airs Friday May 22nd
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3137
Airs Friday May 29th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3138
Airs Friday June 5th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3139
Airs Friday June 12th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #3140
Airs Friday June 19th
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

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Episode #3141
Airs Friday June 26th
56 minutes long
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 #3133
Previously aired Friday May 1st
This week on Almanac... the fight against bird flu... Guthrie director Joe Dowling says farewell... and a political reporter panel.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3132
Previously aired Friday April 24th
Avian Flu U of M bird flu expert Carol Cardona talked about the spread of avian flu in the wake of Governor Dayton declaring a state of emergency over the outbreak. Blue Zones Twin Citian Dan Buettner has been studying places around the world where people live the longest for a decade. He joined us to talk about his latest book "The Blue Zones Solution." Weather Paul Douglas stopped by to talk about our spring snow showers and look back at the historic tornadoes in May of 1965. The Week's Monologue Bobby Edwards shared a near crisis in his new marriage. Carmen visits Almanac Carmen is one of the world's most popular operas. The Minnesota Opera honored us with a visit from the lead in their upcoming Carmen performance. Facing Race Ambassadors The St. Paul Foundation's annual Facing Race Ambassadors Awards honor anti-racism activists annually. Carleen Rhodes, head of the St. Paul Foundation and two of this year's honorees talked about the importance of their work. Sunday Liquor Sales The Minnesota House will be taking up the omnibus liquor bill as soon as next week and activists continue to push hard for Sunday liquor sales. The Political Panel We talked about the legislature's final few weeks with DFL analysts Ember Reichgott Junge and Mike Hatch and Republican analysts Fritz Knaak and Gregg Peppin. The Index File Section A Minnesota March weather record revealed... who was the boxer at the AWA wrestling event in 1986... another musical selection from the Minnesota Opera's Carmen. The Wrap David Gillette whipped up a batch of Blue Zone Smoothies with the help of Dan Buettner.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3131
Previously aired Friday April 17th
Medicare Reform Mayo President and CEO Dr. John Noseworthy reacted to this week's federal Medicare reform bill. U of M Human Drug Trials Controversy Drug trials with human subjects have been halted at the U of M pending a review panel's report. We debated the U's drug trial policies with U of M Medical School Dean Dr. Brooks Jackson and Leigh Turner, a professor at the U of M's Center for Bioethics. Pro Soccer in Minnesota Mary Lahammer talked to Minnesota's greatest pro soccer star -- Alan Merrick -- about the MLS arrival in Minnesota. MN Orchestra Goes to Cuba Orchestra President Kevin Smith talked about why he is so excited about next month's trip to Cuba by the Minnesota Orchestra. The Week's Monologue Dominic Papatola was greatly amused by several actions at the State Capitol this week. Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile We watched a clip of the documentary film "Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile" and then chatted with the film's star -- Tenzin Khecheo -- and the film's director Norah Shapiro. Push For Pre K Governor Mark Dayton made it clear this week that he is very serious about his advocacy for universal Pre K in Minnesota. The Political Panel We covered a wide range of topics with Republican analysts Brian McDaniel and Kurt Zellers and DFL analysts Ellen Anderson and Mindy Greiling. The Wrap David Gillette talked antiquated Minnesota Senate rules with former State Senator Ellen Anderson.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3130
Previously aired Friday April 10th
State of the State Recap Mary Lahammer brought us clips and analysis of Thursday's State of the State address. Governor Dayton Live Governor Mark Dayton joined us live in the studio to preview the rest of the legislative session. Walleye Woes on Mille Lacs Anglers will be allowed just one walleye each day this summer on our state's premier walleye lake. We heard all about the new policy from Don Pereira with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Medicine of the Wolf Filmmaker Julia Huffman talked about her film "Medicine of the Wolf" that features Minnesota photographer Jim Brandenburg. Huffman and Brandenburg joined us in studio. Our Weekly Monologue Roy Finden says he's a founding member of the group STET. Don't worry, he explained it all to us. Music with Chuck Lazarus Chuck Lazarus is a trumpeter with the Minnesota Orchestra. He previewed an upcoming trumpet concerto entitled American Nomad. Political Reporter Panel Brian Bakst, Rachel E. Stassen-Berger and Heather Carlson gave us a reporter perspective on the State of the State. The Index File Section A famed visitor from 1966... and some state weather history are featured in this week's Index File section. We also gave you another tune by Chuck Lazarus.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3129
Previously aired Friday April 3rd
Taconite Plant Woes More layoffs were announced at Minnesota taconite plants this week. Eighth District Congressman Rick Nolan talked to us about the global glut of iron ore and about steel dumping. St. Paul Baseball History The Minnesota Historical Society Press has just published a history of the St. Paul Saints. Author Stew Thornley gives us a primer on professional baseball in the Capital City down through the years. Remembering Dick Moore Dick Moore was the General Manger of KTCA when Almanac first went on the air in 1984. He was a great champion of Almanac and other Channel 2 programming. Dick Moore died recently at age 95. We pulled a classic Dick Moore interview clip from the Almanac archives. The Weekly Monologue Dr. Mark DePaolis brought us news about doggie doctors. Yes, you read that sentence correctly. The Art of George Morrison Minnesota-born modern artist George Morrison was remembered in a recent tpt documentary. We showed a clip from the film and then talked about Morrison's legacy with artist Hazel Belvo. Minnesota Women's Press Turns 30 Women's Press co-publisher Kathy Magnuson talked about the monthly magazine's feminist mission as it enters its fourth decade of publication. Former Lawmaker Panel With state lawmakers on break it was a great time to assess the legislative session. We talked some national politics too with Republicans Amy Koch and Fritz Knaak and Democrats Steve Murphy and Ember Reichgott Junge. The Index File Section Mitchell the Poet struck again. And we asked you a tricky question about a noted writer who visited Minnesota in the fall of 1966. Then we ended the show with a tune from the Almanac vaults by singer-songwriter Chastity Brown. The Wrap David Gillette talked with sports historian Stew Thornley about his day job. He has an occupation that might surprise you.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3128
Previously aired Friday March 27th
Tip Credit Debate The Minnesota Restaurant Association is pushing for a lower minimum wage for employees who earn tips. Dan McElroy is with the Restaurant Association. Peggy Flanagan represented a coalition in opposition to changing the minimum wage rules. Remembering Bruce Kramer Bruce Kramer died this week from A.L.S. We played an excerpt from a conversation last December between Kramer and Cathy Wurzer. Minnesota Weather Almanac A completely updated second edition of Mark Seeley's book about Minnesota Weather History was published this month by the Minnesota Historical Society. U of M Climatologist Mark Seeley told us all about it. Capitol Renovation Special On April 1, Almanac at the Capitol will present a special on the ongoing renovations at the Minnesota State Capitol. We gave everyone a sneak peek. An Illustrated Essay Sloth or ingenuity? Watch this week's Illustrated Essay by David Gillette and make up your own mind. Photog Ben Garvin Acclaimed Pioneer Press photojournalist Ben Garvin has left the paper to work for KARE-11 TV. We looked at some of Ben's work and talked about the transition from newspaper to television work. State Budget Update The Governor, state senate, and state house have all proposed ways of dealing with the state budget for the next two years. Mary Lahammer brought us all up to speed on the three differing plans. A Political Panel As lawmakers prepared to take a week off, we assessed where things stand in St. Paul. Democrats Sarah Walker and Javier Morillo-Alicea and Republicans Brian McClung and Walter Hudson took their seats on the couch and engaged with each other. The Index File Section Just who was it who spoke at the Peoples Church in St. Paul in 1927? We finally got around to answering the question. Then we ended the show with a vintage clip of singer-songwriter Haley Bonar. The Wrap David Gillette talked craft with remarkable photojournalist Ben Garvin.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3127
Previously aired Friday March 20th
Legislative Auditor Report Legislative Auditor James Nobles issued a report critical about the way the U of M conducts clinical drug trials. He joined us live in studio. Political Party Chairs Republican Party Chair Keith Downey and DFL Party Chair Ken Martin agreed on some political issues but disagreed on many others. Superintendent Silva Valeria Silva was offered a contract extension this week to lead the St. Paul Public Schools until late 2018. Superintendent Silva talked about the challenges facing the Capitol City district. Pope Francis University of St. Thomas professor Massimo Faggioli talked about Pope Francis' two year reign as pope. He also gave us his take on the bankruptcy of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Hit Play! If you missed the aurora borealis up north this week we gave you second chance. This Week's Monologue Kate Gibson wrote an open letter to Spring. And she pulled no punches. Sports with Larry Fitzgerald As trade rumors about Adrian Peterson swirled, we spoke with Larry Fitzgerald Sr about football, hockey and baseball. Senator Tom Bakk Mary Lahammer sat down this week with the most powerful member of the Minnesota Senate. They talked about the state surplus, the budgeting process and his relationship with Governor Dayton. Political Scientist Panel National politics was on the agenda this week with Kathryn Pearson, Steven Schier, David Schultz and Dan Hofrenning. The Index File Section Who was the famed visitor to the Twin Cities in 1927? Then we ended the show with a music clip from the Nighttimes Variety program on KTCA in the early 1980s. The Wrap David Gillette got to know monologist Kate Gibson a bit better.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3126
Previously aired Friday March 13th
Target Job Cuts Star Tribune columnist Lee Schafer gave us his take on the massive layoffs this week at Target Corporation headquarters. Hit Play Has spring sprung? Watch our web clip of the week and make up your own mind. Federal Pilot Project U of M criminologist Chris Uggen talked about some of the challenges of developing more trust between police departments and communities. Minneapolis was chosen this week to be part of a six-city federal effort to improve police/community relations. Role of Party Chairs at the Legislature Mary Lahammer looked at the expectations of how state party chairs interact with lawmakers. Included in the story is a telling interview with House Speaker Kurt Daudt. The Week's Essay Dominic Papatola was pondering his Lenten promises this week. Mall of America Black Lives Matter Protest University of St. Thomas law professor Nekima Levy-Pounds is one the people facing charges for her role in a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mall of America in December. She discussed her case with us. Former Lawmaker Panel Republicans Kurt Zellers and Mary Liz Holberg and DFLers Ember Reichgott-Junge and Mindy Greiling dissected the week?s political doings in St. Paul. The Index File Section We gave you the details about the famed movie banned at the U of M in 1940. Then we asked you about a 1927 noted visitor to St. Paul. We ended the show with a clip from a performance of a 2010 musical tribute to the Buddhist Prince. The Wrap This week David Gillette was joined by Brendan Henehan as viewers were treated to a sneak peak at the contents of the time capsule placed in tpt's newly-renovated facilities.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #3125
Previously aired Friday March 6th
Federal Job Numbers The American economy is growing jobs. And most job categories saw a dip in unemployment last month. We talked about the upside and downside of the latest jobless figures with Chris Farrell with American Public Media. Sunday Growler Sales Should tap rooms be allowed to sell growlers on Sunday? We'll debate Sunday liquor sales with Rep. Jenifer Loon and Scott Neal with the group SMART. Hit Play! With warm weather approaching fast the ice racing season in Minnesota is all but over. That's why we made it our web clip of the week. Warming Trend Paul Douglas stopped by to explain why high temps next week in our region will be fifty degrees higher than they were this week. The Weekly Monologue Don't you hate it when you hop online and scare yourself by diagnosing your own illnesses? Adia Morris promised that she'll stop doing that. It's the theme of this week's essay. Cantus Live The noted Minnesota choral group will perform March 15th at new Ordway Concert Hall. As a preview, Cantus stopped by Studio B to chat with Jearlyn Steele and entertain us. Remembering Dick Chapman The longtime WCCO Radio reporter passed away recently. We went into the Almanac archives and found a nice clip of Dick Chapman from 1998. The topic of the conversation that evening was the career of Senator Hubert Humphrey. Education Reform Teacher tenure and teacher license reform were topics of a bill that passed out of the Republican-controlled House Thursday night. Mary Lahammer brought us a report that assessed chances for bi-partisan action on education this session. A Political Panel Education was one topic with Republican panelists Gregg Peppin and Brian McClung and DFLers Mindy Greiling and Javier Morillo-Alicea. The Index File Section We told you the name of the Minnesotan with the bit role in a 1976 film blockbuster. Then we quizzed you about a noted film that was banned from being shown on the U of M campus in 1940. The Wrap Janey Klebe and JoAnn Hawkins donned hardhats for a tour of the mid-renovation of the tpt facilities.
56 minutes long
tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.



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