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'Professor, mentor, carpenter and friend:' Mark Heistad remembered

Former MPR News host and reporter Mark Heistad might be best remembered for the radio documentaries about Minnesota's history that he produced and hosted for MPR. Those programs ranged from explorations of the labor movement in Minnesota, to the life of former Vice-President Hubert Humphrey, to the history of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

Please take a moment and listen to his work.

The early days at MPR: When music and news shared a call sign

The early days at MPR: When music and news shared a call sign

In celebration of MPR's 50th anniversary, here's a taste of how the news was presented on our airwaves when we were just starting out.

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House OKs bill averting Saturday government shutdown, Senate next

Speaker Paul Ryan

Leaders hope the move will give bipartisan bargainers enough time to finish a $1 trillion package financing government through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year.

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Listen: Unreleased Prince track ‘Electric Intercourse’ out now from ‘Purple Rain’ Deluxe edition


The first unreleased track from the upcoming deluxe reissue of Purple Rain has been made available for streaming. Though Prince sometimes played “Electric Intercourse” live, the studio version — featuring Prince’s falsetto over piano — was tucked away in Prince’s vault until Warner Bros. and NPG Records made the track available this week for streaming. “Electric Intercourse”…

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Choral Featured Album: 'Black Mountain Songs'

Black Mountain Songs

In its new record "Black Mountain Songs," the Brooklyn Youth Chorus performs a song cycle curated by Bryce Dessner and Richard Reed Parry.