MPR Programming Recognizes One Year Since George Floyd’s Death

May 24, 2021

MPR News, The Current and YourClassical MPR to present special programming this week

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 24, 2021 – Minnesota Public Radio’s three services will present special programming this week in recognition of the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death. MPR News, The Current and YourClassical MPR will each present listening experiences and virtual events for audiences to reflect on the events of the past year and to learn how the Minneapolis community is looking forward.

Throughout the week, MPR News will air news stories and present online content that explores the impact of Floyd’s death. Find this coverage and review previous MPR News discussions and reporting tied to the past year’s events here.  

Monday, May 24

Special report: Angela Davis Explores How George Floyd Changed Us
11 a.m. Central
Available via broadcast on MPR News and online stream; audio will be posted here afterward
MPR News host Angela Davis will reflect on how George Floyd changed us in a one-hour special broadcast heard on public radio stations across the country. Find the guests featured in this special report here.

Capturing History: Our Year Covering the George Floyd Story
12 p.m.
MPR News free virtual event, register here
At the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, MPR News journalists gather in a live virtual conversation to discuss their experiences covering the story from the beginning. Host Cathy Wurzer will lead the discussion with MPR News correspondent Brandt Williams, Race, Class and Communities editor Laura Yuen, and photojournalist Evan Frost.

Tuesday, May 25

Adolphus Hailstork Interview with Tesfa Wondemagegnehu
8:45 a.m.
Available via broadcast on YourClassical and online stream
Hailstork and Wondemagegnehu hold a conversation on YourClassical on the anniversary of George Floyd’s death, discussing the medium of classical music as a means for African American expression, voice, protest and triumph.

Music’s Reaction to George Floyd’s Murder
8-10 p.m.
Available via broadcast on The Current and online stream
The Current’s hip-hop and R&B program, The Message, will air a special episode looking at the history of protest music and music’s reaction to George Floyd’s murder. Sanni Brown, Sean McPherson and Derrick Stevens will host the two-hour special.

Photo Essay
Available online at
MPR News photojournalist Evan Frost presents a photo essay documenting Greater Minneapolis communities in the year since George Floyd’s death.

Wednesday, May 26

In Focus: George Floyd’s Legacy and Impact
12 p.m.
MPR News free virtual event, register here
Minnesota continues to grapple with questions about police reform, racial inequity and the meaning of the word “justice” one year after George Floyd was murdered. Why is it important to carry history with us? And how does the past inform our work toward a more equitable future? Host Angela Davis will lead this In Focus conversation with community leaders, memory keepers and activists working to preserve and maintain George Floyd’s impact and legacy in our Minnesota communities and beyond.


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Source: Data are copyright Nielsen Audio, PSA and PPM Persons 12+, Spring ’20.