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Show Schedule

You Down with P.UC.?
Nov
19
7:00 PM19:00

You Down with P.UC.?

If Xcel Energy wants to increase prices or CenterPoint wants to build a new natural gas plant, they first need to a sign-off from the Public Utilities Commission. Two members of this quasi-judicial regulatory body join us to explain just what exactly they do, and why the public should be paying attention.

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Panda Procreation, Y2K, and Acid Rain
Nov
26
7:00 PM19:00

Panda Procreation, Y2K, and Acid Rain

In an era of climate change and political chaos, it’s easy to forget that sometimes disasters are averted. Science writer Maggie Koerth Baker has been looking at examples in history when humans either worked together to avoid an environmental calamity, or just got lucky. What’s the secret to not destroying the planet or ourselves? We’ll ask.

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Searching for a New University President
Nov
5
7:00 PM19:00

Searching for a New University President

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler has announced he will step down at the end of this academic year. The search is on for a new leader for Minnesota’s premier institution of higher learner. What do you look for in a University president? How do you find qualified applicants? Can anybody apply? Bring your résumé to the show and find out!

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The Great Minnesota Mining Debate
Oct
29
7:00 PM19:00

The Great Minnesota Mining Debate

One of the most contentious policy debates in the state circles around whether or not Minnesota should permit more companies to develop new mines, particularly around the Boundary Waters. We have two well-informed guests with two very different ideas on how the state should proceed. Let’s give them both a beer, add in some improv comedy, and see what happens!

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Shedding Light on In The Dark
Oct
15
7:00 PM19:00

Shedding Light on In The Dark

The Peabody Award-winning, In The Dark is one of the best examples of a new form of journalism: the investigative podcast. What goes into making an investigative podcast series? How does the medium change how the story is told? Can the producers give us a sneak peak at Season 3?

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The Pioneer Press Presses On
Oct
8
7:00 PM19:00

The Pioneer Press Presses On

To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the Pioneer Press’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Yet St. Paul’s daily newspaper is in a precarious spot. New ownership of the paper has been cutting newsroom staff, despite generating profits. Pioneer Press journalist Dave Orrick joins us.

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We are All Criminals
Oct
1
7:00 PM19:00

We are All Criminals

One in four people in the United States has a criminal record. FOUR in four Americans have done something in their past that had they been caught or in a different circumstance, would be criminal. The organization We Are All Criminals works to get people to think differently about what it means to be a criminal, our justice system, and how we treat one another.

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Civil Fest E Plurubus Funum (Out of Many, Fun) Laugh, Dance, Vote
Sep
28
8:00 PM20:00

Civil Fest E Plurubus Funum (Out of Many, Fun) Laugh, Dance, Vote

It’s been a long election season. We deserve a laugh. It’ll be a night of original sketch comedy inspired by Minnesota politics, improv with some special political guests, and music throughout the show from Minneapolis’s premiere source of pop jams for your feelings about laws, City Counselor. Not to mention multiple surprise appearances you won’t want to miss.

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From Frost King to St. Paul Mayor
Jul
31
6:00 PM18:00

From Frost King to St. Paul Mayor

Melvin Carter won a decisive victory in St. Paul’s mayoral against a number of strong opponents. In his first six months, he’s been faced with questions about increasing the number of police officers in the city, budgets to repair aging roads, and the third-rail of St. Paul politics, trash collection. We’ll solve all of them through improv comedy.

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The Funnest Man in Baseball
Jul
24
6:00 PM18:00

The Funnest Man in Baseball

Who would have thought to have a pig deliver baseballs to umpires midgame? Or run a steamroller over a mountain of disco records? Or gets heralded as the funniest member of a trio that also includes Bill Murray? The answer is Mike Veeck, co-owner of the St. Paul Saints.

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The Great Minimum Wage Debate
Jul
17
6:00 PM18:00

The Great Minimum Wage Debate

St. Paul is currently considering a proposal to raise its minimum wage. Is $15 an hour the right amount? Should tips count toward that $15 for restaurant workers? How quickly should the wage increase for different-sized businesses? Hear what city Councilwoman Rebecca Noecker and two members of the Citizen League’s minimum wage study committee are weighing as they try and come to a final proposal.    

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An Evangelical, A Muslim, and an Atheist Walk Into an Improv Show…
Jul
10
6:00 PM18:00

An Evangelical, A Muslim, and an Atheist Walk Into an Improv Show…

Even in the land of the Church Basement Ladies, people’s relationships with faith institutions are changing. More Millennials are religiously unaffiliated than any previous generation. How and why are young people redefining the role of faith in their lives? What do these changes mean for religious institutions? Would it help to update the Old Testament with some well-placed hashtags?

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Where Have All The Freeways Gone?
Jul
3
6:00 PM18:00

Where Have All The Freeways Gone?

Major road construction has slowed and rerouted traffic on a number of Twin Cities thoroughfares. Minnesota’s Commissioner of Transportation, Charlie Zelle, promises it will get better soon, with newer roads, more accessible bus options, and the groundwork for a self-driving future. We’ll ask him about it if he’s able to make it through the traffic to join us.

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