Mark Wheat

Host, The Current, Minnesota Public Radio

Contact Mark Wheat at mwheat@mpr.org

Mark Wheat grew up near Cambridge, England, where he regularly listened to the late great BBC DJ John Peel. Like Peel, Wheat came to the USA to start his radio career. Emigrating in 1983, Wheat lived in St. Louis, in Kure Beach, N.C., and in Hoboken, N.J. It was while living in Hoboken that Wheat learned how to push the buttons at the legendary free-form station WFMU.

After moving to the Twin Cities in 1992, Wheat volunteered at community radio station KFAI and created Local Sound Department, playing only Minnesota music. Wheat spent 18 months at commercial station Zone 105, hosting Across The Pond, a weekly show playing music from all over the world. In 1998, he became Director of Student Programming at the University of Minnesota's Radio K, and created a weekly magazine show, The Music Lovers Club.

Since The Current launched in 2005, Wheat has hosted weekdays 6 to 10 p.m., including The Chart Show on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

Wheat lives in downtown Minneapolis with his wife, Maren Kloppmann, who operates her own ceramics studio and gallery in the North East Arts District. Wheat became a U.S. citizen in September 2012.


The Staves

The Staves perform in The Current studio

Composed of sisters Emily, Camilla and Jess Staveley-Taylor, folk-rock trio the Staves passed through the Twin Cities on their way to perform at the Eaux Claires Music and Art Festival in Wisconsin. Their connection to that area runs deep; their latest album, 'If I Was', was produced by Justin Vernon and recorded at his April Base studio. 'It was a really, really magic first trip out there,' Jess Staveley-Taylor says. Check out the full session.

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Father John Misty

The Chart Show: Father John Misty marries No.1 spot

Rock the Garden acts Courtney Barnett and JD McPherson jump up the Chart; Elle King is the highest mover; Florence and the Machine are back on; Heartless Bastards make their debut; Father John Misty is the highest new entry at No.1.

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Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards

Heartless Bastards perform in The Current studio

Heartless Bastards tried something new for their latest album. 'We've never done sort of a destination recording,' says frontwoman Erika Wennerstrom, explaining how the band decamped to Tornillo, Texas, to record 'Restless Ones' at Sonic Ranch, set in the middle of world's largest pecan farm. Listen to Heartless Bastards' stripped-down set and their chat with Mark Wheat.

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Of Monsters and Men, 'Beneath the Skin'

Album of the Week: Of Monsters And Men, 'Beneath The Skin'

The second full-length album from Iceland's Of Monsters and Men projects the experience of a band who have matured together, and it also benefits from the band's decision to return to their unique culture to create an album that is truly from their hearts.

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