Mark Wheat

Host, The Current, Minnesota Public Radio

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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.

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Theft of the Dial: BORNS

BORNS' album, 'Dopamine', came out on Oct. 16, 2015, and he's been touring in support of it. When BORNS -- aka Garrett Borns -- passed through the Twin Cities while on tour, he visited The Current to record a Theft of the Dial with host Mark Wheat.

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Maryan Mursal shares Somali culture through stories and music

In town as part of a Somali music-and-culture residency at The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, Maryan Mursal stopped by The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mark Wheat. Mursal looks forward to sharing her music, particularly with younger Somali people who may not have heard her before now.

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Shakey Graves performs in The Current studio

Ahead of his gig at First Avenue, Shakey Graves stopped by The Current to record a session live in The Current studio, featuring tracks off his latest And the War Came and, yup, a Backstreet Boys cover.

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For Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, the highlight is getting along and having fun

In the face of their meteoric rise, Nathaniel Rateliff finds it easy to choose a highlight for himself and his band, the Night Sweats. 'The highlight is that we're all getting along and having a good time,' he says. Rateliff and company visited The Current's studio for a live session hosted by Mark Wheat. Check out the complete session featuring songs and an interview with Rateliff and the band.

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