Mary Lucia

Host, The Current, Minnesota Public Radio
Mary Lucia

Contact Mary Lucia at mlucia@mpr.org

Mary Lucia has earned a large fan base with her work as a broadcast personality, writer, actor and voice-over talent. Lucia began her media career doing evenings at REV 105, co-hosted mornings on Zone 105, and hosted a talk show, Somethin' Stupid, on 1500 KSTP.

From 1998 to 2001, she hosted the local music show Popular Creeps, a two-time Minnesota Music Award winner for "Best Locally Produced Show." For her work at The Current, Lucia has been voted best FM radio personality by City Pages seven times. In addition to her radio career, she has also appeared in commercials and in live theater productions.

Lucia likes cats and dogs more than people, wearing dead people's clothes and taking long walks off of short piers.


Bobby Cannavale in 'Vinyl'

Mary Lucia: 'Vinyl': You hate it; that's why I love it

The Current's Mary Lucia defends her love of 'Vinyl', the HBO series renewed for a second season. 'I will admit: I can be contrary in my love of things in which other people don't see the same as I do,' Mary writes. 'In fact, the more people who whined about specifics of the structure of this entertaining series, the more I would rise to the challenge of having Vinyl's back.'

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Barns Courtney performs in The Current studio

Less than two years ago, Barns Courtney was selling computers. Now he's on tour promoting his music. 'Giving up was never really something I felt I could do,' Courtney says, thinking back on a low point in his music career. 'Because what else am I going to do? I'm a terrible computer salesman!' Barns Courtney stopped in to The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mary Lucia.

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Mavis Staples, 'Livin on a High Note'

Album of the Week: Mavis Staples, 'Livin' on a High Note'

With 'Livin' on a High Note,' Mavis Staples wanted to make a record that would uplift people. In another singer's hands, this may have come across as corny or preachy, but in this case, the beauty lies in the simplicity and the understanding of just who is delivering these words of hope.

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Lucius perform in The Current studio

On the first night of their tour in support of their new album, 'Good Grief,' Lucius stopped in to The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mary Lucia. The selection of Minneapolis as a place to launch the tour wasn't taken lightly by the Brooklyn-based five piece. 'It feels like home for us, for sure,' says Lucius's Jess Wolfe. Listen to the complete session.

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Shearwater, Jonathan Meiburg

Shearwater perform in The Current studio

In town for a show at the Turf Club supporting their new album, Shearwater stopped by The Current to perform live in-studio and to chat with host Mary Lucia, who was thrilled to hear they would be recording a Bowie cover.

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A scene from 'Vinyl'

HBO's 'Vinyl': Why Mary Lucia is all in

On Sunday night, 'Vinyl' -- a new series executive-produced by Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese -- debuted on HBO. Mary Lucia writes about why she loves the show, which is set in the New York record industry circa 1973.

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