Steve Seel

Host/Producer, Minnesota Public Radio

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Steve Seel possesses a broad knowledge of many musical genres, having hosted radio programs ranging from classical to jazz and even avant-garde music at public radio stations around the country. Steve came to Minnesota Public Radio in 1999 to be a part of its nationally-syndicated classical music programming. In 2005, he became one of the founding voices on MPR's eclectic station The Current, and has hosted various time slots from mornings to late nights, and conducted in-depth interviews with pop music luminaries ranging from Brian Eno to David Byrne to Tori Amos.

Steve is an avid reader of political and social commentary as well, and he emcees The Current's popular Policy and a Pint community series, featuring discussions with noted scholars, politicians, community leaders, authors and big thinkers on important issues of the day. Steve is also a basement composer obsessed with all things both minimalist and slow, and might actually be incapable of writing anything that exceeds 75 beats-per-minute.

Policy and a Pint - May 29, 2014

Policy and a Pint®: Authenticity and the Search for 'Real' in Politics

Policy and a Pint: Authenticity and the Search for "Real" in Politics asks, what are the most important qualities in a presidential candidate? voters seem to be demanding that candidates are who they say they are, that they "level" with the American people. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have little in common, but they are both striking a chord with voters.

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Michael Hersch, composer

Music in the Making Launches November 4th

The next season of Music in the Making (formerly Composer Conversations) kicks off November 4, 7 p.m. in the UBS Forum! Classical MPR's Steve Seel hosts a discussion with composer Michael Hersch and violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja.

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Laura Marling performs in The Current studio

Ahead of her performance at the second annual Festival Palomino, Laura Marling stopped by The Current to perform live in-studio and to chat with host Steve Seel about her latest album Short Movie.

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Coffee Break

9:30 Coffee Break: 21st-Century Local Women

For this Friday of Women's History Month, we're looking at the Minnesota women who have been the beneficiaries of all the great musical innovators and influencers who came before them. For today's Coffee Break, what Minnesota women in music from the year 2000 to the present would you like to hear?

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selfie stick

9:30 Coffee Break: Selfie Songs

As the popular selfie stick is getting banned from a growing list of museums and cultural venues around the world, we're wondering what songs you'd like to hear with 'me' or 'I' in the title. Tell us your requests.

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Rock the Garden 2014

9:30 Coffee Break: Rock the Garden Moments

As we announce the lineup for Rock the Garden 2015, it's impossible not to think back on great moments from Rock the Garden festivals past. For today's Coffee Break, what bands from past Rock the Garden lineups would you like to hear?

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Martin Luther King Jr leads march to Montgomery

9:30 Coffee Break: Songs for Selma

Yesterday, an estimated 70,000 people -- including The Current's Derrick Stevens -- marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Alabama to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery march. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs that capture the spirit of civil rights and equality do you want to hear?

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Coffee Break

9:30 Coffee Break: Hot Fire

When a server in a restaurant cautions that the plate is hot, we should all take those words seriously. To help us remember that, what songs containing the words "hot," "fire" or "burn" do you want to hear?

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Coffee Break

9:30 Coffee Break: Runaway Hits

Inspired by llamas on the lam, we're thinking about songs having to do with running and running away. What songs about being on the run do you want to hear?

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