Steve Seel

Host, The Current, Minnesota Public Radio

Contact Steve Seel at sseel@mpr.org

Steve Seel co-hosts weekday mornings on The Current with Jill Riley from 6-10 a.m. He possesses a broad knowledge of many musical genres, having hosted radio programs ranging from classical to jazz and even avant-garde music before joining Classical MPR in 1999. In 2005, Seel become one of the founding voices on MPR's The Current, and since then has enjoyed being an advocate for engaging, adventurous modern music with a particular soft-spot for artists who tilt slightly to the experimental side. His resume' includes in-depth interviews with musical luminaries ranging from Brian Eno to Wayne Coyne, David Byrne to Tori Amos, and he also conducted the first on-air interview with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. Seel 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.


Coffee Break

9:30 Coffee Break: Easy

If you're lucky to be working only a three-day week this week, then admit it, you might not be planning to put in a whole lot of effort at your job over the next three days. So how about an 'easy' coffee break?

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Stars perform in The Current studio

Montreal band Stars have released their seventh album, but on their most recent visit to The Current, they opened the in-studio set by covering "Here Comes a Regular" by the Replacements. "It is one of the greatest sad songs ever written," says Stars' vocalist Torquil Campbell. Check out the full session.

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Preatures

The Preatures perform in The Current studio

After playing a show at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis, Sydney-based band The Preatures stopped in to The Current's studio to play some songs off their album, 'Blue Planet Eyes', and to talk to Steve Seel.

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Policy and a Pint

Policy and a Pint: Behind the Spin

Do you ever wonder why politicians running for office do exactly what they do, say exactly what they say? Steve Seel hosted a Policy and a Pint conversation in September with a couple of actual, real-live political spin-doctors and our audience at the the Amsterdam Bar and Hall to get to the bottom of the spin inherent in political messaging.

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Album Review: Morrissey, 'World Peace Is None of Your Business'

Morrissey is a man with high purpose, albeit one with the darkest of gallows humor. As usual in Morrissey's world, we get a real problem answered with melodrama. But wait. Isn't high art often just as melodramatic? Morrissey is indeed in league with the likes of operatic masters.

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