Steve Seel

Host/Producer, Minnesota Public Radio

Contact Steve Seel at sseel@mpr.org

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

Policy and a Pint®: Water, Water Everywhere, But...

Policy and a Pint: Water, Water Everywhere, But... asks, what is the state of water in the Twin Cities? Host Steve Seel is joined by guest panelists for a lively discussion about what each of us can do in our own community to improve the odds that clean, abundant fresh water will continue to buoy our quality of life.

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Policy and a Pint

Policy and a Pint®: Where's the Party?

Policy and a Pint: Using Technology to Solve Community Problems asks, what makes Minnesotans connect across an ever-growing virtual space? Host Steve Seel is joined by guest panelists for a lively discussion about tackling systemic challenges like homelessness and creating better public services through technology.

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Policy and a Pint®: Using Technology to Solve Community Problems

Policy and a Pint: Using Technology to Solve Community Problems asks, what makes Minnesotans connect across an ever-growing virtual space? Host Steve Seel is joined by guest panelists for a lively discussion about tackling systemic challenges like homelessness and creating better public services through technology.

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Derek Bermel embraces all types of music

Composer Derek Bermel boasts an impressive list of musical inspirations, making him one of today's most celebrated modern composers. Bermel spoke to Classical MPR's Steve Seel ahead of their Music in the Making conversation at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall in St. Paul on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

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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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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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