Steve Seel and the Policy and a Pint panel

Policy and a Pint: Uncivil Discourse - Comment Sections in the Digital Age


If you're a reader of comments sections on websites, you know they can be places where all kinds of speech flies freely: balanced comments, nasty comments, and -- some would say -- irresponsible comments. We tout the Web as the great democratizer, but are comments sections curated op-ed spaces or totally open free-for-alls?

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Prince Tweets 2 U… 4 Real?


The Internet did a collective spit-take Tuesday night when the @3rdeyegirl account on Twitter — used primarily for promoting Prince’s new band of the same name — posted this: PRINCE'S 1ST TWEET… TESTING 1, 2… — PRINCE 3RDEYEGIRL (@3rdeyegirl) August 14, 2013 About a minute later, an uninspired, yet playful second tweet: PRINCE'S 2ND TWEET.…

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The National perform an intimate show live in the UBS Forum


Ahead of last Tuesday's generous 23-song set at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, The National stopped by to play songs off their latest record Trouble Will Find Me in Minnesota Public Radio's UBS Forum. Between songs, frontman Matt Berninger talked to The Current's Mary Lucia about songwriting, skinny jeans, fatherhood and his brother's suddenly skyrocketing film career.

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The Local Show previews upcoming fall releases


On this week’s Local Show, we devoted most of the two-hour episode to spinning cuts of many of the big Minnesota releases due out this fall. If you missed it, you can listen to the entire show archived here, or browse many of the highlights below—complete with streams of the songs we played on the…

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The Current Sessions®

Larkin Poe perform in The Current studio

Larkin Poe perform in The Current studio

Sisters Megan and Rebecca Lovell are the nucleus of Larkin Poe. They perform powerful songs with a rootsy Southern underpinning. Their latest album, 'Venom & Faith,' was released on Nov. 9, 2018, and was self-produced. Larkin Poe stopped at The Current to talk about their songwriting process and to perform a couple tracks from the album, as well as one of their favorite Lead Belly tunes.

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Kurt Vile performs a solo acoustic set at The Current

Kurt Vile performs in The Current studio

Ahead of a show with his band the Violators in the First Avenue Mainroom, Kurt Vile stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mary Lucia. Vile played solo acoustic versions of a couple songs from his latest album, 'Bottle It In,' and one from his 2011 release, 'Smoke Ring for My Halo.'

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John Grant performs in The Current studio

John Grant performs in The Current studio

Michigan-born, Reykjavik-based musician John Grant is a fascinating individual even before he starts performing songs. Ahead of a show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis, Grant stopped at The Current studio to play songs and to engage in lively and thoughtful conversation with host Mac Wilson.

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Haley performs instrumentals from 'Pleasureland' in The Current studio

HALEY performs in The Current studio

Although Haley has composed instrumental music before, her 2018 release 'Pleasureland' is her first all-instrumental full-length. 'This was so much more satisfying when I wasn't trying to say something with words,' Haley says. 'It was how I felt and what I connected to.' Haley, along with Jeremy Ylvisaker, visited The Current studio to play music from 'Pleasureland.'

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Songs your dad hates

Dirty Dancing

In 1987, Jill Riley's childhood home was filled with the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, and her dad thus retreated to the garage for about a year. Whether it's punk rock, novelty soundtracks, kiddie bop, or screamo, surely we all played something that irked our dads. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that your dad hated?

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