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This year's World Cup songs, ranked


We judge a handful of exuberant stadium anthems written for the 2018 tournament. Will any of them prove as enduring as Shakira's 'Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)'? Or will they sink into oblivion?

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Coffee Break: songs for the #MPRraccoon


On Tuesday, June 12, all eyes turned toward a determined and confused raccoon just outside of Minnesota Public Radio's headquarters. The #MPRraccoon scaled the side of the UBS tower in downtown St. Paul. Overnight, the #MPRraccoon safely made it to the roof and was successfully live trapped. So for today's Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear for the #MPRraccoon? Send your requests.

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Dessa shares her tour video and tips for traveling in China


Sandwiched between the release of her new album, Chime, this spring and her first full-length book, My Own Devices, this fall, Dessa spent much of last month taking an eye-opening trip across China and Hong Kong with her bandmates Aby Wolf and Matthew Santos. Orchestrated by the Minneapolis-based nonprofit Arts Midwest, which provides tour funding and cultural exchange…

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Okkervil River perform in The Current studio

Okkervil River perform in The Current studio


Macalester College alumnus Will Sheff is frontman of the band Okkervil River. Ahead of their show at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Sheff and company stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mary Lucia.

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The Current Sessions®

Jade Bird performs a MicroShow at the James J. Hill House

Jade Bird MicroShow at James J. Hill House

Impressed by the captivated audience and the opulent surroundings of the Victorian mansion, singer-songwriter Jade Bird told the audience 'This has been my favorite so far on this trip, so thank you!' Listen to the complete MicroShow, which includes the songs 'Lottery,' 'Cathedral,' 'Good At It' and more, plus a rip-roaring Johnny Cash cover.

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Okkervil River perform in The Current studio

Okkervil River perform in The Current studio

Macalester College alumnus Will Sheff is frontman of the band Okkervil River. Ahead of their show at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Sheff and company stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mary Lucia.

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Eels perform in The Current studio

Eels perform in The Current studio

Following a four-year break from touring, Eels are back on the road following the release of their album, 'The Deconstruction.' 'It's so much fun to be doing this again,' says Mark Oliver Everett, aka E. 'I honestly think we might be doing our best shows ever right now.' Eels stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mary Lucia.

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Oake and Riley Features

Louie Anderson with Jill Riley and Brian Oake

Louie Anderson pulls back the curtain on his creative projects


St. Paul native Louie Anderson is so busy -- with his hit series 'Baskets' on FX, with a new book, a new comedy special and a string of standup shows -- but he still found time to stop by Oake & Riley in the Morning to share some stories with Brian and Jill. 'It's a magnificent love and responsibility to make people laugh,' Anderson says.

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