Coffee Break

At The Current, it's no secret that we love our listeners. And we especially love when listeners write in with suggestions for the Coffee Break

Coffee Break: Bees!


Honeybees

Jill, Eric and Anna are obsessed with a story over at MPR News about the world's largest bee - spotted in Indonesia and recorded at an inch and a half long, with a tongue that's almost an inch long. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what bee songs and bands do you want to hear?

Coffee Break: Shoveling playlist


Michelle Armstrong shovels her parents' driveway in North Mankato.

This week we smashed the record for the snowiest February in history as measured at the MSP airport, and it's the first time we've topped 30" since December 2010. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, let's make a shoveling playlist. As in, what songs would you want to shovel by? Take that as you will.

Coffee Break: Protest songs


Sam Cooke

This morning, Jay Gabler brought by the book "Which Side Are You On? 20th Century American History in 100 Protest Songs" by James Sullivan which examines American history through the lens of popular, socially conscious music. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what protest and socially conscious songs do you want to hear?

Coffee Break: Let's make a John Hughes soundtrack


John Hughes

Thanks to listener John who wrote in and reminded us that yesterday was John Hughes' birthday. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, let's make a soundtrack to a fictional John Hughes teen movie. What songs - spanning all genres - do you want to hear?

Coffee Break: Sad and angry


A new academic study from Michigan's Lawrence Technical University claims that pop music is getting sadder and angrier.

Coffee Break: Sustainers


Freddie Mercury

For today's Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear where there is a note that is sustained for a long time by a singer or instrument?

Coffee Break: Jump!


The Pointer Sisters 'Break Out'

This morning, Jill spun The Pointer Sisters' "Jump (For My Love)" from their 1983 hit album 'Break Out' for her Vinyl Tap pick. So for our 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention jump, leap, hop or spring in their lyrics?

Coffee Break: New Member Monday


It's New Member Monday -- the day during our member drive where we focus on getting new members and shower them with MPR eco-straws as a thank you. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear from bands that got a new, significant member after they had already been rolling for a while?

Coffee Break: Join the club


For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs or bands do you want to hear that reference a club, group, or organization?