Coffee Break: songs for the #MPRraccoon

A raccoon scratches itself a window sill.
A raccoon scratches itself on the window sill of the Paige Donnelly Law Firm on the 23rd floor of the UBS Plaza in St. Paul, Minn. on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (Evan Frost | MPR News)

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 and caused a viral sensation on the internet.

MPR News reporter Tim Nelson and photographer Evan Frost tirelessly covered the story, and our own Mary Lucia helped bring attention to the case and connected with the St. Paul Fire Department. Other news outlets, like KARE 11 photojournalists Ben Garvin and David Peterlinz, set up live video streams of the raccoon. It didn't take long for #MPRraccoon to become a global trending topic as people around the world followed the progress of St. Paul's furry climber. At 2:48 a.m. Wednesday, the #MPRraccoon successfully reached the roof of the UBS Tower, and entered a live trap to enjoy a delicious and well-deserved meal.

And now that our masked adventurer is safely confined and will soon be released to its preferred habitat, for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear for the #MPRraccoon?

Respond with your song ideas in the comments below.

Have an idea for a Coffee Break topic? Submit your idea for a future theme and browse past Coffee Breaks in our archive. Or, when you register for a Minnesota Public Radio account, you can send requests via Alexa, too Just say "Alexa, ask The Current to play Song by Artist" e.g. "Alexa, ask The Current to play Left of the Dial by The Replacements."

Songs Played


R.E.M. - Feeling Gravity's Pull
The Drifters - Up on the Roof
Ike and Tina Turner - I Want To Take You Higher
Screaming Trees - Nearly Lost You
The Beatles - Rocky Raccoon
Franz Ferdinand - Always Ascending
Marvin Gaye - Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Pink Floyd - Fearless


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