August 8, 2005 - MPR’s Euan Kerr sits down with poet Robert Bly, who discusses his book of ghazals called "My Sentence was a Thousand Years of Joy," as well as his varied and colorful career.
May 21, 2011 - The Current presents “Boy from the North Country: Bob Dylan in Minnesota,” an MPR News documentary which explores Bob Dylan's Minnesota roots and how they influenced the evolution of his music.
March 9, 2012 - Two interviews from our Minnesota Voices series on the history of political protest in Minnesota. The program begins with a remembrance of anti-war protester and civil rights activist Marv Davidof who died recently. Reporter Dan Olson also interviews historian Rhoda Gilman, who's out with a new book, "Stand Up: the Story of Minnesota's Protest Tradition."
April 3, 2012 - David Treuer, an Ojibwe Indian from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota, speaks at the Minneapolis Central Library as part of the Hennepin County Library's "Talk of the Stacks" series. His new book is titled, "Rez Life: An Indian's Journey Through Reservation Life."
May 28, 2012 - Minnesota native Tim O'Brien, speaking as part of the Club Book series in Blaine a few years ago about his acclaimed book about the Vietnam War and the impact it had on soldiers. It's titled, "The Things They Carried."
June 6, 2012 - Our May installment of the Bright Ideas series features Jim McCorkell, CEO and founder of College Possible, where he put into action his life-long passion to make college admission and success possible for low-income students.
June 7, 2012 - Legendary American author Ray Bradbury died June 5, 2012, at the age of 91. Back in 2000 he was the featured speaker in Minnetonka at the Pen Pals Lecture Series. He spoke about the greatest influences on his life and career of more than seven decades, and gave this insightful and entertaining speech apparently without notes.
June 26, 2012 - The author of award-winning architecture books and a series of mystery novels tells the audience about the craft of writing, and about the story-telling involved in both genres. The Club Book series is sponsored by Friends of the Hennepin County Library and the Metropolitan Library Service Agency.
August 6, 2012 - In this Pen Pals Lecture Series appearance, Brian Greene of Columbia University discusses his best-selling books, "The Elegant Universe" and "The Hidden Reality." He says science is about big ideas, not technical details. MPR's Stephen Smith interviews Brian Greene at the Hopkins, Minn., Center for the Arts.
August 22, 2012 - Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, who died in June 2012, giving a Pen Pals lecture in the Minnesota back in 2000 about the influences on his life and work. He was born Aug. 22, 1920.