August 26, 2004 — Mark Seeley presents his annual “Take the Weather Quiz” to the audience at the State Fair. Topics include history of State Fair weather, cold temperature ranges, possible El Nino, and snow forecast for upcoming winter. Seeley also answers audience questions.
August 29, 2002 — A live Mainstreet Radio special from the State Fair. Dr. Val Farmer, a psychologist specializing in rural mental health, takes questions from fair-goers and MPR listeners about mental health and farming.
December 22, 2000 — Mark Seeley, climatologist and meteorologist at the University of Minnesota, talks about the weather trends of the past year and predictions for the year to come.
August 24, 2000 — Mark Seeley, University of Minnesota Climatologist, joins Gary Eichten to answer listener weather questions live from the MPR booth at the State Fair.
January 20, 2000 — Jeff Kahn, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics; Dave Somers, professor in the department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota, discuss the question "What are GMO's?" (Genetically Modified Organisms).
January 4, 2000 — Arthur Caplan, Bioethicist and director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania (and former director of a similar center at the U of M), talks about key ethical issues in the new millennium. Topics include breakthroughs in genetics, biology and stem cell research. Caplan also answers listener questions.
December 31, 1999 — We've been talking about it for months- even years, and finally we're on the brink of the Year 2000. Today, Jon Gordon, MPR reporter and producer of Future Tense; and Mike O'Connor, retired Internet pioneer and volunteer Y2K advisor for St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman, provide last minute Y2K tips and take questions. We also monitor what's happening when the clock strikes 12 around the world.
December 2, 1999 — Special Live broadcast from the University of St. Thomas in downtown Minneapolis: The MPR Civic Journalism Initiative presents a Summit on "Minnesota in the Dot.Com Age." Where do we stand and where are we headed? Speakers include Ross DeVol of the Milken Institute, Randolph Court of the Progressive Policy Institute, and Jay Hare of PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
December 2, 1999 — Live special broadcast from the University of St. Thomas in downtown Minneapolis: The MPR Civic Journalism Initiative presents a Summit on "Minnesota in the Dot.Com Age." Keynote speaker is Minnesota native Ann Winblad, co-founder of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners in California. All the major business magazines call her part of the "Cyber Elite."
July 28, 1999 — A Mainstreet Radio special broadcast from the International Wolf Center in Ely. A discussion about wolves with Bill Route, of the International Wolf Center; Ron Refsnider, of US Fish and Wildlife Service; Mike Don Carlos, of DNR; and State Senator Gary Laidig, discuss wolves.