The Water Main

MPR Water Month in April is an intensive focus on Minnesotans deep connections to water, with water-themed programming throughout MPR’s shows and news, music, digital platforms, and live events with local partnerships. The Water Main aims to bring people together, move conversations forward and create meaningful connections that help sustain clean, abundant water for all.

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MPR News

Water-focused reporting and programming

• Water Vignettes – Morning Edition and All Things Considered will air a series of vignettes throughout April featuring Minnesotans sharing about their personal relationships to the bodies of water that inspire them.
Minnesotans and Water – MPR water reporter Kirsti Marohn will share insights from two recent MPR research projects exploring what Minnesotans understand (or don’t) about our state’s water issues.
“Minnesota’s Most Loved Lake” Campaign – MPR News digital will develop and host a “bracket style” social media campaign to identify Minnesotan’s ‘Most Loved Lake.’ The winning lake will earn a MPR pop-up performance for its community.
Aquatic Invasive Species Special – Marketplace’s Senior Economics Contributor, Chris Farrell, will host a panel discussion on aquatic invasive species – and whether they matter to people beyond those with lakefront property. The discussion will air on MPR News Presents on April 2 during the noon hour.
Opinions regarding Minnesota’s water resources – The APM Research Lab found that
in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” Minnesotans give high marks to efforts to protect and steward its water resources.

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The Current

The Music of the Mississippi

From the headwaters of Lake Itasca to the delta and Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River inspires music from northern Minnesota to southern Louisiana. The Current is paying tribute to this waterway with a four-hour musical journey down the Mississippi River on April 14 at 3 p.m.

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Classical MPR

Water-inspired music and trivia

Classical will feature a week of water themed programming, starting April 16, for their Morning Glories program that airs daily at 10am. Additionally, Your Classical’s Daily Download will feature a week of water inspired music, and throughout the week, hosts will provide water related information and trivia.


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Nat Geo Live

National Geographic Live! Standing at the Water’s Edge

Cristina Mittermeier, Mexican-born marine biologist and award-winning photojournalist, will be at the Fitzgerald Theater to share her work with three indigenous groups – from the Amazon, British Columbia and Hawaii – and their relationship to the waters they rely on.

Beer Choir

Beer Choir Twin Cities Sing-Along

In partnership with Classical MPR, Beer Choir Twin Cities will feature water at their sing-along at the Fitzgerald Theater.

Climate Cast Live

Climate Cast Live

Climate Cast will be live at the UBS Forum at MPR with a panel focused on climate, water and equity solutions featuring Radhika Fox from the US Water Alliance.


Do More

We invite the community to get hands-on with water and volunteer side-by-side with MPR staff and hosts, on a project to improve water quality in partnership with Great River Greening.

Join us in Mendota Heights at Valley Park on April 28, 9am-12pm to help restore a local river to its natural state. This is a family-friendly event and lunch will be provided by Peoples Organic. Register here!

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