The Current and Call to Mind

Call to Mind is Minnesota Public Radio's initiative to foster new conversations about mental health. Check out this page for the latest ways your favorite musicians and the music industry are addressing the importance of mental well-being for everyone. For more wellness and mental health resources, go to CallToMindNow.org.

We're sharing tips for well-being, stories of artists who have experienced mental health conditions, and playing songs to empower and support you in caring for your own mental health. The Current is also highlighting the importance in taking time to talk about your mental well-being.

  • Mental and substance use disorders can affect anyone, from any background. Statistically, half of us will deal with a mental health condition at some point in our lives. One in five of us are coping with something every year.
  • If you or someone you know is living with a mental health condition, support is available. Up to 90 percent of people treated for a mental health condition experience a significant reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life.
  • Americans believe treatment works; more than two-thirds agree that treatment and support can help people with mental health issues lead quality lives. Fewer than one-in-five Americans say they would think less of a friend or relative in recovery.

More information about Mental Health Month and resources for your well-being can be found at CallToMindNow.org. Join the conversation on social with the hashtag #TimeToTalk.

893 Songs that Bring Us Together


songs that bring us together

We're counting down the songs that you sent in that make you feel connected. Tune in and listen throughout the next couple of weeks to hear the playlist that you made!

Stream Taylor Swift's new album, 'Folklore'


Taylor Swift press photo

Swift's eighth studio album -- recorded in isolation and announced just a day before it was released -- features collaborations with members of The National and Bon Iver.

Sophia Eris, Lady Midnight, and DJ Keezy launch campaign to fund new venue


Sophia Eris, Lady Midnight, and DJ Keezy have launched a $5 million crowdfunding campaign to open what would be the only professional music venue in Minneapolis owned by women of color. The proposed venue’s name: Auntie’s. “With the recent uprising ignited from the murder of George Floyd combined with accusations of abuse in the music…

Friday Five: UPRISING, Andre Cymone, and more new Minnesota music videos


This is the last edition of Friday Five in its current iteration. Moving forward it will be replaced by a longer, biweekly post about one music video including conversations with the artists behind both the music and the videos. Continue to send submissions to fridayfive [at] mpr.org for consideration! UPRISING – “A.Y.R.D.” An all-star list…

Sophia Eris on how you can be activated: ‘There are so many ways to help right now’


Following the killing of George Floyd while in police custody, the Twin Cities and beyond have become activated in many ways. Throughout a week of many protests, the community of the Twin Cities has formed a strong bond. In addition to demonstrations, communities have come together to operate donation banks, distribution centers, first aid, clothing…

Coffee Break: Wellness Wednesday


Mary Lucia talks with Sam Choo

May is Mental Health Month, and in conjunction with Call to Mind, we're sharing tips for well-being, stories of managing mental health, and playing songs to empower and support you in caring for yourself. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear around the themes of self-care, healing and mental health?

Music News: Acoustic music surges during listener lockdown


Emily Frantz of Mandolin Orange with her Pre-War Guitars Co. guitar

Acoustic music is surging - not just in livestream performances, but in classic recordings as well. Plus, Billie Eilish launches Takashi Murakami collaboration, VJ Matt Pinfield enters recovery, and Snoop Dogg vibes with Idina Menzel.

The Killers talk fake viral videos, Lindsey Buckingham, and working from home


Killers frontman Brandon Flowers and drummer Ronnie Vannucci gave some exciting background about the band’s newest record, Imploding the Mirage, when they recently did a quick phone interview with Mac Wilson. Mac Wilson: So, you’ve been busy. You’ve got an Instagram live concert that’s happening later this afternoon. Is this a first for a full-blown…

Cameron Kinghorn on King Pari, new project playing Midwest Music Fest at Home


Around this time each year, local music enthusiasts typically gather in Winona, Minnesota to attend the Midwest Music Fest. This year, due to social distancing rules, Mid West Music Fest is going virtual, and is now Midwest Music Fest at home. The event will be streamed from the Midwest Music Fest Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo,…