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

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 Join the conversation on social with the hashtag #TimeToTalk.

893 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!

Wellness Wednesday: Covid-19 vaccines for kids

When will Covid-19 vaccines be approved for children under 12? How do we know they will be safe? Pediatrician Jill Foster tells Jill Riley how the approval process works, and what the expected timeline looks like right now.

Wellness Wednesday: ADHD Awareness Month

ADHD is often associated with children, which makes it all the more important to understand the symptoms and treatment options for the many adults who also experience challenges with attention and executive functioning.

Playlist: Photographer Jaida Grey Eagle’s life history in songs

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Meet Conrad Oddoye, the bassist everyone wants in their band

In a biweekly series of features, we’re inviting Minnesota artists to introduce themselves to our audience. Today: multi-instrumentalist Conrad Oddoye, who’s performed as a bassist with Minneapolis artists including Miloe, Papa MBye, and Honeybutter. My family moved to Canada from England when I was seven years old and my parents put my brother and me…

Wellness Wednesday: Jason Isbell on the importance of sensory inclusivity

After realizing that some music fans with invisible disabilities weren't able to attend concerts, singer-songwriter Jason Isbell became involved with an organization called KultureCity, which works to accommodate different sensory needs in public spaces. He joined Jill Riley to talk about what that means, and why it's important.

Coffee Break: Money

Over the weekend the Pandora Papers came out revealing the hidden wealth of the world's rich and powerful. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs about money do you want to hear?

‘Britney vs. Spears’ on Netflix: What you need to know

There’s been a flurry of news regarding Britney Spears recently, and now there’s a new Netflix documentary that’s one of the service’s most-viewed programs. Whether or not you plan to watch, here’s what you need to know about this music story with potential ramifications for the rights of over a million Americans living under guardianships…