Public broadcasting in Minnesota touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s 10 public television and 46 public radio stations play a vital role in Minnesota education through their services for teachers and classrooms, parents and caregivers. In partnership with schools in the state and nationwide, public broadcasting continues to pioneer technology to build the classrooms of tomorrow, today. Among other programs, projects and services, public broadcasting in Minnesota:
- Educates students in the Minneapolis Public Schools on broadcasting, digital media and jazz. Students take the public radio class as an elective and serve as on-air hosts Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Produces numerous local, regional and state programs including:
- Our State Parks: Minnesota River Sensations, in partnership with communities along the Minnesota River.
- Native Report, which promotes understanding among cultures, tribes and reservations and offers a venue for stories of challenge and success coming from tribal communities.
- Your Legislators, an hourlong call-in program every week during the Minnesota legislative session.
- Off 90, which documents the art, history and cultural heritage of the region in an accessible 30-minute television format.
- Participates in the PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest, in which hundreds of local children, from kindergarten to third grade, write an original story and illustrate it.
- Airs a regional Hispanic-interest public radio program for an hour each week, with a portion of it in Spanish.
- Participates in the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative, which focuses on reducing the high school dropout rate through national and local content, classroom resources and community partnerships.
- Hosts community events focusing on literacy and brings out PBS characters so kids can meet them.
- Partners with various educational organizations to bring higher awareness to public radio listeners about school dropout disparities in African-American communities.
- Captures the true stories of the state's regions for this and for future generations.
- Provides easy access to national educational resources, and creates teaching tools that bring local productions into the classroom.
- Supports a Youth Radio Project, which teaches young people skills in radio production and journalism.