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Prince Rogers Nelson left this universe behind on April 21, 2016, leaving fans worldwide in mourning. Maybe nowhere in the world has felt this loss as profoundly than Prince’s home state of Minnesota. And to The Current, a radio station from Minnesota Public Radio, Prince was more than an artist, he was our friend. That’s why, in memory of the Purple One, we’re sharing the many conversations we’ve had with musicians, critics, reporters and more about Prince: his life, his music and his legacy.








Low Cut Connie's Adam Weiner: Prince photos and Barack Obama

Adam Weiner of the band Low Cut Connie met then-President Barack Obama in May 2016. During the visit to the White House, Weiner saw photographer Pete Souza's photos of President Obama and Prince, and Weiner learned of Obama's admiration of Prince. Weiner also shares the story of why Prince's "Controversy" became an important part of Low Cut Connie's live set list and a part of their latest album.

Duration: 00:05:38

Mayte Garcia on her marriage to Prince

Mayte Garcia was married to Prince from 1996 to 2000. She spoke with The Current's Jill Riley and Brian Oake about her new memoir, 'The Most Beautiful: My Life With Prince.'

Duration: 00:06:22

Interview: André Cymone's dad was in a band with Prince's dad

André Cymone does a live interview with Jim McGuinn, Andrea Swensson and Tom Weber on Minnesota Public Radio.

Duration: 00:11:28

Interpreting Prince in American Sign Language

Shelly Lehner is an American Sign Language interpreter and a longtime Prince fan. Lehner was one of the ASL interpreters at the Prince tribute concert last October. 'If hearing people are going to a concert, and they're experiencing this loss of Prince, deaf people should be able to go to that concert as well, and have access,' Lehner says. Listen to Lehner's full story, and visit thecurrent.org to watch a captioned video of Lehner's interview, and to watch Lehner give an ASL...

Duration: 00:08:28

Peyton remembers Prince

Jay Gabler talks with Peyton Scott Russell, a Minneapolis artist, about the period in the '90s when Peyton worked for Prince at Paisley Park and displayed art at Prince's club Glam Slam. Peyton also describes his decision to gild Prince's First Avenue star after the icon's death in 2016.

Duration: 00:51:31

Regina Spektor: 'hindsight love'

In an interview with The Current's Jim McGuinn, Regina Spektor talks about how she came to discover and appreciate Prince later in life, watching 'Purple Rain' three times in succession on a transatlantic flight after Prince had passed. 'What an incredible artist,' Spektor says. 'People like that don't come around that often.'

Duration: 00:04:32

Sylvan Esso: 'Prince was just the coolest'

Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso join Jade at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Meath relates a story from a friend in Beck's band, who opened for Prince. The story is an example of Prince's generosity and love of music. "[Prince] filmed the entirety of their set," Meath says, "and put a DVD of it into the TV and gave them notes on their set before he went on."

Duration: 00:02:28

Jason Narducy: two Prince stories

Musician Jason Narducy (Bob Mould Band, Split Single, Superchunk) shares two Prince stories during an interview with Jade, recorded live at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

Duration: 00:03:26

Thundercat: 'a guy that was in love with life'

Stephen Bruner, aka Thundercat, talks about his favorite Prince song and a moment in the Prince film 'Under the Cherry Moon' that always makes him smile. Thundercat also shares a story from his brother, Ronald Bruner Jr., who worked as a session musician with Prince at Paisley Park.

Duration: 00:03:01

Susannah Melvoin on Prince

Susannah Melvoin reflects on Prince's tenderness and how she ended up co-writing "Starfish and Coffee."

Duration: 00:25:31

Slug from Atmosphere: 'Prince broke a lot of barriers for us'

Sean Daley, aka Slug, from the hip-hop group Atmosphere, talks to The Current's Andrea Swensson about what it was like to come up in the music industry while living in the same city as Prince. Slug describes how Prince broke boundaries and set new precedents in the music industry. And Slug also tells the story of how he once performed freestyle rap onstage with Prince, who improvised on piano.

Duration: 00:05:20