Luke Taylor: writing samples
The Cellist on the Bestseller List
Classical Minnesota Public Radio website / April 15, 2013

A profile of Edward Kelsey Moore, a professional cellist and the author of the best-selling novel, The Supremes at Earl's All You Can Eat.
MPR Behind-the-Scenes Video Tour
Minnesota Public Radio's Member Appreciation Week / April 1, 2013

Wrote and directed this video tour of the Minnesota Public Radio building as part of a week dedicated to thanking members for their support.
Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Turns 30
89.3 The Current from Minnesota Public Radio / Nov. 30, 2012

Interesting facts about Michael Jackson's Thriller, on the 30th anniversary of the iconic album's release.
A Modern Allegory: 'The Dust Bowl: A Film by Ken Burns'
PopMatters / Nov. 20, 2012

DVD review of Ken Burns's documentary, The Dust Bowl.
'Nova: Secrets of the Viking Sword' Makes a Point
PopMatters / Oct. 23, 2012

DVD review of PBS Video release of Nova documentary, "Secrets of the Viking Sword."
Kicking It Copper-Street Style
Classical Minnesota Public Radio website / Aug. 24, 2012

Article about Minneapolis ensemble Copper Street Brass Quintet, its new album and its performances at the Minnesota State Fair.
Book review: 77 Reasons Why Your Book Was Rejected
Rain Taxi Review of Books / Summer 2012

A book review of Mike Nappa's 2011 nonfiction work, 77 Reasons Why Your Book Was Rejected (and how to be sure it won’t happen again!)
Capturing the Castle
Classical Minnesota Public Radio website / April 10, 2012

A profile of composer John Lunn, creator of the original music for the television series Downton Abbey.
New DVD shines light on Mozart's Sister
Classical MPR: Classical Notes / Feb. 14, 2012

A review of the DVD for the film Mozart's Sister, by French director René Féret, written with the classical-music audience in mind.
Inside the Projectionist's Booth
MPR News: State of the Arts / Dec. 29, 2011

A look inside the work of Tom Letness, projectionist at the Heights Theater in Columbia Heights, Minn., plus a look at the future of cinematic projection; specifically, film prints versus digital.
Forging a Musical Friendship
Classical Minnesota Public Radio website / Dec. 6, 2011

A profile of Norway-based composer Andrew Smith and his professional relationship with men's vocal ensemble New York Polyphony.
'Maxwell Street Blues' is a Toe-Tapping Time Capsule
PopMatters / Nov. 3, 2011

DVD review of Maxwell Street Blues, a documentary that describes the blues musicians that used to busk along Chicago's old Maxwell Street Market.
Facing the Music
Minnesota Monthly, MPR's "Plugged In" section / November 2011

Profile of Classical Minnesota Public Radio on-air host John Birge.
The Art of Making Harps
MPR News: State of the Arts / Oct. 24, 2011

Gary Stone of Red Wing, Minn., has been making Celtic and Gothic lever harps in his repurposed dairy barn for more than 25 years.
Much More Than Dinner Music
Classical Minnesota Public Radio website / Oct. 14, 2011

Short article that describes how Classical MPR's Brian Newhouse "discovered" violinist Chad Hoopes.
Capturing Countryside and Communities
MPR News: State of the Arts / Sept. 19, 2011

Painter Kevin Kluever typically paints Midwestern landscapes, but in Maple Plain, Minn., he's known for painting the town.
'Bride Flight' is Beautiful but Predictable
PopMatters / Sept. 19, 2011

Review of the DVD of the Dutch film, Bride Flight.
Exploring Red Wing's Ceramic Past and Present
MPR News: State of the Arts / Aug. 22, 2011

Potter Alex Wilson and the Minneapolis Art Institute's Jennifer Komar Olivarez talk about the ceramics pedigree of Red Wing, Minn.
Discover a Hero in 'Cedar Rapids'
PopMatters / July 6, 2011

DVD review of Cedar Rapids, a comedy film starring Ed Helms, John C. Reilly and Anne Heche.
Game Show
Classical Minnesota Public Radio website / July 1, 2011

Article that describes the evolution of the Top Score podcast, hosted by Classical MPR's Emily Reese.
Home Stand
Minnesota Monthly, MPR's "Plugged In" section / July 2011

Interview with local band Tapes 'n Tapes, ahead of their performance at Rock the Garden.
What Really Happens When You Get 'Lucky'?
PopMatters / April 25, 2011

DVD review of Lucky, a documentary about lottery players and winners, directed by Jeffrey Blitz.
Heard Melodies are Sweet
Minnesota Monthly, MPR's "Plugged In" section / March 2011

Profile of Classical Minnesota Public Radio on-air host Bill Morelock.
Rethinking the Frame
MPR News: State of the Arts / Dec. 8, 2010

Story about the work of Minnesota painter Ken Moylan.
Freakonomics Radio
Minnesota Monthly, MPR's "Plugged In" section / December 2010

Profile of Freakonomics author Stephen J. Dubner and his new radio project that brings the concepts of the book to the airwaves.
Lifted from the Page
MPR News: State of the Arts / Nov. 24, 2010

Story about Minnesota author/illustrator Nancy Carlson and an exhibition of her work at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Book review: King of the Oilers
Ships Monthly / November 2010

Descriptive-style review of Jon L. Strupp's book, King of the Oilers: The Story of the USS Chiwawa A0-68, for the Ships Library department in Ships Monthly magazine.
Twin Cities Book Festival foreshadows industry's future
MPR News: State of the Arts / Oct. 18, 2010

Report about the Twin Cities Book Festival, with a focus on authors and publishers adapting to changes in the industry.
A Fair Celebration
Minneapolis Observer Quarterly / Autumn 2010

An essay about the Minnesota State Fair and its role as a year-end ritual.
From Canoe to Canvas
MPR News: State of the Arts / Aug. 13, 2010

Article about Minnesota painter Robert Hughes Perrizo, who captures the life and times of the French voyageurs, early explorers of North America.
Blurring the Boundaries Between Blight and Beauty
MPR News: State of the Arts / July 16, 2010

Article about St. Paul photographer Peter L. Johnson, who finds beauty in polluted areas as a way to bring attention to humanity's relationship with the environment.
Prince and Public Radio
Minnesota Monthly, MPR's "Plugged In" section / June 2010

Interview with Tim Nordwind, bassist of the band OK Go, as he discusses how Prince and public radio have been major influences for the band as well as drivers of its success.
Grammar Grater podcast
Minnesota Public Radio / July 2007 - December 2009

Grammar Grater® was a weekly podcast about English words, grammar and usage. Each episode features an amusing sketch with the Grammatis Personae players, who act out the week's topic. Many episodes include guest interviews. Also available for download on iTunes.
Hot Topic
Minnesota Monthly, MPR's "Plugged In" section / December 2009

Article about climate-change coverage on public radio's Marketplace as well as a description of and insiders' perspectives on the United Nations Climate Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Saying 'Yes'
B. magazine (University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business) / Fall 2009

First-person essay about embracing creativity. (Note: Link opens Web version of article.)
Our House
Minnesota Monthly, MPR's "Plugged In" section / April 2009

Interview with author Sandra Cisneros on the 25th anniversary of her seminal work, The House on Mango Street.
Places in the Heart
Minnesota Monthly, MPR's "Plugged In" section / December 2008

Profile of celebrated folk musician Peter Ostroushko.
Itinerant Editors
MPR: Grammar Grater / April 17, 2008

Profile of Jeff Deck, a travelling proofreader on a mission to eliminate typos from public signage.
Getting Her Wings
Minnesota Monthly, MPR's "Plugged In" section / June 2007

Profile of emerging author Laurie Lindeen on the release of her debut book, Petal Pusher. Lindeen is the former front woman of the band Zuzu's Petals; the book is her memoir.

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