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Health Talk and You video recordings and records

Identifier: 2001-0030; 2002-0021; 2007-0010

Scope and Content

This collection contains the video recordings for the sixteen seasons of the live, call-in program "Health Talk and You." Video recordings are primarily in Beta and SVHS formats. The collection also contains programming records 1992-2001, viewer surveys 1991 & 1997, strategic planning documentation, correspondence, news clippings, press kits, transcripts of viewer questions and comments, indexes of topics and guests, and funding sources and budgeting materials.


  • Creation: 1987-2003


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Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Requests for permission to quote the Health Talk and You video recordings and records should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives head.

Historical Note

The first episode of the weekly call-in program “Health Talk and You” aired on November 10, 1987 and continued for sixteen seasons until 2003. Each program was devoted to a specific health related topic. The show was hosted by a physician along with a panel of experts. Dr. Paul Quie was the original host from 1987 to 1996. Dr. Greg Vercellotti hosted the program from 1996 through 2003.

The show was produced in partnership between the Academic Health Center and University Media Resources until 2001 when it was fully produced by the AHC. Additional production assistance came from the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics Fairview and the Minnesota Medical Foundation. The mission of the program was to provide the communication of timely, credible information about health to the public via television.

During the show’s run, nearly 500 individual episodes were produced with over 1,200 health professionals as guest participants. Estimated market shares ranged from 1,500 – 18,000 viewers a week during the show’s history. The show aired on local PBS affiliates KTCA Channel 2 and KTCI Channel 17.


38.75 Linear Feet (31 boxes)


Video recordings and programming records for a live, call-in program with a panel of health experts.

Source of acquisition

This collection was received by University Archives from the Academic Health Center Office of Communications in three separate shipments in 2001, 2002, and 2007.

Health Talk and You video recordings and records
Erik Moore
April 2007
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