This program includes music from Cuba, Brazil, Mexico (via Milwaukee), and Spain: Pedro Luis Ferrer, Mônica Salmaso, Latino Arts Strings Program & Mariachi Juvenil, and Paco de Lucia. It also includes music around “Sensemayá” (canto para matar una culebra). The literature segment presents the 1st part of the 1977 conference by Jorge Luis Borges about “La divina comedia”.
In 1886, the State-Run School for Dependent and Neglected Children opened in Owatonna, Minnesota. For nearly 60 years the orphanage housed thousands of children, and during the Great Depression, was massively overcrowded. For some, the orphanage provided a safe haven, but for many others, beatings and neglect were commonplace. In this documentary, KFAI producer Dan Greenwood talks with Harvey Ronglien—a former state-schooler who spent his entire childhood at the orphange—to learn about the dark and sordid past of the institution. Since the 1990s, Harvey and his wife Maxine have worked with the city to create a museum honoring the children who lived there. Today the campus at West Hills is on the National Registry as a Historic District. For more information, visit orphanagemuseum.com.