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Identity [theft] is the crisis can’t you see

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2 Hours of Deep Soul, Blues, Gospel, & Funk sounds on vinyl platters, featuring sides by Bobby Rush, Little Ed & The Soundmasters Band, Carolyn Veal, The Mysterious Gospel Singers, Howard Tate, Patrinell Staten, Marvin Holmes & The Uptights, The Rhythm Masters, Roger Collins & many more…

This program presents Cuban “Trova tradicional”, music from Oaxaca, México, and the art of the Bandoneón. The literature segment is dedicated to the Chilean poet Nicanor Parra, winner of the 2011 Miguel de Cervantes Prize.

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We started the show with a new track from Kae Sun, born in Ghana and living in Toronto (his new EP is available as a free download here), heard a set of Bachata from the Domincan Republic and some great Nigerian reissues, plus music from Kenya, Uganda, Cape Verde and points beyond with Brad, Jojo and Charlie.

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Kristina explores the palos of bambera and serrana with El Chocolate and Luis de Cordoba, and she throws in a touch of Enrique Morente and Niña de la Puebla for good measure.

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DJ Miguel Vargas flies solo on tonight’s episode of Radio Pocho. Featuring music by Gil Scott Heron and others…

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Building Utopia in Cedar-Riverside
Produced by Jessica Folker & Susan Gray

The Minneapolis skyline changed dramatically in the early 1970s, after two small real estate developers with ambitious dreams initiated a complex redevelopment of the Cedar Riverside neighborhood on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota. With a design by renowned Minnesota architect Ralph Rapson, and guaranteed loans from the federal government, Gloria Segal and Keith Heller were determined to build a high-density community with a diverse mix of ages, nationalities and incomes. KFAI producers Jessica Folker and Susan Gray spoke with urban planning experts, along with past and current residents, to learn how the Cedar Square West development evolved to become home to many East African refugees.

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Another week with a ton of new stuff… Starting off with the excellent album “Ernest” from Volfoniq, following up with the new Paproota Dub Compilation Vol.2. From there we flowed into new tunes by Ashley (from “Land of Dub” on Dubkey), Nappy Riddem (on Fort Knox), See-I, Moshi Kamachi, Illuminati Congo, and our own Mutant Frogs.

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