On tonight’s episode of Radio Pocho: Idalia Robles y Reina Corina Rodríguez – las mujeres lovely de Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue will be our guest DJs spinning their favorite tunes.

Aliens in the Heartland: Clifford D. Simak and the Emergence of Pastoral Science Fiction
Produced by Britt Aamodt

Clifford D. Simak is part of Science Fiction’s Golden Age (1940s-50s), and the author of classics including “City,” “Way Station” and “Goblin Reservation.” He began his career in 1931 with the publication of “The World of the Red Sun” in Wonder Stories, a popular pulp magazine of the time. (That story would inspire a young junior high student, Isaac Asimov, to later try his hand at writing fiction.) Simak’s career spanned 50 years, and his prolific body of work included more than 100 stories and nearly 30 novels. He won three Hugo awards and one Nebula, and in 1977 was recognized by his peers as a Grand Master of Science Fiction—at the time, only the third author to receive such accolades. Through all the success and acclaim, Simak remained a small-town Wisconsin boy at heart, and maintained his reporter job at the Minneapolis Star newspaper. His Midwestern roots defined his fiction, in which regular folk in common settings confronted extraordinary circumstances—time paradoxes, immortals, aliens and parallel universes. Born in rural southwestern Wisconsin in 1904, Cifford Simak died of leukemia in Minneapolis in April 1988.

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Five stories from KFAI’s 10,000 Fresh Voices series:

1. Sam Jasmine’s talking dart board
Produced by Dixie Treichel
Sam Jasmine is an avid dart player, who also happens to be blind. In 2009 she invented the Audio Dart Master, a talking dartboard for the visually impaired, while playing in an audio dart league in the Twin Cities. KFAI’s Dixie Treichel has more.

2. Spoken word artist Tish Jones
Produced by Dixie Treichel
Tish Jones is the Community Engagement Director for the St Paul Almanac, and Executive Director of TruArtSpeaks. She began performing at age 14, and today the 24-year-old poet and spoken-word artist has a body of work that focuses on the rhythmic and lyrical content of words. KFAI’s Dixie Treichel has the story.

3. CHAT: Center for Hmong Arts & Talent
Produced by Will Wright
Hmong people come from the mountains of China, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand, and have a strong presence here in the Twin Cities. KFAI producer Will Wright spoke to Hmong arts and culture advocate Kathy Mouacheupao and artist Kao Lee Thao about arts and identity in the Twin Cities’ Hmong community

4. Architect Clarence Wigington
Produced by Will Wright
Clarence “Cap” Wigington was the nation’s first Black municipal architect, and served as a senior designer for the city of St. Paul for 34 years. Sixty of his buildings in Minnesota are on the historical registry, including the Highland Park Water Tower. Producer Will Wright talks to biographer David Taylor about the architectural legacy of Cap Wigington.

5. Science fiction writer Clifford Simak
Produced by Britt Aamodt
Science fiction author Clifford Simak published his first pulp story in 1931. During his 50-year career, he wrote hundreds of short stories and nearly 30 novels—all while working as a reporter for the Minneapolis Star newspaper. Today Simak is considered one of the great writers from Science Fiction’s Golden Age, alongside Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein and Ray Bradbury. But unlike other Sci-Fi writers, Simak’s stories focused on common men and women, living in ordinary surroundings.