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We Made It!  One Whole Year.

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History of Nicollet Island, Part II
Produced by Jessica Folker

Once a posh enclave for the city’s wealthiest residents, Nicollet Island had turned gritty by the early 20th century. Dominated by industry and inhabited by transients, many who wandered onto the Island were drawn to the bars
and flophouses of skid row. By the 1970’s, slumlords offering cheap rent attracted an enclave of colorful characters, and Nicollet Island became home to an eclectic mix of hobos, hippies, artists and working-class families.

In part 2 of the History of Nicollet Island, producer Jessica Folker introduces us to former and current Island dwellers, who share stories about living with drifters, donkeys and some of the Twin Cities’ best musicians on this urban island oasis.

Interviews include:

Kevin O’Rourke
An award-winning street poet and Island inhabitant who has lived in a number unusual dwellings, including a houseboat and a school bus.

John Chaffee
Still living on the island, of all current residents, John Chaffee has been there the longest, since early 1970s.

Jack Chaffee
John’s son, Jack, was grew up on Nicollet Island during the 1970s-80s.

Prudence Johnson
Jazz and folk singer Prudence Johnson shares memories of what it was like to raise a daughter on the Island.

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Thanks to Howlers for coming on the show and performing live today. They’ll be appearing, along with Tom Feldmann of the Get-Rites, at Freewheelin’ First Friday, this Friday night at the 331 Club.

Click more below to check out the playlist of songs and to listen via the archive.
New music included Howlers, Old Californio, Eilen Jewell, Rich Layton The Troublemakers, Sweetback Sisters, Terry Hanck, and George Thorogood The Destroyers.

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Another show filled with a whole lot great new music. Starting things out with a Natural Dub Cluster track from the new Italian Dub Community – Showcase Vol. 3 compilation. Followed this up Secret Archives of the Vatican’s heavy new Barbary Lion and the self-titled release by See-I (on Fort Knox). More great new music from Copia Doble Systema, Kevin Kinsella, Don Corleon, Bandulu Dub, Longman, and more. The Swiss set kicked off in high style by debuting some fresh new Tokyo Jihen (Dai Hakken’s leadoff track), and mixing that into a dancehall goodie from Ari Up’s swan song Slits release Trapped Animal. Old-schoolers Jamaica Super Dub, Jackie Mittoo and Adrian Sherwood helped round out hour 3 in fine style.

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Featured artist Vanessa Lively stops by we debut the new album from Gillian Welch!

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The Knotwells performed live on Spin with Cyn! They played songs from their new album being released on July 1 at the Hexagon Bar, and July 2!

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Stories from KFAI’s 10,000 Fresh Voices series:

1. Mixed Blood Theatre’s Radical Hospitality
Produced by Dale Connelly
Beginning in September, Minneapolis’ Mixed Blood Theatre is taking an unusual approach to ticket pricing by offering free admission to patrons on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserved tickets will cost $15 dollars, but those willing to take a chance and show up without a reservation will have a good chance of seeing the production for free. Calling this approach “Radical Hospitality,” staff say erasing economic barriers is part of Mixed Blood’s mission to build an inclusive, global audience.

2. Riot Act Reading Series
Produced by Cyn Collins
Riot Act Reading Series is a monthly literary event that takes place at various Minneapolis and St. Paul bars. Co-hosted by punk poet Paul D. Dickinson and writer/poet Laura Brandenburg, the series has been going since 1998.

3. Amias Project & Another Land
Produced by Dan Greenwood
Nicole Smagleck has traveled extensively to Tanzania and East Africa. During one trip, she met an elder tribal woman who suggested she bring Tanzanian handicrafts and jewelry back to Minnesota. Nicole did just that, founding the Amias Project and Another Land—two companies that promote Fair Trade and help support the Barabaig tribe. KFAI producer Dan Greenwood visited Nicole at the Northrup King Building, where the Amias Project and Another Land are located. For more information, visit amias.org.

4. Once Upon a Crime Bookstore
Produced by Britt Aamodt
For 25 years, Once Upon a Crime has been home to cold-blooded killers, con men and unsavory characters. That is, it’s been the literary haunt for crime and mystery novels, and one of only 30-odd bookstores in the country devoted to these genres. KFAI’s Britt Aamodt talked to owner Gary Schultz and St. Paul mystery novelist Susan Runholt about the bookstore and it’s big day at the Edgar Awards.

5. Zeitgeist Music Group
Produced by Dixie Treichel
Since 1977, Zeitgeist has been creating and performing new music by living composers, and has been commissioned for more than 150 new works. Operating out of Studio Z in downtown St. Paul, the quartet includes Heather Barringer, percussionist and artistic co-director; Pat O’Keefe, woodwind player and artistic co-director; Patti Cudd, percussionist; and Shannon Wettstein, pianist. The group tours outside Minnesota and collaborates with artists of all types and genres to create new work that challenges the boundaries of traditional chamber music.

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During the first hour we listened to excerpts from three concerts from 1980, which was the first year of the Indian Music Society of Minnesota….Balamurali Krishna, Lakshmi Shankar, and M.L.V.

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