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Music Host: Brenda Bell Brown
Producer:  Yvette Howie 
News Host: Dale Connelly 

 

Music Host: Mark Koerner
News Host: Dale Connelly
Producer: Paul Brohaugh

West Hills State School: A troubled past for the Owatonna orphanage

KFAI producer Dan Greenwood received a Page One Award from the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for this audio documentary. In it, he tells the story of the State-Run School for Dependent and Neglected Children, which opened in Owatonna, Minnesota in 1886.

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, 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.

Thanks to The Howlin’ Brothers for stopping by the show this afternoon prior to their gig at the Cedar. They performed a few songs live in-studio. Also, I played lots of tunes including a new one from Chip Taylor entitled “Rock & Roll Joe”, plus some older stuff by Flaco Jiminez, Flo & Eddie, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Son volt, Leftover Salmon, Doug Sahm, Hot Tuna…..If you want to see the full list, click “Episode Details”. You’ll also be able to listen to the archvies from that page.

Previews of DeeDee Bridgewater, Vieux Farka Toure’, and Femi Kuti on today’s program along with new releases from KoboTown, Idan Raichel Project & the first release off V.F. Toure’s latest, Mon Pays.

Music Host: David Cummings
News Host: Colleen Harris
Producer: Mike Fischbein
Engineer: Mike Stapp

After taking a week off, Dr. StrangeDub returned to the airwaves with a ton of new music. Kicked off the fun with the excellent Dubmatix “Rebel Massive” album, and followed this with the new Dubology “Dub Experiments” album. From there we moved into the new Tribe Called Red “Nation II Nation” album; Taj Weekes & Adowa’s new “Pariah In Transit “ live album (on Jatta); Longman’s new “Akhenaten’s Dream”; Calma Dub’s “Tango Jango EP” (on Ape Choons) ; the great new “Signs & Wonders In Dub” from Dub Club (Tom Chasteen & Tippa Lee) on Stones Throw; and the new “Freedom Train” single from Victor Essiet & the Mandators. Also tonight was the debut of “The Eye of Cyclophibius” and “That was Now; This is Then” from the Mutant Frogs. In the middle of the show we ran part 2 of this year’s “Around the World in 20+ Dubs” special – where StrangeDub joined TurnTableTerrorist (Terry C) on “Echo Beach” for the 7th annual dubwise trip. And this was just the beginning… Also tonight: Indigenous Resistance ft. Jimmy Dick, Black Roots, Jungle Hammer, Marcia Aitken & Trinity, Dub Caravan meets Hornsman Coyote, Augustus Pablo/King Tubby, Ernest Ranglin, The English Beat, and much more…

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