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This week on MinneCulture: “The Walk to School,” an audio documentary about a Minneapolis family’s decision to attend public school outside its immediate residential zone. Producer Ralph L. Crowder III explores education and school choice through the lens of Monique, a single parent raising her daughter Amaree, and her niece Leslie. “The Walk to School” is a day-in-the-life account of how the family copes with the public education achievement gap, and what it’s doing to create better opportunities for the next generation. Ralph Crowder is an independent producer from Minneapolis who specializes in local and national education issues. MinneCulture airs every Monday and Wednesday evening from 7:30-8pm on KFAI, and is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Scottie Miller, great keyboardist from the Twin Cities stopped by the studio. In addition to his own career, he’s a member of Ruthie Foster’s band (KFAI is bringing them to Hopkins on Tuesday). He’ll also be playing Freewheelin’ 1st Friday on Feb. 1 at Harriet Brewing (plus Mary Cutrufello and her band). New music included Anders Osborne, Aaron Neville, Lucinda Williams, and Brian Laidlaw & The Family Trade. Plus the usual eclectic mix from multiple genres. Click “Episode Details” to see the playlist. Note, you may also link to the archives from that page. As always, I thank you for listening to the show.

Tonight The Echo Chamber commemorated the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. – featuring the “I Have A Dream” speech as well as parts of the “A Knock At Midnight” sermon. Also tonight we celebrated the second inauguration of Barack Obama, and included the oath of office, plus bits from the inaugural address. But of course, it was the great music which fit the theme and really made the show… This included tracks like KnowledgeBorn07’s “Overcome”, Black Roots’ “Struggle Dub”, Keith Hudson’s “National Anthem (Dub)”, Daddy Roots’ “We Shall Overcome”, Human Digital’s “Trouble Ahead”, Dubkasm’s “Biblical Dub”, Louie Kulcha’s “How Long Dub”, “Oppressor Version” from The Steady Ups vs. Doctor Echo, Johnny Osbourne’s “Truth and Rights”, and tracks from the “MLK Dub” album on the Xterminator label. Also tonight, recent releases from Dubor & the Duborians, Yabass Yaba Radics, Sorian, Profit, Downtown Beat, Empresarios, Ras Bruno, and Sly & Robbie.

See play list below

January songs to keep you warm and live music from Vicky Emerson!

No Wave and punk New York and Minneapolis late ’70s – early ’80s honoring the life and music of Steve Kramer (The Wallets, James Chance and the Contortions). During the 2nd hour, Sean Anonymous broke out exclusive hot off the press “Brick by Brick” single in advance of his Jan. 24 Birthday Bash at the Triple Rock Social Club!

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