Roots

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New Beginnings: The Story of Liberians in Minnesota
Produced by e.g. Bailey and Sha Cage

This special three-part documentary airs from 7:30-8pm on MinneCulture:
Part 1: Wed, Feb 16
Part 2: Mon, Feb 21
Part 3: Wed, Feb 23

For some time now, Minnesota has been a refuge for immigrant communities displaced from their homes due to a variety of circumstances. Minnesota’s Liberian community grew rapidly in the aftermath of a series of civil wars that ravished their country. However the story of Liberians in Minnesota does not begin with these civil wars, but stretches over more than 50 years.

In this radio documentary, producers e.g. Bailey and Sha Cage explore Liberian history, along with the growth and development of the community here in Minnesota.

Hear conversations with a wide-range of community members, including Wynfred Russell, Abdullai Kiatamba, Piso Tarr, Yeamah Brewer, Mameneh George and others, as well as prominent local figures including State Representative Keith Ellison, history professor Peter Rachleff, and theater director Wendy Knox.

This three-part program provides an overview of where the Liberian community in Minnesota stands today, the contributions it has made to the state, and what the future holds.

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Harold’s House Party
February 23, 2011

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Erik Koskinen and Angie Pykonen were my guests this afternoon. There will be a big benefit concert for Erik this coming Monday, February 28th at First Avenue. In case you haven’t heard, Erik’s vehicle and lots of his gear were stolen in December. I hope you’ll show up to support one of the most talented, nicest guys in the Twin Cities music scene.

Click “more” to link over the the playlist page, where you can review all the songs we played today. There’s also a link there to the archives of the show, should you wish to listen.

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DJ Baby Swiss goes solo…as Dr. StrangeDub overslept and missed the show. An amazing mix of old and new that was described by the dubmaster The Technician as “F#$%@#@ Great!” The big cheese for the night threw together some Skatalites at Tubby’s, Steve Turre, Voodeux, Otto von Schirach, Subatomic Sound System, Amadi featuring Bunny Rugs, and more, culminating in a John Brown’s Body track, Ghost Notes, going out to some newly-minted ghosts… victims of Col. Gaddafi’s war on his own population.

Due to a computer error, mp3 archives for this broadcast are not available. The problem has been addressed and will resume as normal for next week. The Real Audio Archives are still available to listen to.

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Due to a computer error, mp3 archives for this broadcast are not available. The problem has been addresses and will resume as normal for next week.

The Real Audio Archives are still available to listen to.

Live in the Studio: The Ericksons

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Nightinghales’ Michael Lopez and Benjamin Sommers-Bachman joined me the 2nd hour, talking about and spinning songs from their new CD The Dark Rift and spinning favorites.

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