Holy smoke Batman, what a smokin’ show… And so many new sounds in the mix. New releases from Khayo Ben Yahmeen, J Boog, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Céu, 10 Ft. Ganja Plant, Creation Rockers, Mystica Tribe, Subforms & Zizz (on deepindub), Yabass Yabba Radics, Inky Jack (on Dubbhism), Ital Roots Players (remix), Emel Mathlouthi, The Toure/Raichel Collective, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, and still more… And then there was the Beats Antique set…following their radically good show in Minneapolis!

Had a great interview today with Joseph Amara of Magus Books located in Dinkytown, on the West Bank of the U of M campus. Joseph is a cyber DJ with a program called “Edge Mysteries & Beyond” affiliated with the Edge Magazine. He came on my radio show to talk about his internet program and how it answers folks’ questions about all things mystical and metaphysical.

See play list below!

Interview with Cowboy Junkies’ Margo Timmons & live music from Julia Douglass!

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

1. French influences in Minneapolis
Produced by Will Wright
The Twin Cities is home to Alliance Française de Minneapolis—an organization that connects people to all things French. But evidence of the French abound, and some names are familiar to many. Hennepin, Nicollet and LaSalle are just a few of the Frenchmen who left their mark on the city. KFAI’s Will Wright spoke to local historians and filed this story.

2. Theatre Pro Rata
Produced by Cristeta Boarini
The Twin Cities have the most theater seats per capita than any other U.S. city, except for New York. Amidst Minneapolis-St. Paul’s wide spectrum of theatrical styles, Theatre Pro Rata offers a unique approach to putting on plays. Led by founder and artistic director Carin Bratlie for the past 11 years, the troupe offers unique and thoughtful productions. KFAI producer Cristeta Boarini has more.

3. West Hills State School: A troubled past for the Owatonna orphanage
Produced by Dan Greenwood
In 1886, the State-Run School for Dependent and Neglected Children opened in Owatonna, Minnesota. 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, KFAI producer Dan 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

4. GLBT families & the Minnesota’s gay marriage amendment
Produced by Jessi Lehman
This November, Minnesotans will vote on an amendment that makes gay marriage unconstitutional in the state. KFAI producer Jessi Lehman talked to Minnesotans United for All Families, a coalition group, as well as parents from the GLBT community about this divisive issue.

5. Excerpt from the St. Paddy’s Day Hootennany for Slim Dunlap
Twin Cities’ musician Bob Dunlap is known to most of his friends and fans as “Slim.” Dunlap played with the Replacements and released two solo CDs. Earlier this year he suffered a major stroke, and is still in recovery. On St. Patrick’s Day, more than a dozen local musicians assembled at the Amsterdam Bar in St. Paul to pay tribute to their friend. Hosted by Jim Walsh, the “St. Paddy’s Day Hootenanny for Slim” showcased an outpouring of love and support for a man known as everybody’s friend. Tonight’s feature is Ben Glaros singing Slim Dunlap’s song, “Times Like This.”

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Today during the first hour we listened to music of the Nyckleharpa Orchestra, recorded live at the Nordic Roots Festival 2001. Recording engineer was Chris Dronen and edited by Dan Rein

In the second hour we listened to an interview with Sarah Plum, violin and viola professor at Drake University.

A good Easter music program to help facilitate the celebration of Man’s release from the bondage of sin by Christ Jesus resurrection.

For the first time in the nearly 30 year history of the show, we featured 2 hours of 1960s classic country!

Pledge Drive Edition!

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