Roots

Music Hosts: Ron Thums and Jean Silverberg
News Host: Edwin Allen
Producer: Dale Connelly

Third Home from Burma: Minnesota’s Karen Community
Produced by Marisa Helms
The fastest-growing refugee community in Minnesota over the past few years is a population from Southeast Asia most Minnesotans have never heard of—the Karen (pronounced Kuh-RENN). The nearly 7,000 Karen living here, mostly on the east side of St. Paul, have kept a low profile since they first started arriving in 2000. Their journey to Minnesota has been long and difficult. The Karen are an oppressed ethnic minority from Burma, the country also known as Myanmar, and for more than 60 years, innocent Karen men, women and children have become displaced by violence and civil war. Like many refugees who come to Minnesota, the Karen are here because they want to be safe and free from persecution. Most importantly, they want to give their children a better life and a good education. As producer Marisa Helms reports in this MinneCulture audio documentary, the story of the Karen is about resilience and the survival of a community and culture. Here in Minnesota, the Karen have found refuge, and finally, hope for the future.

Today during the first hour we took a trip the Baluchistan, Iran. Part of the ongoing series about the ethnic music of Iran, produced by Dan Rein and Baktash Boghrati.

In the second hour we had an interview with local musician Jack Klatt about his new solo recording.

Karl plays a lot of Zydeco….and Cajun. But no Swamp Pop?

News Host – Joanna Solotaroff

Music Host – Ron Thums

Producer – Dale Connelly

 

We get a new feature from Johnny D. of Radio Antilles called "Song Story", a look at the life of a single song through many years and interpretations.

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