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1. Environmental and educational advocate Maude Armatage
Produced by Dan Greenwood
In 1921, just a year after women were allowed to vote, Maude Armatage was only one of three women to run for public office. She won the seat of Minneapolis parks commissioner, and held the position for 30 years, retiring at 81-years-old. Recognized for her collaborative work between the park board and the school board, she was a civic leader devoted to environment and education.

2. Mixed media artist Amy Rice
Producer Nancy Sartor
Mixed media artist Amy Rice uses relics from her grandparent’s Wisconsin dairy farm to tell visual stories. She also incorporates antique love letters, maps and atlases as a way to collaborate with the past. KFAI producer Nancy Sartor spoke to the artist about her process, and what she has planned for the future. You can meet Amy Rice and see her work in her studio this Saturday during Second Satrudays at the California Building from 11am to 6pm. For more information, visit californiabuildingartists.com. Her work will also be featured at the Birchwood Cafe in April.

3. Comedy writer and satirist Lizz Winstead
Produced by Dale Connelly
Comedian Lizz Winstead is a Minnesota native who was one of the creators of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” Her profile is national, her audience, worldwide. But Winstead has been spending a lot of time in Minnesota lately, putting the finishing touches on a book. On Saturday, March 18, she’ll lead a political writing workshop at Java Jack’s in Minneapolis. To find out more, go to lizzwinstead.com.

4. Hindustani musician Pooja Goswami-Pooja
Produced by Mahi Palanisami
Pooja Goswami-Pavan hails from a musical family in India. With a PhD in Hindustani music, she reveals the history behind her own musical life, and the evocative sound of this improvisational art form.

5. Fair trade importers Global Mamas
Produced by Michelle Alimoradi
Global Mamas is a nonprofit organization that imports colorful clothing and handmade products from a women’s cooperative in Ghana. Peace Corps volunteers Kristen Johnson and Renee Adam founded the fair trade co-op to help promote economic independence for African women and their families. The Global Mamas network of producers has grown from six founding members in 2004, to nearly 500 producers in nine communities.

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Today we heard some live tracks by Nikki and the Ruemates from a concert at Hosmer Library in February in 2009. Recording engineer was Mario Vano.

During the second hour we heard an interview with Yilma Woldemedehen, who plays the Massinko, a one string fiddle from Ethiopia.

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GUEST HOST TODAY was Melinda J

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This week, we included a salute to songwriter Bobby Braddock during the second hour of the show. Mr. Braddock is being inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame later this year.

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Louisiana Rhythms 3/4/2011
Eric celebrates Mardi Gras

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