Five stories from KFAI’s 10,000 Fresh Voices series
1. Chess champion DJ Hooker Jr
Produced by Will Wright
While most kids are playing video games on televisions, cell phones and computers, one Minneapolis youth is focused on a board game that is centuries old. DJ Hooker Jr has been playing chess since he was two-years-old, and the South High School student recently took top honors at the National High School Chess Championship. KFAI producer Will Wright has the story.
2. Heart of the Beast’s May Day celebration
Produced by Dixie Treichel
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask theater holds its annual May Day parade and festival the first Sunday in May in the Powderhorn neighborhood. Honoring the earth and community with art and pageantry, this is the 38th year of the festival. KFAI’s Dixie Treichel has more about this colorful community event.
3. Artists’ work reflects Great Mothers of Islam
Produced by Dan Greenwood
Hend Al-Mansour and Leili Tajadod-Pritschet are two Middle Eastern artists whose work reflects the Great Mothers of Islam. KFAI producer Dan Greenwood talked to the women about gender representation in their art.
4. Charlotte van Cleve: a Minnesota Legacy
Produced by Bobbie Scott
Charlotte Ouisconsin Clark Van Cleve was a remarkable woman who left a legacy in Minnesota. A newborn Charlotte arrived here in 1819, when her father landed with the Fifth Infantry to construct Fort Snelling. Spending her formative years at remote military posts instilled in Charlotte a love of the flag, and throughout her life she exemplified strong patriotism and an altruistic nature. She raised a large family, and after the Civil War, founded Bethany Home—a safe-haven for “fallen” girls and women. Charlotte served tirelessly as the president of Bethany Home for more than twenty years, often taking unpopular stands in support of those she called her “girls.” Despite her sometimes controversial opinions, Charlotte was a beloved and respected member of the community throughout her long life. This MinneCulture documentary was produced by Bobbie Scott, with production assistance by Nancy Sartor. Special thanks to Sabrina Crews, Lisa Day, Ron Grogg, Christine and Jeff Nordin, and the Historic Fort Snelling Fife and Drum Corps.