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I hosted special guest bloodnstuff’s Ed Holmberg talking about and spinning songs from their brand new s/t record release! Also guest DJ Ryan Bouchey shared favorite songs from Nick ‘n’ Eddie artists!

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Five stories from the 10,000 Voices series:

1. HCMC’s Medical History Center
Produced by Britt Aamodt
The basement of Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) houses the Hennepin Medical History Center—a tiny, two-gallery museum filled to the rafters with old nurses uniforms, medical technology and history dating back to the 1800s. KFAI producer Britt Aamodt tours the collection.

2. The lure of Paul Bunyan
Produced by Susan Gray
The tale of Paul Bunyan and friends has captivated Minnesotans for more than 100 years. Statues of the lumberjack pepper the state, in towns of Ackley, Brainerd, Bloomington and Jenkins. To understand the lure of Paul, KFAI producer Susan Gray spoke to Bemdji residents, which is home of the country’s first roadside statue of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.

3. Creative Ladies are Powerful
Produced by Robert W. Morgan
Success in any field is built on support, and for the women behind CLAP—Creative Ladies Are Powerful—there is definitely strength in numbers. This female art collective welcomes all creative types to contribute to its ‘zine, which features advice, interviews, recipes, poetry, creative non-fiction, art and more. Produced for KFAI by Robert W. Morgan. For more information visit creativeladiesarepowerful.blogspot.com.

4. Twin Cities Youth Media Network
Produced by Michelle Alimoradi
Many local media organizations work with young people, and as a result, the Twin Cities has become a bastion of youth-driven community media and civic engagement. KFAI producer Michelle Alimoradi has more.

5. Musician Tim O’Keefe
Produced by Daniel Zamzow
Tim O’Keefe has been playing music in Duluth and the Twin Cities since the 1970s. What began as a musical journey on harmonica has led to vast knowledge of hand-drumming styles originating in the Middle East, Africa and South America. O’Keefe talks to KFAI producer Daniel Zamzow about a lifetime of diverse projects.

A special thanks to Minister Thomas Bady for coming in and pledge rapping with me during the two sessions of Songs of Praise that covered the Spring Pledge Drive.

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Pledge Drive Edition!

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Coldwater Spring/Mini Owe Sni
Produced by Allison Herrera

Some people believe that Coldwater Spring has been flowing for more than 10,000 years. Located south of Minnehaha Park on the former Bureau of Mines Campus, and formerly known as Camp Coldwater, the spring provided fresh drinking water to the soldiers who built Fort Snelling. A civilian settlement sprang up, and fur traders, blacksmiths and the state’s first Indian agent all settled and lived among military personnel. Coldwater Spring sits near some of the most sacred Dakota sites: Wita Tanka, Pike Island, where Dakota buried there dead; Taku Wakan Tipi, Carvers Cave near the VA hospital, the dwelling place of Native American gods and spirits; and B’dote, the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, where the first Dakota emerged. In 2010 the National Park Service took over the land at Coldwater Spring with the intention of making it a public park. Controversy ensued among Dakota people and environmental activists, who believe the site is sacred and worthy of protection under the National Register of Historic Places. KFAI producer Allison Herrera explores the complicated history of Coldwater Spring in this exclusive MinneCulture documentary.

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