Arts & Culture

6/25/2014 MinneCulture

Inspired by Sarah M. Greer’s trip to the Canary Islands, “Between: a Journey through the Middle” is a singing conversation that celebrates individual journeys. Tonight’s program features vocalists Sarah M. Greer, Aimee K. Bryant, Bruce A. Henry, Libby Turner Opanga and drummer Nathan J. Greer. It was recorded live at the Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, and produced for KFAI by Tom Garneau.

“Over the new year in 2010, I traveled to Tenerife one of the Canary Islands. I found myself on this island between Africa and North America and I felt very connected and disconnected to this place at the same time. I was interested in that tension, what was going on between those two emotions. I realized this sensation was familiar, yet unexamined. I began to envision a piece created with other singers where I could reflect on that experience,” says Sarah M. Greer.

Three years later, Sarah developed BETWEEN: A Journey Through the Middle. All of the movements in BETWEEN are improvised in some way; some pieces use a set text or recurring melody, but in all of them, the ensemble discovers and develops the “final” pieces on stage in front of the audience.

“I wanted this to be a work about celebrating tensions and transitions and about how to move forward when we cannot always see the road ahead. And, I wanted to study how we move forward with others who are also navigating their own edges and traveling through their own changes. These are the gifts of improvisation.”

6/25/2014 Art Matters

Guest Host Lydia Howell interviews Filmmaker Brenda Bell Brown and DP Marcos Ismael Juarez-Gosselin on the making of her film “Sing Blues, Thank You.”

6/25/2014 Listening Lounge

Colonists & Shutting In from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening

6/25/2014 The Morning Blend

Hosts: David Cummings, Robert Easley, Mike Fischbein
Guests: Mary Turck, Pablo Miranda, Allen Lotsberg, Bud Kraehling
Programs: Versed Radio, Rockin’ in Rhythm, Minneculture
Editors: Diego Ortega, Anne Goodroad

6/25/2014 ECHO CHAMBER

Another crazy mix of great music tonight. Brand new releases from Phil Harmony (the excellent “10 YRs In Dub”); The Meridian Brothers (the farout new “Salvadora Robot” on Soundway); Nate Wize (the cool “Rock Bass EP” produced by Dubmatix); Alpha Steppa (the sublime “Trigram 03” EP); Anex (the “Heartbeat EP” on MindStep); plus singles from Luciano and Bryan Art. Also, with summer in full gear, we re-aired part 1 of Dr. StrangeDub’s “In the Garden of Dub Mix”, right after Madtone the Dub Gardener: Pete Polanyk interviewed on “The Dirt” on Fab Radio International. And with Chicha Libre in town for a show, we played a track from their “Sonido Amazonico” album, plus a track from the original chicha masters Juaneco y su Combo. An eclectic mix filled out the show and included Mad Professor, Dub Suppliaz; Down Beat; Shandy, Will & Grruff; The Dynamics; Funk Dub Division, Tommy McCook; Up Bustle & Out!; Twile; Dub Syndicate; Looping Jaw Harp Orchestra; Sheriff Lindo; General Smiley; and more…

6/24/2014 Write On! Radio

We speak with John Brandon about his new collection of stories, Further Joy.

6/24/2014 The Morning Blend

Music Host / Engineer: Jean Silverberg
News Host: Ryan Dawes
Producer: Ron Thums

6/23/2014 Malarkey-Radio with an Irish Accent

Michael Gibbons and Mike Wiley tell us about the 2014 Irish Fair of Minnesota which will be held on

6/23/2014 Health Notes

Encyclopedia Paranoiaca

Did you know that carrots cause blindness and bananas are radioactive? That too many candlelight dinners can cause cancer? And not only is bottled water a veritable petri dish of biohazards (so is tap water, by the way) but riding a bicycle might destroy your sex life?

In Encyclopedia Paranoiaca, master satirists Henry Beard and Christopher Cerf have assembled an authoritative, disturbingly comprehensive, and utterly debilitating inventory of things poised to harm, maim, or kill you—all of them based on actual research about the perils of everyday life. Painstakingly alphabetized, cross-referenced, and thoroughly sourced for easy reference, this book just might save your life. (Apologies in advance if it doesn’t.) Beard and Cerf cite convincing evidence that everyday things we consider healthy—eating leafy greens, flossing, washing our hands—are actually harmful, and items we thought were innocuous— drinking straws, flip-flops, neckties, skinny jeans— pose life-threatening dangers. Did you know that nearly ten thousand people are sent to the emergency room each year because of escalator accidents, and, despite what you’ve heard, farmers’ markets may actually be less safe than grocery stores? And if you’re crossing your legs right now, you’re definitely at serious risk.

Hilarious, insightful, and, at times, downright terrifying, Encyclopedia Paranoiaca brings to light a whole host of hidden threats and looming dooms that make asteroid impacts, planetary pandemics, and global warming look like a walk in the park (which is also emphatically not recommended).

6/23/2014 The Morning Blend

Music Host / Engineer: Cory Washington
News Host: Trisha Collopy
Producer: Xan Holston
Editors: Rico Morales, Robert Easley