Arts & Culture

Crankshaft and The Gear Grinders.

Forging his own brand of high-energy, low-brow Upper Mississippi blues, the one-man band powerhouse Crankshaft has been gigging around Minneapolis for nearly three years. Expanding his fanbase with every frenzied performance, Crankshaft earns his living as a musician and is taking his show on the road following the release of his new album, Junkyard Rhythm.

DJ Miguel Vargas flies solo on tonight’s episode of Radio Pocho. Featuring music by Gil Scott Heron and others…

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Building Utopia in Cedar-Riverside
Produced by Jessica Folker & Susan Gray

The Minneapolis skyline changed dramatically in the early 1970s, after two small real estate developers with ambitious dreams initiated a complex redevelopment of the Cedar Riverside neighborhood on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota. With a design by renowned Minnesota architect Ralph Rapson, and guaranteed loans from the federal government, Gloria Segal and Keith Heller were determined to build a high-density community with a diverse mix of ages, nationalities and incomes. KFAI producers Jessica Folker and Susan Gray spoke with urban planning experts, along with past and current residents, to learn how the Cedar Square West development evolved to become home to many East African refugees.

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FOUR FAILING LUNGS by Catie Talarski

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Another week with a ton of new stuff… Starting off with the excellent album “Ernest” from Volfoniq, following up with the new Paproota Dub Compilation Vol.2. From there we flowed into new tunes by Ashley (from “Land of Dub” on Dubkey), Nappy Riddem (on Fort Knox), See-I, Moshi Kamachi, Illuminati Congo, and our own Mutant Frogs.

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Acclaimed Native American author Leslie Marmon Silko joins us to talk about her memoir, The Turquoise Ledge. A former professor of English and fiction writing, Leslie Marmon Silko is the author of novels, short stories, essays, poetry, articles, and filmscripts.

James Lenfestey and Mark Gustafson also join us to talk about Robert Bly’s upcoming reading Monday, December 12th, of his translations of the 2011 Nobel Laureate Tomas Transtromer’s poetry in the book The Half-Finished Heaven, 7 p.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church.

No stranger to Write on Radio, James Lenfestey is a multi-faceted writer living in the Twin Cities. A journalist and author of four collections of poetry, including Cartload of Scrolls: 100 Poems in the Manner of T’ang Dynasty Poet Han-shan, he coordinated the conference Robert Bly in This World, edited a book by the same title, and chairs the Literary Witnesses series in Minneapolis.

Mark Gustafson is a classics professor and scholar of Robert Bly’s career, and is currently working on a biography of Robert Bly.

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Communist Daughter performs. Produced by Daniel Zamzow.

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Breastfeeding Support Group

Lavonne Moore, Doctor of Nursing Practices and Certified Nurse Midwife talked with Kinshasha about her upcoming Breastfeeding Support Group and Upcoming Classes – *What Does It Mean To Be A Mother – Healing The Black Body – Culturally specific education.
612 850 0016 for more information.

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Steam Dreamers of Inverness, Part 3, Chapters 1 & 2. Jack Flanders, Mojo and Claudine are sailing on the Illuminato, a zeppelin, through a storm and visit islands in the sky. From ZBS.

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Harmony – peace on this planet – is attainable through co-creation – - – one relationship, one project, one song at a time. Exploring the genius of artists as individuals, such as the legendary Nick Drake.
Hosted by Toberxara Bradt.

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