Arts & Culture

KFAI’s Andy Driscoll produced this radio documentary on Penumbra Theatre Company only Twin Cities theater producing plays by, of and for the African-American community.

Tonight we filled the first hour with a bunch of new stuff, then shifted gears and filled most of the rest of the program with all Jamaican music. This has been an annual tradition for some time – doing an all Jamaican show in early November in remembrance of my late Jamaican father-in-law Robert. The new music included excellent releases from Soothsayers, Rod Anton & the Ligerians, Anthony B, U-Roy, Aldubb, Steve Steppa, and Sangue Bom. And the all-JA mix for Robert included: The Heptones & Sound Dimension, Niney the Observer, The Mighty Diamonds, Prince Buster & Lee Perry, Junior Byles, Augustus Pablo, Bob Marley & the Wailers, Burning Spear, Bunny Lee & the Aggrovators, Wingless Angels (feat. Justin Hinds), Desmond Dekker, Lloyd’s All Stars, Cherine Anderson, Omar Perry, Sly & Robbie, Jesse Royal, Don Corleone, Jackie Mittoo, Scientist, Barry Brown & U-Mike, Dillinger, Dennis Brown, Tony Tuff, King Jammy, Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus, and Oku Onoura.

Ian Graham Leask, Charlotte Sullivan, Antonia Felix and Steve McEllistrem speak about The Best American Poetry, 2012, which Mark Doty edited with David Lehman. We had hoped to have Mark Doty call in, but he was unable to do so. He is an accomplished poet and memoirist. He’s written a dozen books of poetry and he’s won numerous awards, including the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry. He was also a finalist for a National Book Award for My Alexandria.

Wilbur Cole joined the show today to talk about his upcoming 21st Anniversary show with the Soul Mates. Wilbur talked about the “branches” of the Soul Mates, which are spin-off bands that have formed over the years. All members of those bands will return on Saturday, November 17th to help celebrate the 21 years of connection, and especially spiritual connection, that has happened since the the band’s inception in the 1980’s. The spin-off bands also represent the line-up for the Anniversary show taking place at the Narrows on November 17th, 2012, 7:00pm.

7:30pm The Spiritual Trio…..WSC
8:30pm Filet O’Soul…the Johnny O’Keefe Trio
9:30pm Willie Walker Band featuring Wilbur Cole and former members of the Bound Band
10:30pm The Soul Mates with Wilbur Cole

And LadyJ Griot…appearing as Emcee…..see you at the Narrows, in Navarre Mn….. Saturday, November 17th 7:00pm showtime

Indian immigration to the United States: how the space race and Cold War gave rise to scientists and engineers
Produced by Mahi Palanisami

During the 1950s and ’60s, the space race, the effects and fears of the Cold War, and the united leadership of India and the United States gave rise to a math and science-educated population in India. It changed U.S. immigration policy, as America welcomed India’s brightest scientists and engineers to the United States. In this radio documentary, KFAI producer Mahi Palanisami explores Indian immigration to the United States to better understand her own family lineage and their drive to excel in science and engineering.