Arts & Culture

Music Host / Engineer: Mark Koerner
News Host: Dale Connelly
Producer: Paul Brohaugh

Tipping the Scale

During the coldest days of winter, an “Earth Train” departed from St. Paul, carrying dozens of artists, activists and regular folks from Minnesota to Washington, DC. On board were KFAI producers Barbara Jean Meyers and Melissa Koch. Along the way they interviewed passengers including Kevin Kling, Louise Erdrich, Prudence Johnson and others, about why they were making the journey. Many were inspired by Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org, who believes that the Keystone XL pipeline wound be the final nail in the coffin for planet Earth.

On February 17, advocates gathered at the nation’s Capitol for Forward on Climate to protest Keystone and draw attention to global warming. Nearly 50,000 people assembled to promote environmental stewardship, making it the largest rally on climate issues in U.S. history. “Tipping the Scale” is a two-part audio documentary that chronicles this historic event. Tune into MinneCulture on Monday, June 3, and Wednesday June 5, at 7:30pm.

Arts on Chicago, a day long celebration of arts along Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis; and Northern Spark, an all-night celebration of art in Lowertown St. Paul.

BLIND JUSTICE
Wrongfully Convicted by Julia Lundberg & Life After Exoneration by Evan Roberts

A cloudy rainy day on the West Bank, opens with Mideast jazz from Third World Love. Then a set from Claudia Schmidt on her birthday. Lots of variety as the show goes down.

Music Host: David Cummings
News Host: Colleen Harriss
Producer: Mike Fischbein
Engineer: Mike Stapp

Another night of dub overload! So many new releases, including: the Dub Club’s new “Bubble Dub” (on Stones Throw); Pale Rider’s cool new “CO7” EP; Longman’s excellent “Akhenaten’s Dream” album; the new “Two Sacred Swords” 12” from Alpha Steppa & Lutan Fyah; Makiko’s rootical “High Stepper” single (on 176Sound); Gaudi’s adventurous “In Between Times” (on Six Degrees); and Mystica Tribe’s sublime “Stars Are Mine” EP (on SD Records). On top of that was more new stuff from Taj Weekes & Odawa, Obidaya/Dubmatix, Almighty Sion, Black Saturn, Bentesoi, Mahala Rai Banda/Mad Professor, Violeta Vil, Claudia Aru, Bandulu Dub, David Powell, Twile, The RBC, A Tribe Called Red, and Grant Phahao presents The Jays. If that wasn’t enough, we also crammed in some Prince Jammy, Black Roots, Overproof Sound System, Jah Wobble’s Invaders of the Heart, Kukan Dub Lagan, Lee Perry & the Upsetters, Nobukazu Takemura, Savage Aural Hotbed , Dennis “Blackbeard” Bovell, Bad Brains, and still more…

We speak with Jessica Francis Kane about her new story collection This Close. She is also the author of the acclaimed novel The Report and the story collection Bending Heaven.

We also speak with Douglas Trevor about his debut novel Girls I Know. He is also the author of the short story collection The Thin Tear in the Fabric of Space, which won the 2005 Iowa Short Fiction Award and was a finalist for the 2006 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for First Fiction.

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