Arts & Culture

Today's Morning Blend was preempted by KFAI's Black History Month programming.

Short features from KFAI’s 10,000 Fresh Voices series:

1. International Wolf Center
The Minnesota gray wolf, also called the timberwolf, is a symbol of the Northland. Featured in artwork, on logos, and as the state’s basketball mascot, wolves are part of the landscape. In 2012, the Department of Natural Resources instituted its first wolf hunt in nearly 40 years, creating controversy among those who believe wolves should be protected. KFAI producer Britt Aamodt traveled to the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota, and filed this story.

2. Minnesota Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra
The Minnesota Sinfonia is a professional, nonprofit chamber orchestra that offers free concerts and educational programs in and around the Twin Cities. Programs are accessible and welcome all ages. The Minnesota Sinfonia also provides show-and-tell sessions to students as part of its Music in the Schools program. KFAI producer Will Wright has the story. For more information, visit mnsinfonia.org.

3. Busker Larry Havluck
For more than 30 years, Larry Havluck has been a busker, or street musician, performing in downtown Minneapolis skyways, on the U of M campus, and occasionally in cafes and clubs. Openly gay, the Native American guitarist/singer/songwriter uses music to express political, satirical and social justice themes. Produced for KFAI by Dixie Treichel.

4. An Architectural and Cultural History of Hennepin Avenue
An excerpt from Sara Boden’s documentary on the history of Hennepin Avenue—from its origins as a Dakota Indian footpath between St Anthony Falls and Lake Calhoun, to a contemporary arts avenue.

5. Art sleds at Powderhorn Park
Sledding is a part of Minnesota culture. If you grew up here, chances are you’ve flown down a hill at top speed—and were hopefully lucky enough to make it to the bottom unscathed. For the last six years during the dead of winter, art and sledding have brought people together in Powderhorn Park. Producers Barbara Jean Meyers and Melissa Koch attended the 2013 Art Sled Rally and produced this story for KFAI.

Prof. Mahmoud El Kati and Urban Agenda's Lissa Jones -Health Notes Black History Monday

Mahmoud El-Kati is a lecturer, writer, and commentator on the African American experience. He specializes in African American history and advocates institution building within cultural communities. He is an advocate of building ones humanity through the understanding of their culture, history and community. He currently lives in the Rondo neighborhood, St. Paul’s historic Black community

Prof. El Kati is a mentor for Lissa Jones – Host of KMOJ Community Radio’s Urban Agenda will also be a part of this important Black History Discussion.

Music Host: Cory Washington
News Host: Siobhan Kierans
Producer: Dale Connelly

If You Can’t Stand the Heat – an episode of HEADLINE CHASER, on the radio in the Spontoon Islands. The Spontoons are an island archipelago in the South Pacific circa 1938, and they’re inhabited by funny animal cartoons and seaplanes.
The Sword in the Couch – a comedy sketch from Big Fun Radio Funtime! Recorded in January at the Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis.

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