Arts & Culture

Hosts: Dixie Treichel & John Townsend

Love Songs, Sensuality, Seduction and Scandal
Guests: Rob Ainsley, Head of Music, MN Opera, “The Dream of Valentino” and Nhojj, singer/songwriter, “Made to Love Him – Celebrating Love”

It's an archived show of Kristina's first flamenco loves – the "tunes" she imprinted on in the late 80's when she began her flamenco studies.

Hosted by Miguel Vargas & Terrell LaMarr

Celebrating the Rondo neighborhood
Produced by Allison Herrera
Production assistance by Stuart Rosen

St. Paul’s oldest African-American neighborhood is named after French Canadian fur trader Joseph Rondeau. After the civil war and during the reconstruction period in the south, many African Americans sought a better life and moved north. Some arrived in St. Paul, Minnesota, where jobs in the railroad and lumber industries were plentiful. Starting a new life on Rondo Avenue, residents became entrepreneurs, opening businesses and catering to the local community. Bonds were formed and friendships developed. A tight-knit neighborhood of people committed to education and opportunity evolved. Families looked out for one another.

Then in the 1960s, construction of Interstate 94 divided Rondo—shattering the community and displacing thousands of African Americans into a racially segregated city and discriminatory housing market. It radically changed the landscape, and erased a now-legendary neighborhood. Rondo still exists and its persistence and growth are celebrated through events like Rondo Days and the Jazz Festival. This audio documentary was produced by Allison Herrera with production assistance by Stuart Rosen.

COMPUTER LOVE
Three stories about the future, past & present of our relationship with technology.

First hour features a setlist honoring Black History Month; some of the artistry which has inspired me… outspoken artists I admire. The second hour features an in-studio visit from Israeli Ladino musicians – Baladino, playing the Dakota this Sat. Feb. 22.

With the Six Nations Rugby Tournament in full swing we thought a discussion on rugby would be timely.

Dr. Josie R. Johnson

Born in 1931, Josie Robinson Johnson has played an active role in the civil rights movement since her teenage years, when she and her father canvassed her hometown of Houston to gather signatures on an anti-poll tax petition.

In the early 1960s, Johnson lobbied professionally for passage of bills concerning such issues as fair housing and employment opportunities. In 1964, she traveled from Minneapolis to Mississippi with an integrated group of women to witness and take part in the struggle there. After visiting an open-air freedom school where blacks were organizing, the group learned the school was bombed later that day. Johnson became a community organizer for Project ENABLE, a pioneering effort in developing parenting skills and strengthening family life in 1965. A member of the Minneapolis Urban League, she served as acting director between 1967 and 1968.

Johnson worked with elected officials many times over the years. In 1968, she became a legislative liaison and community liaison as a mayoral aide in Minneapolis during a time of trouble for African Americans in the town. The executive assistant to the lieutenant governor of Colorado from 1975 to 1978, Johnson went back to Texas in 1978 and supervised Judson Robinson’s campaign staff. In 1980, she served as deputy campaign manager for the Jimmy Carter presidential campaign in Tennessee.

Johnson has also had an ongoing relationship with the University of Minnesota. Between 1971 and 1973, she served on the University’s Board of Regents. She earned a B.A. in Sociology at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, and an M.A. and Ed.D. at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. The University of Minnesota offered her a senior fellowship in 1987. Johnson directed its All-University Forum as diversity director from 1990 to 1992. That year, she became responsible for minority affairs and diversity at the college as the associate vice president for academic affairs. The University of Minnesota established the annual Josie Robinson Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award in her honor.

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