Arts & Culture

Victoria Woodhull, William Jennings Bryan, & Adlai Stevenson by Radio Diaries

Kicking things off tonight with McPullish’s excellent new “Black Metal White Reggae” album (Charlie’s Records); followed by the latest Vibronics & friends on SCOOPs Records; King Django & Victor Rice with “Dub Discoveries From Version City” (celebrating 20 years of Stubborn Records); and the “Lost Album” unearthed and released by Groove Corp. Also tonight we did an Easy Star All Stars set to celebrate their “Thrillah” tour (and my trip to Chicago to see them). More great new stuff from Tafari, Beats Antique, Kukan dub Lagan, The Dynamics, The Dubsmith, Victoria Moralez, Damo Naimad, The Vibraphonic Orchestra, and Dada Afrik & Calcia.

We speak with Sheila O'Connor about her new novel for young people Keeping Safe the Stars. She is also the author of Where No Gods Came, which won the Minnesota Book Award and the Michigan Award for Literary Fiction, and was selected as a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers title.

News Host: Terry Carter
Music Hosts: Ron Thums and Jean Silverberg (former hosts of KFAI’s Radio Rumpus Room)
Producer: Dale Connelly

Third Home from Burma: Minnesota’s Karen Community
Produced by Marisa Helms

The fastest-growing refugee community in Minnesota over the past few years is a population from Southeast Asia most Minnesotans have never heard of—the Karen (pronounced Kuh-RENN). The nearly 7,000 Karen living here, mostly on the east side of St. Paul, have kept a low profile since they first started arriving in 2000. Their journey to Minnesota has been long and difficult. The Karen are an oppressed ethnic minority from Burma, the country also known as Myanmar, and for more than 60 years, innocent Karen men, women and children have become displaced by violence and civil war. Like many refugees who come to Minnesota, the Karen are here because they want to be safe and free from persecution. Most importantly, they want to give their children a better life and a good education. As producer Marisa Helms reports in this MinneCulture audio documentary, the story of the Karen is about resilience and the survival of a community and culture. Here in Minnesota, the Karen have found refuge, and finally, hope for the future.

Fit Moms For Life

Bring sexy back into being a mom? Melt the muffin top? Fit into your skinny jeans and still have room left over? Be a mom that your kids are proud of? One exercise that will make your stomach 2-4 inches smaller within two weeks Why cardio makes you fat and how you can burn 5X9 times more fat than doing boring cardio How to burn fat 24 hours a day How to eat like a linebacker and have a metabolism of a hummingbird How to change your thoughts to produce lasting fat results Dustin Maher, self-proclaimed “Mama’s Boy” has given his life to serving moms and helping them look and feel their best. He believes that moms must start putting themselves first in order to be the rock star mom. He asks the question to mom, “Who is taking care of you?”.

Guest Programmer, Janis Lane-Ewart, Host of the Collective Eye shares a blend of music.