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New Beginnings: The Story of Liberians in Minnesota
Produced by e.g. Bailey and Sha Cage

This special three-part documentary airs from 7:30-8pm on MinneCulture:
Part 1: Wed, Feb 16
Part 2: Mon, Feb 21
Part 3: Wed, Feb 23

For some time now, Minnesota has been a refuge for immigrant communities displaced from their homes due to a variety of circumstances. Minnesota’s Liberian community grew rapidly in the aftermath of a series of civil wars that ravished their country. However the story of Liberians in Minnesota does not begin with these civil wars, but stretches over more than 50 years.

In this radio documentary, producers e.g. Bailey and Sha Cage explore Liberian history, along with the growth and development of the community here in Minnesota.

Hear conversations with a wide-range of community members, including Wynfred Russell, Abdullai Kiatamba, Piso Tarr, Yeamah Brewer, Mameneh George and others, as well as prominent local figures including State Representative Keith Ellison, history professor Peter Rachleff, and theater director Wendy Knox.

This three-part program provides an overview of where the Liberian community in Minnesota stands today, the contributions it has made to the state, and what the future holds.

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DJ Baby Swiss goes solo…as Dr. StrangeDub overslept and missed the show. An amazing mix of old and new that was described by the dubmaster The Technician as “F#$%@#@ Great!” The big cheese for the night threw together some Skatalites at Tubby’s, Steve Turre, Voodeux, Otto von Schirach, Subatomic Sound System, Amadi featuring Bunny Rugs, and more, culminating in a John Brown’s Body track, Ghost Notes, going out to some newly-minted ghosts… victims of Col. Gaddafi’s war on his own population.

Due to a computer error, mp3 archives for this broadcast are not available. The problem has been addressed and will resume as normal for next week. The Real Audio Archives are still available to listen to.

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Edgar winner David Ellis talks with us about his novel Breach of Trust, a gritty tale of political corruption and murder at the highest levels of government. David Ellis was also the House Prosecutor who convicted Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich in the sensational Impeachment Trial before the Illinois Senate in January, 2009.

Also on this week’s show, National Book Award winner Pete Hautman joins us to talk about his newest young adult novels, The Big Crunch and Blank Confession.

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Due to a computer error, mp3 archives for this broadcast are not available. The problem has been addresses and will resume as normal for next week.

The Real Audio Archives are still available to listen to.

Old School Miguel, New School Steven On this episode of Radio Pocho we hit you with some classic funk and tejano cuts! Chale, that’s my jam

But watch out vatos vatas, some of the rolas are only as old as the lil homies born in the last year.

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