Arts & Culture

We speak with Margalit Fox about her new book The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code. She is a New York Times award-winning journalist who also wrote Talking Hands: What Sign Language Reveals About the Mind.

We also speak with Arlene Marks about her new book From First Word to Last: The Craft of Writing Popular Fiction. She is an author, editor and teacher of literacy and writing.

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Music host: Jean Silverberg
News host: Terry Carver
Producer: Ron Thums

West Hills State School: A troubled past for the Owatonna orphanage

KFAI producer Dan Greenwood received a Page One Award from the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for this audio documentary. In it, he tells the story of the State-Run School for Dependent and Neglected Children, which opened in Owatonna, Minnesota in 1886.

For nearly 60 years the orphanage housed thousands of children, and during the Great Depression, was massively overcrowded. For some, the orphanage provided a safe haven, but for many others, beatings and neglect were commonplace. In this documentary, Greenwood talks with Harvey Ronglien—a former state-schooler who spent his entire childhood at the orphange—to learn about the dark and sordid past of the institution.

Since the 1990s, Harvey and his wife Maxine have worked with the city to create a museum honoring the children who lived there. Today the campus at West Hills is on the National Registry as a Historic District. For more information, visit orphanagemuseum.com.

Wheat Belly

Health Notes talks with renowned cardiologist, Dr. William Davis about how eliminating wheat from our diets can prevent fat storage, shrink unsightly bulges, and reverse myriad health problems.

Every day, over 200 million Americans consume food products made of wheat. As a result, over 100 million of them experience some form of adverse health effect, ranging from minor rashes and high blood sugar to the unattractive stomach bulges that preventive cardiologist William Davis calls “wheat bellies.” According to Davis, that excess fat has nothing to do with gluttony, sloth, or too much butter: It’s due to the whole grain wraps we eat for lunch.

After witnessing over 2,000 patients regain their health after giving up wheat, Davis reached the disturbing conclusion that wheat is the single largest contributor to the nationwide obesity epidemic.

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Music host/News host/Producer: Siobhan Kierans

Blood Night – A suspense tale by Lon Ryden, and directed by Dick Stevens. From the SoundStories: audio theater troupe.
Family Radio – Imagination X brings us an intense story about a DJat a radio station who is acting a bit odd, until he starts REALLY acting odd.

The unlikely combinations of composer Monty Norman and arranger John Barry that culminated in the iconic James Bond theme.

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