Arts & Culture

Bruce Jackson came back AGAIN.  You just can't keep this guy down…this time he brought with him three other musicians making up the Jackson LeBeau Project and they entertained us with many different genres of music.  Bruce was also on our 88th show with The Moondogs 88 and his first appearance was with Wayne McFarland and Jahz.

DJ Miguel Vargas will be taking the night off to catch FELA at the Ordway, so for tonight’s episode of Radio Pocho, the fellas from LatinoAltROCK are going to bring an awesome show, as usual. You’ve heard them on KFAI’s Radio Antilles and on the Current, and have been an excellent source in showcasing the many contemporary musical direcciones y estilos de nuestra gente.

Near v Minnesota: How a local rag ignited a First Amendment firestorm

When Minneapolis politicians censored small time scandal sheet publisher, Jay Near, it sparked the country’s first debate on whether the government can control people’s speech and punish them for publishing unpopular ideas. Called the first great press case, the surprising 1931 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Near vs. Minnesota is a landmark of First Amendment law, and continues to guide our democracy today. KFAI producer Susan Gray talks to media and legal experts, who describe the characters that played a role in creating this important jurisprudence.

An audio portrait of the suicidal mind.

Tonight Richie Phoe’s long-awaited debut album Echo Outernational (on Balanced Records) kicked things off in tonight’s Echo Chamber. This was followed by the new “Dub Sessions 1.1” EP from Version Big-Fi and an early version of the upcoming Springline release “Springline Jamaica meets Uncle Fee Dubplate Style Downtown”. More new sounds came from Sista M (with Cr4ig’s Babylon Roots Remix of “Would You Be Mine”); Princess Anla; Ziggy Marley (with Chuck D & Linda Perry); Burnett Town Sound; and Marvin Gaye vs. JStar (with the “I Heard It Dub” mashup). Another highlight of the program was the three tracks from Céu – to promote her return to the Dakota Club in Minneapolis this week.

We speak with Jess Walter, whose newest novel is Beautiful Ruins, which Kirkus Reviews described as "A brilliant, madcap meditation on fate … Walter’s prose is a joy—funny, brash, witty and rich with ironic twists.