Arts & Culture

Extra special guest poet, J. Otis Powell does his poet-ing in-studio ! Featuring pre-recorded pieces, straight up-no chaser poems, and live words affixed to a James Carter classic on top of that! All in anticipation of his performance next weekend, December 13 & 14 at Pangea World Theater, Lake & Lyndale. The show today ends with two tracks from Malamanya, in concert Friday night at the Cedar Cultural Center, Dec. 6 !

Lots of great new music…but the first order of business was a tribute to the great singer Junior Murvin, who passed away suddenly on December 2nd. First up on the new music list was the very cool album “44” from the Gentleman’s Dub Club. This was followed by the sublime “Reasonin’ in Dub” from *Rod Anton & the Ligerians. Then came the “Frastimus in Dub” release ( on LibreCommeLair) from Sardinia’s Malasorti, and the “Fresh Start EP” from Bryan Art. Also had the pleasure of airing an advance demo of “Poet as an Acrobat” from Kevin Purdy, and the new single “Strictly Roots” from Do I Do. More new music on the fresh compilations “Explorations in Dub” (on Dubophonic) and “Penthouse Records – 25 Years” (Penthouse/VP). Rounding things out with Jah Wobble, Alborosie, Jaqee, Karma Dub, Grant Phabao & Horace Andy, UB40, Rico, Easy Star All Stars, Roni Size, Dub Trio, Alpha Steppa, Boom One Sound System, and more…

We speak with Anne Ursu about her new book The Real Boy, which is an Indie Next Pick and was long-listed for the National Book Award. She is also the author of Breadcrumbs, acclaimed as one of the best books of 2011.

We also talk with Atina Diffley about her memoir Turn Here Sweet Corn, which won a Minnesota Book Award. In addition to being an award-winning author, she is an organic farmer-educator, consultant, public speaker and activist.

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Interview with Vienna Teng and an in-studio visit from Jillian Rae!

Longevity Prescription
 

Is 80 the new 50? It is when you compare Americans’ average life expectancy today — about 78 — with what it was a century ago, when the average American lived to about 50.

In “The Longevity Prescription,” Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Butler says that this three-decade dividend, as he calls it, doesn’t have to be lived out in declining health as many assume.

Common ailments such as heart disease, arthritis and lung problems are arriving a full decade later than they did 100 years ago. This suggests that we have it within our power to increase the chances of staying healthy longer

David Cummings sits in with some Old Time Radio, especially episodes of Superman and an interview with Jerry Siegel, Superman’s creator.

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