Five stories from KFAI’s 10,000 Fresh Voices series:
1. Freedom Form II in MLK Park: A Sculptural Metaphor for Race?
Produced by Susan Gray
Forty years ago, the first African American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize spoke at the dedication of the Martin Luther King Park in south Minneapolis. Seven hundred people joined in song and prayer around the sculpture given in Dr. King’s honor by New York artist Dan Johnson. KFAI Producer Susan Gray spoke with people who organized the 1971 event and learned what’s become of the sculpture that was given to honor Dr. King’s legacy.
2. Miss Richfield 1981/Russ King
Produced by Dixie Treichel
Miss Richfield 1981 is recognized as one of the Twin Cities most creative artists, and been named runner-up for “Artist of the Year” by the StarTribune newspaper. With numerous appearances around town, including the Walker Art Center, Illusion Theater, Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, Miss R also made her Orchestra Hall-debut as a featured soloist in ‘Doc’s Summer Party Mix’ with Doc Severinsen and the Minnesota Orchestra. In this story, meet the vibrant Miss Richfield, and the man behind the woman—Russ King—who graciously describes his life as a performer, from humble beginnings in Richfield, Minnesota, to the Toyota Comedy Festival in New York’s Soho, and beyond. Produced by Dixie Treichel.
3. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
Produced by Nancy Sartor
Since 1979 the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Roseville has been caring for sick and injured wild animals from the Twin Cities metro area, greater Minnesota, and outside the state. Last year the Center treated more than 8,600 animals from 170 different species. KFAI producer Nancy Sartor toured the facility and talked to staff about their important work.
4. Pond Hockey 2011
Produced by Britt Aamodt
The U.S. Pond Hockey Championships began in 2006, with 120 teams and a great idea. Now in its sixth year, the Minneapolis-based event expects to draw upwards of 200 teams from the United States and Canada, and tens of thousands of fans, to Lake Nokomis from Jan 21-23. Film producer Andrew Sherburne was on the ground in 2006, filming the budding Minnesota winter get-together. His efforts produced the documentary, POND HOCKEY, in 2008. Former NHL player Brian Bonin was one of the pond hockey players featured in the film. KFAI’s Britt Aamodt talks to both men about their enduring love for Minnesota’s iciest cold-weather sport.