Arts & Culture

We speak with Christina Baker Kline about her new novel Orphan Train. She is the author of four other novels entitled Sweet Water, Desire Lines, The Way Life Should Be, and Bird in Hand.

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This week on MinneCulture, producer Britt Aamodt explores The Mesabi Iron Range Strike of 1907. At the turn of the last century, Minnesota’s Iron Range was a cauldron of ethnicities and languages. From 1892 to 1914, more than 40 different ethnic groups immigrated there from the Old World, converging on one of the richest iron lodes in history.

In 1907, a large-scale labor strike erupted on the Mesabi Range, led primarily by immigrant Finns. The strike raised questions about whether laborers had the right to strike for liveable wages, eight-hour work days and fair work practices.

Though ultimately unsuccessful, the strike broke down cultural barriers and united miners under the common banner of organized labor. In our next segment, KFAI producer Britt Aamodt talks with historian Rhoda Gilman, Pam Brunfelt and Peter Rachleff.

BE Yourself – Everybody Else Is Already Taken

Authenticity is the buzz word of the moment. “Be true to yourself.” “Be your real self.” “Be the person you were meant to be.” The message is loud and clear. Or is it? There is pressure from all around (family, friends, co-workers, the media, and society at large) telling us it’s more important to be liked and to fit in than it is to be who we truly are. We’re also constantly bombarded with messages telling us that we aren’t good enough and need to be fixed.


His Holiness Maharanyam Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji, hailing from Chennai, India shared part two of a nine part series of chants and meditations to help us move to a blissful state of being

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Back To Frankenstein – A young college student has to write a book report on Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”. She borrows a time machine from another student and goes back to Europe to interview the author personally. By Les Light and the Univ. of California Davis Radio Theater.

Local peace and justice activists changing the military paradigm from war to peace.