Arts & Culture

Nurrudin Farah, in conversation with Zuhur Ahmed former host of the KFAI program “Somali Community Link”

Acclaimed writer Nurrudin Farah is finishing a three year stint at the University of Minnesota with a staged reading of his play, “A Stone Thrown At The Guilty” at Rarig Center at 7:30 pm this coming Friday and Saturday night, Dec. 7 & 8, 2012. In addition to winning many literary awards, Farah is a regular contributor to the New Yorker and the Op-Ed pages of the New York Times and Washington Post.

THE ELEPHANT’S CHILD by Rudyard Kipling
What do crocodiles eat for dinner? Inquiring elephants want to know!

Mainly Africa, folk n’ blues, old & new blends.

Music Host: David Cummings
News Host: Flor Frey
Producer: Mike Fischbein

Another huge night in the Echo Chamber. Starting off with a great new release by The Breadwinners on the King Spinna label. Also new tonight: a tasty new EP from M.A.K.U Soundsystem “A Very Funky Christmas” from Redtenbacher’s Funkestra; and the “Desierto” EP from U-Niko (on Ape Choons). Tonight we also did a Green Queen Records set – to celebrate their 5th anniversary – which included Weirdub, Dr. Cat, Dub Terminator, Polcari, DJ Pony, and Diaspora. More new sounds from the Soothsayers, Bass Culture Players, Lo’Jo, Sangue Bom, Tack>>Head, Yabby You (from the archives), Cineplexx, and All India Radio.

What a show — we speak with two bestselling authors — Steven Johnson and David Cay Johnston. Steven Johnson discusses his new book Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age. He is also the author of Everything Bad is Good for You and Where Good Ideas Come From, among other titles.

Today’s show lasted FOUR hours…and I want to thank Ellen Stanley from Women Folk for letting me cover her show today. So I got the chance to Roll & Tumble from 2pm to 6pm this Tuesday. I took the opportunity to play blues from the root of the music to the fruit of it’s endeavor…..from the “Roots to the Fruits”…I called the show today. From the beginning….through most if it’s derivatives…..all the way to the “saxxy, sexy” blues. See play list below of over 40 tunes:

Music Host: Janis Lane-Ewart
News Host: Terry Carter
Producer: Dale Connelly

On the Run from Main Street: Sinclair Lewis & the Novel that Changed Everything
Produced by Britt Aamodt

In 1930, Sinclair Lewis became the first American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. But in the early 1920s, Lewis, or “Red” as he was called, became a best-selling author with the publication of Main Street—an expose of small town life that celebrated its people while exposing its weaknesses. Lewis published 22 novels during his lifetime, but none matched the success of Main Street. Producer Britt Aamodt investigates the life of Sinclair Lewis, from his upbringing in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, to his death in Rome in 1951 from years of alcohol abuse.

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