Arts & Culture

Altruism is alive in Minnesota—especially in the Twin Cities. Minneapolis and St. Paul have been ranked first in the nation for volunteerism rates per capita every year since the federal survey began in 2008, and the state as a whole has consecutively landed in the top five. What is it about the land of lakes that is so conducive to community service? KFAI producer Michelle Alimoradi takes a closer look at volunteerism in Minnesota to answer these questions and more in this audio documentary.

A hour-long music intensive documentary on Johnny Cash’s historic 1969 concert and album.

Today’s Global Beat hosted by Elena ! Thanks to her !

Tonight we hung out at the Dub Club Tiki Bar for the annual Echo Beach end of summer special. A bit different kind of Echo Chamber — as we actually played some rock ‘n roll: that twangy, instrumental surf rock one expects to find at all great tiki bars. Then, once the martinis were well shaken, we’ll gott into some cool old school soul and R&B. We were really cookin’ now, and the Tiki Bar lounge was heavy with kali smoke…so we cooled things down with a variety of lounge sounds, world sounds, weird electronica, electro swing, and more swanky jazz. Among those on our crazy list of artists were: The Ventures, Dick Dale & Del-Tones, The Divine Sham, Freddie Fresh, Buddy Holly/Jacques Renault, The Surf Zombies, Buena Vista Social Club, Omars Attacks/TurntableTerrorist, Propellerheads (ft. Shirley Bassey), Jimpster, Caravan Palace, All India Radio, Afrokeys, Little Tempo, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Señor Coconut, Ondatropica, Tsuyoshi Kawakami & his Moodmakers, of course Martha & the Muffins, and many more…

We chat with PZ Myers about his new book The Happy Atheist. He was named Humanist of the Year in 2009 by the American Humanist Association and received the International Humanist Award in 2011 from the International Humanist and Ethical Union. He has lectured throughout the world on biology, evolution, atheism and skepticism. And he writes the acclaimed science blog Pharyngula.

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Hawaiian tunes & other songs to celebrate the heat including live music from The OK Factor!