Arts & Culture

Volunteerism in Minnesota
Produced by Michelle Alimoradi

Altruism is proving to be something of a natural resource here in Minnesota, particularly in the Twin Cities. Since 2008, Minneapolis-St. Paul has come in first for rates of volunteerism per capita; and overall, has consecutively landed in the top five states. In this audio documentary, KFAI’s Michelle Alimoradi explores what it means to volunteer in Minnesota. Mary Quirk, executive director of the Minnesota Association of Volunteer Administration (MAVA), and board member Judy Russell provide in-depth analysis of three local nonprofit organizations that rely heavily on volunteers. Jay Haapala, volunteer director at the Minnesota Children’s Museum, talks about service-learning opportunities for high school and college students. Secondhand Hounds founder Rachel Mairose recounts “pro bone-o” services from the animal rescue’s incredible volunteer pool. And One Brick offers a new way to connect volunteers with organizations.

A Ritual Soundscape and The Rise of the Shamans

The great dub just keeps on coming… Tonight we featured some choice new releases from Bandulu Dub vs. Isaac Maya, Mungo’s Hi-Fi, Weeding Dub (ft. Inja & OBF), Black Uhuru, Fort Knox Five, CHLLNGR/Dr. Echo, Jah Rootikal Steppers, Daily Bread Dub, Steve Sotunes/Al Breadwinner (actually, an unreleased track), and Tokyo Jihen (& friends). Also in the mix: Livity Access Soundsystem, Mad Professor, Kobo Town, Dr. Cat, Masia One (ft. Digital), YesKing, Dr. Mooch, Kukan Dub Lagan, African Head Charge/Professor Stretch, Shiina Ringo & Saito Neko, Dub Caravan meets Hornsman Coyote, I-Roy, and many more…

We speak with Andy Sturdevant about his new collection of essays out from Coffee House Press, Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow. He has contributed essays and articles to numerous publications, including Book of Trees and Of Beards and Men.

We also talk with Amy Tan about her new novel The Valley of Amazement. She is the author of many books, including The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses and The Bonesetter's Daughter.