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Wilbur B. Foshay: The Man & His Tower
Produced by Britt Aamodt

It was called the Tower. It didn’t need another name. The Foshay Tower, at its founding in 1929 and for nearly a half a century, reigned as the tallest building in Minneapolis. Though the Tower sank into a period of gentle neglect, it was revitalized in 2008 as the upscale W. Hotel-Minneapolis. The same cannot be said for the Tower’s builder, Wilbur B. Foshay, whose comet-like rise as a powerful Midwestern utilities magnate was embodied in the obelisk structure. Just two months after the Tower’s dedication, on October 29, 1929, Wilbur Foshay lost everything in the Stock Market Crash, save for his his reputation. That, however, was defamed in 1931, when he stood trial for mail fraud, in what was largely a Ponzi scheme.

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Women of Troy (Lu Olkowski), The Christopher I Knew (Salt Institute of Documentary Studies) and Pink (Salt Institute of Documentary Studies).

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In celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8th) and National Women’s History Month, the Echo Chamber presented its annual “Beautiful Sounds of Women…Around the World” special. And what a varied list of
women singers & players we had on this year’s show…

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Our regular show is pre-empted for International Women’s Day programming, but we still have a literature show for you. Jen March hosts Contemporary Emilys, a show exploring the legacy of Emily Dickinson and featuring 16 local poets reading their poems.

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1. Environmental and educational advocate Maude Armatage
Produced by Dan Greenwood
In 1921, just a year after women were allowed to vote, Maude Armatage was only one of three women to run for public office. She won the seat of Minneapolis parks commissioner, and held the position for 30 years, retiring at 81-years-old. Recognized for her collaborative work between the park board and the school board, she was a civic leader devoted to environment and education.

2. Mixed media artist Amy Rice
Producer Nancy Sartor
Mixed media artist Amy Rice uses relics from her grandparent’s Wisconsin dairy farm to tell visual stories. She also incorporates antique love letters, maps and atlases as a way to collaborate with the past. KFAI producer Nancy Sartor spoke to the artist about her process, and what she has planned for the future. You can meet Amy Rice and see her work in her studio this Saturday during Second Satrudays at the California Building from 11am to 6pm. For more information, visit californiabuildingartists.com. Her work will also be featured at the Birchwood Cafe in April.

3. Comedy writer and satirist Lizz Winstead
Produced by Dale Connelly
Comedian Lizz Winstead is a Minnesota native who was one of the creators of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” Her profile is national, her audience, worldwide. But Winstead has been spending a lot of time in Minnesota lately, putting the finishing touches on a book. On Saturday, March 18, she’ll lead a political writing workshop at Java Jack’s in Minneapolis. To find out more, go to lizzwinstead.com.

4. Hindustani musician Pooja Goswami-Pooja
Produced by Mahi Palanisami
Pooja Goswami-Pavan hails from a musical family in India. With a PhD in Hindustani music, she reveals the history behind her own musical life, and the evocative sound of this improvisational art form.

5. Fair trade importers Global Mamas
Produced by Michelle Alimoradi
Global Mamas is a nonprofit organization that imports colorful clothing and handmade products from a women’s cooperative in Ghana. Peace Corps volunteers Kristen Johnson and Renee Adam founded the fair trade co-op to help promote economic independence for African women and their families. The Global Mamas network of producers has grown from six founding members in 2004, to nearly 500 producers in nine communities.

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