Arts & Culture

Lonnie Knight Returns!

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The 1970s Co-op Wars
Produced by Maria Almli

Think of “co-ops” and you might conjure up images of bulk food stores and tie-dye wearing hippies. But in the 1970s, co-op wars raged in the Twin Cities, dividing communities and fracturing the young movement.

In this documentary, producer Maria Almli interviews those who were there. Learn how the co-op wars began—when a secretive group in support of Marxist principles began retooling operations for the newly emerging hippie grocery stores—and how members found themselves in the midst of a car bombing and violent takeovers.

Interviews include:

Gail Graham
Craig Cox
David Gutknecht
Dean Zimmermann
Bob Malles
Dan Nordley
Annie Young
Kristin Garwick
Lynette Malles

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Another heavy dub installment…with new tunes from: Citizen Sound meets Aldubb, Natanja (mixed, mastered, and presented by Moshi Kamachi), Tony Dubshot, Dub Elements, Mastermind XS, Empresarios (on Fort Knox), Mark Wonder & McPullish, Anna Genima, Rashani, and Igor Boxx.

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Stanley West joins us to talk about his novel Blind Your Ponies, an inspiring and heartwarming story of the lives of people in the rundown town of Willow Creek, Montana, and the high school basketball team’s quest to win after five years of losing every single game.

Also joining us in the studio is William C. Hammond with his newest maritime novel, For Love of Country. Set in the early 1780s in the years following the American Revolution, the novel follows the adventures of the seafaring Cutler family of Hingham, Massachusetts, and the supporting cast from the first novel of the series, A Matter of Honor.

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Bustin’ makes me feel good!

On this very special episode of Radio Pocho DJ Miguel Vargas and DJ Ren go around busting ghosts then fight in a karate tournament and win. Then they make a lot of money in the real estate business, buy a tiger, and marry Michelle Pfeiffer. Oh and lastly they prepare for their biggest fight by outrunning a bunch of kids on the streets of Philadelphia. If you haven’t gotten it yet, this episode features some of the greatest songs to ever be paired with a movie montage.

Matt Jones of joins us to talk about his new blog, his thoughts on the state of hip hop and the present and future sounds coming out of Los Angeles.

We also hit you with some information about TWO FREE TICKETS to see the LATIN JAZZ ALL-STARS at the DAKOTA JAZZ CLUB January 26th. Listen in to find out how you can win this week (Jan. 10-16)

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1. Rita Mustaphi & Katha Dance Theatre
Produced by Mahi Palanisami
Centuries ago, after the Mogul empire in India began to take an economic turn for the worst, dancers in India united despite their religious differences, and preserved the dance form that lives today. KFAI producer Mahi Palanisami spoke to Katha Dance Theater founder Rita Mustaphi about the Mogul’s obsession preserving the art, and her own passion for dance.

2. Minnesota Dance Theatre
Produced by Dixie Treichel
Lise Houlton became Artistic Director of Minnesota Dance Theatre in 1995, succeeding her mother Loyce Houlton, who founded the company in 1962. Recognized as one of Minnesota’s cultural treasures, Minnesota Dance Theatre, which turns 50 in 2012, continues its legacy of producing dance performances with an eclectic, international voice.

3. Circus Juventas
Produced by Jessica Folker
With roughly 800 children and young adult performers, Circus Juventas in St. Paul is the largest youth circus in North America, offering training in traditional circus arts to people of all ages. The troupe puts on stunning performances to sold out audiences each spring and summer. KFAI producer Jessica Folker talked to coaches and students to find out why they spend their time juggling, balancing and soaring from terrifying heights.

4. Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Produced by Asa Diebolt
Minnesota Center for Book Arts is one of the nation’s oldest and largest organizations dedicated to the fine art of book making. KFAI’s Asa Diebolt visited the MCBA on Washington Avenue in Minneapolis to learn about this creative tradition. Visit Minnesota Book Arts at

5. Hedberg Maps: Creative Cartography
Produced by Dan Greenwood
In an age of Google Earth and Google Maps, the field of cartography is constantly redefining itself. Hedberg Maps, located in Northeast Minneapolis, takes a creative and fresh approach to traditional cartography by producing specialty maps such as its guides to farmers markets, dog parks and arts venues. KFAI’s Dan Greenwood interviews cartographer Nat Case about the Hedberg’s unique offerings.

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