Arts & Culture

Starting February with another eclectic mix of new and old. Kicking things off with the latest SXtheMadArtist single “Purple Tears (Fire and Ashes Remix)”, followed by new tunes from Irie Sol, Marty Dread, SOJA, Kukan Dub Lagan, Dub For Light, and more… Filling the show with great music from Funk Dub Division, See-I, Soom T, The Revolutionaries, Bunny Lee & the Aggrovators, Groundation (with Don Carlos), Citizen Sound, Les Globe, Easy Star All Stars, and so much more.

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Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen joins us. Joyce Sutphen is the author of four full-length collections of poetry, the latest being First Words. She will be reading Sunday, Feb. 5th, at noon at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis as part of the Literary Witnesses series.

Also joining us this week is Stewart O’Nan, who will talk about his new book, The Odds: A Love Story. He is the author of 13 award-winning novels, including Snow Angels, A Prayer for the Dying and Emily, Alone, as well as several books of nonfiction, including, with Stephen King, the bestselling Faithful.

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Five stories from our 10,000 Fresh Voices Series:

1. Salsa Lisa
Produced by Britt Aamodt
Minnesota entrepreneur Lisa Nicholson broke into the salsa market in the mid-90s, with a fresh salsa appropriately dubbed “Salsa Lisa”. Today you’ll find her products in the refrigerated section at grocery stores across the country. KFAI’s Britt Aamodt has the scoop on Minnesota’s largest fresh salsa company.

2. Joia Soda: a new kind of pop
Produced by Britt Aamodt
The United States ranks first internationally in soft drink consumption. At home, work, or out and about, Americans like to clasp a cold one—usually old standbys, like Coke and Pepsi. But if you’re tired of the tried and true, consider this alternative: Joia is a Minneapolis-based company that brings creative mixology to soft drinks. KFAI’s Britt Aamodt talked to Joia’s founder, Bob Safford, about this new kind of pop.

3. Chocolatier BT McElrath
Produced by Britt Aamodt
In the late 1990s, Minneapolis chocolatier BT McElrath built a reputation on high-end truffles with unique savory accents, such as balsamic vinegar, lavender and cardamon. Today, the McElrath company has taken on a new challenge: producing the best basic chocolate bar it can…with a few flavor twists. KFAI’s Britt Aamodt toured the Northeast Minneapolis manufacturing plant during the roll-out of three new chocolate bar flavors.

4. Lowertown Reading Jam presents Duende and the Sound of Soul
Produced by Nancy Sartor & Daniel Zamzow
The Lowertown Reading Jam in St. Paul is a monthly literary series at Black Dog Cafe, sponsored by the Saint Paul Almanac. Each session features a different theme and curator. Recently, philosopher and educator, J. Otis Powell, presented the theme “Duende and the Sound of Soul.” The show featured J. Otis, e.g. bailey, Leah Nelson, Andrea Jenkins and Louis Alemayehu.

5. Savage Aural Hotbed
Produced by Dixie Treichel
Savage Aural Hotbed is a local band that fuses musical styles with unconventional “instruments,” including power tools and found objects. For more than 20 years, the quartet has been performing experimental music throughout the Twin Cities.

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Diet ReHab

“Diet Rehab is a smart, innovative, science-based way to end the cravings that are stealing your life. It is filled with practical tips that will make a big difference almost immediately.”-Daniel G. Amen, MD, author of The Amen Solution and Change Your Brain, Change Your Body

Kinshasha shared the basics of eliminating our craving addiction.

Ending Childhood Obesity in MN

Kinshasha talked with Melvin Anderson about his goal to end childhood obesity in Minnesota one community at a time.

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The Ballad of Lost C’Mell, by Cordwainer Smith. A tale of the underpeople and the Lords of the Instrumentality. From the Sci-Fi Radio series by Kevin Singer and Ron Diullio.

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The creative process of spoken word and original music as realized at the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley. A mix of spoken word poetry, original music, and interviews with artists about the creative process.


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