Veda Ponikvar is known as “The Iron Lady of Chisholm,” and recognized by the Historical Society as one of Minnesota’s 150 most important people. Born of humble beginnings to Eastern European immigrants on the Iron Range in northeastern Minnesota, Veda attended college, served in World War II, and returned to her hometown to start the Chisholm Free Press. She is a life-long advocate for workers, children and the mentally disabled. KFAI producer Britt Aamodt journeyed up north to talk to this 93-year-old icon.
A heavyweight dubwise program with tons of new stuff…and a celebration of Pi Day. Starting out with the freshest rootical dub album History, Mystery, Destiny from Ital Horns Meets Bush Chemists Featuring Rico. This was followed by crucial new material from Dubzoic (on Irie On Air); Stand High Patrol with the album Midnight Walkers and the new “United We Stand” 12” from Original Bass Foundation (OBF) with Kenny Knots. And DJ Baby Swiss did his special “Happy Pi Day” mix for the 3rd hour: where the album order of the tracks was 3,1,4,1,5,9,2,6, and 5. Oh, and it included the track “Pi” from Kate Bush (Yup…).
Novelist Arthur Phillips calls in to talk about his newest novel, The Tragedy of Arthur, a witty book about a supposed newly discovered play by Shakespeare. It was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2011. Arthur Phillips is also the author of Prague and Angelica, among other works.
We also speak with Donovan Holn, author of Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them. It was also declared a New York Times Notable Book of 2011, among other awards garnered. More information is available at www.donovanhohn.com.