Minneapolis Skyways: glass & steel bridges connect downtown
Produced by Britt Aamodt
Minneapolis has the longest skyway system in the United States, and a severe climate that encourages interior walks many months of the year. City planners conceived of skyways in 1959, but didn’t construct the first elevated glass bridges until 1962, connecting downtown buildings. Since their inception, skyways have been appreciated and denigrated in equal measure. KFAI producer Britt Aamodt spent three months in the skyways—talking to city planners, business owners, musicians, editors and bloggers—and compiling this skyways soundscape in advance of the structures’ 50th anniversary.
Another special night in the Echo Chamber as we featured an interview of Eric Blowtorch (following his show in Minneapolis); a bunch of new Echo Beach:http://www.echobeach.de/ music; and a number of other new releases by the likes of Masia One, Nkulee Dube, Jazmin Solar/Sanchez Dub, and others…
Guest Marya Morstad speaks of the upcoming films and other festivities of the Minneapolis/St. Paul InernationaL Film Festival. St. Anthony Main Cinema will be the site of greatly enlarged festival.
Tonight’s music features an eclectic selection of music, both old and new from France and other French-speaking countries. Two interesting songs from Africa are sometimes amusing and surprising about the growth of women’s rights (La Condition Masculine by Francis Bebey Samba by les Amazones de Guinée).