Tonight the Echo Chamber presented the annual “Word Beat I Powa” dub poetry, beat poetry, and spoken word special to celebrate National Poetry Month. Of course, it was dub poetry that set the foundation of the show, featuring poets Oku Onoura, Mutabaruka, Jean Binta Breeze, Jazzmin Tutum, Malachi Smith, Glenville Bryan, Lady Dawn, and of course, the incomparable Linton Kwesi Johnson.
Tonight’s is Susan Smuschowski, director of the Minnesota Film Festival running until May 5 at the St. Anthony Main Cinema. Five screens will show international films during the day and the evening. Susan tells us of the French films which will be shown and of the variety of events at this largest of all film festivals.
Edward Dolnick calls in to talk about his book The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World. It’s a look at the beginnings of scientific study against the backdrop of Europe during the black plague, and the Great Fire of London, and Louis XIV.
We also talk with James Slocum about his historical novel, Shadow of War. Based on the journal of Daniel Koppelstein, it’s the story of a 14-year-old Jewish boy forced to flee Prague with his older sister, Anna, after the Nazis murder their father.