Music

We speak with Julie Schumacher, author of The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls. Julie’s first novel, The Body Is Water, was an ALA Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Minnesota Book Award. Her other books include a short story collection, An Explanation for Chaos, and four other books for younger readers: Black Box, The Book of One Hundred Truths, The Chain Letter, and Grass Angel.

In the second half of the show, we speak with England-born Janet Graber, who now lives in the Twin Cities and writes historical fiction for young readers, ranging from picture books to young adult novels. The White Witch, a middle level book, is a historical novel about young Gwen, who has a way with animals and of drawing unwanted gossip. But when plague ravages her village, her neighbor’s scorn turns murderous.

Good to be back in the saddle……see play list below.

Liz Olds sits in for Ellen, playing lots of great old-timey and stringband music!

Direct from Venezuela:Aury Tovar sings & plays cuatro Live in studio!

Former local boy Willie Wisely phones in from Los Angeles to talk (pop) shop with Liberty Finch and DJ Izzy. Hear cuts from his latest release, “True,” plus Willie’s picks, including Jimmy Reed, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Le Fleur de Lys, Small Faces, the Corner Laughers and more. Plus, a musical tribute to Donald “Duck” Dunn.


Oldies, ghazals, pop, protest music, and a killer qavvali set with the Nusrat Fateh Ali clan. Plus the fabulous Najma Akhtar, Black Star Liner, Trilok Gurtu, the Bombay Dub Orchestra, and more.

Live from Minnesota presents…

Brian Laidlaw
Produced by Flor Trevino

California native Brian Laidlaw considers himself a poet first and musician second. After several years of touring, Laidlaw settled in Minneapolis to earn his Masters of Fine Art in poetry at the University of Minnesota. He wrote the album “wolf wolf wolf” as the audio counterpart to his masters’ thesis and released it in the fall of 2011. In this edition of Live from Minnesota, Laidlaw shares his poetry, music and insight on blending of these art forms. For more information, go to brianlaidlaw.com. Produced for KFAI by Flor Trevino.

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