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A Jazzy Xmas with Pamela Espeland and Janis Lane-Ewart playing new releases from Imani Winds, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and the Putumayo Jazz Blues Christmas recording. Other Xmas songs performed by Odetta, Betty Carter, Eddie Higgins, Willie Pickens, Roy Hargrove, Steve Coleman, Bruce Barth, Tony Bennett,Ray Brown, Ella Fitzgerald and Marcus Roberts.

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Hosts: Dixie Treichel John Townsend

Guests: Janis Ian, John Ottman, Eleanor Savage

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Thursday, December 18th, it’s all about Minnesota. Thomas Maltman joins us in the studio to talk about his book The Night Birds, a historical novel set in Minnesota before and after the Dakota Conflict. It is the winner of several awards and was a Booksense/Midwest Connections Book Pick.

Diane Wilson, Dominic Saucedo, and Josiah Titus also join us to talk about their contributions to Fiction on a Stick: Stories by Writers from Minnesota, a collection of short fiction by 24 Minnesota writers just published by Milkweed Editions.

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What better way to start a sub-zero day than warming up with the incomparable Esther Phillips? That’s how wwe start this week’s show, which also includes birthday sets for Carla Thomas and Keith Richards, some newly reissied vintage Shirelles and an extended set of Otis Redding’s immortal 1967 performance in Paris!

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