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Poet Kathryn Kysar joins us to talk about her newest collection of poetry, Pretend the World. She is also the author of Dark Lake and edited Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers.

Peter Bognanni also joins us in the studio to talk about his novel The House of Tomorrow, which was a Minnesota Book Award nominee in fiction and is a finalist for the LA Times Award for First Fiction.

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Today was a VERY secial show. I was joined by Sweet Foot, Marni Hockenberg, a blues fan who won Rollin Tumblin in a fundraising raffle. She got the chance to come on the air with me and guest host for the entire two hours. She brought in her own music, which was funky, fine and fabulous. Sweet Foot and I talked about the music, the musicians and the the blues clubs. All the while we danced around the studio and generally acted like the Wild Blues Women we were! The first part of the playlist below reflects Sweet Foot’s contribution to today’s show.

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Hosted by Steve Wilson

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Liberty Finch & DJ Izzy celebrate Bicycle Day with a psych/pop spectacular!

Swiss scientist Albert Hofmann was the first person to synthesize, ingest and learn the psychedelic effects of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). On April 19, 1943, he performed a self-experiment to determine the drug’s true affects. Less than an hour later he experienced sudden and intense changes in perception, and asked his lab assistant to escort him home by bicycle. Hofmann died in 2008 at the age of 102.

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Tribute to Billy Bang (1947-2011)

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Five stories from KFAI’s 10,000 Fresh Voices series:

1. A Machine to See With: Walker Art Center’s Blast Theory
Produced by Todd Melby
If you fidget in movies and are bored by two-dimensional images, you may be ready for something new—something like, “A Machine To See With”— interactive cinema experience created by British group Blast Theory.

2. Works Progress: Twin Cities Changemakers
Produced by Michelle Alimoradi
Works Progress is a group of Twin Cities “changemakers”: artists and professionals who strive for progress by creating platforms for creative people to present their ideas—a kind of live performance think tank. KFAI’s Michelle Alimoradi recently attended their gathering called Solutions Twin Cities Volume 4 at the Capri Theater in North Minneapolis, and has the story. For more information, go to worksprogress.org.

3. Ingebretsen’s Celebrates 90 Years
Produced by Britt Aamodt
Charles Ingebretsen, a Norwegian immigrant, opened several stores during his lifetime, but the one the iconic shop that has endured sits at the corner of Lake Street in Minneapolis. Ingebretsen’s opened in 1921 as a meat market catering to the mostly local Scandinavian population. But as supermarkets began to appear, the meat market narrowed its focus and began specializing in Scandinavian foods while it expanded its appeal. Becomming a one-stop emporium for all things Scandinavian—food, music, books, arts and crafts—Ingebretsen’s is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2011. Charles’ granddaughter, Julie Ingebretsen, gave KFAI producer Britt Aamodt a tour of the family store, and shared her passion for her immigrant heritage.

4. Kramarczuk’s Deli: Northeast Minneapolis’ Sausage Legacy
Produced by Dale Connelly
Kramarczuk’s Deli has been hand-making Eastern European-style sausages for decades. In the 1940s, Wasyl and Anna immigrated to the United States from the Ukraine and set up shop in Northeast Minneapolis. Today, Nick Kramarczuk is the third generation to carry on the family tradition. And business is not only thriving on East Hennepin Avenue—this year Kramarczuk’s is adding a second stand at Target Field to feed hungry Twins fans . KFAI’s Dale Connelly went to see this landmark operation in action.

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April is Autism Awareness Month – Dr. Ricki Robinson and Nzingha West

Kinshasha will be talking with Dr. Ricki Robinson and Nzingha West who worked in the NYC school system as a special education teacher and has now started her own company so she can help parents across the country more directly without her hands being tied by bureacreacy.

Nzingha West’s book is Is My Kid Stupid: Avoiding an Educational Disaster, and Dr. Ricki Robinson’s book, Autism Solutions – How To Create a Healthy And Meaningful Life For Your Child will be discussed on April 18th program.

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