Culture & Community News

We have, in the last couple decades, confronted an unprecedented volume of government secrecy even as our technological developments have enabled an unconscionable level of identity and data mining. Governments, at the federal, state, and local levels, stamp SECRET, TOP SECRET, or CONFIDENTIAL over millions of documents and files containing what should be public information.

This Sunday, May 24, at 1 p.m., Encuentro:http://www.kfai.org/encuentro will dedicate the program’s first hour in honor of a great writer and human being, the Uruguayan poet Mario Benedetti, who passed away on Sunday, May 17 (obituary:http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/05/17/world/AP-LT-Uruguay-Obit-Bene...).

Join Dixie Treichel and John Townsend on Fresh Fruit Thursday May 21 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. when they discuss the Stonewall Riots: 40th Anniversary 1969-2009:http://www.glbtq.com/social-sciences/stonewall_riots.html

Each year in June, gays and lesbians prance and parade to celebrate Gay Pride Month.

Americans have long been fascinated with the promise of the open road.

Beginning in 1926, that metaphor for hope and unfulfilled dreams was Route 66, a highway that connected Chicago to the Pacific Ocean.

There’s something in the soil, in the turning of it, in the planting of seeds and watching them sprout and bloom with food and flowers for family, friends, and neighbors that attracts us in ever larger numbers. It brings together young and old, the low-income and affluent, as well as many other racially and economically diverse urban dwellers seeking better nutrition and self-confidence.

The Good Noise Show welcomes guests from the Community Justice Project on Monday, May 18th. These volunteers will discuss the project in general and their experiences in particular, during the show’s 7:00 hour.

Jules Verne and 20,000 Leagues Under the City he’s not, but geologist, caver and author Greg Brick reveals in his book, Subterranean Twin Cities:http://www.upress.umn.edu/Books/B/brick_subterranean.html, a multi-level world never seen by most, some of it naturally formed, some of it carved and created by humans to service our consumption and our waste…most of it dark, wet, and dangerous.

News reports and magazines are full of stories and warnings and worries over the approaching boomer bubble of boomers over 60 years of age, the puzzling spike in cases of dementias and disorders, i.e., Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and related disabling brain function.

During and despite the Great Depression, the entertainment industry was working overtime. Listen to some of the gems and the stories behind them at 7 p.m. Monday on the Listening Lounge. The roughest years in American history produced what many consider the greatest era of popular music.

After over 100 years, the Minneapolis Charter Commission:http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/charter-commission/index.asp is submitting a package of major revisions, which, if passed by city voters in November, would radically change the way Minneapolis could be subsequently governed.