Culture & Community News

Walker Community United Methodist Church was consumed by fire Sunday night. According to the south Minneapolis church's website, the building appears to be a total loss. The fire may have been the result of a lightning strike, although investigators have not given an official cause of the fire. Five firefighters were injured fighting the fire, one remains in serious condition Monday morning.

Thursday, November 27th, as the kitchen windows steam for a day of cooking and roasting, listen to guests Wally Lamb and Iain M. Banks on Write on Radio 11 am-noon. Wally Lamb is the author of The Hour I First Believed. His previous books include She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True. Iain M. Banks’s most recent novel is Matter.

Tune in to Write On Radio this Thursday, April 19th (11am-Noon), when Host Ian Graham Leask speaks with reknowned American Novelist Walter Mosley about his new book, This Year You Write Your Novel.

February is Black History Month, and to celebrate KFAI will be featuring special programming throughout the month.

Tonight’s edition of MinneCulture features an encore presentation of Penumbra Theater, produced by Andy Driscoll. For nearly 35 years, Penumbra Theatre has been producing plays by, of and for the African-American community.

Minnesota’s long tradition for spawning progressive politics and movements, often regardless of party, has been severely eroded over the past five decades. Our sense of community, common good, and ability to nurture successive generations of leaders, citizens, workers, and responsible purveyors of goods and services have been progressively undermined.

Rita Chairpairini will be joining Kinshasha in the studio to talk about wellness. Rita has been a student of wellness since age 23 (62 now) when she was pregnant and picked up a book on nutrition. Until that moment she had no idea that changing her diet could change her health.

Rita’s health problems started in her teens. Although her parents took her to doctors she found no help there.

What Do Women Want? Adventures in the Science of Female Desire, critically acclaimed journalist Daniel Bergne disseminates the latest scientific research and paints an unprecedented portrait of female lust: the triggers, the fantasies, the mind-body connection (and disconnection), the reasons behind the loss of libido, and, most revelatory, that this loss is not inevitable.

Are women actually the less monogamous gender? Do women really crave intimacy and emotional connection? Are women more disposed to sex with strangers and multiple pairings than either science or society have ever let on? And is “the fairer sex” actually more sexually aggressive and anarchic than men?

While debunking the myths popularized by evolutionary psychology, Bergner also talks at the future of female sexuality. Pharmaceutical companies are pouring billions of dollars to develop a “Viagra” for women. But will it ever be released? Or are we not yet ready for a world in which women can become aroused at the simple popping of a pill?

As World AIDS Day 2009 approaches (Dec. 1, 2009), Population Media Center — an innovative international non-profit organization working in 16 nations around the world — is breaking new ground in the battle to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. Health Notes will be talking about the breakthroughs are happening worldwide.

What happens after we pass from this world? Is there a life after this one?

Let Lady Griot “work the roots” and take you on a musical journey to help you form your own answer.

Is the Blues really only about a good woman losing her man, after five long years? Is the Blues about healing the sick and raising the dead? Does the Blues really tell you how to get your mojo working? The LadyJ Griot says yes….yes, it does. The Blues tells you all that and much more.

Steve Aschburner and Doug Grow, both former columnists at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, will be guest DJ’s on the Good Noise Show, Monday, March 9th. Steve & Doug will program the music and discuss the present and future of newspapers, journalism and whatever else is on their minds.

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