Produced y R. May
At the turn of the 19th century, thousands of immigrants traveled to the United States. For one Lithuanian family, the journey to escape Russian repression landed them at Ellis Island and into the Midwest. In this audio documentary, producer R. May tells the story of how her great grandparents settled in South Saint Paul, Minnesota, living the American dream as business owners of a successful neighborhood grocery, Miller & Czekanowski.
The Walk to School is an audio documentary about a Minneapolis family’s decision to attend public school outside its immediate residential zone. Producer Ralph L. Crowder III explores education and school choice through the lens of Monique, a single parent raising her daughter Amaree, and her niece Leslie. The Walk to School is a day-in-the-life account of how the family copes with the public education achievement gap, and what it’s doing to create better opportunities for the next generation. Ralph Crowder is an independent producer from Minneapolis who specializes in local and national education issues.
Converting a school bus into a living space might sound crazy, but it’s not so far fetched. Small space living has spawned a plethora of websites, books and blogs, as eco-conscious and debt-averse consumers search for alternatives to oversized McMansions. KFAI producer Nancy Skalkos examines downsizing the American Dream, and talks to Sarah Susanka, author of “The Not So Big House”; WeeHouse Architect Geoffrey Warner; University of Minnesota Housing Professor Becky Yust; and graduate student Hank Buttita, who is converting a school bus into a weekend retreat.