The Mississippi River was dubbed “messippi” by the Ojibwe Indians of Northern Minnesota. The fourth largest river in the world, its headwaters begin at Itasca State Park and flow into the Gulf of Mexico from Louisiana. Covering more than 2,000 miles in 31 states, the Mississippi has been the creative inspiration for American legend and folklore, including Mark Twain’s “Huck Finn.” In this documentary, producers Flor Trevino and Peter Frey explore how young people are rediscovering this majestic landmark. With original music by the Okee Dokee Brothers, this project is part of the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Mashing things up in many directions tonight… From new releases by the Nazarenes, Webcam Hi-Fi, Tara Putra, and Version Big-Fi featuring Darius; to a hot summer mix entitled “Kickin’ It” from Aram Scaram of Citizen Sound; to the international sounds of Ceu, Volfoniq, Bandulu Dub, YMCK, Dub Colossus, Thousand Yard Prayer, and so many more.
We speak with John Medeiros, a poet and memoirist whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals, about his newest collection of poetry called Couplets for a Shrinking World. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays of 2006. He is the curator of Queer Voices: A GLBT Reading Series, sponsored by Intermedia Arts and Hamline University. More information is at www. jmedeiros.net.