Special pledge drive show with lots of guests, including Claudia Schmidt & Andra Suchy!

Pledge your love of Community Radio KFAI & Corazon Latino!

KFAI The MN Sound host Jonathan Kennedy joined me on this special pledge drive show. We spun favorite local bands and shared SXSW 2012 discoveries! And, I premiered new Blood’n‘Stuff!

It’s a spring pledge drive edition of the Pop Shop, and it’s also 1966—arguably the best year in music. From Dylan’s “Blonde on Blonde,” to The Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds,” 1966 was a phenomenal year in music. Tonight we spin cuts by Love, the Turtles, the Yardbirds and the Creation. Plus DJ Izzy’s “Super Weirdo” set featuring 13th Floor Elevators, Capt Beefheart, the Mothers of Invention and “word jazz” by Ken Nordeen.

If you like the Pop Shop and grassroots, community radio, show your support for KFAI and make a donation. Call 612-375-9030 or go to Thanks!

Radio Duende Playlist (a.k.a. International Jazz Conspiracy) 03/26/12 guest host J. Otis Powell, Katherine Pherson, Tom Kanthak, Michael O’Brien and Donald Washington

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

1. Exploring identity with playwrights Taous Khazem and Eliza Rashid
Produced by Ahmed Naumaan
Taous Khazem and Eliza Rashid are two Asian-American playwrights who address identity and assimilation issues in their work. Taous has performed with Interact Center for the Arts, Frank Theatre, Pangea World Theater, Off Leash Area and Dreamland Arts. She is a teaching artist with Stages Theatre, SteppingStone Theatre and Children’s Theatre. In August 2011, she returned from three years of making theatre in Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Cameroon, France and Jordan. Taous trained at the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris, France, and holds a BA from Macalester College. Eliza Rashid has worked in the Twin Cities as an educator, playwright, dancer, actor and activist. She’s been involved with the Pillsbury House Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, Pangea World Theater, Exposed Brick Theatre, History Theatre, and Mu Performing Arts. Eliza is a recipient of Jerome Foundations Many Voices Fellowship at the Playwrights’ Center, and a member of the Unit Collective. For more information, go to

2. Grace Notes hospice choir
Produced by Will Hale
“Palliative care” is a term used in the hospice community. KFAI producer Will Hale prepared this story on the Grace Notes Hospice Choir—a creative group that is part of Minnesota’s end-of-life network.

3. Yinghau Academy Chinese immersion school
Produced by Amy Daml
Yinghua Academy is blazing new trails. In 2006, the Chinese-immersion school opened in Northeast Minneapolis as the first of its kind in the Midwest, with just 76 students. Today the student body is comprised of more than 400 children, and the school receives more than twice as many applications annually from parents hoping to enroll their kids. KFAI producer Amy Daml toured the school and spoke to students and parents at the Academy.

4. Minnesota’s Bluegrass Revival
Produced by Sarah Lageson
For the last several years, a bluegrass revival has been taking place in and around the Twin Cities. KFAI producer Sarah Lageson talks to musicians Quillan Roe of the Roe Family Singers, Kevin Kniebel of Pert Near Sandstone, radio host Phil Nusbaum, and banjo player Liz Olds.

5. Coldwater Spring
Produced by Allison Herrera
Some people believe that Coldwater Spring has been flowing for more than 10,000 years. Located south of Minnehaha Park on the former Bureau of Mines Campus, and formerly known as Camp Coldwater, the spring provided fresh drinking water to the soldiers who built Fort Snelling. A civilian settlement sprang up, and fur traders, blacksmiths and the state’s first Indian agent all settled and lived among military personnel. Coldwater Spring sits near some of the most sacred Dakota sites: Wita Tanka, Pike Island, where Dakota buried there dead; Taku Wakan Tipi, Carvers Cave near the VA hospital, the dwelling place of Native American gods and spirits; and B’dote, the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, where the first Dakota emerged. In 2010 the National Park Service took over the land at Coldwater Spring with the intention of making it a public park. Controversy ensued among Dakota people and environmental activists, who believe the site is sacred and worthy of protection under the National Register of Historic Places.

Listen Now

Wheat Belly

Kinshasha talked with renowned cardiologist, Dr. William Davis about how eliminating wheat from our diets can prevent fat storage, shrink unsightly bulges, and reverse myriad health problems.

Every day, over 200 million Americans consume food products made of wheat. As a result, over 100 million of them experience some form of adverse health effect, ranging from minor rashes and high blood sugar to the unattractive stomach bulges that preventive cardiologist William Davis calls “wheat bellies.” According to Davis, that excess fat has nothing to do with gluttony, sloth, or too much butter: It’s due to the whole grain wraps we eat for lunch.

After witnessing over 2,000 patients regain their health after giving up wheat, Davis reached the disturbing conclusion that wheat is the single largest contributor to the nationwide obesity epidemic.

SPRING PLEDGE DRIVE in the Land of the Round Haircut!

Week one of this Spring’s pledge drive.