14 February 2017

As Black As We Wish To Be - Airs Feb 15th

As Black As We Wish To Be by Lu Olkowski
State of the Re:Union visits a tiny town in the Appalachian foothills of Ohio where, for a century, residents have shared the common bond of identifying as African-American despite the fact that they look white. Racial lines have been blurred to invisibility, and people inside the same family can vehemently disagree about whether they are black or white. It can be tense and confusing. As a result, everyone’s choosing: Am I black? Am I mixed race? Or, am I white?

07 February 2017

Who Is This Man?? - Airs Feb 8th

Bayard Rustin: Who Is This Man? produced by Tina Antolini
This week, for Black History Month, we will be presenting an episode of Al Letson's award-winning State of the Re:Union which uncovers the words and wisdom of an unsung hero who changed the course of American history. MLK Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech has become the shorthand of the Civil Rights Movement - but we might never have heard it, if it were not for another man, who has largely been purposefully forgotten by history: Bayard Rustin. Rustin mentored Dr. King, helped to engineer the March on Washington, and frame the Montgomery bus boycott. Over this hour, we explore the life and legacy of Mr. Rustin, a black, homosexual, pacifist who brought Gandhian non-violent protest to America.

30 January 2017

The Pines - Airs Feb 1st

The Pines are Live from Minnesota
The Pines are deeply connected to their American folk music roots. While their songs revolve around fictional stories and an acoustic guitar, this touring trio from Minneapolis includes more modern textures that lend a cinematic quality to their sound. Hear the band in their own words throughout this one-hour presentation of The Pines live at the Cedar Cultural Center. Recorded for Minneculture by Tom Garneau and produced by Daniel Zamzow.

24 January 2017

Shadows on Sparks Street - Airs Jan 25th

Shadows on Sparks Street by Sarah Boothroyd
This is the true story of Canada’s first political assassination – one that happened less than a year after the new Dominion of Canada was formed. Thomas D’Arcy McGee remains the only Canadian federal politician ever to be assassinated. He was a charismatic politician, poet, and journalist, shot on the doorstep to his rooming house on Sparks Street, just a few blocks from Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Killed 6 days before his 43rd birthday, Thomas left behind a wife and a 10-year-old daughter. The frenzy which resulted after the murder culminated in the last public execution in Canadian history and a mystery that refuses to die. Many think his farce of a trail led to the wrongful conviction and execution of Patrick James Whelan, an Irish tailor. Did he do it? Was he working alone? With the expertise of historians David Wilson and David Shanahan, as well as lawyer Lawrence Greenspon, we will explore this nineteenth century world of spies, lies, secrets, and murder.

18 January 2017

This is Insanity - Airs Jan 18th

This is Insanity from Hearing Voices
A self-examination and rumination on a myriad of disturbed mental states. First, backed by the Disposable Heroes of Hiphopcracy, William S. Burroughs declares, "This is Insane," an anonymous reporter describes his "Electroshock" therapy, and The Avalanches mashup a "Frontier Psychiatrist." Plus, Scott Carrier takes "The Test" for schizophrenia and Joe Frank is pathologically challenged by time. Finally, Sound Portraits helps Howard Dully trace the reasons and repercusssions of his very experimental "ice pick" lobotomy, a procedure performed on him when he was 12 years old by psychiatrist Walter J. Freeman.

10 January 2017

Introduction to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Airs Jan 11th

King in 1962Introduction to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from Project '62
An hour-long look at the life, career, and ideals of Dr. King and his growing belief in the philosophy of non-violence. Produced nearly two years before he made his famous “I Have a Dream” speech which established him as one of the great orators of his time and cemented his place in American history. When originally aired in January 1962 on Radio-Canada, King was 33 years old, just becoming a national figure, and only one of many leaders igniting civil resistance in efforts to end segregation. This broadcast served as a crash course by the CBC on the American Civil Rights movement for their Canadian audience. The program was written and prepared by Eleanor Fischer and presented by Harry Mannis.

03 January 2017

Heiruspecs + Waayaha Cusub - Airs Jan 4th

Heiruspecs from Live from Minnesota
No samples, no drum machines, no turntables, St.Paul's own Heiruspecs have been delivering their hip-hop raw and live for nearly 20 years. We will hear Hieruspecs on stage at the Icehouse in Minneapolis. Produced and mixed by Tom Garneau, recorded by Ryan Mach.

Waayaha Cusub from Live from Minnesota
To Minnesota by way of Somalia, Nairobi, London and the Netherlands, Waayaha Cusub emphasizes nonviolence and social justice themes in its hip-hop. Presented at the Paramount Center for the Arts in St. Cloud, Minnesota, in association with The Cedar Cultural Center and the Midnimo project. Produced and mixed by Tom Garneau, recorded by Frank Grether.