25 October 2016

Strange Tales - Airs Oct 26th

The Halloween Blizzard of '91: A Mix Tape in 6 Songs and 2 Feet of Snow from Minneculture
How can you forget that one Halloween in your life which came with two feet of snow? KFAI's Britt Aamodt was studying biology at Gustavus Adolphus College when a record snowstorm blasted its way into her life. She wasn't alone in experiencing the legendary Halloween Blizzard of 1991, a storm that closed schools, shuttered stores and workplaces and left an indelible memory on those who endured it.

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
A dark, renowned short story about a nameless little village which shows, in microcosm, how the forces of belligerence, persecution, and vindictiveness are, in mankind, endless and traditional and that their targets are chosen without reason. Jackson was sharply criticized upon its publication in 1948 -- even by her mother: "Dad and I did not care at all for your story in The New Yorker, it does seem, dear, that this gloomy kind of story is what all you young people think about these days. Why don't you write something to cheer people up?" Our strange tale is - read by the author - recorded for Folkways Records in 1960.

19 October 2016

Apocalypse Now? Pt. 3 - Airs Oct 19th

So Far, So Good? from Open Source
This is the final episode in a three-part series dwelling on the seemingly inevitable apocalypse, because when you look long enough at all the turbulence of the last century, it becomes kind of a miracle that we made it to this one. Investor / environmentalist Jeremy Grantham suggests stepping up technological development in order to convert our civilization into something sustainable, harmonious, equal and fair. He only gives us a 50-50 shot of making it to the next century. Activist-turned-novelist Paul Kingsnorth preaches repair, if not quite retreat: working land, baking bread, unlearning dependencies and relearning skills. He believes the answer to the problem of apocalyptic risk in our society lives somewhere between the technological crusade and moral revolution. We'll also examine solutions for climate change, ending growth, and ask whether there's a technological solution to a spiritual problem in interviews with Ambassador Charles Freeman and author Terry Tempest Williams.

10 October 2016

Celebrating August Wilson - Airs Oct 12th

Jitney: A Conversation with Lou Bellamy and T. Mychael Rambo by Will Wright
Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul is one of America's best known African-American playhouses. This month, "Jitney"  -- a play by the great August Wilson -- returns to the Penumbra stage. In this conversation with KFAI's Will Wright, director Lou Bellamy and actor T. Mychael Rambo discuss this American classic, which follows the lives of car service drivers and their struggle to make a living.

Filmmaker Sam Pollard on August Wilson from NEA's Art Works
Emmy and Peabody Award winning Director Sam Pollard discusses his documentary "August Wilson: The Ground on which I Stand" with Josephine Reed. The film explores the life and legacy of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright  August Wilson -- the man some call America's Shakespeare -- from his roots as a Pittsburgh activist and poet to his indelible mark on Broadway.

05 October 2016

Remembering Andrew - Airs Oct 5th

Remembering Andrew from WLRN
24 years ago Hurricane Andrew turned South Florida upside down. In this hour-long documentary, WLRN uses home videos, archival news footage, 911 calls, personal recollections and even a bureaucratic document from the British consul general in Miami to tell the harrowing story. We will follow two residents who were each changed by the storm in their own profound way: Jenny Del Campo, a typical teenager living in southern Dade County and Bryan Norcross, a TV weatherman. Hosted by Kenny Malone and Alicia Zuckerman, with production help from Sammy Mack and Trina Sargalski.

27 September 2016

We Don't Talk Like That - Airs Sept 28th

'Fargo' and the Midwest Psyche by 2 Below Zero
The 1996 movie "Fargo" stirred widespread curiosity about snowy winters, funny accents, and bloody mayhem on the frozen tundra of North Dakota and Minnesota. The film won two Oscars and inspired a popular television series of the same name. But how well did it actually capture and reflect the region? In this documentary, producers Diane Richard and Todd Melby unravel the mystery behind the parkas, prowlers, and wood chippers in interviews with actors William H. Macy, John Carroll Lynch, Stephen Park, Tony Denman, dialect coach Liz Himelstein, women in law enforcement, and many more. Narrated by Bruce Bohne (Deputy Lou). Essential listening for diehard fans of "Fargo."

20 September 2016

Dalmar Yare & Bob's Band - Airs Sept 21st

Dalmar Yare & Bob's Band recorded for Live from Minnesota
In this "Live from Minnesota" performance, Somali singer Dalmar Yare and Bob’s Band perform at the Cedar Cultural Center. The show concluded the 2016 Somali Week festival in Minneapolis. Both Dalmar and bandleader Bob Stacke spoke with KFAI producer Daniel Zamzow about their collaboration, the stories in their songs, and the dynamics of this one-of-a-kind band in the Twin Cities. The beginning of this program features their performance of the Somali national anthem.
Tune-in, enjoy the show, and please make a donation to truly local radio. Big or small, each pledge is important to us. You can contribute online right here or you can give us a call at 612-375-9030 and show your support for member-supported, independent, local, Minnesotan public radio!

13 September 2016

Apocalypse Now? Pt. 2 - Airs Sept 14th

A Remade Man from Open Source
Our second episode in the series deals with the incredible pace with which gene-editing technology is progressing in labs across the globe. But there is also some fretting about what the unlocking of the genome might do. Hooray for ridding the world of malarial mosquitoes, reversing aging, maybe even rescuing the woolly mammoth from extinction -- but perhaps we'll be faced with a man-made superbug biopocalypse doomsday. Tomorrow’s biotechnology will have an almost unimaginable capacity to surprise but there may be Oppenheimers among the Edisons. This episode features Siddhartha Mukherjee, Harvard innovator George Church, philosopher Michael Sandel, and infectious-diseases researcher Pardis Sabeti.