23 February 2017

Mason Jennings + The Jayhawks - Airs March 1st

The Jayhawks Live from Minnesota 
A very special (and amazing) small venue show for local heroes the Jayhawks. Recorded live at St. Paul's cherished Turf Club. Featuring Gary Louris on guitar and lead vocals; Marc Perlman on bass; Tim O'Reagan on drums; Kraig Johnson on guitar; Jessy Greene on violin; Karen Grotberg on keyboards; and John Jackson on mandolin. Produced by Tom Garneau.

Mason Jennings Live from Minnesota 
Mason Jennings is now celebrating 20 years of making music in Minnesota. In this recording, Jennings performs at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth. This show features classic favorites and new selections from "Wild Dark Metal," his newest album. The band consists of Jennings on acoustic and electric guitar, Jacob Hanson on bass and Scott McPherson on drums. Recorded, mixed, and produced by Tom Garneau.

21 February 2017

William's Leap For Freedom - Airs Feb 22nd

William's Leap For Freedom by SueMedia Productions
Hosted by Dion Graham, this one hour radioplay is based on the life of freed slave William Wells Brown. The performance was recorded live and stars Mirron E. Willis as Wells Brown, and features Barbara Rosenblat (of Orange is the New Black fame) along with a multi-voice cast. It is a two part drama; a play within a play. Beginning with a fictionalized conversation between William and a historian, and selected portions of "The Escape or Leap for Freedom," a play written by William Wells Brown in 1858.

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.