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? Marylander 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.