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Eric Foss of Secret Stash Records joins us for a peep at the brand new reissue of Grupo Oz, a Mexican Psych-Funk album from 1972. In the set we also hear from El Gusano’s Fantasia del Barrio, the new Afro Soul-Tet reissue, Ranil’s Jungle Party, and the Brand New Wayo comp of African Boogie Funk…

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This program presents music from Cuba: Arsenio Rodríguez and a few examples of the “Nueva Trova”; music fom Mexico: Mostly ”Son de Madera” (playing tomorrow, March 11, at The Cedar Cultural Center); and music from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. The literature segment presents poetry by the Mexican Jaime Sabines.

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Wilbur B. Foshay: The Man & His Tower
Produced by Britt Aamodt

It was called the Tower. It didn’t need another name. The Foshay Tower, at its founding in 1929 and for nearly a half a century, reigned as the tallest building in Minneapolis. Though the Tower sank into a period of gentle neglect, it was revitalized in 2008 as the upscale W. Hotel-Minneapolis. The same cannot be said for the Tower’s builder, Wilbur B. Foshay, whose comet-like rise as a powerful Midwestern utilities magnate was embodied in the obelisk structure. Just two months after the Tower’s dedication, on October 29, 1929, Wilbur Foshay lost everything in the Stock Market Crash, save for his his reputation. That, however, was defamed in 1931, when he stood trial for mail fraud, in what was largely a Ponzi scheme.

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In celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8th) and National Women’s History Month, the Echo Chamber presented its annual “Beautiful Sounds of Women…Around the World” special. And what a varied list of
women singers & players we had on this year’s show…

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