When Minneapolis politicians censored small time scandal sheet publisher, Jay Near, it sparked the country’s first debate on whether the government can control people’s speech and punish them for publishing unpopular ideas. Called the first great press case, the surprising 1931 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Near vs. Minnesota is a landmark of First Amendment law, and continues to guide our democracy today. KFAI producer Susan Gray talks to media and legal experts, who describe the characters that played a role in creating this important jurisprudence.
Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock stopped by the show today along with Sweet Mama J. They're appearing tonight at the Cedar Cultural Center as The Flatlanders. What an honor to have these legends across the board from me. We chatted, played a couple tracks from an advance CD they brought in and had a good time with these great guys from Texas. Okay, let's be honest. They're Texas royalty.
Latin beginnings with highlight of upcoming show Fri. 6/15 at the Dakota with Ceu’ & Curumin. Another feature of Fela in the second hour – in celebration of the Broadway visit of “FELA !” at the Ordway this week !
Tonight Richie Phoe’s long-awaited debut album Echo Outernational (on Balanced Records) kicked things off in tonight’s Echo Chamber. This was followed by the new “Dub Sessions 1.1” EP from Version Big-Fi and an early version of the upcoming Springline release “Springline Jamaica meets Uncle Fee Dubplate Style Downtown”. More new sounds came from Sista M (with Cr4ig’s Babylon Roots Remix of “Would You Be Mine”); Princess Anla; Ziggy Marley (with Chuck D & Linda Perry); Burnett Town Sound; and Marvin Gaye vs. JStar (with the “I Heard It Dub” mashup). Another highlight of the program was the three tracks from Céu – to promote her return to the Dakota Club in Minneapolis this week.