Five stories from KFAI’s 10,000 Fresh Voices series:
1. French influences in Minneapolis
Produced by Will Wright
The Twin Cities is home to Alliance Française de Minneapolis—an organization that connects people to all things French. But evidence of the French abound, and some names are familiar to many. Hennepin, Nicollet and LaSalle are just a few of the Frenchmen who left their mark on the city. KFAI’s Will Wright spoke to local historians and filed this story.
2. Theatre Pro Rata
Produced by Cristeta Boarini
The Twin Cities have the most theater seats per capita than any other U.S. city, except for New York. Amidst Minneapolis-St. Paul’s wide spectrum of theatrical styles, Theatre Pro Rata offers a unique approach to putting on plays. Led by founder and artistic director Carin Bratlie for the past 11 years, the troupe offers unique and thoughtful productions. KFAI producer Cristeta Boarini has more.
3. West Hills State School: A troubled past for the Owatonna orphanage
Produced by Dan Greenwood
In 1886, the State-Run School for Dependent and Neglected Children opened in Owatonna, Minnesota. For nearly 60 years the orphanage housed thousands of children, and during the Great Depression, was massively overcrowded. For some, the orphanage provided a safe haven, but for many others, beatings and neglect were commonplace. In this documentary, KFAI producer Dan Greenwood talks with Harvey Ronglien—a former state-schooler who spent his entire childhood at the orphange—to learn about the dark and sordid past of the institution. Since the 1990s, Harvey and his wife Maxine have worked with the city to create a museum honoring the children who lived there. Today the campus at West Hills is on the National Registry as a Historic District. For more information, visit orphanagemuseum.com.
4. GLBT families & the Minnesota’s gay marriage amendment
Produced by Jessi Lehman
This November, Minnesotans will vote on an amendment that makes gay marriage unconstitutional in the state. KFAI producer Jessi Lehman talked to Minnesotans United for All Families, a coalition group, as well as parents from the GLBT community about this divisive issue.
5. Excerpt from the St. Paddy’s Day Hootennany for Slim Dunlap
Twin Cities’ musician Bob Dunlap is known to most of his friends and fans as “Slim.” Dunlap played with the Replacements and released two solo CDs. Earlier this year he suffered a major stroke, and is still in recovery. On St. Patrick’s Day, more than a dozen local musicians assembled at the Amsterdam Bar in St. Paul to pay tribute to their friend. Hosted by Jim Walsh, the “St. Paddy’s Day Hootenanny for Slim” showcased an outpouring of love and support for a man known as everybody’s friend. Tonight’s feature is Ben Glaros singing Slim Dunlap’s song, “Times Like This.”