Arts & Culture

Lorenzo Fabbri, Professor of Film and Italian/French Studies at the U of M, and Curator of the 7th annual Italian Film Festival Also, "The Art of Indigenous Resistance: Inspiring the Protection of Mother Earth," a traveling exhibit of 20 Indigenous artists highlighting the 31 years of Honor the Earth at All My Relations Gallery. Guests are Graci Horne, Curatorial and Gallery Assistant at All My Relations Arts and Kim Smith, arts and community organizer and board member of Honor the Earth.

Stories from Radio Diaries, This Land Press, & The Memory Palace

Kicked off the last show in February with the title track from the excellent new Zion Train “Land of the Blind” album featuring Jazzmin Tutum. Followed this up with new releases from Tiwony (from the “Roots Rebel” album on 7 Seals), Bryan Art, Black Roots, Mexican Stepper, Henry Wu, Carlene Davis, Kabaka Pyramid, Lalabela Roots & Sennid, Dub Agriculture & Ijahdan Taurus, Yabby You (from the excellent 3-CD “Dread Prophecy” on Shanachie), and Meklit & Dub Colossus. Also in Dr. StrangeDub’s set was a dubplate special on the Sidewalk riddim from the great DJ David Rodigan, and a track from the Haitian group Lakou Mizik dedicated to the group’s accordian player Allen Juste who just passed away this month. Finally, friend of the show guest DJ Automatic Slim (Randy) took over the controls for short set and selected some choice tracks from Medeski, Martin, Scofield & Wood, King Tubby/Soul Syndicate, Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls, and Yabby You.

The after-the-half highlight was DJ Baby Swiss’ all-Merkaba-label deep-dubstep set featuring usual suspects Kalya Scintilla (Australia) and Soulacybin (Colorado), but also Mindex (Russia) and three choice cuts from Minneapolis’ own Bogtrotter! Check out that “El Bombo Atomico”>“Macaroni” mix (Tipsy>Perfume)… The fact that a city with the tragic history of Hiroshima could mere decades later grace the world with the crystalline sonic splendor of Perfume is one of those things that inspires this DJ to believe that we mere humans can overcome the obstacles before us and make it after all. We just need more artists and fewer generals.

We speak with Sean Wilsey about his new book More Curious, a collection of essays about people and places that explores curiosity. He is also the author of the memoir Oh the Glory of it All and the co-editor of State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America.

Tom Dahill and Ginny Johnson

"Considered by many to be the finest vocalist of Irish music in the United States" — The Chattanooga Times.

Is Sugar Ruining Our Health?

Sugar Blues

It’s a prime ingredient in countless substances from cereal to soup, from cola to coffee. Consumed at the rate of one hundred pounds for every American every year, it’s as addictive as nicotine — and as poisonous. It’s sugar. And “Sugar Blues”, inspired by the crusade of Hollywood legend Gloria Swanson, is the classic, bestselling expose that unmasks our generation’s greatest medical killer and shows how a revitalizing, sugar-free diet can not only change lives, but quite possibly save them.