Arts & Culture

Built in the 1890s, the Kirkbride state hospital in Fergus Falls has had a controversial past. Despite being listed on the state’s historical registry, it had been slated for demolition. Recently the Fergus Falls city council agreed to allow a developer from Georgia to convert the vacant treatment center into a $41-million-dollar facility, featuring apartments, a hotel, a gym, and restaurants.

KFAI producer Susan Gray presents Second Chances: The Story of Fergus Falls State Hospital, and explores the history of this rural institution.

Installation artist Randy Walker discusses his public art residency with the youth of Kulture Klub Collaborative and photographer Terry Gydesen talks about the summer group portrait show at the 801 Lofts.

ABSENT FATHERS
Stories from Sara Curtis, Sylvia Plath, Sarah Neal-Estes, & Abby Wendle

I can never get enough of African women’s voices. So I open with a set of seven songs before moving back in to preview mode for upcoming concerts from Africa. Primarily from Belize – I check out top cuts from three releases of the Garifuna Collective; Watina, Umalali, & Ayo.

Music Host: David Cummings
News Host: Dale Connelly
Producer: Mike Fischbien
Engineer: Mike Stapp

Summer’s here…and tons of new music to fill the airwaves. Starting things tonight with the first release on the new Dub-o-phonic netlabel, the excellent “Creation” album from Dub-I. This was followed by the very cool new Sound & Power Version of the “Two-Edged Sword” track from Profit out of Berlin. Also new tonight were releases by Manudub (on Ape Choons), Cornell Campbell, Red Barrio, Patko, Piper St. Sound, Mykal Rose, Archie Pelago, The Lions, and Mutant Frogs. Another highlight of the show was Emch’s Subatomic Sound Radio Mix from Red Light Radio – which featured lots of Lee Scratch Perry in the mix. Filling things out with tunes from DJCris Macumbadub, Malika Madremana, Brownout, Tsunami Wazahari, SXtheMadArtist, Tommy McCook & the Supersonics, YesKing, Jah Wobble, Steffe, Bob Marley & the Wailers/Bill Laswell, Ticklah, Love Trio in Dub ft. U-Roy, and more…

We chat with author and artist Sarah Stevenson about her new YA fantasy Underneath. She writes fiction and nonfiction for young adults and adults, and has also written the YA novel The Latte Rebellion.

We also speak with Leslie Adrienne Miller about her new poetry collection Y. She is the author of six collections of poetry published by Graywolf Press and Carnegie Mellon University Press. They include Eat Quite Everything You See and Yesterday Had a Man in It.

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Music Host / Engineer: Jean Silverberg
News Host: Terry Carter
Producer: Ron Thums

Built in the 1890s, the Kirkbride state hospital in Fergus Falls has had a controversial past. Despite being listed on the state’s historical registry, it had been slated for demolition. Recently the Fergus Falls city council agreed to allow a developer from Georgia to convert the vacant treatment center into a $41-million-dollar facility, featuring apartments, a hotel, a gym, and restaurants.

KFAI producer Susan Gray presents Second Chances: The Story of Fergus Falls State Hospital, and explores the history of this rural institution.

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