KFAI producer Dan Greenwood received a Page One Award from the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for this audio documentary. In it, he tells the story of the State-Run School for Dependent and Neglected Children, which opened in Owatonna, Minnesota in 1886.
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, 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.
After taking a week off, Dr. StrangeDub returned to the airwaves with a ton of new music. Kicked off the fun with the excellent Dubmatix “Rebel Massive” album, and followed this with the new Dubology “Dub Experiments” album. From there we moved into the new Tribe Called Red “Nation II Nation” album; Taj Weekes & Adowa’s new “Pariah In Transit “ live album (on Jatta); Longman’s new “Akhenaten’s Dream”; Calma Dub’s “Tango Jango EP” (on Ape Choons) ; the great new “Signs & Wonders In Dub” from Dub Club (Tom Chasteen & Tippa Lee) on Stones Throw; and the new “Freedom Train” single from Victor Essiet & the Mandators. Also tonight was the debut of “The Eye of Cyclophibius” and “That was Now; This is Then” from the Mutant Frogs. In the middle of the show we ran part 2 of this year’s “Around the World in 20+ Dubs” special – where StrangeDub joined TurnTableTerrorist (Terry C) on “Echo Beach” for the 7th annual dubwise trip. And this was just the beginning… Also tonight: Indigenous Resistance ft. Jimmy Dick, Black Roots, Jungle Hammer, Marcia Aitken & Trinity, Dub Caravan meets Hornsman Coyote, Augustus Pablo/King Tubby, Ernest Ranglin, The English Beat, and much more…
We speak with Margalit Fox about her new book The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code. She is a New York Times award-winning journalist who also wrote Talking Hands: What Sign Language Reveals About the Mind.
We also speak with Arlene Marks about her new book From First Word to Last: The Craft of Writing Popular Fiction. She is an author, editor and teacher of literacy and writing.