Arts & Culture

May Day/May 1st the international workers day—-born int e US in 1890 out of the fight for the 8-hour day: what does it mean in 2012? How do the immigrant rights marches—-begun in 2006—-intersect with US labor movement?

Some of Paco’s most virtuosic flamenco playing, and some amazing inside information from Susana di Palma on the feat of finally getting Zorro onto the stage.

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This week we have DJs Miguel Vargas, Terrell Lamar, and birthday spoken word artist, Rodrigo Sanchez Chavarria…

Live from Minnesota presents…

Toki Wright’s FADERS mixtape release at the Fine Line
Produced by Peter Frey

Energy Brat from Youth Radio, Clean Dirt by Abby Wendle, Forest to Desert by Sarah Boothroyd, & The Mystery of the Mad Minnows from Power Records

Tonight the Echo Chamber presented the annual “Word Beat I Powa” dub poetry, other poetry, and spoken word special as part of National Poetry Month. Of course, it was dub poetry that set the foundation of the show. Among the dub poets featured were Oku Onoura, Mutabaruka, Ras Takura, Jean Binta Breeze, Benjamin Zephaniah, Tomlin Ellis, Malachi Smith, Glenville Bryan, Jazzmin Tutum, Lillian Allen, Desmond Faada Johnson, Lady Dawn, and of course, the incomparable Linton Kwesi Johnson. Other pieces of dub poetry included the excellent track “Dilly Dally” from Everton Sylvester and the Brooklyn Funk Essentials, and “Spirit Made Flesh” from Dub Gabriel and Karen Gibson. But there was much more than dub poetry… From the Beat camp we had Jack Kerouac, and The Last Poets contributed the gritty “True Blues”. Other voices included Jah Wobble and Ronnie Drew doing “London Rain” from the “Celtic Poets” album; Ken Nordine’s unique “word jazz’; the “Hashish Poem” from Bill Laswell and Nicole Blackman; and the powerful words and music of Liberian born (and KFAI’s own) poet, e.g. bailey. Ahh, but let us not forget the extraordinary Jamaican DJs. Before there was dub poetry as we know it today, there was already the great tradition of Jamaican “toasters” — and we included King Stitt and I-Roy. Heck, we even included some classic Stiller & Meara comedy, and “Jack the Biscuit” from late Andy Fairley. What an eclectic mix of words…and beats…and Powa!

We speak with Jonah Lehrer his book Imagine: How Creativity Works. He is a Contributing Editor at Wired and the author of How We Decide and Proust Was a Neuroscientist. He has written for The New Yorker, Nature, Seed, and is a Contributing Editor at Scientific American Mind and National Public Radio’s Radio Lab.

We also talk with novelist Roma Calatayud-Stocks about her book A Song in My Heart. It’s a work of historical fiction about a young woman born into a privileged bicultural family in Minneapolis of 1902 who finds music is the perfect expression of her own artistic inclinations, emotions, and ambitions. As a young pianist and budding composer, she is affected by legendary composers and Minnesota’s musical pioneers and resolves to become an orchestral conductor despite the obstacles.

Had a great telephone interview with Mr. Superharp: James Cotton to promote his up-coming show at Famous Dave’s Sunday April 29th, 2012.