Arts & Culture

Last Reel: Drive-In Movie Theaters of Minnesota
Produced by Todd Melby

They had names like The Cinebuff, the Bronco, The Maple Leaf, The Sunset. They were the drive-in movie theaters of Minnesota. Once, there were more than 80 outdoor movie theaters in the Gopher State.

THE MYSTERY OF OPAL WHITELEY
The story of the most fascinating diary ever written by a schizophrenic six-year-old girl.

More African female voices, from Ethiopia open our show today, before moving on to the recent visits from Femi Kuti and Amadou & Mariam and another preview of the upcoming show with Vieux Farka Toure’.

With DJ Baby Swiss out of town on a gig, Dr. StrangeDub went solo for 4 hours of dubwise fun. And it sure was fun to debut the new Echo Chamber – Around the World in Dub – Vol. 3 & 4 compilation album tonight! For the summer mix the doctor pulled out a great mix from 2011 put together by Eating Betty (our friend Mel) for Echo Beach (WLUW-FM, Chicago). On top of this we aired great new tunes from Dubagroova, Rocker-T, The Breadwinners (ft. Stally), Tricky, Masia One, The Fellow Traveller, Dubtonic Kru, Chucho Valdes & the Afro-Cuban Messengers, Robert Ziino, Blue King Brown, Mykal Rose, Science Project, Dax Lion, Byutifu!, Queendigo Placid Jazz, Dub-I/Fire Salad, Patko, Kobo Town, and Vieux Farka Toure! More great dubs and such from: Dubor & the Duborians, Clement Weda, Dub Specialist, Sly & The Revolutionaries, Scientist, Citizen Sound, Longman, Big Shiny, Dubsalon ft. Razaman, Third World Allstars, and may more. To get your free digital download of “Echo Chamber – Around the World in Dub – Vol. 3 & 4” on Dan Dada Records (Thanks Bruno!), as well as Vol, 1 & 2, come here.

We speak with National Book Award-winner Nathaniel Philbrick about his new book Bunker Hill. His many books include In the Heart of the Sea and Mayflower.

We also talk with James Lenfestey about his new poetry collection Earth in Anger. He is a longtime friend of Write On! Radio, whose many works include The Toothed and Clever World, A Cartload of Scrolls and Saying Grace. He also edited, along with Thomas R. Smith, Robert Bly In This World.

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Baby Grant Johnson plays his favorite female folksingers and Texas duo The Flyin’ A’s stop by to play live in studio!

Preserving Queer Culture: The Tretter Collection
Produced by Dixie Treichel

In the 1970s Minnesotan Jean Tretter started collecting and saving items as a way to help him write and talk about queer history and culture. Thanks to his foresight, passion and dedication the collection has now grown to over 30,000 items from around the world.

The Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies is located on the University of Minnesota campus in the Elmer Anderson Library for Special Collections. It is an archival library, research facility and museum that is open everyone, including the general public and scholars alike, who want to learn about queer culture both past and present.

The collection is international in scope and has materials in approximately 58 languages. It covers all time periods, from a 4,000-year-old phallic statuette from Egypt, up to current editions of GLBT periodicals. Although books are the core of the collection, substantial sections include textiles, glassware, film, music, art works, and three-dimensional objects such as event buttons and furniture. The collection includes unpublished manuscripts, vertical files, and periodicals from all over the world.

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