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“Palabristas: Word Slingers” On this episode of RP we’re visited by Chican@/Latin@ spoken word collective Palabristas. A haiku battle breaks out throughout the show and a guest DJ joins the Pocho crew to spin some tunes…Sir Mex-A-Lot.

We have spoken word performances by Rodrigo Sanchez Chavarria, Larry Lucio and Emmanuelle Ortiz as well as an interview by New York based poet Brandon Lacy Campos. Keep track of this great collective at

And as always we have the tunes that make spring bloom.

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Experimental Sound Artists
Produced by Dixie Treichel

The world of experimental sound arts is innovative and unusual—a place where instrument builders, alternative tuning systems and unorthodox musical expressions converge. In this documentary, six Minnesota experimental sound artists share their musings, explorations and creations.

St. Paul native Paul Metzger performs solo and with various experimental musicians around the world. In this program, he improvises on his collection of modified guitars and banjos, including a 23-string banjo.

Mary Garvie likes to collaborate and perform freestyle. Hear her voice experiments, and listen as she plays a variety instruments, such as an amplified grate, table top and singing bowl.

Tim Kaiser designs and builds electronic experimental instruments for himself and others, and likes buttons, knobs and switches. Based in Duluth, he performs at experimental sound festivals around the country.

David Means curates the Strange Attractors Experimental Intermedia Festival in St. Paul. Many of the experimental sound pieces he creates—using electric, electronic and computer instruments—are designed for the architectural layout of a performance space.

Dixie Treichel is founder of the Unique Sounds Ensemble in Minneapolis. She makes instruments from found objects, and uses them to create electronic sound art.

Kris Peck builds and performs on micro-tonal guitars. The altered fret boards on these instruments create unusual scales in nontraditional tuning systems. He also explores the use of digital delays and performs in the Twin Cities with a variety of experimental musicians.

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A More Perfect Union by Eric Molinsky, Lights, Camera… Date! by Todd Bookman, & A Skit About Computer Dating by Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara

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Another night filled with a bunch of new dub… Starting off with the new Bandulu Dub remix album “Volcanic Eruptions” (on Dan Dada Records), Sardinia Bass Legalize’s new “Timeline” EP (aquietbump), and the very cool “Marijuana Dreams” from Dubblestandart (Echo Beach).

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Poet Kathryn Kysar joins us to talk about her newest collection of poetry, Pretend the World. She is also the author of Dark Lake and edited Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers.

Peter Bognanni also joins us in the studio to talk about his novel The House of Tomorrow, which was a Minnesota Book Award nominee in fiction and is a finalist for the LA Times Award for First Fiction.

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Five stories from KFAI’s 10,000 Fresh Voices series:

1. A Machine to See With: Walker Art Center’s Blast Theory
Produced by Todd Melby
If you fidget in movies and are bored by two-dimensional images, you may be ready for something new—something like, “A Machine To See With”— interactive cinema experience created by British group Blast Theory.

2. Works Progress: Twin Cities Changemakers
Produced by Michelle Alimoradi
Works Progress is a group of Twin Cities “changemakers”: artists and professionals who strive for progress by creating platforms for creative people to present their ideas—a kind of live performance think tank. KFAI’s Michelle Alimoradi recently attended their gathering called Solutions Twin Cities Volume 4 at the Capri Theater in North Minneapolis, and has the story. For more information, go to

3. Ingebretsen’s Celebrates 90 Years
Produced by Britt Aamodt
Charles Ingebretsen, a Norwegian immigrant, opened several stores during his lifetime, but the one the iconic shop that has endured sits at the corner of Lake Street in Minneapolis. Ingebretsen’s opened in 1921 as a meat market catering to the mostly local Scandinavian population. But as supermarkets began to appear, the meat market narrowed its focus and began specializing in Scandinavian foods while it expanded its appeal. Becomming a one-stop emporium for all things Scandinavian—food, music, books, arts and crafts—Ingebretsen’s is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2011. Charles’ granddaughter, Julie Ingebretsen, gave KFAI producer Britt Aamodt a tour of the family store, and shared her passion for her immigrant heritage.

4. Kramarczuk’s Deli: Northeast Minneapolis’ Sausage Legacy
Produced by Dale Connelly
Kramarczuk’s Deli has been hand-making Eastern European-style sausages for decades. In the 1940s, Wasyl and Anna immigrated to the United States from the Ukraine and set up shop in Northeast Minneapolis. Today, Nick Kramarczuk is the third generation to carry on the family tradition. And business is not only thriving on East Hennepin Avenue—this year Kramarczuk’s is adding a second stand at Target Field to feed hungry Twins fans . KFAI’s Dale Connelly went to see this landmark operation in action.

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April is Autism Awareness Month – Dr. Ricki Robinson and Nzingha West

Kinshasha will be talking with Dr. Ricki Robinson and Nzingha West who worked in the NYC school system as a special education teacher and has now started her own company so she can help parents across the country more directly without her hands being tied by bureacreacy.

Nzingha West’s book is Is My Kid Stupid: Avoiding an Educational Disaster, and Dr. Ricki Robinson’s book, Autism Solutions – How To Create a Healthy And Meaningful Life For Your Child will be discussed on April 18th program.

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