Arts & Culture

Hosts: Dixie Treichel & John Townsend

Guests: Jenna Papke, Justin Kirkeberg, Patrick Scully

An evening of crime, passion, poetry and censorship with “Orpheus Descending”, Six Elements Theatre ; “Never the Sinner”, Candid Theater Company; “Leaves of Grass – Uncut”, a multi-disciplinary work in progress about poet Walt Whitman

Charlene Doll and Jim Mastro talk about audio darts, and the Twin Cities Audio Dart League.

It's the holiday show and Kristina plays flamenco Christmas favorites while Maestro Juan Parra takes us behind the scenes of his lastest show in the Festival de Jerez. The music on this show came to us from cantaora "La Tormenta," currently residing in Chicago and better known to non-flamencos as Debby Storms.

Tipping the Scale: the largest rally on climate change in U.S. history / Part II
Produced by Barbara Jean Meyers & Melissa Koch

During the coldest days of winter, an “Earth Train” departed from St. Paul, carrying dozens of artists, activists and regular folks from Minnesota to Washington, DC. On board were KFAI producers Barbara Jean Meyers and Melissa Koch. Along the way they interviewed passengers including Kevin Kling, Louise Erdrich, Prudence Johnson and others, about why they were making the journey. Many were inspired by Bill McKibben, co-founder of, who believes that the Keystone XL pipeline wound be the final nail in the coffin for planet Earth. On February 17, advocates gathered at the nation’s Capitol for Forward on Climate to protest Keystone and draw attention to global warming. Nearly 50,000 people assembled to promote environmental stewardship, making it the largest rally on climate change in U.S. history. “Tipping the Scale” is an audio documentary that chronicles this historic event.

Kenny Ferris & Kaye Ballard & Arthur Siegel celebrate the iconic cartoon.

Today’s program carries on from last week’s focus on South Africa as a continuation expanding out to even more voices & styles of music from Africa.

“Christmas In Dub” (Part 1)

Kicking off the yuletide season in style…. Lots of Christmas reggae from the likes of Alton Ellis, Granville Williams Orchestra, Toots & the Maytals, Horace Andy, Likkle Mai, Yellowman, Jah Iriest Artists, The Tamlins, Michelle Gordon, Brent Dowe, Joe Gibbs & the Professionals, and more… Even a nice new reggae cover of “Silent Night” from Noble Vibes. On top of this we mixed in some classic and new Christmas and seasonal sounds (mostly remixed) from Mel Torme, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Teresa Brewer, Redtenbacher’s Funkestra, Skafish, Vince Guaraldi Trio, Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Mercer, Ed Calle/Arturo Sandoval, and Billie Holiday. But with a Christmas show this week and next, we mixed in a bit of music that had nothing to do with the holidays…including Dubblestandart, Capital Letters, Jah Wobble/Bill Laswell, Richie Phoe, Ill:Esha, and Kid Creole & the Coconuts.

We speak with Michael Gruber about his new novel The Return. He is the author of The Good Son, The Book of Air and Shadows, and The Forgery of Venus, among many other works.

We also talk with Oliver Potzsch about his new novel The Ludwig Conspiracy. His Hangman's Daughter books have sold more than half a million copies in English.