This summer at Black Dog Café, poet and playwright Lisa Brimmer gathered a group of free-style jazz musicians called High Society for a night of spoken word and improvisational music. The show was recorded and produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow. High Society includes Chris Bates on bass, Evan Montgomery on guitar, Peter Hennig on auxiliary percussion, Cory Grossman on cello, Nathan Hanson on saxophone and Greg Shutte.
Tonight we hung out at the Dub Club Tiki Bar for the annual Echo Beach end of summer special. A bit different kind of Echo Chamber — as we’ll actually played some rock ‘n roll: that twangy, instrumental surf rock one expects to find at all great tiki bars. Then, once the martinis were well shaken, we’ll gott into some cool old school soul and R&B. We were really cookin’ now, and the Tiki Bar lounge was heavy with kali smoke…so we cooled things down with a variety of lounge sounds, world sounds, weird electronica, and swanky jazz. Some deep Zen meditation followed the martinis and kali…as we aired part 2 of the In the Garden of Dub Mix I put together. This dubwise mix celebrates the pleasures of gardening, the roots of life, and the seasons of nature.
We talk with Eric Berkowitz about his book Sex and Punishment: Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire, which examines how laws have dealt with the issue of sex since ancient times.
Also this week we welcome back to the studio Julie Kramer, who will be talking about her newest thriller, Shunning Sarah. This time, her protagonist Riley Spartz is faced with the mystery of a dead Amish woman, who ends up in a sinkhole in southeastern Minnesota.
Veda Ponikvar is known as “The Iron Lady of Chisholm,” and recognized by the Historical Society as one of Minnesota’s 150 most important people. Born of humble beginnings to Eastern European immigrants on the Iron Range in northeastern Minnesota, Veda attended college, served in World War II, and returned to her hometown to start the Chisholm Free Press. She is a life-long advocate for workers, children and the mentally disabled. KFAI producer Britt Aamodt journeyed up north to talk to this 93-year-old icon.
As parents and adult role models, we want our children to have fulfilling, happy, successful lives. We want what’s best for them, for ourselves, and for our communities. How many times have you told your child…or yourself to: Change your attitude! Believe in yourself! Get rid of that habit! Make wise choices! Set a goal! Be creative! Hang in there! This is what we tell ourselves and our children to do. But where did we learn how to do it? Did anybody ever teach you exactly how to change your attitude when it was negative? Did anyone ever explain to you exactly how to believe in yourself, erase self-defeating behaviors, make wise choices, set and achieve goals, use your creative imagination, and be persistent?