Arts & Culture

The Great Falls: St. Anthony Falls
Produced by Dixie Treichel

The Great Falls, dubbed “St Anthony Falls” by Father Louis Hennepin, evolved during the Ice Age and became the birthplace of Minneapolis. A spiritual place for Native Americans, and especially Dakota people, the Falls have always been a magnet for their beauty and power. European settlers harnessed the water power for lumber and flour mill industries that developed along the banks of the Mississippi, but years of over-use marred the landscape. Today St. Anthony Falls are part of the Mississippi River Historic District. KFAI’s Dixie Treichel produced this documentary for MinneCulture.

SCHWARTZ CELEBRATION, PT. 1
Tribute to innovative and inspired sound archivist, Tony Schwartz.

Tonight we followed up on our “Golden Jubilee” special from last week with lots more Jamaican artists – including Horace Andy, Gregory Isaacs, The Gladiators, Jimmy Cliff, Dubtonic Kru, G.G. All Stars, Sly & Robbie, Bunny Lee & the Aggrovators, The Skatalites, and more. This also included part of an Alton Ellis tribute mix originally aired on On The Wire at BBC Tadio Lancashire. But that just got us started… Also tonight we featured a number of new releases – including Steve Steppa’s excellent Zohar Inspired Dubplates, the new Dub Colossus “Dub Me Tender – Vol. 1+2”, the Volume EP from Empresarios, and the self-titled album from Dub Majestic.

We chat with John Coates, author of The Hour between Dog and Wolf: Risk Taking, Gut Feelings, and the Biology of Boom and BustKirkus Reviews describes it as "an in-depth look at how financial risk-taking is linked to human biology, especially to the testosterone levels of young male traders, and the implications of this phenomenon for financial markets and the wider economy." If you want to understand how we think, this book goes a long way toward explaining it.

This summer seems to be flashing by. I can’t believe it’s the 14th of August already.Hope you’re having a good summer.

Aliens in the Heartland: Clifford D. Simak and the Emergence of Pastoral Science Fiction
Produced by Brit Aamodt

Clifford D. Simak is part of Science Fiction’s Golden Age (1940s-50s), and the author of classics including “City,” “Way Station” and “Goblin Reservation.” He began his career in 1931 with the publication of “The World of the Red Sun” in Wonder Stories, a popular pulp magazine of the time. (That story would inspire a young junior high student, Isaac Asimov, to later try his hand at writing fiction.) Simak’s career spanned 50 years, and his prolific body of work included more than 100 stories and nearly 30 novels. He won three Hugo awards and one Nebula, and in 1977 was recognized by his peers as a Grand Master of Science Fiction—at the time, only the third author to receive such accolades. Through all the success and acclaim, Simak remained a small-town Wisconsin boy at heart, and maintained his reporter job at the Minneapolis Star newspaper. His Midwestern roots defined his fiction, in which regular folk in common settings confronted extraordinary circumstances—time paradoxes, immortals, aliens and parallel universes. Born in rural southwestern Wisconsin in 1904, Cifford Simak died of leukemia in Minneapolis in April 1988.

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