Arts & Culture

Started off the program tonight with a half-hour all-Jamaican set to celebrate JA Independence Day (8/6). The set included the 1979 Joe Higgs Unity Is Power album, freshly re-released by Pressure Sounds, and the track “Hail Mama Africa” from Michigan’s new “Trod On” album (Rashanco Music). Also maikng their debut tonight: Mickey Hart Band’s new “Superorganism” album; the excellent “Reset the Mindset” album from Scratchylus and friends; J-Path & Alpha Steppa, with the Trigram 01 EP; re-released Etherealites on Dubmission; the “Nairobian Riddim” album; and “The Cooker” from Redtenbacher’s Funkestra (Wooden Hat). Also tonight, our summer mix was a very cool DJ beatmix from The Groove Thief that can be found here on Mixcloud. Filling things out with the likes of King Tubby/Natty Locks Band, DreadlionBZH, Doctah X, Irie Sol, Laury Webb & the TigerBone Band, Thievery Corporation, Secret Panels vs. The Assessor, earlyW~Rm, Tony Allen, Ernest Ranglin, Joey Altruda, Brian Eno/David Byrne, and much more..

We speak with Qasim Rashid about his new book The Wrong Kind of Muslim: An Untold Story of Persecution and Perseverance, which is a call to unite those of all faiths and no faith.

We also chat with Dave Goldberg about his new book The Universe in the Rearview Mirror: How Hidden Symmetries Shape Reality. He is the coauthor of A User's Guide to the Universe and writes the Ask a Physicist column for io9.com.

Special Birthday Show…My actual day is Sunday August 11th…but I thought I’d celebrate on the air today with a few of my favorite tunes and artists.

Live interview with Claire Lynch!

Tonight on MinneCulture, an encore presentation of the The Minneapolis Music Scene 1975-1980 Part I, produced by Cyn Collins. The Twin Cities has had a vibrant music scene for decades, but in the early to mid-1970s there was almost no original music being performed. Only a few bands dared to be different, and thanks to their creative diligence, the Minneapolis punk/rock scene was born. This two-part documentary describes the Minneapolis music scene between 1975 – 1980, and features interviews and music by Curtiss A (Thumbs Up/the Spooks), Chris Osgood (the Suicide Commandos), Robert Wilkinson (the Flamin’ Oh), Chan Poling (the Suburbs), Kevin Cole (Rev 105), Peter Jesperson (Twin Tone/New West Records) and many more.

Entering The Healing Ground

In Entering the Healing Ground¸ author and soul activist Francis Weller, offers a new vision of grief and sorrow. He reveals the hidden vitality in grief, uncovered when the heart welcomes the sorrows of our life and those of the world. We are ripened in times of loss, made more human by the rites of grief. Through story, poetry and insightful reflections, Francis offers a meditation on the healing power of grief.

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