Arts & Culture

West Hills State School: A troubled past for the Owatonna orphanage

In 1886, the State-Run School for Dependent and Neglected Children opened in Owatonna, Minnesota. For nearly 60 years the orphanage housed thousands of children, and during the Great Depression, was massively overcrowded. For some, the orphanage provided a safe haven, but for many others, beatings and neglect were commonplace. In this documentary, KFAI producer Dan Greenwood talks with Harvey Ronglien—a former state-schooler who spent his entire childhood at the orphange—to learn about the dark and sordid past of the institution. Since the 1990s, Harvey and his wife Maxine have worked with the city to create a museum honoring the children who lived there. Today the campus at West Hills is on the National Registry as a Historic District. For more information, visit orphanagemuseum.com.

DEATH FROM ABOVE from Making Contact
Voices of families destroyed by drone strikes in Pakistan & activists working against this controversial military technology.

What a full show of new releases, roots classics, and an excellent summer guest mix. Tonight we debuted the latest Easy Star All-Stars project: Easy Star’s Thrillah, which is of course Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” reimagined with a rootical reggae groove. Another debut tonight was the first single from Snoop Lion (AKA Snoop Dogg). On top of that we had new releases from Full Dub, Citizen Sound (ft. Ammoye), Mista Majah P, Dub Rifles, Sammy Gold, DJ Zdena vs. The Temptations, Doktor Lond (ft. Agarfa), Dub Colossus, YT, and the new Culture retrospective on VP Records. Tonight’s guest mix was put together by the dubmeister Haji Mike for our pal TurnTableTerrorist (Terry C) at “Echo Beach”, WLUW-FM (Chicago).

We chat with young adult author and librarian James Klise and educator Catherine Kelly of St. Catherine University about censorship and controversy in young adult literature. James will discuss his controversial debut novel for teens Love Drugged and his own experiences selecting books, and Catherine will discuss her previous work as a middle school teacher and now as an educator of pre-service teachers and librarians.

See play list below

Nashville tunes & new songs for September!

Bangla Fusion in the Twin Cities

Joy Islam, Tushar Ahmmed and Palbasha Siddique are three impassioned Bangladeshi musicians who have made Minnesota their home. Fusing Bangla musical roots with other genres including folk, classical, heavy metal, and pop, they’ve made an indelible mark in the Twin Cities. KFAI producer MJ Gilmore talks to Joy, Tushar and Palbasha about how their personal journeys have influenced and affected their music.

Blood and Parasites – Dr. Rapheal D’Angelo talked about the connection between our blood and parasites – how blood is life. He will be doing a “Free” talk on Wednesday September 12th at – 6:30pm
Healing Within Wellness Center – 3200 North Lexington Avenue in Shoreview, MN

Dr. Neal Barnard’s 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart: Boost Metabolism, Lower Cholesterol, and Dramatically Improve Your Health
For years, Dr. Neal D. Barnard has been at the forefront of cutting-edge research on what it really takes to lose weight and restore the body to optimal health. Now, with his proven, successful program, in just three short weeks you’ll get fast results-drop pounds, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, improve blood sugar, and more. With Dr. Barnard’s advice on how to easily start a plant-based diet, you’ll learn the secrets to reprogramming your body quickly…

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