Arts & Culture

No interview on this show – just music, music, music as Kristina takes you deeper into the world of tarantos y tarantas, with a couple of cartageneras thrown in for good measure.

DJs Miguel Vargas and Terrell LaMarr are gonna combine musical powers to bring what could be the best radio show the polar vortex ever produced.

A History of Arcola Mills
Produced by Bobbie Scott

Tucked along the banks of St. Croix River just north of Stillwater, Minnesota, Arcola Mills is a serene spot with a long history. From Native and European settlers, to loggers and artist communities, it offers a beautiful respite along the St. Croix. In this audio documentary, KFAI producer Bobbie Scott takes a trip back in time to learn more about the history of Arcola Mills.

Epic Tales & Persuasion of the Orators

World music giants like Santana, Hugh Masekela, Alpha Blondy, and a set of Brasilian stylings highlight today’s program. Also a tip of the hat to Dan Newton’s Cafe Accordion playing at the Cedar for two shows this weekend.

Quite a mix of new and old for the 2nd show of 2014… Kicking off with yet another new Dubophonic Records release – the excellent “Dub Ina Midlands” from Koncrete Roots. Two new choice releases from Dubmission also making their debut tonight: the cool “Dream Before You Sleep” EP from Quanta, and the sublimely beautiful “Maya” album from the Holiwater Band. More new material from Vibration Lab (on Reggae Roast), Tour de Force (on Dub-Stuy), Riverside Rockers (on Boom One), Norris Man (on Fox Fuse), Shunya, Jesse Royal, Doozer Dubby Doo, Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub (recorded Live), and Kasm meets Seed Organization. The doctor also roped in some Dub Caravan, Dengue Dengue Dengue, John Brown’s Body, J Boog, Winston Edwards, and a nice chunk of Chicago Afrobeat Project (who played in Minneapolis on 1/11).

When Swiss took over in the middle, he bookended the second half with a couple of fine, chill Perfume tracks, one from their still fairly-new full-length Level 3, “Furikaeru to Iru Yo” and the earlier ’09 ‘b’-side “23:30” we’ve heard here before. Grooves by the likes of 60 Channels, Nitin Sawhney, Jon Hassell, Terminal Cheesecake, Jah Wobble and UB40 peppered the inbetween.

We speak with Kate DiCamillo about her new book Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures. She has just been named the next National Ambassador of Young People's Literature by the Library of Congress. Her novel The Tale of Despereaux won the Newbery Medal and Because of Winn-Dixie was a Newbery Honor Book. Flora & Ulysses is #5 on the NYT Bestsellers List and was longlisted for the National Book Award.

I celebrated 20 years on the air at KFAI, today by playing my special discoveries from over the last two decades.
What I have loved most was the music of the big, bold, beautiful babes of Blue Chicago. I also included a few of the wonderful ladies from other parts of the country as well.
It has been my pleasure to bring you the magic of the ladies’ side of the blues for 20 years.

Live in the Studio: Julia Douglass