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Nikki and The RueMates put on a very entertaining acoustic show.

It was a great night of blues, rock and roots music with Nikki & The RueMates and you can listen to this show on our FOREVER archives here:   https://archive.org/details/34NikkiTheRhuemates

New Beginnings: The Story of Liberians in Minnesota, Pt 1
Produced by e.g. Bailey and Sha Cage

This special three-part documentary airs from 7:30-8pm on MinneCulture:
Part 1: Wed, Feb 16
Part 2: Mon, Feb 21
Part 3: Wed, Feb 23

For some time now, Minnesota has been a refuge for immigrant communities displaced from their homes due to a variety of circumstances. Minnesota’s Liberian community grew rapidly in the aftermath of a series of civil wars that ravished their country. However the story of Liberians in Minnesota does not begin with these civil wars, but stretches over more than 50 years.

In this radio documentary, producers e.g. Bailey and Sha Cage explore Liberian history, along with the growth and development of the community here in Minnesota.

Hear conversations with a wide-range of community members, including Wynfred Russell, Abdullai Kiatamba, Piso Tarr, Yeamah Brewer, Mameneh George and others, as well as prominent local figures including State Representative Keith Ellison, history professor Peter Rachleff, and theater director Wendy Knox.

This three-part program provides an overview of where the Liberian community in Minnesota stands today, the contributions it has made to the state, and what the future holds.

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Hitting the Road (Three travel stories on Las Vegas gamblers, Julie the Amtrak God and a wayward West Coast trip)

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Grammy winners along with Vusi Mahlasela, Vinicius Cantuaria Bill Frisell, and another Fela track to close it up.

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A bit of Love…and plenty of Dub… Not some kind of mushy Valentine’s show, but heavy, sexy and deep. First up was the new Berlin Sessions EP with the old-school sound from Aldubb, Dubmatix, & Mighty Howard. Fitting our Love theme tonight groove-wise were: Prince Fatty, Elizabeth Archer & The Equators, Dubmatix, Richard & I, Lefthand (feat. JEN), The English Beat, Lisa Shaw, Third World, and more… Finally, DJ Baby Swiss chose the track “Finally Your Day Has Come” by The Dualers to dedicate to the people of the great country of Egypt!

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Sarah Blake, author of Grange House, calls in to talk with us about her World War Two era novel, The Postmistress, which explores the lives of three women – a Postmaster, a radio broadcaster and a young wife.

Poet Matt Mauch also joins us in the studio to talk about his newest collection of poetry, Prayer Book. Matt Mauch teaches at Normandale Community College and coordinates the reading series there.

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