Culture & Community News

Mental health advocates and service providers cringe at what budget cuts portend for their charges – as if the stigma of mental illness isn’t enough to create political antipathy. Anyone who gets around these cities can see the fruits of mental illness in a wide variety of societal outcasts – rage, drug use, homelessness, and crimes for which their mental illness is no defense.

Thursday, April 2nd, Minnesota’s Poet Laureate Robert Bly joins the Write on Radio crew to talk about an upcoming conference on—Robert Bly!—April 16-19 at the University of Minnesota. It includes a keynote by Lewis Hyde, author of The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World. More information is available at www.lib.umn.edu/bly:http://www.lib.umn.edu/bly.

The history of the United States as taught in our schools is only half the story – and almost always told from the perspective of the conqueror – in this case, European immigrants – with little if anything said about the conquered – the indigenous peoples of this hemisphere who found their peaceful existence interrupted, their people enslaved and murdered to extinction, their cultures exterminat

On Thursday, March 26th, we’ll have a discussion regarding first books as 2008 National Book Award Finalist and Young Lions Fiction Award winner Salvatore Scibona joins us in the studio to talk about his novel, The End. Kao Kalia Yang will also be in the studio to talk about her acclaimed book, The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Memoir. Nicole Johns will also be on hand to talk about her book, Purge

KFAI begins it series Strive to Thrive, funded by the Northwest Area Foundation:http://www.nwaf.org/, on March 25th at 11am on Truth to Tell:https://www.kfai.org/node/682. The first in a series of programs aimed at reducing poverty, this program will discuss green job growth and its ability to fight poverty.

On April 1st, People’s Historian, Author of Voices of People’s History HOWARD ZINN with premier Twin Cities jazz vocalist PRUDENCE JOHNSON and Celebrity
Readers of Zinn’s and Anthony Arnove’s VOICES OF THE PEOPLE’S HISTORY, including KFAI’s own <a

Part of KFAI’S STRIVE TO THRIVE SERIES on POVERTY in MINNESOTA

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25–11:00AM : MAJORA CARTER and Local Green Jobs Poverty Killers

Catfish Culture
Spring is here! Fishing time is near.

Down South, they snare catfish on their hooks. In the playful documentary ‘Catfish Culture,’ you’ll hear true and mythical stories about giant catfish. Stories like these:

I caught a catfish that weighed 82 pounds.

I caught a 75. I’ve been with boys that caught a 94.

Women’s History Month Special with Dixie Treichel & John Townsend on Fresh Fruit Thursday March 19th from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm

With guests:

Bettina Schelker, Swiss Singer/Songwriter, Women’s Boxing Champion, Teacher, and Activist

Ina Nicosia-Schelker, Professional basketball player, Teacher, and Activist

Ali Sands, Writer and activist

*Melissa Birch, Performer, Writer, and

On February 19th, 2009, KFAI celebrated Black History Month with a special day of Programing. If you missed any of these programs, you can now listen to all of the locally produced programs in the KFAI archives.

View All Black History Month 2009 programming from February 19th here:http://www.kfai.org/archive/02/19/2009