Photo: Host Ron Thums, Guest Dennis Scholl, Editor Oscar Santana
A few months ago we heard about the St. Paul Knight Arts Challenge, a program of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to spark some new ideas about using the arts to enrich the diversity and cultural vibrancy of Minnesota’s capital city.
It's true! KFAI hosts are some of the most passionate and knowledgeable people bringing music to your ears today; they do it all night long every night! Tonight you can hear classic garage rock and post-punk guitar forces trade chords with the jumping beats of early and contemporary ska producers. Our hosts have no one but listeners helping create their playlists and they're as adventurous as the artists themselves.
Last week, a Minnesota resident was awarded one of this year’s Macarthur Fellowships, otherwise known as “Genius Grants.”
The winner is William Mitchell College of Law professor Sarah Deer, who drew the attention of the Foundation for her work pursuing justice for native women by expanding the powers of tribal governments.
Professor Deer is a member of Oklahoma’s Muscogee tribe.
Temple Grandin may be the most famous person in American with autism.
Grandin is well known for her design of humane handling systems for cattle processing. She consults with the meat industry and has been given awards by PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
It's been known to happen all over the air during a pledge drive…a sudden freestyle battle erupts, a live blues duo trades phrases of "pledge now"…Sherry Minnick picks up her guitar for a spontaneous tune like she did this afternoon with David Cummings. KFAI's Fall membership drive inspires the best in us all!