April 2012 10,000 Fresh Voices Archives

The basement of Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) houses the Hennepin Medical History Center—a tiny, two-gallery museum filled to the rafters with old nurses uniforms, medical technology and history dating back to the 1800s. KFAI producer Britt Aamodt tours the collection.

The tale of Paul Bunyan and friends has captivated Minnesotans for more than 100 years. Statues of the lumberjack pepper the state, in towns of Ackley, Brainerd, Bloomington and Jenkins. To understand the lure of Paul, KFAI producer Susan Gray spoke to Bemdji residents, which is home of the country’s first roadside statue of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.

The Twin Cities have the most theater seats per capita than any other U.S. city, except for New York. Amidst Minneapolis-St. Paul’s wide spectrum of theatrical styles, Theatre Pro Rata offers a unique approach to putting on plays. Led by founder and artistic director Carin Bratlie for the past 11 years, the troupe offers unique and thoughtful productions.

Tim O’Keefe has been playing music in Duluth and the Twin Cities since the 1970s. What began as a musical journey on harmonica has led to vast knowledge of hand-drumming styles originating in the Middle East, Africa and South America.

Tish Jones is the Community Engagement Director for the St Paul Almanac, and Executive Director of TruArtSpeaks. She began performing at age 14, and today the 24-year-old poet and spoken-word artist has a body of work that focuses on the rhythmic and lyrical content of words.