May 2012 10,000 Fresh Voices Archives

X-ray and CAT-scan machines are part of today’s medical landscape, but have you heard of the Orgone Energy Accumulator? Psychograph? Or Prostate Gland-Warmer? The Minnesota Science Museum houses a collection of dubious medical devices, but were these really designed to work?

Punk Rawk Labs is a Minneapolis-based company specializing in living cuisine. Owner Alissa Barthel graduated with the inaugural class of the Matthew Kenney Academy, a culinary facility that specializes in raw food cuisine, then started her own line of products. In addition to her food business, Alissa writes a blog and produces an online “uncooking” show.

Guante is a spoken word and hip-hop artist, progressive activist, and educator from St. Paul. He curates the “Hip Hop Against Homophobia” concert series, taking his message to high schools, colleges and stages around the region.

Lila Ammons grew up in Chicago—one of the hotbeds of American music. Trained in classical music, she was never far from her family roots in jazz. Her uncle Gene was a jazz player, and her grandfather Albert Ammons was one of the great boogie woogie piano players of the 1930s. Since 2010, Lila has been jazzing up the Twin Cities music scene with the Lila Ammons Jazz Quintet. KFAI’s Britt Aamodt talks to Ammons and saxophonist Dean Brewington.

In Minnesota, many of the blonde, blue-eyed models we see reflect our Scandinavian culture, but today’s community is significantly more diverse. KFAI producer Will Wright met with local professionals to get their views on how much, or how little, women of color are represented in the fashion industry.

Since the 1950s, Tibetans have fled their homeland for safer havens in India, Nepal and Bhutan, as well as Europe and North America. Currently the Twin Cities has the second largest Tibetan community in the United States. KFAI’s Dan Greenwood spoke to Thupten Dadak, a former Tibetan monk who has played an instrumental role in helping Tibetans resettle in Minnesota.

The Twin Cities is recognized nationally for its strong youth media programs. “Our Turn” started as a public access TV show in 1993, produced by Phillips Community Television. Two decades later, PCTV partnered with Intermedia Arts to incorporate new media technologies that include online video production. KFAI producer Michelle Alimoradi visits El Colegio School in south Minneapolis to talk to students about the “Our Turn” program

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask theater holds its annual May Day parade and festival the first Sunday in May in the Powderhorn neighborhood. Honoring the earth and community with art and pageantry, this is the 38th year of the festival.

While most kids are playing video games on televisions, cell phones and computers, one Minneapolis youth is focused on a board game that is centuries old. DJ Hooker Jr has been playing chess since he was two-years-old, and the South High School student recently took top honors at the National High School Chess Championship.

Zumba is an exhilarating fitness routine that promotes joyful, healthy living. The workout feels like a dance party, combining Latin music with calorie-burning moves. Since its inception in 2001, Zumba has grown to become the world’s largest dance fitness program. More than 12 million people of various ages, shapes and sizes take classes at 110,000 locations in 125 countries. Producer Cyn Collins speaks with Twin Cities instructor Bernice Arias who’s been teaching Zumba since 2006.

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