October 2013 MinneCulture Archives

The history behind St. Paul’s co-named streets

Travel around St Paul and you’ll notice that some of the streets have two names—the one that appears on maps, and a second, co-street name that honors an individual. Katie McWatt Avenue, Raskas Road, William Mahoney Street—these caught the eye of KFAI producer Bobbie Scott, who dug into some of the stories behind the street names. This documentary features an African-American woman and civil rights activist, a local rabbi involved with national issues, and a labor activist who became the mayor of St Paul during the Depression.

He was the spokesperson for the Jazz Age. A big drinker who enjoyed the high life. One-half of the golden couple of the Roaring ’20s. He was F. Scott Fitzgerald. And before the celebrity and success of “The Great Gatsby,” he was a St. Paul boy who dreamed of becomming a great American author. KFAI producer Britt Aamodt talks with noted Fitzgerald scholar Dave Page, and tours St. Paul with guide Ann Melhus in this audio documentary, This Side of Summit Avenue: Fitzgerald in the St. Paul Years.

MinneCulture presents youth poets from across the Twin Cities. The Capri Theater in North Minneapolis stages an open-mic event on the first Monday of every month. Recently, young people participating in the Brave New Voices international youth poetry tournament performed to a full house. Hear their passion and connect with this new generation of poets, coached by local poet/educator Guante, and hosted by hip-hop/spoken-word/community advocate Tish Jones of TruArtSpeaks. This program was produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow, and is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

It’s a fall pledge-drive edition of MinneCulture tonight, hosted by engineer Dave Rolf and Legacy producer Danny Sigelman. Tonight we hear shorts from our 10,000 Fresh Voices series, which air during the Morning Blend, Monday through Friday from 6-8am. Our features include video and filmmaker Phil Harder, aerial silk fitness and drumming robots. Thank you for supporting MinneCulture and KFAI—Twin Cities community radio!

Grant Cutler is a songwriter, producer and composer. His ethereal electronic music has garnered national acclaim, and this year he received a commission from the Minnesota State Arts Board for a three-­part composition. Here is Grant Cutler, performing at the Cedar Cultural Center in January 2012. Produced for KFAI by Tom Garneau. MinneCulture is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.