Sometimes you need to take a step back. After achieving notoriety and success as a digital media artist, Paul Chan abruptly left the art world in 2009 when he hit “peak screen.” That time off allowed the artist to reimagine his focus and direction. In the exhibition, “Breathers,” on view at the Walker Art Center before it travels across the country, you can see Chan’s work that he has created since returning to making art.
KFAI’s Sheila Regan spoke with Chan about his experience, and how it resonates today in the wake of a global pandemic. Paul Chan: Breathers is on display at the Walker Art Center through July 16, 2023.
KFAI BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR January 30, 2023
This month’s meeting of the Fresh Air, Inc. Board of Directors will be held on Monday, January 30, 2023, at 7:00 p.m.
Important note: This month’s meeting will be held virtually. Participants can take part online or by phone. Above and below the agenda is the registration link for Monday’s Zoom meeting. You must pre-register to attend the meeting–this is to protect our public meeting.
Originally aired January 17, 2022.
Liz and Carolyn Hays open the show discussing A Girlhood, Hays’s ode to her transgender daughter.
After the break, the team revisits an interview with Michael Bazzett from the release of his translation of the Popol Vuh.
Write On! Radio – Carolyn Hays + Michael Bazzett Write On! Radio
Originally aired January 10, 2023.
Josh opens the show with Dacher Keltner, Berkeley psychologist and author of Awe: the New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life.
After the break, MollieRae welcomes Kelly Barnhill, whose new work When Women Were Dragons combines sci-fi and feminism in a midcentury setting.
Write On! Radio – Dacher Keltner + Kelly Barnhill Write On! Radio
With its haunting call, its distinctive black and white plumage, and its intense, almost otherworldly red eyes, the Common Loon is an icon of northern Minnesota wilderness. But some researchers believe future generations of the beloved bird in this region may be in jeopardy. A recent study in Wisconsin showed some worrying trends. Chicks are getting smaller, their survival rates are lower, and loons that migrate as juveniles are returning to their birthplace at low rates. Scientists in Canada have simultaneously noticed some of the same trends across the country. Now, there’s a concentrated research effort by the National Loon Center in Minnesota to find out whether the same declines are present there.
While scientists are at the helm of this work, ordinary people with a love for the loons provide passion–and power. People like Captain Starr Bockenthien, who takes groups of visitors out on the water in Crosslake, Minnesota, to catch a glimpse of the enigmatic bird. For her, the loons have provided calm and happiness. And her enthusiasm is infectious. “It is refreshing every day,” she said. “Every day is a new day with the loons. ”Bockenthien hopes if people catch her passion for the loons, they’ll also be motivated to protect them. In this episode of the MinneCulture podcast, Emily Haavik talks to scientists and bird-lovers about their efforts to protect the common loon.
Photo credit: Pam Hickman. Hickman volunteers for Birds Canada, observing the loons on Elbow Lake, attached to Sharbot Lake, about 120 kilometers southwest of Ottawa.
Historians have argued that the history of America can be told through the history of meat. The meat industry was often the first to innovate and make use of modern technologies: from the railroad and refrigerated cars to meat packing plants’ dis-assembly lines that inspired Henry Ford’s assembly line. This is especially true for Minnesota. The University of Minnesota was the first university to specialize in meat studies with the opening of the Andrew Boss Meat Lab. South Saint Paul’s stockyards and meat packing plants were once the largest in the world. In the past hundred and fifty years, Minnesota, meat, and the world changed.
In the season 7 premiere of the MinneCulture podcast, reporter Matthew Schneeman traces how Minnesota changed the meat industry and changed meat itself. He also examines the ways that immigrant labor has been used to power the meat industry since the 20th century. This story starts by looking at people’s different responses to a slaughtered chicken. Gross? Clean? Delicious? Horrifying? Listen on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.