Liz opens the show by welcoming Eric M. Johnson on air to discuss his new novel, Whenever a Happy Thing Falls, which follows a young literature student forced by his father into the seedy world of elite investment banking.
After the break, the Write On Gang revisits a favorite legacy interview with Tana French, Dublin’s internationally legendary thriller author.
Write On! Radio – Eric M. Johnson + Tana French Write On! Radio
This week, we will hear from Chris Banks, President and CEO of Autism Society of America, and Ellie Wilson, Executive Director for Minnesota Autism Society. The topic is Autism Acceptance Month, inclusion and the Celebrate Differences campaign.
Disability and Progress – April 8, 2020 – Autism Acceptance Month Disability and Progress
Ian starts off the show, joined by writer John Medieros, by diving into a conversation about the pandemic that swept the world before COVID: the HIV-AIDS crisis. Medeiros and his identical twin brother participated in a gene therapy study in which the HIV-positive twin was infused with billions of genes from the HIV-negative twin, as detailed in his memoir, Self, Divided.
After the break, Liz brings out her music chops and welcomes Bill Schnee on air to discuss his fascinating experiences doing audio production and engineering for such brilliant minds as John Lennon and Ringo, Whitney Houston, Barbara Streisand, and many more. These magic yarns and more can be found in his new book Chairman at the Board.
Write On! Radio – John Medieros + Bill Schnee Write On! Radio
WOR’s poetry powerhouse, Dave, opens the show by bringing Patrick Cabello Hansel to discuss his newest collection, Quitting Time, which delivers a meaningful family story spanning from the Great Depression through the World Wars and beyond in powerful verse.
After the break, Liz re-connects with local music-writing legend Jim Walsh to discuss his newest work of nonfiction, Fear and Loving in South Minneapolis, reflecting on life in the wake of loss, Minnesota music and culture, and the infinite simple joy of a warm afternoon at the Harriet Rose Garden.
Write On! Radio – Patrick Cabello Hansel + Jim Walsh Write On! Radio
Please enjoy this special segment in celebration of International Trans Day of Visibility.
The segment features three public health leaders in a discussion about what this day means to them, how their communities have come together during the COVID-19 global pandemic,why the COVID-19 vaccination matters to them, the complex realities LGBTQIA+ folks have endured within the health care system, their hope for the future, and more.
Shor Salkas (they/them, or their name) is the Health Equity Planner & Program Manager with the Minnesota Department of Health. In this role, Shor develops initiatives to improve diversity, inclusion, and health equity through facilitation and policy assessment. Shor’s work centers on racial justice, health equity, LGBTQ issues, and other core competencies of inclusion strategies within the Minnesota Department of Health and beyond.
Nathalie Crowley (she/her) is the Associate Executive Director at Family Tree Clinic, a regional leader in LGBTQ health care, evidence-based comprehensive sex education, and culturally responsive care. Over the last 18 years, Nathalie has used her experience working in healthcare systems as a queer and trans woman of color to educate medical providers and increase access to quality wellness care for trans people living in Minnesota.
Reneka Evans (she/her, they/them) is a proud African American-Transgender member of the LGBTQAI+ community with a focus on achieving Health Equity by eliminating disparities and improving the health of all communities. She comes to you with 23 years of experience working in Community Health. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Art from Metropolitan State University and specializes in event development and outreach programming.She has created, developed, and implement the first transgender award ceremony in Minnesota (Transgender Stellar Awards).
Today, she works with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to act as a bridge to close the gap between community liaison and COVID-19 response work.
In her personal time, she loves playing with her puppy “Tangee” and beading dresses when time allows. Her appearance on KFAI is a part of her life’s and work goals: to fight tirelessly against COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS until they no longer exist!
Opening and closing musical tracks by Shea Diamond, an American singer, songwriter, and transgender rights activist. You can find out more about her here.
This is the second episode in this set of 1-hour re-broadcasts. All of these sounds that you’ll be hearing were originally broadcast in October and November of 1988, somewhere in the middle of the night. During this period, I was making lots of background audio tapes of radios and TV flipping from channel to channel. Enjoying the static and fragmented dialogs along with pieces of popular mass media bouncing source to source. A lot of this was noise, sometimes very sweet noise, sometimes not. I would use these as sound beds, layering more and more into them, like a visual collage.