Turn up the heat. Your pledge gets us closer to $33K

Make your pledge now and help us eliminate or shorten the KUMD Fall Membership Drive. We have done it before. As soon as we hit $33,000, the fundraiser is over. Every pledge at any level gets us closer to our goal!
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Backyard Almanac - last year at this time

Larry Weber almost never takes a vacation ... so when he requested a little time off, we dug into the archives for this program from October 2, 2015. Have a listen to find out what it was like last year at this time! Larry says we had the third warmest September on record ... and that's good news for late season wildflowers like the New England Aster.
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9/20 Live from Studio A: Charlie Parr, Matt Sowell, and Michael Wohl

Parr hosted a night of American Primitive guitar at the Red Herring featuring guitarists Matt Sowell, a Philadelphia native now living in Minneapolis, and Michael Wohl from Seattle. We heard some great guitar talk and live tunes on September 20, 2016 when the trio joined us in the studio.
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KUMD’s Lisa Johnson Receives a Minnesota Journalism Award for Reporting on Suicide

On September 23, 2016, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) announced KUMD’s Lisa Johnson as the winner in the Journalism Award Program for Excellence in Reporting on Suicide in the state of Minnesota.
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Forever Home 9/29

Sep 29, 2016

Banks | Contented Critters

Banks is a 6 year old male Shepherd/Beagle mix. Banks is a very friendly easy going guy who seems to like everyone. He is a handsome guy who would really love to have a family of his very own.

Rascal (bonded) | Animal Allies

Frank Ocean | Blonde

Four years, one month and ten days, that’s how long it took for Frank Ocean to ride back in on his melodic wave. The channel widened and the color orange gave way to the golden tresses that form Blonde, Frank Ocean’s long-awaited sophomore album.

Dr. Marcos Algara-Siller doesn't mess around.

He's an environmental engineer at the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi in Mexico, and he's teaching a class on sustainability communication for environmental scientists - from Mexico - with Dr. David Syring of UMD's Anthropology department.

Brent Kustermann

The Duluth Art Institute opened 3 new shows this month in the Morrison and Steffl Galleries.

Emily Baxter/We Are All Criminals

We've all been there. 

People of a certain age laughing with our friends about our wilder days and the things we got away with.

But those "wild oats" don't define us; don't move through our lives with us or in front of us, telling landlords or employers who we are, years - even decades - after the incident.

At least, they don't for most of us, as long as we're not homeless or mentally ill or living in poverty.  Or a person of color.

How would your life be different if it was defined by a single act - indefinitely?

National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Is it true?  Are there stupid questions?

Annie Dugan says no, and encourages folks to ask theirs this week when the three artists with solo shows currently on view at the Duluth Art Institute host - not an artist talk, exactly - more of an art "meandering conversation" on Wednesday.


Maybe no one saw it coming. 

Maybe no one connected the dots between an increase in prescribing pain medications to addiction to the search for a lower cost, easier to access replacement.

Maybe no one figured that replacement would be heroin.

Maybe no one saw every chemical dependency treatment program in Minnesota "completely overwhelmed," with waiting lists of six weeks or more.

Maybe no one saw an epidemic where sufferers might not even live that long.

KUMD's Audrey Summers has the story.

KUMD is proud to present Black Market Brass and Big Wave Dave & The Ripples on Friday, September 23 at the Red Herring Lounge. 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 // The Red Herring Lounge
DOORS 8PM // MUSIC 9PM //  Tickets at redherringlounge.com

WIN TICKETS // Monday and Tuesday during Music Through the Day, and Wednesday during The Local

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A thousand hawks migrating over Hawk Ridge, the leaves changing color - those are signs of the season that are easy to see.  But Larry Weber says if you're paying attention, you can find things like eyelash fungus on downed logs and something called pinwheel fungus that he's seen sprout out of a single pine needle!

Gary Norman

Classically trained pianist and performer David Saffert glitters as the titular character in a la Liberace at UWS this week.

Information about showtimes and tickets can be found here:


Shakespeare: First Folio in Duluth

KUMD is excited to celebrate Shakespeare during the Folger's First Folio Tour at UMD

KUMD Events

The 2nd annual UMD Entrepreneurship Conference is completely student run. The Conference offers a wide range of speakers from local small business owners to CEOs. Tom Hanson of Duluth Grill will be sharing insight on the restaurant industry, and Greg Benson, CEO of Loll Designs will be presenting a keynote speech. 

Workshops on how to start a small business and the legal side to starting a business are also offered. The Conference takes place on Tuesday October 18th in UMD's Kirby Ballroom from 8:00am until 7:00pm.

We are proud to partner with the UMD Alumni Association and the Duluth Area YMCA to bring you the UMD Alumni Rolling Greens Homecoming Carnival. The family-friendly event will have music curated by KUMD DJ's, carnival games, a bouncy house, hotdogs and more! It takes place behind Malosky stadium after the homecoming parade (which is on-campus this year!) and before the football game from 11:30am until 12:30pm. Stop by and say hi!

October 15 | 11:30–12:30

The 4th annual BradtoberFest Run/Rawk/Crawl will take place in Duluth on Sunday, October 2nd. The celebration connects Duluth's craft beer, music, and running communities, offering samples, live performances, and a traverse across the city to local breweries and venues! And it's for a good cause! The proceeds will support programs such as the Duluth Music Resource Center and Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation's scholarship, fellowship, and other charitable programs to benefit young musicians.

Registration begins at 11am at Bent Paddle Brewery. See you there!

More KUMD Events

KUMD Event Photos

Check out photos of Trampled By Turtles at Bayfront and more!