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Backyard Almanac: An old record still stands

Naturalist, author and educator Larry Weber, always a keen observer of what is, acknowledges an important anniversary.

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Christine Dean for KUMD

6/19 Live from Studio A: Kyle Ollah

Listen to our sessions with this young Duluth musician, known for his unvarnished solo folk performances, his fiddle playing at traditional dances, his occasional collaborations with Charlie Parr, and his work with local band Yester. He'll release his first full-length solo album of American folk songs at Amazing Grace on Saturday, June 23. He joined us on June 19, 2018 to talk about the album and share some tunes. Live from Studio A on KUMD is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural...

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MN Reads: Michael Schumacher, The Contest: The 1968 Election and the War for America's Soul

Our guest on this episode of MN Reads is Michael Schumacher, the author of The Contest: The 1968 Election and the War for America's Soul , published in 2018 by the University of Minnesota Press.

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Nate Ryan

Christine Dean of KUMD had a chance to talk with Gary Louris of Minnesota band the Jayhawks on June 29, 2018. They discussed what it was like for the Jayhawks to work as the backing band for Ray Davies of the Kinks on two of his recent albums, Americana and Our Country. Louris also talked about the

Jayhawks' next release, Back Roads and Abandoned Motels, which features tunes he co-wrote with and for other bands as well as a couple of all-new songs.

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Larry Weber joins us for Backyard Almanac from the road, returning from a spider convention in Michigan.

UMD theater professor Tom Isbell was a darling of television producer Burt Metcalf (M*A*S*H) and went on to work in movies with the likes of Anne Bancroft and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Then he left a career most young actors can only dream of ... because of an earthquake.

Seriously?

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Andrew Resler for KUMD

New Power Generation (NPG) was Prince's backing band for many years. Members of that group reunited in 2017 and have been performing shows billed as Celebrating Prince. They'll be bringing that show to the Big Top Chautauqua on Saturday, July 7, and band members stopped by Studio A to chat with Christine Dean. Guitarist Levi Seacer, an original NPG member, keyboardist and musical director Morris Hayes, who worked with Prince on and off for 20 years, and the band's new, young vocalist MacKenzie, talked about working with Prince and the new project.

Maija Jenson

CHOICE Unlimited has partnered with St. Louis County to share a new public art project, a beautiful Lake Superior mural.  We hear from contributing artist Cody and Maria Brown, the lead artist of the recently installed mural. With the participation of over a dozen artists, the Lake Superior shore scene was developed by committee and created one piece at a time by those involved in the ARTS program at CHOICE Unlimited.

MN Reads: Savory Sweet

Jun 28, 2018
University of Minnesota Press and Mette Nielsen

What do you do with another pile of beets form your CSA?

Forever Home 6/28

Jun 28, 2018

  Slate

Slate is a blue American Staffordshire Terrier who 1 year old. He came to us as a stray and is now looking for his new loving home! Slate can be a little shy at first, but you can quickly win him over with gentle pets and walks! This smart guy already knows the commands for sit and come, and is said to de well with kids. Slate would prefer to be the only dog in home so he can have all the cuddles to himself!

This weekend is the Free Range Film Festival held each year at the Food Farm's Wrenshall Barn.  Films will be shown Friday night starting at 7 p.m. and Saturday beginning at 2 p.m.

As always the festival is comprised of independent shorts and some not so short films by regional and national filmmakers. This year's schedule has 25 films ranging from 2  to 95 minutes.

Duluth AmeriCorp volunteer Alayna Johnson has been working to bring recycling and composting to summer events at Duluth parks.  Creating low-waste events her focus and is a matter of providing proper receptacles along with good signage and education. You can volunteer this summer as a part of the effort where trash talking is encouraging composting at the Chester Creek Concert Series.  

Learn more about participating in Trash Talking at Chester Creek

Friends of Sax-Zim Bog

Up north at the Sax-Zim Bog, much to the surprise of some, complete strangers may come stollong through their front yard, with binoculars or fancy cameras. This has become the daily norm for some Northern Minnesotans and their famous bird feeders. From the edge of the Sax-Zim bog in Forbes, Minnesota, Ryan Dawes reports.

Plan your visit to the Sax Zim Bog

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KUMD Live from Studio A Volume 1

KUMD is pleased to announce the release of Live from Studio A Volume 1 , a collection of 16 tracks recorded in our studios over the past several years.

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Interview with Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls

Tune in Thursday, July 19, at 12pm to hear KUMD's Maija Jenson chat with Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls .

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