Maija Jenson

Program Director

Program Director Maija Jenson invites you to share your programming comments or to get involved at the station. KUMD thrives on your involvement, through member support, volunteer efforts and community participation.  Maija joined the KUMD team in 2008.  She is the host of the weekly arts program "Radio Gallery" and is one of the many staff, student and volunteer djs that make KUMD your community connection. She brings a lifetime of public radio listening, degrees in journalism and art and 15 years of public radio experience from KFAI, WHA, WSUM and KUMD.   Maija was raised in northern Minnesota by activist artist hippies with no TV but lots of public radio including the CBC, MPR and KAXE.  Besides music, radio, teaching and art, Maija enjoys an active life in the great outdoors with her family.    

Ways to Connect

The United Nation's World Water Day is coming up on March 22, 2018, a day to raise awareness of the finite nature of fresh water on earth.  MN Sea Grant suggests some ways you might celebrate this important day, this year with the theme, "Nature of Water." Listen for about how water and water shortages are affecting people worldwide and for ways you can raise your voice and a glass (of water) to celebrate World Water Day in your corner of the world.

  Minnesota Sea Grant

March is Women's History month and at the American Indian Community Housing Organization, they are celebrating in a big way.

This week on Student Views host Pavel Arkhipenkov shares the journey he began ago when he started this radio project on KUMD. The experience of bringing international student experiences to the air includes himself. Listen for more about Russian-born, UMD student, Pavel Arkhipenkov.

Naomi Christenson

Lakeside Gallery is celebrating fresh new work by local painter Naomi Christenson with a reception this Saturday, March 3, from 1-3 pm.  Christenson's work is often inspired by patterns in the natural world and although she has produced large scale work, a fresh look at lichen and fungi inspired her to paint these vibrant, miniature patterns on a smaller scale.

Be inspired by this local painter showing at Lakeside Gallery through the month of March. Lakeside Gallery is located in East Duluth at 4431 E Superior Street.

Sharon Mollerus

Today on The Sea Grant Files, hear more about Lake Superior's powerful waves, rip currents and how to navigate and enjoy the lake and it's beaches, safely. The surf in Duluth brings massive waves and dangerous rip currents and with Great Lakes drownings up last year, these tips on how to escape the grip of a rip current could save lives this summer.

Duluth has a flag system on Park Point beaches to alert swimmers of surf danger and rip current risks. 

Red Flag: High Waves or Strong Rip Currents - stay out of the water

Last month Adam Swanson opened a new show called “Art and Science” at the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe in Duluth.

“Art and Science” expands on his common threads of humans, animals and their coexistence in the world.  This new body of work brings in ideas of energy, sustainability, machines and how humans have the ability to change their impact in the world.  Swanson said “The more we learn about our surroundings, where we came from and who we are, the more likely we will thrive in a universe of endless possibilities.”

Pavel Arkhipenkov

This week, Student Views welcomes Dave Herrera and Lizzy Easter from the UMD Peer Sexual Health Educators program talking about program goals, the development of this critical education at UMD and importance and growth of bystander intervention. They also share who at UMD will receive bystander intervention training and why it is so important.

UMD Peer Health Educators

This week, The Sea Grant Files is all about rivers, the power of rain, raging rivers, and the power of high water. Host, Jesse Schomberg, talks with Karen Gran, Fluvial Geomorphologist and Associate Professor with the University of Minnesota Duluth's Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences who shares specific and helpful local information about damage and safety surrounding the power of water.

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Jane Wunrow, a St. Paul-based artist, opens her solo exhibit “Waking Dreams” on Friday, February 16,with a reception happening 7-10 p.m.  “Waking Dreams” will be on view at Prove Gallery in Duluth February 16-March 17, 2018.

Craig Minowa of Cloud Cult joined us to talk about his latest projects as a film soundtrack composer as well as their upcoming show at Lutsen. Minowa has led the eclectic experimental band Cloud Cult since they formed in Duluth in 1995, and with recent orchestral film projects, the band has discovered new audiences and new venues.  Cloud Cult released an album and film the Seeker in 2016 and recently Minowa has scored the soundtrack to "The Great Alone" a documentary about sled dog musher Lance Maki

Maija Jenson

This month the Duluth Art Institute is showing their Annual DAI Member show, where members who participate in this Duluth organization are invited to show a piece of their own art. 

Tia Salmela Keobounpheng

Former Duluthian Tia Salmela Keobounpheng opens a new exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute on Thursday, January 11 called "100 days: Tia Keobounpheng."  

Today on The Sea Grant Files, Minnesota Sea Grant Director, Dr. John Downing, joins us to share the importance of Federal Sea Grant funding, coastal science, and other areas of water research that affect our community. Hurrican preparedness, food fish aquaculture, and other areas of study that affect millions of people are all under the umbrella of Sea Grant.

The Local host Marv in the Mix welcomes Reed Benjamin to the show this weekend to talk about his latest project "Life Finds a Way" and the upcoming tour stop in Duluth.  A founding member of the Minneapolis-based  hip-hop Mill City Collective, Benjamin talks about his roots, inspirations and future aspirations. 

Kyle Krohn

This year, the annual Beargrease Photo Contest and exhibition has expanded and is on display in Duluth during the race.  This year the exhibition includes water colors, photos and more to come.  Each year the call goes out and the hardy sled dog marathon fans, artists, professional and amateur and photographers submit their best work.

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