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

Gina Tuzzi

What are Plys?  Skateboard decks; made from multiple thin plys of wood.  This week on Radio Gallery the show's organizer Taylor Kline of Prove Gallery explains the exciting and innovative annual art event Plys with Purpose.  Artists from Duluth and around the world participate each year to support local efforts to build a skate park for Duluth youth.  Over 30 different piece of original graphic and fine art will be up for grabs this Friday.

This Week on Minnesota Native News, we recognized the 50th anniversary of the historic tribal boycott of businesses in Bemidji, Minnesota.  In 1966, leaders at the Red Lake Reservation led a boycott after inflammatory remarks were made publicly in a radio broadcast.  Catch Minnesota Native News on KUMD on Sunday mornings at 7am and Monday afternoons at 4pm. 

Minnesota Native News is compiled and created by Ampers: Diverse Radio for Minnesota Communities, an umbrella group for independent, public, educational and tribal radio stations in Minnesota.

The Alworth Insitute for International Studies at UMD presents The Brexit Revolutions” a lecture presented by Alworth Institute International Associate and former director Dr. William Henderson.

Adam Hinterthuer

This week on The Sea Grant Files we hear about the causes, threats and tracking of blue-green algae blooms.  On the heels of a large algae bloom in Lake Superior last summer,  there is a new App launched called bloomWatch, that  you can use to report sightings of Cyanobacteria algae blooms and be a part of future scientific research helping to understand  harmful patterns.  

Check it out

bloomWatch App

Maria Cristina Tavera

The Tweed Museum of Art at UMD opened a new exhibit of prints this week Un-Typing Casta, an exploration of Latinx (Latina/Latino) identity.  Minneapolis artist, curator, and activist Maria Cristina Tavera brings this show to Duluth in collaboration with UMD Assistant Professor of Art History Dr. Jamie Ratliff. Listen to Radio Gallery for our conversation with Tavera about the uncovering, understanding and deconstructing of stereotypes and racism of Mexican-American culture. 

Minnesota Native News

Nov 2, 2016
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This week Minnesota Native News shares an interview with a Lakota college student about his personal efforts creating a supply drive for the Standing Rock camp, plus UMN discusses questions of tribal sovereignty and a new multi-media art event in Minneapolis focuses on Native identities.  Catch Minnesota Native News on KUMD on Sunday mornings at 7am and Monday afternoons at 4pm. 

Minnesota Native News is compiled and created by Ampers: Diverse Radio for Minnesota Communities, an umbrella group for independent, public, educational and tribal radio stations in Minnesota. 

Frank Palmer

Saturday November 12 is the opening reception for St1tch: Red, a quilt and textile arts show at the Red Herring Lounge.  These are not your grandmother's quilts.  The show holds its own in the art world, sharing ideas, social commentary and a passion within the ever expanding world of machine quilting, using mixed media and recycled materials.  Spearheaded by local artist Scott Lunt and Karen McTavish of McTavish Quilting Studio, participating  artists include:

Grand Marias Art Colony

This week  I thought we might take a road trip up the North Shore to see what’s happening at the Grand Marais Art Colony. On Friday Oct 28 it's the the Annual Member show and on November 10 the Art Colony co-sponsors the Annual Empty Bowl fundraiser to combat hunger in Cook County. Also up through November 13th is the exhibit from the September Grand Marais Plein Air Painting Festival.  We share stories from this years judge and Minnesota plein air painter Dan Weimer.  Check out the Grand Marais Art Colony if you are up the shore, there is always something worth checking out.

smithsonian magazine

Minnesota Sea Grant celebrates 50 years of the National Sea Grant organization and the early instigators like Athelstan Spilhaus in this week's episode of The Sea Grant Files.  Listen to the time-capsule that has brought us 50 years of scientific water research and environmental leadership in the Great Lakes region based here in Duluth. Since 1966 "Sea Grant has supported graduate education through grants and fellowships, helping America's top graduates prepare for careers in coastal science and policy." ~National Sea Grant website.

@lowtheband

KUMD is a proud sponsor of Low: Remixing Shakespeare at Karpeles Manuscript Library, a concert with original music by Low, performed as a live score to silent film adaptations of "The Tempest" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Congratulations to all the KUMD listeners who won tickets ~ enjoy the show!

The Tweed Museum of Art is hosting The Folger Library 400 year Anniversary tour of Shakespeare's First Folio this month and we all have one more week to see it on display here in Duluth.  The first folio will move  out on Wednesday October 26 but the accompanying shows will continue through the year.  

Local radio theater drama "Take It With You," celebrates Halloween with murder!  From the end of last season we pick up the story where Cherry is found murdered.  Then what? Tune in to KUMD Saturday night at 10 for this one-hour griping tale from the (haunted according to some) tavern of Take it With You. 

The next live show will be performed and recorded on Tuesday October 18 at 7:30 pm at The Underground in Duluth.

Take it With You

Sue Rauschenfels

This week on Radio Gallery we head downtown Duluth to share some very friendly watercolor paintings, up at the Lake Superior Bakehouse for October. The work of local artist Sue Rauschenfels brings whimsy and warmth to images of a perfect Duluth day like the farmers market, Park Point and friends in the rain.  She also has a selection at work up at The Vanilla Bean in Two Harbors. Rauschenfels talks about finding inspiration and how knew she found her medium when she first tried watercolor.  

Philip Hoffman

Is there a doctor in the house?  Yes, in fact Lake Superior has been undergoing a health check.  This week The Sea Grant Files welcomes Dr. Michael Sierszen, Research Ecologist with the United States EPA's Mid-Continent Ecology Division talks about the past month of research. Dr. Sierszen spent a large part of September aboard the EPA’s research vessel "Lake Guardian." To get the story behind the research we invited him to the studio so we can ask… “What on Earth were you doing out there?”

MN Sea Grant

Brent Kustermann

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

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