Public Affairs

Grassroots Feminism

Mar 2, 2017
Beth Bartlett

UMD Women Studies Professor Beth Bartlett sat down with former Women's Music Show host Sally Larson to talk about her book "Making Waves: Grassroots Feminism in Duluth and Superior."

"The Women's Music Show: women's voices and women's song" is a long running community-hosted program on KUMD every Sunday 1-5pm.

For Women's History Month KUMD celebrates Minnesota women using their strength to empower us all. Today we honor the contributions of, Nina Rothchild; founder Minnesota Women’s Consortium.


Noreen Robbins Johnson

As the grandchild of an engineer on the Great Northern Railroad, I always thought the engineer ran the train.

Ken Buehler begs to differ.

The train enthusiast joins us to talk about what he calls "one of the most fun volunteer opportunities in Duluth," and why he will be keeping it a secret from his father. 

Forever Home 3/2

Mar 2, 2017

Mischief | Animal Allies

Mischief is a brown and white tabby domestic short hair who is 6 years old. She came to us from a previous home and is now looking for her new loving home! Mischief is a calm and gentle cat who enjoys playing with toy mice and lattice balls, and receiving attention on her own terms. Mischief is said to get along with other cats and older kids.

Church | Animal Allies

Tamara Smith, USFWS [via Flickr]

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we have conversation with Obizaan  [Lee  Staples], a spiritual advisor for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and Chato Gonzalez, Obizaan's apprentice and translator.  They talk with us today about healthy tribal organizations & leadership.

Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa is produced by KUMD and the Department of American Indian Studies at UMD, with funding provided in part by the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, and by The Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

No one teaches you how to respond to a grieving friend.

People mean well, but sometimes the words hurt more than they help.

After three deaths on campus so far this year shook the campus community, over 200 students crowded into the Kirby Student Center lounge today for a special UMD PAWS event, where they could share whatever they were feeling with over a dozen dogs ... none of whom offered any more comment than a sympathetic slurp or two.

KUMD celebrates Women's History Month with a daily post about women in Minnesota whose work paves the way to equity. The Nineteenth Amendment; establishing a women’s right to vote in the US.


Three student deaths on campus so far this year  have left the UMD community shocked and saddened.

In an effort to help with the healing, UMD PAWS (Pet Away Worry and Stress) will be holding a special event Wednesday, March 1 from 11am to 1pm in the Kirby Student Center.

City of Duluth

Duluth's Comprehensive Land Use Plan was adopted 11 years ago by the City of Duluth  to put forth future considerations for land development, utility infrastructure, transportation, and parks and trails.

It took Cheryl Reitan over a year and three copies of the book to finish Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race.

Forever Home 2/22

Feb 23, 2017

Dinozzo | Contented Critters

Dinozzo is a 1 year old American Bulldog. He was rescued off a euthanasia list. He is a affectionate, playful guy who just wants a chance at a family of his own.

Junior | The Sanctuary

Aimee Bandelin‎

The forecast says it will be sunny and 27 on Saturday.

For many people, the prospect of a ten mile hike, carrying a loaded pack and dressed only in long underwear would be, well ... depressing.

But for the Nearly Naked Ruck Marchers, the weight  they carry (a contribution of $10 equals one pound), represents the weight they carry in the battle against post-traumatic stress.

NASA/Bill Ingalls

It's not that the teachers at Lincoln Park's new middle school are locked away in their ivory towers.

It's just that the brand-new building is at the end of a mile-long uphill drive.  And it's not on the city bus route.

That means for some parents of Lincoln Park students, many of whom don't have cars, getting to school for parent-teacher conferences or other activities can be a challenge.

Courtesy Vince Rock

Remember hearing about doctors making house calls?

People living on the Leech Lake reservation don't always have transportation to get to one of the seven community clinics.  And it's a big place.  Composed of 972 square miles (and a fourth of that is water) and eleven communities spread out over parts of four counties, the tribe found a solution:  don't just bring a doctor to people living in remote areas, bring the entire clinic.

Minnesota Lt. Governor Tina Smith is in Duluth today, talking economic development with business leaders.

But she took some time to talk with KUMD's Maija Jenson about the budget surplus and the Governor's proposals with regard to higher education.

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