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New play portrays tension and conflict between somali immigrants and african americans

Mar 26, 2004

A new play at the Children's Theatre Company portrays the tension and occasional conflict between Somali immigrants and African Americans. "Snapshot Silhouette" examines this cultural clash through the eyes of two 12-year-old girls, one Somali, one African American.

Long Prairie radio program for Latinos

Mar 18, 2004

Minnesota boasts about a dozen Spanish language radio programs. Those programs serve the nearly 30,000 Minnesota Latinos who, according to recent census figures, say they don't speak English well or at all. But not many Spanish language programs broadcast in rural towns.

Chang-rae Lee on new novel "Aloft"

Mar 12, 2004

Jerry Battle, the central character in Chang-rae Lee's new novel "Aloft," loves to fly alone. It's the way Jerry gets away from his problems, and he's got a lot of those. He's nearing 60, and neither his dad, nor his grown children are doing well. His long-term girlfriend left him.

"Playing the Black Piano" - Minnesota poet Bill Holm talks about his newest collected work

Mar 10, 2004

The cafe in town, the disorientation of travel and the power of music are all part of Minnesota poet Bill Holm's newest collected work.


Feb 26, 2004

Hour 2 of Midday: Robert Janssen is one of Minnesota's best known birders. The 71-year-old Chanhassen resident is an author and co-author of several books about birds, including Birds In Minnesota. Janssen is the former president of the Minnesota Ornithologists Union.

A young composer has turned sounds of the Duluth Harbor into music

Feb 10, 2004

Most people who visit Duluth spend some time sight-seeing on the waterfront. But the sounds of the harbor can be just as inspiring as the sights. A young composer has turned those sounds into music. Mainstreet Radio's Stephanie Hemphill reports.

Dale Warland up for a Grammy

Feb 6, 2004

The song "Walden Revisited" from the CD "Walden Pond" by the Dale Warland Singers has been nominated for a Grammy in the Best Choral Performance category. The Grammy's will be given out on Sunday.

Musicians record songs inspired by email spam

Dec 31, 2003

Enhance your engergy. Mortgage rates hit rock bottom. Get your valium online.  We're all painfully familiar with these kinds of spammer come-on lines.  Rather than stew about spam, a group of independent musicians, the band 15-16 Puzzle, recorded songs based on spam subject lines.

Artist rebuilds Babylon

Dec 30, 2003

Sculptor Aldo Moroni thinks big. Really big. His latest project sets out to chronicle the development of Western Civilization. He's building --- and rebuilding --- the ancient city of Babylon in his Northeast Minneapolis studio.

Artsmart and the Calgary Flames hockey team have joined forces to create a ticket package

Dec 29, 2003

It's generally assumed that sports fans rarely attend arts events and vice versa. In Calgary, Alberta, they're trying to disprove that assumption.

The final installment in the Merry Happy Lyric contest winners: in the "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" category, Joe Muldoon of Minneapolis, was one of two winners

Dec 24, 2003

Throughout the first part of December, Minnesota Public Radio has asked listeners to join in the spirit of the season by setting new lyrics to old holiday tunes. The entries were judged and winners have been chosen.