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Backyard Almanac: "spiders are excellent parents"

Larry Weber says he can accept the warmer-than-usual temperatures of the past week, but he's having trouble accepting the precipitation totals - less than a third of normal so far this month. Plus the wide range of plants, birds and animals that are just getting started with the spring thing ... and who's already on their way back south. And here's some Phenology phenology: what we were talking about last year at this time:

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Christine Dean

7/17 Live From Studio A: David Huckfelt

A member of The Pines, Huckfelt recently released his first solo album, 'Stranger Angels'. It was the culmination of spending two isolated weeks as an Artist in Residence for the National Park Service on Isle Royale. He drew in friends ranging from Dave Simonett of Trampled by Turtles to Amelia Meath of Sylvan Esso to record the album. Huckfelt performs as part of the Water is Life Festival happening on Sunday, July 21 at Bayfront Festival Park. He joined us in the studio to talk about the...

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Maija Jenson

Green Visions: "So, they didn't answer your question." "Correct."

This week, Duluth mayor Emily Larson, the Duluth City Council, and the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Administration Board (CSB)

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Annie Dugan is intrigued by things like the tension between acrylic and enamel paints ... but audiences may be more curious about the tension generated when a father-in-law (DeWitt) and his son-in-law (Webster) generate an art show together.

Martin DeWitt and Andrew Webster's exhibit reception is tonight (July 15). 


Duluth's Dr. Mary Owen, an Alaska Native and the head of UMD's Center of American Indian and Minority Health, isn't encouraged by the news from her friends and relatives in Juneau these days.  

Ruth Hartnup

Today, July 12, Larry Weber recounts how July in full swing with hot weather with less then desirable rainfall.  However, big summertime storms can bring rainfall measurements back in line in just a few hours.

This time of year is good for wildflowers, berries, birds, insects which means lots of spiders, and beautiful spider webs.  In July we also are in butterfly, moth and dragonfly season.

Other highlights include and of course great Jupiter viewing and plentiful fireflies.

Go To Gigs 7/11

Jul 11, 2019
Kiah Breidenbach


Acoustic Ingeborg von Agassiz

Melodic acoustic

The Barrel Room

Saturday, July 13 | 7pm | 21+

Elour, Telulra Bass, Geoffrey Fischbein*

Powerful and energetic “Femm Rock”


Thursday, July 11 | 8pm | $5 | 18+

Greentop, Wyatt Moran, Mint Vintage, Paul Cerar*

Some pop punk, garage, and generally upbeat jams


Friday, July 12 | 8:30pm | $5 | 18+

Painting of a woman
Zamara Cuyun

The closing reception and artists' talk for "Long Night of the Floating Shell" happens tonight 6:00-7:30 at the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center, at AICHO in downtown Duluth.  Jonathan Thunder joins us to share insight into his current work, recent collaborations and the evolution of his work. 

This is your last chance to catch "Long Night of the Floating Shell" which shares contemporary Indigenous art by Jonathan Thunder with roots in the Red Lake Nation and Zamara Cuyún of Minneapolis, with roots in the Maya Highlands of Guatemala.

Today we share an encore edition of MN Reads with Minnesota author Sarah Stonich.  Stonich lives in Minneapolis and writes novels about northern Minnesota.

Her books are great summer reading and include "Vacationland, "Shelter" and her 2018 release, Laurentian Divide, published by the University of Minnesota Press.

Sarah Stonich Books

Mali is a black tortoiseshell domestic short hair who is 2 years old. Mali is a sweet and playful gal who has a lot of energy! She would love to go to a home that can give her lots of attention and playtime. 

Leah Lemm at our Ampers partner station Northern Community Radio follows storyteller Rose Arrowsmith Decoux to a 2nd grade classroom in Grand Marais.  Arrowsmith is a writer and storyteller and here, shares her journey as a storyteller and her path to Grand Marais where she is an instructor at North House Folk School.

Rose Arrowsmith Decoux

Tone Lanzillo

Tone Lanzillo re-thought pretty much his whole life over the last three years or so ...

The former mental health worker decided to downsize and relocate his life so he could find a community in which he could make a difference.

But no one was as surprised as he to see his two-week stay in Duluth turn into a permanent gig.


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Bayfront Reggae and World Music Festival 7/20

May 19, 2019
Bayfront Reggae & World Music Fest
Bayfront Reggae & World Music Fest

The 14th annual Reggae and World Music Festival will feature artists including Ky-mani Marley who celebrates cultural equality through their music. Food trucks and vendors available during the day.
Gates open at 11 am, the concert will be held rain or shine.


Water Is Life Festival 7/21-7/22

Apr 18, 2019

The 7th Annual Water Not Oil Tour kicks off with the Water is Life Festival, to protect Minnesota’s water (nibi) at Bayfront Festival Park on Lake Superior on July 21st.

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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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