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"We're hoping for the 'aha' moment"

It's comfortable to believe that people who are homeless are somehow "other" than we are. At best, they're people with problems we don't have. At worst, they're just lazy and don't want to work.

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Woman in a red dress standing playing a red keyboard and singing into a microphone
Christine Dean for KUMD

4/10 Live From Studio A: Ann Kathryn

This Duluth singer/songwriter's powerful vocals were always a highlight of her previous bands, which included Lookdown Moon and Mayfly. In recent years she's struck out on her own, writing and performing her own songs on keyboard, her distinctive voice still at the forefront. She'll release her debut album on Friday, April 12 at Beaner's Central in Duluth; we'll got a preview when she and bassist/guitarist George Ellsworth joined us in the studio on April 10, 2019. Ann Kathryn on Facebook

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Karin Kraemer

Radio Gallery: Art for Earth Day

The Art for Earth Day Gallery Hop began 29 years ago in honor of the 20th anniversary of Earth Day. Everyone is invited to celebrate with earth-friendly and earth-honoring art, on Saturday April 20, from 10am-5pm in Duluth.

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The scope of Earth Day has expanded since the first observation April 22, 1070.

By USDA-ARS and Oregon State University (OSU) - USDA Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), Public Domain

When you choose to start putting things in the ground around here is all about managing your crops' expectations about what kinds of conditions they're going to find.

Which led to a conversation about hardiness zones and how they've changed (see the USDA 1990 v Arbor Day 2015 map comparisons below) ... and a book provocatively titled The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World  by Michael Pollan.

Implicit in the idea of "mental health" is that there is a state of "healthy" that individuals can eventually get back to.

But is that always the case?

How can mental health providers (still mostly white, in this country) provide better mental health care to people of color?  And can a person's challenges be separated from the cultural traumas of racism, discrimination, slavery and genocide?

Annie Dugan says in Canada, your doctor might write you a prescription to go look at art.

Prescription or not, you'll hardly be able to miss art this week.  49 years after the first Earth Day, 29 years after the first Art for Earth Day Gallery Hop, the Twin Ports continues its fine tradition of celebrating the natural world and the artists who remind us why we live here.


   “I remember your stories and I appreciate what you tried to teach me.  I wish I could have gone ricing with you and heard you knocking rice as the flocks of redwing blackbirds rose and fell by the thousands in the rice beds. I’ve thought about you sitting by the fire on cold February nights with the stars bright above you and the trees popping and snapping from the cold as you cooked your maple syrup.  I want to learn some of our songs and I always hoped you would teach them to me.”


The return of win-sprin (or "sprinter," if you like), snow, wind, thundersnow with hail ... it's April in the Northland.

Interested in phenology about phenology?  Here's what Larry was talking about last year at this time:

How do cultures change?

Biologist Richard Dawkins advanced the idea that the meme (from the Greeke mimema, meaning "imitated") could be thought of as a unit of cultural information spread by imitation, similar to biological genes.

But there are some problems with the so-called meme theory, and Alan C. Love and William Wimsatt have collected a diverse collection of ideas from a multitude of disciplines, looking at the ways in which cultures are learned, transmitted and evolve.

Carla Rodriguez

"Honestly tho...,"an exhibition about the revolutionary nature of vulnerability," opens this Friday, April 12 at Prøve Gallery in Duluth. This is a collective show, celebrating the power of intimacy, pleasure and physical body autonomy. 


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Rachael Kilgour joins us Live on Wednesday, April 24 at 2pm

How to Listen Live

We're currently experiencing a technical issue with our home page streaming player. The good news is that while we work on that, you still have several options for streaming KUMD online. Not sure which one to choose? Try the MP3 stream, which works well for many computers and devices.

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Homegrown Music Festival 4/28-5/5

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HomeGrown Music Festival

The Homegrown Music Festival is an annual community celebration of the original and diverse music of Duluth, Minn. and its surrounding communities. What started in 1999 with five acts has matured in its 20th year to an eight-day community-wide local music, arts and cultural extravaganza.

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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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