Backyard Almanac: February takes itself seriously as a winter month

It seems we're at sixes and sevens these days. Beginning Sunday, our sunrises begin before 7:00am - 14 days later they bounce back to just before 6:00am.

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Tender Ness

2/12 Live From Studio A: Tender Ness

Duluth musician Peter Witrak performed his own blend of Brazilian-inflected jazz/lounge under the name Tender Ness. He released an album in 2016 and, rumor has it, is working on a new EP. We found out more when he and his band joined us in the studio on February 12th. They performed a Valentine's Day show on February 14th with Superior Siren at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth. Tender Ness
Sacred Heart Music Center

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Puppies: PentaxianK1ii/Flickr, Plants: Markus Spiske/Unsplash

Tips for Hardy Gardeners: the miracle of life but cheaper and less messy

If you want to share the miracle of life with your kids, you don't need to let them watch the birth of puppies or kittens. You can get them set up to watch brand new seeds sprouting quickly and inexpensively - and tiny plant shoots don't claw the couch!

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Forever Home 2/20

Feb 20, 2020
Forever Home Pets
Forever Home Pets


Annabeth is a black and tan German Shepherd mix who is 5 years old. She came to Animal Allies as a stray from Duluth Animal Services and is now looking for her new loving home! Annabeth is a bouncy loving girl who enjoys cuddles and ear rubs. This big girl wants to be a lap dog, and curl up on a comfy bed at the end of a day full of love and snuggles.


Rainy City/Flickr

Where have all the flowers gone? sang Pete Seeger.

Girls have picked them, every one...

  Yes, but did you know they were eating them?

Art on the Edges: Non-Conformists and Spirituality

Tomorrow (February 18) from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm at the Tweed Museum of Art

The Duluth Public Library might be closed today (President's Day) but it's in hyperdrive through the end of the month and well into March.

There are three art events this week alone:

KUMD Album Review: uknowwhatimsayin¿

Feb 14, 2020
Danny Brown
Danny Brown uknowwhatimsayin

uknowwhatimsayin¿ is the 7th studio album from Detroit rapper, Danny Brown. The rapper is known for his distinct voice, energetic delivery, and provocative lyrics. With eleven tracks running just 33 minutes, this album is like a strong espresso shot of rap. With his energetic, infectious personality and bright ad libs, Brown delivers an album that is anything but boring. 

JLS Photography Alaska/Flickr

Forever Home 2/13

Feb 13, 2020
Copyright Ivy Vainio. Used with permission.

Refineries, paper mills, wastewater plants, lumber companies, paint factories, steel furnaces, and meat-packing plants all lined the St. Louis River Estuary at one point, and, before it was illegal to do so, dumped their waste directly into the river.

Full Moon over Lake Superior
Bob King

The only good thing about nights where the air temperature is -20 and the wind chill is worse is that you can be pretty sure the skies will be clear for star-gazing.

Venus, Mars and the "precious" nature of night vision this week on Astro Bob's Backyard Astronomy.

*Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Artisan Networking at Hoops

Hosted by Superior Artisans and Hoops Brewing

Tomorrow, Tuesday 2/11, from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

KUMD Album Review: Kiwanuka

Feb 7, 2020

Michael Kiwanuka - Kiwanuka

The album Kiwanuka is a triumphant return for the British singer/songwriter of the same name, first release since 2016’s, Love and Hate.


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Let's Talk MN
Let's Talk MN

KUMD is a proud sponsor of the Mental Health Action Concert presented by LET’S TALK MN. 

The concert will feature Cloud Cult with special guest Ingeborg von Agassiz and will take place at the NorShor Theatre on Saturday, April 25th. 

Chicago based Wilco returns to Duluth, MN on Tue March 10th in the DECC’s Symphony Hall in support of their latest studio album, ODE TO JOY featuring 11 new songs.  Jeff Tweedy and company will be lively and fresh for their second show of their 2020 North American tour.

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KUMD has two new podcasts!

KUMD has two new podcasts! Subscribe to In the Spirit of Medicine and The Simple Plate in Apple Podcasts or Google Play and never miss an episode.

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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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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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