Jordan van der Hagen Interview on The Local

This week on The Local Malachy spoke with Jordan van der Hagen, who produces electronic music as Studio Kid. Listen to find out how Studio Kid draws inspiration from nature to make instrumental music, and about his latest project, the Lucent Lane EP.

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Journey to Wellness: what's not being taught in Minnesota schools

Live from Studio A: Sugar on the Roof

This old-timey trio features Hibbing's Megan Orwig Reynolds and Jefferson Reynolds plus Twin Ports fiddler Clancy Ward. They released their debut album, Hat Drop , back in February, featuring a lively mix of originals and retro covers. We found out more about that release and heard some tunes when they joined us for a session on July 28th. They performed the same evening for Glensheen's Concerts on the Pier.
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Astro Bob's Backyard Astronomy: got Milky Way?

Twenty days of haze. July 7 was the last clear night, unobscured by smoke from Canadian wildfires. The Perseid meteor shower is still a couple of weeks off, but in the meantime, Bob King says gather up your binoculars, your lawn chair, and your bug dope and head for the toolies where you can find a nice dark sky. The sit back and take in the Milky Way.

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Forever Home 7/29

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Animal Allies Humane Society is temporarily closed to visitors. Interested adopters are encouraged to make an appointment to visit the pet of their interest if they would like to adopt.


Hi potential loving home! My name is Gerbert and I am a brown and white tabby domestic shorthair kitten. I am playful, snuggly, curious, and looking for a home to help me grow into the best cat I can be! 


Minnesota Music Reviews: Kiss the Tiger

Jul 22, 2021

Kiss the Tiger makes “Vicious Kid” come alive

By Mark Nicklawske

Kiss the Tiger records sound great in a pair of headphones, but maybe the best place to hear their work is in a loud, dark bar room with hundreds of beer-soaked fans singing along to every glorious chorus.

Carrie Chesnik/Rights of Mississippi River

It was supposed to be a chance for scientists, Indigenous organizers and leaders, and a broad swath of regional decision-makers at all levels to come together and see first-hand what the drought is doing to the lakes and rivers in northern Minnesota.

At issue is Enbridge's recent request to take almost five billion gallons of water as they work their way across the state with the Line 3 pipeline replacement project.

And with the most widespread drought areas in the state in eight years, those five billion gallons are looking more and more significant.

Then, in the middle of the tour, attendees came across a group of Enbridge employees working to clean up a frac-out - a spill of drilling fluid - in a wetland.

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Grasshoppers and potato bugs will damage your flowers and vegetables, yes.  But leaf hoppers, despite their tiny size, are the malarial mosquitos of the plant world.

Leaf hoppers can carry the aster yellows bacteria, and once a plant is infected, there's no saving it.

Lisa Johnson

As we slip into those lazy, hazy, crazy days of mid-summer, there's plenty to see whether we take a sidewalk stroll or hike in a wilderness area.

Watch for photographers: they've either got a bead on a beautiful plant, bird, animal or insect, or they're like naturalist (and our special guest host) Judy Gibbs and they're doing their part as citizen scientists and documenting the spread of invasive species in our area.

And while we know Duluth is a great place to live, why does valerian think so, too?

Cat Coore Interview on Caribbean Roots

Jul 16, 2021
Five men standing next to each other in a band photo

In anticipation of the 2021 Bayfront Reggae Festival coming up on July 17, Caribbean Roots host David Woodward spoke with Cat Coore of Third World, who will be performing. The Jamaican band is one of the longest-running reggae bands of all time, forming in 1973.  Coore shares talks about his experiences as a founding member of the band and as part of Jamaica's reggae scene and how he's seen the music evolve.

Daniel Oyinloye is a Nigerian-Born creative who moved to Minnesota in 2003. He operates DanSan Creatives where he is a producer and filmmaker but has also started his own musical project Seyi Stories which performs at Glensheen's Music on the Pier the same evening as this interview.

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Phil Fitzpatrick and John Herold wanted people educated - and fired up to take action - about climate change.

They took an unconventional approach: engender action through ... poetry.

The folks concerned about rezoning a chunk of land off Vassar Street in the Woodland neighborhood aren't opposed to more housing going up;  they just aren't sure right above the Amity Creek watershed is the right place for it.


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Students-Get Involved with KUMD

Want to know more about getting involved in your campus radio station? KUMD has opportunities for on-air DJs (we'll train you!) and internships.

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The Bayfront Reggae and World Music Festival is back in Duluth with a lineup that includes Third World, Anthony B, Mr. Killa, Kranium, International Reggae All-Stars, Dynamq. and more July 17 at Bayfront.

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Twin Cities trio the New Standards features seasoned musicians Chan Poling (The Suburbs), John Munson (Trip Shakespeare, Semisonic) and Steve Roehm (Billy Goat) For 15 years the trio has been putting a jazz twist on popular tunes spanning the decades. Their annual Christmas shows have become legendary; with COVID-19 making a 2020 live show impossible, the trio instead released The New Standards Holiday Show Album, featuring a mix of classics and originals. Vibraphone player Roehm joined us virtually to talk about the album and share some tunes.

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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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