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Backyard Almanac: you mean they're not called "twirling helicopter thingies"?

" Samara." That's what they're called: samara. And of course, they're "a winged achene, a type of fruit in which a flattened wing of fibrous, papery tissue develops from the ovary wall. A samara is a simple dry fruit and indehiscent (not opening along a seam). The shape of a samara enables the wind to carry the seed farther away than regular seeds from the parent tree, and is thus a form of anemochory." And the Wikipedia entry goes on to say " A samara is sometimes called a key and is often...

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Mary Bue

9/12 Live from Studio A: Mary Bue

Since our last visit with this Minnesota native, she made the difficult decision to close her Twin Cities yoga studio in order to follow the pull of making music her full-time job. Bue assembled a new band to record her forthcoming album, The World is Your Lover . Her website describes the collection, due to be released early next year, as "power pop, piano dream waves, and layers and layers of shimmery 90’s influenced guitars." A lifelong seeker, Bue recently traveled to India, which led to...

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Green Visions: "Why educate yourself when no one is listening to the educated?"

Well, some people are listening to the educated. On Friday, all across the globe, young people (and others) will walk out of their schools and workplaces to "demand an end to the age of fossil fuels." Here in Duluth, the Climate Strike Rally will include young activists like Harbor City International School's Harper Glisczinski and Will Smith, and if you're wondering if this is just an excuse to skip school, or if they think their efforts will do any good, just listen to them.

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Forever Home 9/19

Sep 19, 2019


Acee is a 4 year old black lab who is just aiming to please. Acee is very friendly and loves attention. He loves to be around people and does fine with other dogs, but he does not care for cats. Acee is a dog who would be happy just lounging around and getting attention.


Toothless is a 10 week old black domestic short hair. He is a super friendly boy who loves to purr and play. He would make a great addition to any family.

Jos Wheeler

Emory Douglas is the guest lecturer in the kickoff to UMD's Visual Culture Lecture Series, tomorrow (September 17) at 5pm

Duluth Art Institute: Fall Opening Reception is Wednesday, (September 18) at 5pm and it celebrates the debut of three shows:

Jean: The inspiration behind the Birkenstein Arts Movement 

Minnesota Black Fine Art Show 

Claudia Faith: Family

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While I was at the hospital, my pager kept going off and I had to return multiple calls to patients, call in prescriptions, …and didn'’t get done with that until almost 11:30 PM.  I had to get up at 4:30 to catch my flight, go through security and check my luggage. 

KUMD Album Review: i,i

Sep 13, 2019
Bon Iver i,i
Bon Iver

Someone broke Justin Vernon’s heart in 2006. He recovered by holing up in a Wisconsin cabin for the winter where he wrote the Bon Iver debut album For Emma, Forever Ago. 

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UMD's Chris McIntosh is passionate about economics.

And the associate professor at the Labovitz School of Business and Economics starts to pique a person's interest when he starts talking about it.

Gender economics? Behavioural economics? Health care economics?  What's that all about?


As we enter the last weekend of summer, Larry says despite it being warmer and drier than usual, we're actually above normal, precipitation-wise, for the entire year thanks to this past week.

Go To Gigs 9/12

Sep 12, 2019
Katelyn Brinza from Jacob Mahon's Facebook

Actual Wolf, Silverback Colony

Country and folk

The Brewers Garage

Thursday, September 12 | 8pm | $7 


Honest Maude

Celebrate Fitger’s 20th anniversary and the release of Cherry Batch, Honest Maude is a trio that performs covers and original music

The Barrel Room

Friday, September 13 | 9pm | 21+

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The CDC said people might "consider refraining from using e-cigarette products."

The American Lung Association didn't mince words: "Do not use e-cigarettes."


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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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9/20 Reina del Cid at Prove Gallery

Sep 17, 2019
Reina del Cid

Reina del Cid's following has gone from the internet to venues all around the world.
"Del Cid teamed up with instrumentalists Toni Lindgren, Andrew Foreman, and Nate Babbs to develop a sophisticated sound with broad appeal, drawing in mixed crowds from jamheads to college students to white haired intelligentsia."
Be sure to welcome them back from their European tour on September 20th at Prove Gallery here in Duluth.

When: Friday, September 20 2019, 8pm - 8:30pm

Where: Prove Gallery, 21 N Lake Ave, Duluth MN 55802

Cactus Blossoms
Cactus Blossoms

The Cactus Blossoms – Minneapolis-based brothers Page Burkum and Jack Torrey – bring their original, yet classic harmonies to the Sacred Heart Music Center.

Their 2016 debut You’re Dreaming, a stunning and transporting collection of original songs, earned high praise from Rolling Stone and Vice Noisey. Now their unlikely rise continues with new album Easy Way, to be released on their own label Walkie Talkie Records.

Tune into KUMD this Wednesday to win tickets!

When: Saturday, September 21, 8pm-11pm

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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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