Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Women's Words on March 2, 2014 featured Mary Casanova of Ranier, Minnesota, an award-winning author of more than thirty children's and young adult books. This week she reads an excerpt from her book Frozen, the story of a young woman's struggle to regain both her physical and spiritual voice.

3/2 Women's Words: Mary Casanova

We talked with author Kathleen Jesme, about her book of poems. Albedo is a collection of tricksters from Anton Mesmer to the inexplicable gods of Ovid. Jesme acknowledges a landscape of "dormancy for the duration" with poems that confront multiple mournings.

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2/27 MN Reads: "Albedo" by Kathleen Jesme

This week our Radio Gallery guest shares her passion for painting outdoors, summer, fall and yes, winter. Local artist Michelle Wegeler packs her pastels up and heads out into the great outdoors, even with all this snow.

2/26 Radio Gallery: Michelle Wegler

Women's Words on February 23rd, 2014, featured an encore airing of Katharine Johnson reading an excerpt from her work, The Wind and the Drum.

2/23 Women's Words: Katharine Johnson

Katharine Johnson is a retired teacher and Media Center Director from Cloquet High School. Her love of research and writing fills her time now--as well as traveling with her husband to see family and grandchildren.

The art of Kristen Pless, professor of photography at UMD, is the topic of Radio Gallery this week. Kristen Pless joins us to talk about her new show opening at the Duluth Art Institute Thursday February 20th.

2/19 Radio Gallery: Kristen Pless

We talked with author Jeff Tucker about his book, Warmed by Windchill. It's a memoir about the nine-month-old colt found frozen to the ground in a northern Wisconsin pasture - and the worldwide response to his story

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2/20 MN Reads: "Warmed By Windchill: A Tiny Colt's Fight For Life" by Jeffrey Tucker

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa, Larry Amik Smallwood talks with host Erik Redix about the Ojibwe views on winter activities, and also explores rites observed by Ojibwe at the end of life.


2/17 Ojibwe Stories - Gaganoonididaa: End-of-Life Rituals

Women's Words on February 16, 2014 featured Amy Clark reading her short story, "The Lake Effect," a reflection on a northbound drive into Duluth.

2/16 Women's Words: Amy Clark

An interview with author Sue Leaf about her book A Love Affair with Birds: The Life of Thomas Sadler Roberts, the first full biography of Thomas Sadler Roberts. Roberts is considered the father of Minnesota ornithology. His life story opens a window on a lost world of nature and conservation in the state's early days.

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Local artist Emma Rustin joins us on Radio Gallery as curator and contributor to the upcoming "My Funny Valentine" show opening Friday at Washington Gallery in Duluth.

2/12 Radio Gallery: My Funny Valentine

Women's Words on February 9th, 2014 featured an encore airing of Erin O'Daniel reading her short story, "Frida Kahlo Is Duluth."

2/9 Women's Words: Erin O'Daniel

This week on Radio Gallery, ceramic artist and founder/owner of Snoodle Ceramic Studio talks about the 8th Annual LOVE at the Snoodle Gallery Exhibition, opening this Saturday at 5pm.

2/5 Radio Gallery: Tonya Borgeson

We talked with author and historian Penny Peterson, about her book "Minneapolis Madams: The Lost History of Prostitution on the Riverfront." Peterson looks at the nineteenth-century ecosystem of brothels and streetwalkers with a keen eye for political hypocrisy, sexual double standards,racial prejudice, and gender-driven economics.

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Women's Words congratulates Sue Sojourner who is a Minnesota Book Award finalist in the Memoir & Creative Nonfiction category for her book Thunder of Freedom: Black Leadership and the Transformation of 1960s Mississippi. Here is an encore airing of her reading an excerpt from this book in February 2013.

2/2 Women's Words: Sue Sojourner

We'll talk with author Mark Anthony Rolo, an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, about his book, "My Mother is Now Earth."

With an innocent and sometimes brutal child's view, Rolo recounts stories of a woman who battles poverty, depression, her abusive husband, and isolation through the long northern Minnesota winters, and of himself, her son, who struggles at school, wrestles with his Ojibwe identity and how he comes to understand his mother's fight to live with dignity, not despair.