Chris Harwood

Production Director / Interim Program Director

Chris Harwood grew up in Duluth, and as a high school student he was a volunteer announcer at KUMD.  He received a BA in Music from Macalester College in 1993, and an MA in Musicology from Columbia University in 2004.  Upon returning to Duluth in 2006, he resumed volunteering as the host of Blues Alley until 2013.  As a volunteer, he also created and continues to host Soul Village since it began in early 2009.

Now also employed as KUMD's Production Director, Chris oversees the creation of pre-recorded announcements and many other on-air programs, including Women's Words and Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa.  On the air, he can be heard regularly on Music Through the Day on Mondays and Tuesdays, on Soul Village on Friday afternoons, and occasionally hosts Northland Morning as well. 

Chris is a musician, a music historian, and an avid record collector.  He has worked as an audio engineer, an arranger, and a record producer.  In the mid-1990s Chris was the Music Coordinator for A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.  He has also worked for BMI, The Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, and worked behind the scenes for many musicals and concerts in New York City. 

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Bob King

The forest fire smoke from Canada that has enveloped our region with haze in the last several days has made for colorful sunrises and sunsets (and reddish moonlight as well), but it has also limited the ability to stargaze. Bob King remarked that, the other night (which was cloudless but hazy), he could only count six stars in the night sky.  

Kirsten Aune

Kirsten Aune Textiles will host a fashion show on Saturday, July 17th, featuring apparel made from Aune's hand-printed fabrics, paired with shoes crafted by Candace Lacrosse of Hemlocks Leatherworks and earrings crafted by Hattie Peterson of Tumbled Hearts Design.

Bernard DuPont [via Flickr]

Summer solstice is two days away. Whereas nine years ago during the summer solstice the region was literally flooding with record rainfall, this June rainfall totals are at less than one-half inch so far -- two inches below normal. Many bird fledglings are emerging, and some lake frogs are calling and beginning to mate. Some butterfly species are making their first appearance for the year.

Among other wildflowers that you can see, the Minnesota state flower, the pink lady's slipper, is in bloom. And berry season is beginning as well!

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KUMD's Chris Harwood speaks with Eric Dregni, author of For the Love of Cod: A Father and Son's Search for Norwegian Happiness published in 2021 by Univ of Minnesota Press.

Eric and his wife lived in Norway for a year, and during that time his son was born. Eric and his son return fifteen years later to find answers to why Norway and other Scandinavian countries are considered among the happiest places to live.

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KUMD's Chris Harwood speaks with Phyllis Root, co-author of Begin with a Bee, a children's book written in collaboration with Liza Ketchum and Jacqueline Briggs Martin, published in 2021 by University of Minnesota Press. The illustrations were created by Claudia McGhehee.

Dave & Margie Hill/Kleerup (via Flickr)

Jenna Soleo Shanks, Assistant Professor of Theater History at UMD, grew up surrounded by her Italian American family on Long Island. Later in life when she studied the language further and traveled to Italy for research, she marveled at the dialectical variations from region to region - and even town to town - across the Apennine Peninsula. Despite these differences, she notes that Italians as a whole passionately savor their language.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Two weeks ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began to dredge contaminated sediment out of Howards Bay in Superior, Wisconsin.

Baby Cakes Wild Rice Bakery/Savage Girls Salads

There are countless ways people have learned to cook with wild rice - in soups, salads, hotdishes, and so on. Other than using it as added ingredient in breads, however, not as many have tried baking with wild rice. KUMD's Chris Harwood speaks with mother and daughter Leah and Delilah Savage, co-owners of Baby Cakes Wild Rice Bakery and Savage Girls Salads.

Chris Harwood

Tom Kasper says it's not too late to plant your garden, but also acknowledges the reality of May (and even June) frosts can damage some annual plants, so one might consider waiting as well.  

Joyce la Porte [courtesy of Springboard for the Arts]

Annie Dugan let's us know about a few great reasons to celebrate art this week:

AICHO's American Indian Community Housing Organization Arts Program has been designated as a Regional Cultural Treasure by the McKnight Foundation, for its ongoing work to honor "the resiliency of Indigenous people by strengthening communities and centering Indigenous values [and providing] a year-round space within Gimaajii-Mino-Bimaadizim for Indigenous artists to showcase and sell their work."

Great Lakes Academy of Fine Art

Annie talks about a few events this week, some virtual, some in person (with masks, of course) and some that are either. These include:

- online artists workshops offered by Springboard for the Arts in media preservation and e-commerce, 

- an in-person exhibition of the art of graduating studetns of Great Lakes Adcademny of Fine Art, and

Andrew Michael Nathan [via Flickr]

"Dr. Vainio, I'm so glad you were there," she said.

It is often during critical events in healthcare that medical students learn from their mentors.

Plant Image Library [Via Flickr]

Early spring leaves are beginning to emerge, but the forest floor wildflowers are soaking up as much sun as they can before being shaded by the leaf canopy. Warblers are beginning to return north in search of caterpillars, their spring food source, but the early leaf growth may cause caterpillars to cocoon before the warblers arrive. And a notable lack of rain yet in May has put the Northland back into a fire hazard condition.

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Jason Quick

Annie Dugan lets us know about several snow sculptures that have been created on several sidewalks and parking lots in the Lincoln Park Craft District as part of the Duluth Winter Festival in Lincoln Park.