Chris Harwood

Production 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. 

Ways to Connect

St. Louis County, MN

KUMD talks with Andrea Larson, a social worker with St. Louis County's Children and Family Services Indian Child Welfare Unit.  She has been recognized by the Minnesota Indian Child Welfare (ICWA) Advisory Council with its first ever Social Worker Award.  The ICWA Advisory Council created the award as a way to also acknowledge the good work that is happening in ICWA here in Minnesota. 

Terresa and Jordan Moses / Duluth NAACP

Annie Dugan encourages us to get out to see great art this week, though you'll want to wear an extra few layers.

Today, the 2019 Twin Ports MLK Rally showcases artwork and posters for the event are designed by local artists Terresa and Jordan Moses.  

Tonight at the Zeitgesit Arts cafe Mezzanine is the opening reception of Patricia Lenz's Solitude, a collection of mixed media prints.

AICHO / Dabinoo 'Igan Domestic Violence Shelter

  [This episode of Journey to Wellness in Indian Country was originally aired on December 3, 2018, and was re-aired on December 31, 2018.] 

We speak with Shannon Larson, the Director of the Dabinoo 'Igan Domestic Violence Shelter (run by AICHO, the American Indian Community Housing Organization) about their move to a new, larger facility.

Christopher Harwood

Before yesterday it was looking to be one of the driest Decembers on record. However, yesterday's snowfall set a Northland record for that date.  Larry Weber talks about the snowfall, what will happen to it when it turns cold in the next 24 hours, and what the snow means for area wildlife, such as ruffed grouse, snowshoe hares, and tiny rodents.  The trees are particularly spectacular today.

Venus, Jupiter and Mercury are very closely aligned right now in the pre-dawn sky.  And on perihelion is coming up January 2, 2019, when the earth is closest to the sun in its annual orbit.

Fitzgerald in St. Paul / Univ. of Minnesota Press

MN Reads has a conversation with Dave Page, the author of F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota: The Writer and His Friends at Home, published by Fitzgerald in St. Paul and the University of Minnesota Press. 

Duluth Watershed
World Unity 9

Communities are gathering together to discuss what? Watersheds! On this weeks episode of the Sea Grant Files, our host Jesse Schomberg, discusses watersheds, how they affect the Duluth community, and why it is important to take care of them.

Stormy Lake Superior
Pete Markham

Biogeochemistry; what is it and how have Lake Superior's storms changed its water? Ellen Cooney, a PhD candidate in Water Resources Science at the University of Minnesota, discusses her research on this topic with our host Jesse Schomberg.

Matt Kania

Even though the weather this week is cloudy and grey, an abundance of art around us this week can brighten the day.  Annie Dugan reports on these events:

- Tonight (Monday, 12/3) from 5 to 7 pm at the Zeitgeist Atrium is the opening reception for plein air artist Matt Kania's exhibit "DOing: A Labor of Love," featuring oil paintings of artists and artisans doing the art or craft that they love.

Lake Superior
Ed Menendez

Jesse Schomberg and Tom Beery talk climate adaptation this week on the Sea Grant Files.

Duluth is facing three major climate challenges: warmer and wetter weather, losing the winter cold, and more frequent and high intensity storm events.

How do we combat these climate challenges and what does this mean for our community?

MN Sea Grant

watershed
USDA

What is a watershed and how do they contribute to flood efforts? Jesse Schomberg and John Bilotta, MN Sea Grant water resource management and policy extension educator, discuss watersheds and more, on this weeks episode of The Sea Grant Files.

MN Sea Grant

2 fishing boats in the water
Dennis Jarvis

October doesn't just bring cooler weather and fall colors - October is National Seafood Month! If you're a seafood lover like our host, Jesse Schomberg, you may have known this already. For those that didn't, the more you know!

This week on Sea Grant Files, we're talking about fish population and how the limit on commercial fishing has affected it.

MN Sea Grant

Algae Blooms
Ingrid Taylar

This week on Sea Grant Files host Jesse Schomberg invites Dr. Chris Filstrup, an MN Sea Grant inland lake specialist, to discuss Algae blooms.

Algae blooms are expected to become more common, more frequent, more severe, and more persistent. Why are they happening and can we prevent them, listen to learn more.

MN Sea Grant

UMD Land Lab / University of Minnesota Board of Regents

Dr. Randy Hanson, Director of the UMD Land Lab joins us to talk about the 2018 UMD Farm Fest, a celebration of community, food, art and the hard-work of our on-campus farm, happening this Sunday from 12 to 4 pm at the UMD Land Lab, aka the Sustainable Agriculture Project Farm.

www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign

In 2015, Minnesota had the third–highest reported number of human trafficking cases, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. St. Louis County Commissioner Beth Olson spoke to KUMD about her recent round table discussion with the head of the Blue Campaign from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as well as local agency leaders. 

KUMD's contributing producer JP Rennquist brings us story about Denfeld High School, the most diverse high school north of the Twin Cities and one of the most diverse schools in the state overall.

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