Northland Morning

Monday-Friday 6-9am

A mix of music to get you a great start on your day, plus fun features and interviews with a local perspective.

Weekly Schedule
6:08am | (M—F) 90 Second Naturalist
6:32am | Stardate
7:00am | (M) Minnesota Native News; (T—F) MN 90
7:08am | Earth Wise
7:32am | For the Birds with Laura Erickson
7:45am |(Th) Forever Home
8:00am | (M) Journey to Wellness/In the Spirit of Medicine; (T-F) Community Interviews
8:20am |
>> (M) Where's Art?
>> (T) Tips for Hardy Gardeners | The Sea Grant Files | Astro Bob's Backyard Astronomy (summer)
>> (W) Green Visions
>> (Th) MN Reads
>> (F) Backyard Almanac
8:40am | National Native News

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Pop culture is doing its part to bring the climate change conversation to our couches.

Network shows like NBC's New Amsterdam show characters grappling with things like carbon footprints and medical waste,  not to mention what increased frequency of severe weather and wildfires could mean to places like hospitals.

Phil Fitzpatrick is the co-founder of Climate Emergency Poetry, and he's a little skeptical of turning over a serious conversation to a TV show, worried it might be played for laughs or trivialized at a time when there is no room for either.

Splurge on a gorgeous hanging basket or colorful container of flowers ... but keep it inside for a few more days.

Plan your vegetable garden ... but wait a little longer to actually plant it.

Have flowers and vegetables and surround yourself with the outdoors of your dreams ... but make a little space for the critters and insects and "weeds" that share it with you.

It's all about the finding the balance.

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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Rob Levine/Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy

The Minnesota Supreme Court's decision to  rescind PolyMet's permit to mine in essence, returned both mining and environmental advocates to their respective corners - but both are claiming victory.

PolyMet is hoping they can avoid hearings on the "upstream" mine waste dam and its majority owner, Glencore.

But environmentalists, who have found problems with additional project permits since 2018 are hoping this is a good place to stop, reassess and ask the hard question: Can this project move ahead legally at all?

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The Climate Emergency Poetry Series' next event is May 16, and this, the eighth iteration, is the "out-of-towners" edition. 

Co-founder (with John Herold) Phil Fitzpatrick says he hopes participants and/or audience members get start "their own climate gig" in their communities" whatever it takes to get folks paying attention - and thinking.

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The weirdness of gravity (and you could jump higher on the moon),  and a chance to see bits and pieces of Halley's Comet tonight!

Plus Venus and Saturn return to the evening sky.

Sabishī/Flickr

If Larry has one piece of advice as April warms into May, it's: take a walk.  Every. Single. Day.

Freelance illustrator and University of Minnesota instructor John Owens didn't grow up heading to the Boundary Waters every summer, but once he went, he was hooked.

John Owens talked about how different artists capture inspiration, the fragility of stepping outside your comfort zone, and how you know when you have something good, this week on MN Reads.

John also mentioned a "teachable companion" to his book and you can find it here.

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