On this week’s True Brit!, our genial host Simon Husbands welcomes Kevin Bowe – singer, songwriter, producer, teacher, all round great guy. Kevin has worked with some legendary names including The Replacements and and his songs have been included on Grammy nominated records – so join Kevin as he opens up about music, love and life. Friday night at midnight!
When he was just five years old, Massoud Amin saw how electricity transformed the lives of poor villagers in Iran, and that’s when he decided he wanted to become an engineer.
He is now Professor Massoud Amin of the Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Amin has been called “The Father of the Smart Grid” and is considered a world leader when it comes to thinking about the future of energy. He is the author or co-author of more than 190 research papers and the editor of seven collections of manuscripts, and serves on the editorial boards of six academic journals.
At Washington University, students voted him Professor of the Year three times.
This coming Monday night, from 8 to 10 pm, KFAI’s Sangam program will feature Professor Massoud Amin in a panel discussion (interspersed with music) about Technology Management, covering some key points:
Why Technology Management is critical.
Its impact in today’s world.
How to participate in Technology Management.
Dr. Amin was recently chosen to give the keynote speech at the Energy Thought Summit in Austin Texas – a gathering of the world’s thought leaders regarding the state and the future of energy.
Join SANGAM hosts Mukhtar Thakur and Ahmed Naumann with distinguished University of Minnesota Professor Massoud Amin this Monday night from 8 to 10 pm, online at KFAI.org and in the Twin Cities at 90.3 FM and 106.7 FM.
The Campus Kitchen at Augsburg College works to make healthy food accessible in and around the Cedar Riverside Neighborhood. Augsburg staff, students, and community members work to provide for basic needs, create opportunities for service learning, leadership development, and genuine engagement between the college and the community. Recently, Alison Green and Hannah Thiry of Augsburg college came to KFAI to speak with Rico Morales on The Morning Blend.
Young people who have been in and out of the foster care system too often wind up homeless, or in prison, or in a situation where there is no security and they don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Their life stories are often overlooked.
On the evening of April 12 in St. Paul, a group of performers will get a chance to tell those stories in a theatrical piece called “Fostering Voice”.
The event is a fundraiser for an organization called The Irreducible Grace Foundation.
It will take place at Park Square Theater in downtown St. Paul. One of the directors of the play, Jan Mandell, and intern Mariana Morgan-Sawyer visited the KFAI program Soul Tools Radio, where they talked with host Toki Wright about the cast and the mission of “Fostering Voice”.
On this weeks episode, your mercurial host Simon Husbands welcomes to the studio Mr. Leslie Rich, singer songwriter from Belfast in Northern Ireland!
Leslie grew up in Belfast in the 70’s, when it was the norm to have soldiers patrolling the streets and to be searched by a heavily armed police force just to go shopping downtown. In 1989, he started to put his teenage frustrations and beliefs to music and after scarring his mum’s guitar for a few months, he finally got one of my own and started performing. Apparently he’s still at it, although the things he write about now are a little more grown up. He’s been very lucky to have performed with almost all of his musical idols and to have released a bunch of music on his own and with some great bands like The Rocket Soul Choir, A Little Of The Ready and Hounds Of Finn. He moved to Minnesota in 2004 and considers it his home.
Find out more about Leslie – Friday night at midnight!
When access to a traditional library isn’t convenient, a Hudson-based not-for-profit offers a solution: Little Free Libraries. United by the organization Little Free Library, over 25,000 donation-based libraries have sprouted in neighborhoods throughout the world. Residents or local organizations can build their own little free library or order pre-fab libraries from LFL. Then local residents stock and swap books as they please, all for free. According to LFL’s data, the average library is visited 150 times per month. KFAI’s Ryan Dawes speaks with Kris Huson from LFL to talk more about the milestones LFL has achieved over the past five years.
LFL celebrates its 5th Anniversary Sunday, March 29th, 6-9pm, with a “Big Little Party” at the Minneapolis Central Library in downtown Minneapolis, featuring a mixed media program by NPR storyteller Kevin Kling, a preview of The Little Free Library Book by Minneapolis author Margret Aldrich, and a performance by Brass Messengers.
Photo credit: LittleFreeLibrary.org
KFAI has a rich selection of programs that are only heard online – our web shows represent the developing sound of the station as new producers and DJ’s find their voices.
In the hours leading up to the beginning of our Spring Membership Drive for 2015 (at 6am Saturday, March 14), we’ll showcase two of our web-only programs.
At 2 am, listen for Below The Waste as hosts Mason and Ben pursue their declared mission: “For over two years we’ve sought to embrace the terrible and sublime with equal affection.”
And at 4 am, DJ Takara and DJ Lady Em will bring you Versed Radio, with quality music drawn from a broad background.
The show is rooted in hip hop from the early to the golden era to the current, with more – including R&B, neo-soul, dancehall, reggae, Latin, electronic and spoken word.
And the DJ’s have special guests for this broadcast debut — their moms!
We’re calling it KFAI’s Web Show Showcase, leading up to the launch of our Spring Membership Drive!
White Castle might not be the first place you think of as a vegetarian paradise, but the chain has joined some others in the fast food business by offering a burger-type option for those who don’t eat animals. The Veggie Slider comes in at less than a dollar, and has the look and feel of the love-em-or-hate-em, standard issue, White Castle hamburger. Jamie Richardson is vice president of White Castle. He talked with KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh on the Morning Blend.
The Bell Museum of Natural History has partnered with Audubon Minnesota for an exhibit that illustrates the impact buildings have on bird populations. In the exhibit, photographer and Audubon volunteer Miranda Brandon has collected the bodies of birds that have died as a result of building collisions in the Twin Cities, then photographed them in striking and violent poses, suggesting the moment of impact. The fragility of individual birds and the diversity of species affected are illuminated by the exhibit.
“Impact: Birds in the Human-Built World” is on display through April 19 at the Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota. KFAI’s Ryan Dawes spoke with Joanna Eckles from Audubon Minnesota about the exhibit and how humans can make buildings safer for birds.
Image: Courtesy of the Bell Museum of Natural History