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Kwame McDonald

Kwame McDonald













Kwame McDonald, was born James Cornell McDonald in Madison Wisconsin. McDonald, coined as “The Godfather” of the sports community, was a prominent sports writer, mentor, adviser, teacher, journalist and organizer of youth programs. He studied political science at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, where he met Mary Palmer, the teacher he married in 1956. In 1961, he came to Minnesota to run the state's Commission Against Discrimination, working with Gov. Elmer L. Andersen and Attorney General Walter Mondale. McDonald made a pilgrimage to Africa, studying and teaching at the University of Ghana. It was there that he changed his name to Kwame, Ghanaian for “born on Sunday.” One of McDonalds highlights in his career was his role in the development of the annual Inner-City All-Star Classic in 1994, a showcase for high school boy’s basketball players in the Twin Cities metro area. McDonald died October 26, 2011...He was 80.

Suddenly, I Could Not Catch a Breath

Suddenly, I Could Not Catch a Breath

Pat, who is going on 107 years old, says she was surprised that her difficulty breathing was caused by a heart problem, not her lungs.


Minnesota Announces Additional Support to Farmers and Food Producers

Minnesota Announces Additional Support to Farmers and Food Producers

The $7.7 million plan, funded through the federal CARES Act, will support those in the agricultural business, who are struggling due to market disruptions and need to purchase equipment and supplies necessary during the pandemic, according to state officials,


Boozhoo Nana Boozhoo: A prayer in Ojibwe

Boozhoo Nana Boozhoo: A prayer in Ojibwe

Today on Boozhoo Nana Boozhoo we learn how to say a prayer to Gichi-manidoo, the great spirit. Nana Boozhoo teaches us a prayer in Ojibwe that can be used to give thanks for the weather, the snow, this day, my life and more!


Assistant to the Art Forger

Assistant to the Art Forger

In 1969, Mark Forgy left his home in Golden Valley, Minnesota, to travel Europe. He had no idea that would lead him to a job with the 20th century’s most notorious art forger and a cameo in a new Orson Welles documentary.


The Song Poet

The Song Poet

Bee Vang didn’t think anyone would be interested in his story—that of a Hmong refugee working in a Minnesota factory. But his daughter proved him wrong. Britt Aamodt looks at Kao Kalia Yang’s 2017 memoir The Song Poet.


Gretchen Carlson’s Bombshell

Gretchen Carlson’s Bombshell

When Gretchen Carlson settled her lawsuit with Fox in 2016—she also signed a non-disclosure agreement, which prevented her from talking about CEO Roger Ailes’ sexual harassment. But in 2019, two films told the story for her. Here’s Britt Aamodt.


Bernard Herrmann Writes an Opera

Bernard Herrmann Writes an Opera

Bernard Herrmann was famous—as a film composer. But by 1948, he only wanted to work on his opera, which he did in Minneapolis, the home of his soon-to-be second wife. Here’s Britt Aamodt with Bernard Herrmann’s Wuthering Heights.


With a Little Help from James Bond

With a Little Help from James Bond

Leeann Chin wanted to open a restaurant in 1980. But where was she going to get that kind of money? Carl Pohlad, future owner of the Twins, said he’d pitch in. And so would his friend, Sean Connery. Here’s Britt Aamodt with the story of the first Leeann Chin restaurant.


The Subterranean

The Subterranean

We’re going underground! Matthew Miltich reveals what’s hidden beneath Grand Rapids. Jeremiah Liend reports from the underground arts scene in Bemidji, and Judy Nelson tells the family secret she discovered by listening to Northern Community Radio. Subterranean blues and great music too!


The “Looking” Episode

The “Looking” Episode

In this extra special episode of Real College Podcast we invite our listeners to indulge their other senses and direct their “gaze” towards what one U of M student has been doing to regulate the spread of COVID on campus, a look into what has been going on behind the scenes at the Weisman Art Museum since the pandemic began, and an extra special instillation of Radio-K Sports!

-Maskupumn Interview-1:30-Emma Morris
-Weisman Art Museum-9:12-Casey McCabe
-Radio-K Sports Hour-21:05-Trask Angell & Grant Sandberg


October 2020

October 2020

1) Peoples by KOLDKRAL
2) Anima by mrkhanconfident
3) Earthlings by little lizard
4) Two roses by Loud Sun
5) Lust by Maki
6) Kgreezehours by KOLDKRAL
7) LET HIM GO by Eva feat. Nora


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