I’m really getting restless now, let’s get on with it! Hit the re-set button with me today on Stay Human. Gail Blackmer makes room for the new by doing the Swedish Death Clean. John Erickson considers bowling alone vs. bowling together, Lissa King Sumption grows lettuce in the basement, and Jason Scorich on the road not taken.
Bernie Leadon, born in Minneapolis in 1947, wasn’t one of the heavy-hitting songwriters in the band The Eagles. That designation went to Don Henley and Glenn Frey. But he did write an instrumental that hitchhiked the galaxy with Douglas Adams. Here’s Britt Aamodt.
In 1977, the Thief River Falls company that’s now called Arctic Cat had a new personal watercraft that was a cross between a jet ski and a motorcycle. And its public debut wouldn’t be in a showroom but on the big screen under the command of James Bond. Here’s Britt Aamodt
The fate of 303 Dakota men, alleged to be responsible for the US-Dakota War of 1862, lay in the hands of President Abraham Lincoln. Not surprisingly, the evidence compiled against each was hasty or even non-existent. But that didn’t stop Minnesotans like St. Paul doctor Thaddeus Williams writing Lincoln to hang them all. Here’s producer Britt Aamodt.
In 1963, Maurice Sendak became a beloved world-famous author with the publication of Where the Wild Things Are. It was a different story with 1970’s In the Night Kitchen, which stirred controversy in many cities, including Elk River, Minnesota. Here’s producer Britt Aamodt.
Twin Cities Public Television is known for producing content with a local angle. But in 2019, it got behind a new documentary series that examined the tricks and tactics of six dictators and their rise to power, The Dictator’s Playbook. Here’s Britt Aamodt.
Annie Mack says that the music of the church and protest go hand in hand. You hear those influences and more in Annie’s new recording project. We’ll listen to a bit of the title song, Testify, and then Annie talks about the inspiration for the project.
Fred Smith is a volunteer producer at WTIP North Shore Community Radio. Each week, he shares his perspectives through Wildersmith on the Gunflint.