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Statewide Conversation on COVID19 May 8th – Lt. Gov Peggy Flanagan

Statewide Conversation on COVID19 May 8th – Lt. Gov Peggy Flanagan

PLAY | 29:00

This week the conversation covered the disaparities in communities of color, testing of hotspots, and large gatherings this summer.

Celebrating 2020 Graduates: Bemidji’s Britta Aas

Celebrating 2020 Graduates: Bemidji’s Britta Aas

Britta Aas graduates from Bemidji High School this weekend. She spoke on the morning show about how Covid has affected her senior year and the lessons she’s gleaned during these times.

It’s been really hard, especially having those last couple of months that were considered to be the best of your of anyone’s high school experience. But, you know, day to day, just realizing how blessed and lucky I’ve still been in this time. My family’s been healthy… I’ve definitely learned to to live more in the moment.

A natural on stage, Britta hadn’t performed in a play until 8th grade and this fall she kicked off her senior year starring as Elle Woods in Bemidji High School’s production of Legally Blonde. Her love of performing will be incorporated into her college experience at Mankato State University this fall and she’s currently a finalist in Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Triple Thread Spotlight Showcase competition.

I’m involved in a theater competition through Hennepin Theatre Trust…in Minneapolis, and it’s called Triple Threat. I submitted video auditions of me singing, dancing and performing monologues. And I actually became a finalist this year… that gives me the opportunity to work with professionals in Minneapolis over Zoom calls …And it just gives a lot of opportunities for me…

Most graduation ceremonies look different in 2020 including Bemidji’s. A vehicle processional will drive from the Sanford Center thru town and to the Bemidji High School. During the time, a radio broadast on FM 104.5 will honor the seniors with speeches and stories. Rather than share her thoughts about gradutation with a typical speech Britta, gathered her musings and recorded an original song, “Scenes From a Forever Home,” that will have its radio debut during the graduation ceremony.

I was asked to write a speech which I surprisingly was kind of scared when I was asked to. Of course, I loved singing and performing in front of people, but for some reason, reading off a sheet of paper in front of a bunch of people on the radio did not sound fun to me. So I decided to write a song and they chose it and they’re going to play it on the radio. I just recorded it the other day. So it’s an original and I’m really excited for that…

In this interview, Britta discusses all of the above topics as well as what it’s like to be a student with a parent as her teacher, how her high school performance career has taught her to work hard and be determined, and she even shares tips on how overcoming stagefright – a lesson all of of might remind ourselves of…

… remind yourself that everyone who is watching…they’re rooting for you. They’re not hoping that you do poorly… when I figured that out, I think that played a huge role in my confidence onstage.

We’re definitely rooting for Britta and all the 2020 graduates! Congratulations! This will indeed be a year to remember!

PLAY | 12:07
Celebrating 2020 Graduates: Kelliher’s Cede Waldo

Celebrating 2020 Graduates: Kelliher’s Cede Waldo

2020 is an extraordinary year, especially for local high school seniors. They are experiencing something no one has gone through before: celebrating and honoring their education in a world of social distancing.

Cede Waldo graduates from Kelliher School this spring. We caught up with Cede on the morning show and were thrilled with her positivity, selflessness, and can-do spirit.

In terms of how online school has affected the end of her high school career, Cede’s attitude is one of care and acceptance:
…it’s definitely a change…some people are dying… I definitely do want to go to school. I miss my friends and I miss everyone, but because of the circumstance we’re under, I wouldn’t want to be selfish and want to go to school… it’s gonna be OK. Well, we’ll work through it.

PLAY | 18:23
Gaelynn Lea Visits with Katie Carter

Gaelynn Lea Visits with Katie Carter

Gaelynn Lea talks with Katie Carter on the extended hour of the Morning Show. Gaelynn is a singer, violinist, public speaker and disability advocate from Duluth. She shares ways that her and her family are getting through the stay at home order. Gaelynn talks about how disabled people are effected and often misunderstood during the COVID-19 pandemic.

PLAY | 34:19
NL: Biidaapi – Marie Rock

NL: Biidaapi – Marie Rock

Boozhoo! Today we catch up with Marie Rock (White Earth) who is the Program Manager at KOJB-FM “The Eagle” Radio which broadcasts to the Leech Lake Reservation, where she hosts the morning show. Marie is also the host of MN Native News, so her voice is familiar throughout the state. Enjoy our fun and lively chat with Marie who shares how she copes and keeps spirits high during the pandemic.

PLAY | 12:37 | DOWNLOAD
The Untold Story of the Stearns History Museum’s Recording Stories Project with Carie Essig

The Untold Story of the Stearns History Museum’s Recording Stories Project with Carie Essig

You could be a part of the story that goes down in history as the Stearns History Museum is asking for your videos, photos, and other items that point to what daily life is like in our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In today’s Untold Story of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with Stearns History Museum Executive Director Carie Essig about the role the museum plays during this time of true living history and how their programming is evolving with nearly every passing day.

This program is funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy Grant.

PLAY | 25:53
Maud Hixson Emphasizes Singing Career Priorities Other than Performing During Covid-19

Maud Hixson Emphasizes Singing Career Priorities Other than Performing During Covid-19

Twin Cities Music fans know Maud Hixson’s polished singing. Maud is a tireless worker on all aspects of her music career. Even with COVID-19 shutting down live performances, Maud is working on projects that will bring her performances to an even higher level in the future. She talked to Phil Nusbaum about what she’s doing now.

PLAY | 08:00
MN Native News: Welcome Changes

MN Native News: Welcome Changes

Mystic Lake reopens, Bde Maka Ska is official, and two Native leaders move from regional to national positions.

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Ep. 25: How Are You Doing?

Ep. 25: How Are You Doing?

Hear stories of Minnesota artists making it work in this time of social distancing. Barb Abney hosts the Season 4 launch from her daughter’s bedroom while social distancing at home. In an audio diary, Haitian dancer Djenane Saint Juste fields a robocall from a bill collector, shares intimate scenes sheltering in place with her mother, then hosts a series of boisterous dance lessons in her apartment. We make a house call to Hmong chef Yia Vang who looks to his parents’ experience as refugees to guide him through the pandemic.

This podcast was produced by Nancy Rosenbaum with Anna Stitt and Emily Bright, edited by Ryan Dawes and Melissa Olson.

PLAY | 19:37
NL: Biidaapi – Bryce Premo

NL: Biidaapi – Bryce Premo

Biidaapi: s/he comes laughing. (Ojibwemowin)

Hello! Connecting with friends and family during this pandemic is incredibly important. So today, we are catching up with our brother Bryce Premo (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe). Bryce works in mental health advocacy and suicide prevention, and he manages a Sober House. Bryce tells us some of the ways he and the residents help each other maintain good mental health, even while facing the challenges and uncertainty of these times.

PLAY | 11:57 | DOWNLOAD
Finals

Finals

More RCP quarantine addition this week. This episode features stories to keep you up to date on how the pandemic is affecting campus and education, as well as some more light hearted content. 1:45- Quarantine Cooking by Zoe Challenger, 7:13- Quarantine Education 2 by Ben Halom, 13:23- Murder Hornets by Casey McCabe, 17:52- Boynton’s Corona Response by Tosin Faseemo.

PLAY | 25:02

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