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Leading Lady: Julie Kaiser Talks Zelda Fitzgerald and The Last Flapper

Leading Lady: Julie Kaiser Talks Zelda Fitzgerald and The Last Flapper

PLAY | 14:19

The Last Flapper is a one-woman play co-produced by Visions Theatre and Long Lake Theater that retrospects the life of Zelda Fitzgerald. Wife of author F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Last Flapper shines a spotlight on Zelda's personal experiences of creative genius, repression and passionate pursuit of life.

Stories From the Edge: Story-telling series in Ely, MN

Stories From the Edge: Story-telling series in Ely, MN

Julie Nester and Terry Cooper started True Stories from the Edge in Ely last winter. The monthly, wintertime story-telling event was a wildly successful from the get-go. Regular people gather together to share and celebrate stories. Folks who wish to share a story of 6 minutes or less, put their names in a hat and what happens after that is literally the luck of the draw.

PLAY | 09:25
MN Reads: “Nordic Accordion: Poems in a Scandinavian Mood” by Barton Sutter

MN Reads: “Nordic Accordion: Poems in a Scandinavian Mood” by Barton Sutter

Northland poet Barton Sutter joins us this morning to read from his newest work, and talk about poetry: “language,” he says, “that would like to be music.”

PLAY | 11:28
MN Reads: “Chinese-ness” by Wing Young Huie

MN Reads: “Chinese-ness” by Wing Young Huie

The former curator of the Duluth Art Institute, Annie Dugan, and photographer John Heino sit in for a wide-ranging conversation with journalist/photographer Wing Young Huie.

His new book, an exploration of identity and culture, is informed by his growing up in Duluth.

PLAY | 22:17
MN Reads: “Gichi Bitobig, Grand Marais” by Timothy Cochrane

MN Reads: “Gichi Bitobig, Grand Marais” by Timothy Cochrane

We read history with a deepening sensitivity to who was reporting what – and why. And we have a starkly different perspective than did the people who wrote some of that history one or two hundred years before.

Historian and author Timothy Cochrane admits there were “some pretty offensive things said,” but he pieces together a nonetheless fascinating, first-person account of the earliest days of European settlement near Grand Marais, and the Anishinaabeg trading partners skillfully playing the American Fur Company and the Hudson Bay Company against one another.

PLAY | 08:31
MN Reads: “Double Exposure: Images of Black Minnesota in the 1940s” by John Glanton

MN Reads: “Double Exposure: Images of Black Minnesota in the 1940s” by John Glanton

The backstory of Double Exposure: Images of Black Minnesota in the 1940s is almost as compelling as the book itself.

It’s how a family discovered, after his death, that their engineer/musician father was a photographer and had told stories of a community in a way those stories had never been told before.

PLAY | 14:54
MN Reads: “The Girl in Building C” by Mary Krugerud

MN Reads: “The Girl in Building C” by Mary Krugerud

We don’t hear a lot about tuberculosis today.

But at the turn of the 20th century, tuberculosis (also known as TB or consumption) was the leading cause of death in the US.

Of course, you didn’t hear much about it then, either, because of the stigma attached to the disease.

PLAY | 14:28
MN Reads: “The Polar Bear Wish” by Lori Evert (and family!)

MN Reads: “The Polar Bear Wish” by Lori Evert (and family!)

The family team of author Lori Evert, photographer Per Breiehagen and their daughter Anya have released their sixth “Wish book” with The Polar Bear Wish.

It’s a magical story in itself, but a behind-the-scenes look at how it was created (a process beyond “photoshopping” Breiehagen calls “fairytaleshopping”) is almost as magical.

PLAY | 14:00
MN Reads: “Jul: Swedish American Holiday Traditions” by Patrice Johnson

MN Reads: “Jul: Swedish American Holiday Traditions” by Patrice Johnson

The warm and whimsical Patrice Johnson recounts her Minnesota childhood as a Catholic kid in a household where children weren’t allowed in the kitchen, her “Lutheran envy,” and how bacon could perhaps be the key to bringing lutfisk* to new generations.

PLAY | 13:25
MN Reads: “Prince: Before the Rain” by Allen Beaulieu

MN Reads: “Prince: Before the Rain” by Allen Beaulieu

Allen Beaulieu was happy when Prince asked him to shoot some cover photos for an upcoming album. (Frankly, he wasn’t a fan of the previous cover photos.)

But when Prince asked him to abandon his studio and go on the road with him, photographing the musician live in concert and behind the scenes, Beaulieu stepped into a completely new life.

PLAY | 14:20
MN Reads: “Beginnings: the Homeward Journey of Donovan Manypenny” by Thomas Peacock

MN Reads: “Beginnings: the Homeward Journey of Donovan Manypenny” by Thomas Peacock

Thomas Peacock says it was an idea he had years and years ago — but he says the first manuscript was “horrible.”

PLAY | 08:36

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