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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



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.

Sugarbush Check-in: Mur Gilman

Sugarbush Check-in: Mur Gilman

In this sugarbush check-in, Mur Gilman joins the morning show. Click the arrow to learn how this year is going for her, what her set up is like, and why she thinks it’s the perfect retirement activity.


Black Crow Tenderness!

Black Crow Tenderness!

By day……Sherri Kruger of Badger, Minnesota teaches math at the Badger, MN High School in far northwestern Minnesota. Her artistic talents go beyond daytime/classroom equations and formulas to produce images that reflect the soul; human and non-human. Her work is currently on display at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s Art Gallery, located on the campus of Northland Community & Technical College in Thief River Falls, MN.


Ininaatig: Bob Shimek discusses the Sugarbush

Ininaatig: Bob Shimek discusses the Sugarbush

Sugarbush season is powerful time for the Anishinaabe. Bob Shimek recently joined us from the northeastern shores of Mud Lake to discuss cultural aspects of this time of year, including a brief lesson on the word “Ininaatig” and an idea of what happens during the sugarbush ceremony.


Jesse Dermody’s Strange Forms

Jesse Dermody’s Strange Forms

Living close to the land and absorbing the intricate details of existence thru heightened senses and intentional awareness, Jesse translates his sensory input into the languages of music, verse and sculpture. In this Area Voices segment, learn about his Strange Forms, his creative process, and how his multi-modal creative experiences feed off of and into each other.


Bemidji Library: Legal Kiosk, Women’s History & Micro-stories

Bemidji Library: Legal Kiosk, Women’s History & Micro-stories

The pandemic forced area libraries to go about business differently over the past year. The Bemidji Public Library rose to the call with a variety of options for patrons. Now that restrictions have been lightened up, the library is back to being open for regular business hours and in addition to being a literary resource, in response to court restrictions in place due to the pandemic, the library offers a legal kiosk where people can attend to a variety of legal issues. Ara Gallo and Amy Karowski joined the morning show to discuss the legal kiosk, women’s history month offerings, the online version of Bemidji Speaks, and more.


Raising Awareness Special

Raising Awareness Special

In this episode of Real College Podcast we take a trip inside Minneapolis public schools to see how the pandemic has affected education inequalities, have conversations with domestic violence professionals, take a look at how eating disorders affect our society, a dive into diabetes and the food culture of the midwest, increasing musical diversity here at the U, and an extra special installment of Radio K sports!

Additional Links:
Violence Free MN-https://www.vfmn.org
What To Say-https://www.whattosaynow.org
Pretty Simple Boutique-https://prettysimpleme.com
Library Loan Catalougue-https://mnlink.org/

1:31-Public Schools-Isaac Maruyama
7:33-Domestic Violence-Emma Morris & Casey McCabe
30:38-Eating Disorders-Shannon Brault
37:21-Diabetes-Kasey Salazar
44:07-Music Diversity-Ethan Olson
52:51-Radio K Sports-Jason Rutman


Bridget Westrum: Cultivating a Love of Gardening with Growing Our Future

Bridget Westrum: Cultivating a Love of Gardening with Growing Our Future

She had never grown anything before, but when the Covid-19 isolation blues hit last spring, Bridget Westrum decided to try a garden. Her venture quickly grew into a passion. Today, she’s spreading her love of growing food with other kids in the Bemidji area. Her Growing Our Future initiative offers free gardening starter kits to anyone under 18. Kits include seeds, seed trays, spray bottles, and more. In addition to the kits, she’s organized a gardening hotline for kids to connect with older gardeners when they have questions, and she’s establishing a gardening arsenal young growers can access for various gardening needs. Her initiative sprouted when she learned of a grant opportunity with the Minnesota Youth Council. Learn about Bridget and her mission to create a brighter future with her Growing Our Future project in this segment!


Monika Lawrence: When the Wall Came Down

Monika Lawrence: When the Wall Came Down

Monika Lawrence had lived in East Germany her entire life. One evening, frustrated with the propaganda and lies coming thru her transistor radio, she turned off the media and went to sleep. She woke up in a new reality. In this segment, Monika discusses life in socialist East Germany, the societal struggles that arose with the reunification, and how opportunities like travel and studying the arts became realities afterward. All that and much more…


FRFF 2021: Winona Unmasked

FRFF 2021: Winona Unmasked

Today on Art Beat we talk to Mary Farrell on her film Winona: Unmasked that was shown at this years Frozen River Film Festival. We talked about her reason for making the film, how COVID-19 affected production, and why this project meant so much to her. This is KJ with Mary Farrell on Art Beat.
Original air date: 03/09/21
Art Beat is written and produced by KQAL on the campus of Winona State University and is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Steven Weagel, Blown Glass and Metal Artist

Steven Weagel, Blown Glass and Metal Artist

Steven Weagel has been fascinated with glass art since he first experienced it. His current glass and metal exhibit at the Crossing Arts Alliance in Brainerd is called “Light, Color and The Northern Landscape.” He joined our morning show to discuss the art of glass, its history in America and what he loves so much about it.


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