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Adventurer Eric Weicht paddles the Mississippi from Minnesota to Memphis

Adventurer Eric Weicht paddles the Mississippi from Minnesota to Memphis



Eric Weicht is a former Cook County resident known for adventuring on bodies of water. He chats here with Will Moore about his most recent trip--canoeing down the Mississippi from northern Minnesota to Memphis through the month of November.

MHB – Variety Show

MHB – Variety Show

Host, Carl Unbehaun, presents a cavalcade of songs by Minnesota songwriters along with his musical musings! Lot of variety on this episode, including tunes by Two Tone, Anne Deming and Curtis & Loretta. And we report on Leinenkugel’s plan to give free beer to all vaccinated folks. All on MHB!

(Aired 04/08/2021)


Jillian Rae: Performing Virtually, Reflecting on the Year

Jillian Rae: Performing Virtually, Reflecting on the Year

For the first time in over a year, Jillian Rae will share a stage with her band tonight. Performing at the Chief Theater in Bemidji, she’s kicking off a virtual concert series running between now and June 3rd. Jillian joined the morning show today and discussed the past year.


Authentic Solidarity

Authentic Solidarity

We’ve known that oppression is alive and real in America, but it seems “whole” white people are just discovering it. It’s important to acknowledge the intersectionality of oppression through our communities. What does authentic solidarity looks like and what does it require from each of us to stand together that is transformative. Guest: Sindy Morales Garcia, co-founder of Courageous Change Collective


FRFF 2021: Put the Brights On

FRFF 2021: Put the Brights On

On this episode of Art Beat we take you to the 2021 Frozen River Film Festival which was held virtually this year. Today, we hear from Raymond Rea, the film maker behind Put The Brights On which was part of this years local set at the festival. Put The Brights On shines a light on what it is like to be a trans person living in the rural Midwest, and it might not be what you think.
Using stark images of rural landscapes and transgender voices, Put The Brights On breaks down stereotypes and leaves you with a feeling of understanding and acceptance. I’m Bill Stoneberg, stick around as we Put The Brights On with film maker Raymond Rea, today on Art Beat.
Original air date: 04/06/21
Art Beat is written and produced by KQAL on the campus of Winona State University and is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Scott Keever’s April 17 YouTube Virtual Concert Features New Repertoire with Natalie Nowitzki

Scott Keever’s April 17 YouTube Virtual Concert Features New Repertoire with Natalie Nowitzki

When Covid coops you up, you look for new things to do. Scott Keever and his wife Natalie Nowitzki are both musicians, and stretching in new musical directions that have brought them closer together in performing. Scott and Natalie told their story to Phil Nusbaum.


Kristen Anderson, Fiber Artist: Restorative Loops

Kristen Anderson, Fiber Artist: Restorative Loops

Kristen Anderson’s textile exhibit called Restorative Loops celebrates the interconnectedness between the phenological elements of the natural world and the cyclical nature of human existence. She spoke with us on the morning show about her work, her influences, how the pandemic impacted her workflow and the upcoming felting workshops for both youth and adults that she’s teaching April 17th at the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji.


Kat Perkins Sings from Life Experiences at Crooners, Thursday through Saturday, April 15-17

Kat Perkins Sings from Life Experiences at Crooners, Thursday through Saturday, April 15-17

Kat Perkins writes songs, leads a music camp for kids and delivers motivational talks. All those things play into her singing, and she’s been singing her whole life, as she told Phil Nusbaum.


Kat Perkins Performs, Educates Kids and Motivates Others in a Career that Builds On Her Musical Experiences

Kat Perkins Performs, Educates Kids and Motivates Others in a Career that Builds On Her Musical Experiences

Kat Perkins Performs, leads a music camp for kids and delivers motivational talks. It all comes from her experiences, and begins with music making which she has done her whole life, as she explained to Phil Nusbaum.


Many Birds of a Feather in the Northwest!

Many Birds of a Feather in the Northwest!

Ross Hier of Crookston, MN – retired Minnesota DNR official – has produced dozens of watercolor artwork featuring birds; many who inhabit NW Minnesota. His work is currently on display at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery, on the Thief River Falls campus of Northland Community & Technical College. Ross shares details of his artistic efforts, his love of painting and the wildlife that he worked with for over three decades.


Minnesota Music Notes Featuring Jillian Rae

Minnesota Music Notes Featuring Jillian Rae

This week on Minnesota Music notes Brett Carter features multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter Jillian Rae. Rae’s latest album I Can’t Be the One You Want Me to Be, came out in March 2019. The songs range from indie pop to folk/americana to some straight up rock and roll with the song Buried Alive.


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