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Radio Waves

We’re surfing the radio waves this week on Stay Human. Rich McClear relates adventures from Albanian radio, Gary Jourdain on Red Lake Nation radio, and Tim Edwards, broadcasting from a bedroom in his house in Bovey. Turn your radio on for a mix of story and song on Stay Human.

Opera This Friday and Saturday at BSU!

Bemidji State University’s Opera Nights are an opportunity to get fancy and experience the power that is the art of opera. BSU Professor Cory Renbarger and students Hailee Colgrove and Emily Hixon discuss the art of opera and what to expect at the opera nights in this Area Voices.

Podipto: Lost Recordings just Achin’ to be Free!

The northern Minnesota band Podipto made an indelible mark on the Minnesota music scene and beyond in the early 1970s. Originating in Bemidji, they toured the country sharing stages with the likes of The Guess Who, James Taylor, the Carpenters, and Elton John. Josh Collins’ dad John Collins wrote most of Podipto’s songs, played rhythm guitar and sang vocals with the band from 1969-1975. John passed away in 1995 and shortly thereafter boxes of reel to reel tape were discovered, including several tracks Josh had never heard before. Since then, he’s been restoring the long lost recordings, making them available to the public – sharing Podipto’s music while honoring his dad and even growing his relationship with him in his absence.

Northern Community Radio board member and on-air programmer David John was a fan of Podipto from the beginning. In this Area Voices, he and producer Katie Carter connect with Josh Collins about the process of re-releasing his dad’s music, the fascinating history of the original Woodcut album, how the Homemade album came to be, and much more.

The Jingle Dress – Fashion Show and History with Delina White at Black Bear Casino in Carlton Friday 11/17/22

Delina White of I Am Anishinaabe was our delightful guest today talking about the history of the Jingle Dress and her upcoming fashion show “The Evolution of the Jingle Dress” at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN on Friday November 18th.


This week on Stay Human, stories of Freedom – freedom to say Yes, freedom to say No, and freedom to go when it’s time to go. Feel free to tune in for a mix of words and music for spirit and courage.

Red Lake Youth: Ojibwe Culture at National Convention.

The Red Lake Nation Boys and Girls Club Drum and Dance Program was invited to another major event and has been performing at the Boys and Girls Club of America Native Summit in Orlando, Florida this week. In this Area Voices, CEO of the Red Lake Nation Boys and Girls Club, Thomas Barrett (aka Thomas X) discusses the Native Summit, Ojibwe cultural programming at the club, and how that programming influences kids’ identity and enhances their day to day lives.

Goat Roper Did It!

We caught up with Egon “Goat Roper” Overgaard along the Appalachian Trail in August when he had hiked over 2/3rds of the trek. He returned in mid-September after walking the full 2,194.3 miles. Egon is 78 years old, the oldest person to finish the trail so far this year. In this Area Voices he shares what it’s been like transitioning to home after 6 months of walking, how some of his perceptions have changed, and thoughts on future adventures!

The Untold Story of 100 Years at the Stearns County Courthouse

In today’s Untold Story of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack will see you in court as the Stearns County Courthouse celebrates its 100th birthday. Joining Jeff is county spokesperson Janet Midas and Stearns History Museum historian Steve Penick as they discuss the rich history of the courthouse beginning with Prohibition and running through today.
A celebration at the courthouse is happening on Tuesday, Nov. 15th from 4:30 until 7:00 with chances to explore the building, music, games, trivia, and the sheriff department showcasing equipment from the past and present.

The program was made possible with support from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

The Colorful World of Animee!

The vivid, colorful world of “Animee” is discussed on Campbell Corner: from the East Grand Forks, MN Public Library!

The Untold Story of Mississippi River Mayhem with Author and Historian Dean Klinkenberg

In today’s Untold Story of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack dives into the Mississippi River and all its mayhem with author and historian Dean Klinkenberg. From pirates to pandemics, Klinkenberg has sifted through 200 years of history involving the river to curate an overview of how Americans dealt with and adapted to one of the most defining geographic features of our culture. Through floods, earthquakes, and exploding steamboats, Mississippi River communities continue to persevere and celebrate the beauty of Old Man River.

Dean Klinenberg will be at the Beaver Island Brewery as part of the Stearns History Museum’s Hops & History program discussing his book, Mississippi River Mayhem, Disasters, Tragedy, and Murder on Ol’ Man River on Thursday, Nov. 10, beginning at 5:30 pm.

The Untold Stories of Central Minnesota is made possible through support from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

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McKnight FoundationPohlad family foundationThe Minneapolis FoundationSaint Paul & Minnesota Foundation