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Ford Bell the president of the American Association of Museums in Washington D.C. (MPR Photo/Jim Bickal)

Amidst news of a revolution in Egypt, President Obama’s State of the Union address, and Morning Edition’s trip to Washington D.C. we still managed to take time for some great arts interviews (including one with Ford Bell, above). AND we debuted a new series this week, called “Cube Critics” – giving you access to the entertaining banter we hear movie fiends Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis exchange at their adjoining desks. Enoy!

The Goondas perform in The Current studios

The Goondas have been compared to everyone from Mick Jagger to the Stooges to Steven Tyler. But these post-punk, gritty, blues-infused local stalwarts have a sound and look all their own.

Caroline Preston on Cargill Foundation’s big boost

Minnesota’s nonprofit community hopes for a boost after Cargill announced a deal that would increase the size of a couple of its foundations by around $9 billion.

A look at the 2011 Oscar nominations with the Movie Maven

Let the movie horse race begin! The nominations for this year’s Academy Awards were announced today. “The King’s Speech,” “The Social Network,” and “Black Swan” are among the Best Picture contenders. Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis weighs in on the nominees.

Lessons from a war-zone coffee shop

Author Deborah Rodriguez ran a beauty school a hair salon and a coffee shop in Kabul Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11. Having written a bestselling memoir “Kabul Beauty School” she is now telling the story in a different way with her debut novel “A Cup of Kindness.”

The Cube Critics talk about movies

MPR’s Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis and film buff Euan Kerr sit in cubicles across from each other in the MPR newsroom. When they banter back and forth, it’s usually about movies, and it’s usually quite interesting. So we decided to turn their conversations into a new feature we call Cube Critics. This time, Euan and Stephanie talk about the Oscar nominations which came out Tuesday.

Novelist Paul Auster writes about home

Paul Auster’s new novel about abandoned homes and broken families speaks to Americans’ experience with the recession. He revisits themes of existential crisis and the search for identity.

Minnesotans in DC: President of the American Association of Museums Ford Bell

Bell took Cathy Wurzer on a tour of one of his favorite museums in Washington D.C. — the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Mpls. Mississippi River design competition down to wire

A jury met Friday afternoon to select a winning team in the Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition. The winner will create a new vision for the riverfront stretching from the Stone Arch Bridge to the northern boundary of the city.

The Dinner Party Download featuring Dan Bejar

This week on the Dinner Party Download, a joke from rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson, why Genghis Khan was good for the planet, and hyper-literate songwriter Dan Bejar on being presumptuous and unknowingly getting caught in the quiet storm.

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