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This week’s radio features include a conversation with rising star Tea Obreht, the 24 year-old author of The Tiger’s Wife.

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It’s been a bittersweet week; former MPR broadcaster Arthur Hoehn died, Keillor announced his planned retirement date, people got up their Irish for St. Patrick’s Day, and Minnesota musicians have migrated south for SXSW in Austin, Texas. Click and listen to catch up on the week’s stories and interviews you missed…

Hall of Fame broadcaster Arthur Hoehn dies after fight with lung cancer

Arthur Hoehn, Minnesota Public Radio’s first professional announcer, died Saturday after a battle with lung cancer. He was 72.

Thomas Kivi performs in The Current studio

Local singer-songwriter Thomas Kivi has been compared to the likes of Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, and Conor Oberst. Honest and unassuming, Kivi’s lush harmonies are a largely acoustic blend of folk, bluegrass, and traditional Americana.

Young author debuts with a splash

At 24, Tea Obreht has gained notoriety as one of the best American fiction writers under 40. Born in Yugoslavia, raised in Cyprus and Egypt, Tea’s first novel “The Tiger’s Wife” follows a woman searching for answers through her grandfather’s stories. (Note: the end of the hour includes an update on SXSW in Austin, Texas)

Ojibwe columnist Jim Northrup looks back on career ‘Follies’

For almost 22 years, Ojibwe writer Jim Northrup has entertained and chastened readers of his syndicated Fond Du Lacs Follies newspaper column. Now, a new collection of the Follies is about to hit the bookstores.

MN history: Sculptor Evelyn Raymond’s 70-year career in Minnesota

Morning Edition’s Cathy Wurzer, in honor of Women’s History Month, met Prof. Annette Atkins at the Minnesota History Center to look at some of sculptor Evelyn Raymond’s work and discuss her accomplishments.

New Classical Tracks: Holst’s Planets

On their new disc, Andrew Davis and the BBC Philharmonic perform three suites by Gustav Holst, including far and away his most popular work, The Planets. It’s complemented by two lesser known works, which have roots in North Africa and Japan.

The Invisible Line: Three American families and the secret journey from black to white

For much of American history, racial identity has been defined in terms of black and white. But because of their heritage and physical appearance, some families walk the line between cultures. A new book chronicles three mixed-race families whose identities were called into question at various periods in history – with surprising consequences.

Columnist David Brooks on ‘The Social Animal’

New York Times columnist David Brooks has long been fascinated with the inner workings of the human mind. He joins us to discuss his new book, “The Social Animal,” which explores the interactions of the conscious and subconscious and the role of each in shaping our lives.

Music with Minnesotans: Allan Naplan

In this week’s edition, Alison Young talks with one of our newest residents in Minnesota, Allan Naplan, the president and general director of the Minnesota Opera who only started work here last week. He shares some of his favorite arias as well as one of his own pieces that was the inaugural wake-up song for NASA astronauts.

Public radio ponders future without Prairie Home’s Keillor

In an interview with AARP published on their website, Garrison Keillor said he plans to step down from hosting A Prairie Home Companion in the spring of 2013.

Play celebrates Irish immigration at SteppingStone Theater

A group of child actors, dancers and musicians tell the story of the Irish immigration to Minnesota in a new show that runs through Sunday at St. Paul’s SteppingStone Theater.

Flogging Molly performs in The Current studio

The Los Angeles-based post-grunge Flogging Molly would best be described as a mix of traditional Irish music and spunky punk rock. Dave King formed the band and they got their start playing at the L.A. bar Molly Malones.

Wesley Stace on ‘Charles Jessold’

Author Wesley Stace is better known to music fans as John Wesley Harding. He joins Midmorning to talk about his new novel, “Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer,” and the difference between writing songs and writing novels. (Note: the end of the hour includes a discussion of battle over e-book lending in libraries)

The Cube Critics and movies for couch potatoes

Stephanie Curtis, the Movie Maven, and arts reporter Euan Kerr work in cubicles across from each other in the Minnesota Public Radio newsroom, where they have a rapid, running dialogue about movies. Together, they are known as The Cube Critics.

SXSW 2011: Minnesota presence felt at Austin music festival

This is the festival’s 25th year and this one is the biggest yet. Over 1500 bands will perform over four days, including more than 50 local acts from around Minnesota.

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