This week’s radio features include a conversation with rising star Tea Obreht, the 24 year-old author of The Tiger’s Wife.
Image courtesy of Tea Obreht
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…
Arthur Hoehn, Minnesota Public Radio’s first professional announcer, died Saturday after a battle with lung cancer. He was 72.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.