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A new wildlife area dedicated to Veterans Near Clearwater, MN opens to the public

Listen in to KVSC’s News Director John Peterson and as we hear from Pheasants Forever spokesman Anthony Hauck on the implementation of the new wildlife area that is now open and dedicated to Veterans.

More than 600 acres in Minnesota’s Stearns and Wright counties have been permanently conserved in honor of Minnesota’s military veterans. 

Created in part by funding from Minnesota’s Outdoor Heritage Fund and Pheasants Forever’s “Build a Wildlife Area” program, Hauck talks about the planning process of the area and what unique features it holds for outdoors lovers alike. 

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How E-Cigarettes fit into St. Cloud State University Tobacco Free Policy

KVSC’s News Director John Peterson talks with Interim Assistant Director Health Promotions at St. Cloud State Student Health Services Jeffery Allerson about the rising importance of E-Cigarettes.

Allerson updates us on the last year’s implementation of the Tobacco Free Policy and how E-Cigarettes fits in with the rules. 

He also educates us on the frequently asked questions about E-Cigarettes that have been heard on campus and what SCSU Health services has done about them.

 

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George Maurer Bikes Across America To Honor Friend & Fundraise For Cancer Research

KVSC’s News Director John Peterson talks with Minneapolis pianist and composer George Maurer who departed on July 3, 2014 for “48 Across the 48: The Carolyn A. Held Memorial Bike Ride,” a 3,600-mile ride from Seattle to Boston inspired by Carolyn Held, who made her bicycle ride across the country in 1988. She died in 2012 after a one-year battle with cancer. The ride is an effort to honor his friend and raise funds for cancer research. Maurer also talks about his career in music and how it influenced his friendship with Carolyn.

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Electric Fetus In St. Cloud Remembered by Andy Valenty

On May 23, 2104 after 27 years of business in St. Cloud the Electric Fetus closed its doors. Music lovers and supporters of the vibrant local arts scene were shocked by the news. Long time store employee and music aficionado Andy Valenty reflected on the memories, impact and community connections made at the music store located in St. Cloud's historic downtown. KVSC's Dr. Beard produced this memorable conversation.  

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Granite City Radio Theatre Second Season Finale Hour #2

In the rip-roaring second hour of the Granite City Radio Theater Season 2 Finale, the Shade's Brigade crew attempts to cheat death, the City of St. Cloud addresses its backyard chicken crisis, and Chan Poling with Collective Unconscious bring the house down with both a classic Suburbs' song and a brand new one, too!

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Granite City Radio Theatre Second Season Finale Hour #1

The Granite City Radio Theatre wrapped up Season 2 on Wednesday, May 28th atthe Pioneer Place Theater in downtown St. Cloud.  Special musical guest Chan Poling from the Suburbs and the New Standards not only joined Collective Unconscious for some sweet rock and roll, but he also made his acting debut in the roll of Sven and Ole's boss!  The first hour also featured the Shade's Brigade as they as they realized they were cornered and had no means of escape.  Plus, Laurie Johnson from the Paramount theater attempts to supplant Mayor Dave Kleis's Trivia record of three wins by going up against John Brown from SCSU's Office of Alumni and Constituent Engagement and Teresa Bohnen, President of the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce.

KVSC would like to thank the MN Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund for providing support for this program, and we would like to also thank YOU the listening public for your support, your ears, and your laughter!  Enjoy!

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Granite City Radio Theatre Season 2 Episode 3 Hour 2

In the stunning second hour of the Granite City Radio Theater, the Mayor of St. Cloud gives helpful advice on preventing frozen pipes and relationships, Quilters take over St. Cloud, Shade's Brigade comes to its exciting conclusion, Haley Bonar explores alternative transportation with Collective Unconscious, and On-the-Scene-Reporter Lee Adams looks for lip balm. Enjoy!  

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GRANITE CITY RADIO THEATRE SEASON 2 EPISODE 3 HOUR 1

Welcome to the podcast of KVSC's Arts & Cultural Heritage funded Granite City Radio Theater where we procrastinated spring cleaning by having fun at the Pioneer Place on March 19, 2014.

Haley Bonar joined Collective Unconscious for some rockin' musical stylings.  There was also the continuing adventure and highjinks of Shade's Brigade.  Sven and Ole argued over a grotty ottoman and shocked Lena with their high culture in "Downton Ole."

Plus, in GCRT All-Star Trivia, was Laurie Johnson from the Paramount Theater able to fend off composer Ken Vork and St. Cloud State University’s Director of Alumni and Constituent Engagement, Terri Mische, or was she swept under the rug?  Listen in to find out!

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Meet Monique Coleman, Director of the Veterans Resource Center at SCSU

In January 2014 the Director of the Veterans Resource Center at St. Cloud State University, Monique Coleman, joined Jo McMullen to share information about the services available for veterans at the university.

Coleman discusses her own background with the military and why she sought out this new position at St. Cloud State.

The Veterans Resource Center and its services support the more than 700 veterans enrolled at the university as well as outreach efforts for veterans wanting to learn about higher educational opportunities and benefits.

 

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SCSU President Earl H. Potter III, Spring Convocation

St. Cloud State University President Earl H. Potter III presented his Spring Convocation address to university faculty and staff on January 9, 2014.

Among the many topics President Potter addresses, he reminisces about the roots of the University that started in 1869 as the St. Cloud Normal School. He explains through snippets of history, how the University has continued to grow and change academically and culturally, and most importantly becoming a richly diverse and global campus community.

President Potter also touched on how the University has been responsive to the change of communication habits of current students and how SCSU has been ahead of the curb in the world of social media. Other topics included in the convocation are MNSCU’s Charting the Future plan, Martin Luther King Jr. and saying goodbye to a long time employee of SCSU.

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Root Cellar Features Local Musicians

The Root Cellar’s Bridget Baumgardner was joined by members of the folk trio Harper’s Chord (Jill Moore, Roger Fink, and Paul Drinkwine) and singer songwriter duo Adam Hammer and Dave Cofell for some great conversation and live music Jan. 5, 2014.

They visited the KVSC studios to promote their show at the historic Paramount Theater’s Local Roots Concert Series on Jan. 11, 2014.

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Steampunk and the Invention of Cinema, Film Studies at St. Cloud State

Film Studies professor Brad Chisholm presents his passion for the unconventional in a new course offering "Steampunk and the Invention of the Most Magnificent Technological Marvel: The Moving Picture Camera" at St. Cloud State University.

In January 2014 Chisholm will teach an innovative class that examines the creation of the first motion picture technologies as seen through the lens of the Steampunk subculture.

Chisholm will use Steampunk to restore the lost sense of awe and amazement to put his students in the shoes (and goggles) of those whom the moving image was but a mad vision.

This podcast with a professor who loves his job will have you shaking your head in marvel and wish you were back in college again.

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Granite City Radio Theatre: Season 2, Episode 2, Hour 1

The Granite City Radio Theatre decked the halls and spread the holiday cheer on December 11, 2013 at the Pioneer Place in downtown St. Cloud.

Listen in to the first hour for the action of Shades Brigade, the yuletide hijinks of Sven, Ole, and Lena, Holiday Trivia with host Dan Barth and his guests Adam Hammer, Laurie Johnson, and Raine Hokan, and the music of Collective Unconscious with special musical guest Andrew Walesch! 

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Granite City Radio Theatre: Season 2, Episode 2, Hour 2

In the second hour of the Granite City Radio Theatre’s December 11, 2013 Show, we’ve got the St. Cloud Snow Blower Blow-down, a hipster retelling of the Visit of St. Nick, the conclusion to Shades Brigade, more music from Collective Unconscious with Andrew Walesch, and a special report on manners during the Christmas season.

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Reflecting on Sue McLean's Impact on Independent Music in Minnesota

Sue McLean, the world's most successful independent female concert promoter died after fighting cancer in May of 2013. In this reflective interview with Patricia McLean, Sue's niece, we learn of Sue's lifelong passion for music, supporting and developing artists and impact on young women and girls with her philanthropic work.

Patricia McLean is the new president of Sue McLean and Associates and shares her memories of her aunt's story.

The interview also touches on a Tribute to Sue McLean concert event at First Avenue in Minneapolis to benefit Sue's daughter, Lily.

 

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Heidi Jeub Discusses Arts in St. Cloud

Heidi Jeub is a painter, bookmaker, teaching artist and executive director of Visual Arts Minnesota, and has become very influential in the St. Cloud arts scene.

Is September of 2013, Heidi sat down with Peter V and discussed various topics such as what motivates her to create art, her obsession with social media and whether there is still a place for the reclusive artist, her current art projects, and her hopes for the future of the Arts in St. Cloud.
 

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Granite City Radio Theatre: Season 2 Ep 1, Hour 1

The Granite City Radio Theater returned to the Pioneer Place Theater on October 23, 2013 for the premier of Season 2!  In Hour #1 you can find out how Shade's Brigade falls into greater mystical dangers, how Sven, Ole, and Lena deal with a critical candy shortage, how Mayor Dave Kleis does in defending his Trivia Title, and how special musical guest Stacy Bauer rips it up with house band Collective Unconscious!

Granite City Radio Theatre is produced by KVSC Radio and the Pioneer Place on 5th thanks to grant support from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Granite City Radio Theatre: Season 2 Ep 1, Hour 2

In Hour 2 of the Granite City Radio Theater, we take on the Ghost of Sportsman Island, experience the Jack-o-lantern Glow-Down, have an investigative report on the nature of St. Cloud roundabouts, possibly lose one of the Shade's Brigade, and blow the doors off the joint with Stacy Bauer and Collective Unconscious! 

Granite City Radio Theatre is produced by KVSC 88.1FM and the Pioneer Place on 5th thanks to a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Local Artist Discusses Life in Art

Glenn Quist is a painter and designer who lives in Elk River. Glenn has been creating paintings ever since he made the decision to become in artist in the mid-90s, after visiting a gallery in New York. He was recently commissioned to create six paintings which were recently installed in the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. In June of 2013, Glenn sat down with Peter V to talk about his life in art.

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The Stringman on Music, Collaboration, and Aging

Musician Paul Imholte is known as the Stringman because of how accomplished he is playing a variety of stringed instruments, including the hammered dulcimer. In August of 2013, Paul sat down with Peter V to discuss his career as a musician, including his collaboration with other artists, his latest musical projects, and how he’s not getting older, he’s getting better. 

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Maria Flores of the EEOC Visits St. Cloud State University

Program Analyst with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Maria Flores visited St. Cloud State University on September 23-24, 2013. Ms. Flores gave a presentation titled "National Origin and Immigrant Worker Discrimination Issues."

As part of her job she serves as an outreach coordinator for employers and employees and travels widely in the Midwest.

In this podcast Ms. Flores discusses many topics including the E-Race Initiative, local immigrant worker rights for Latino/Latina and Somali immigrants as well as employment rights for workers diagnosed with cancer and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

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The Importance of Prairies with Prairie Restoration

This news feature, which originally aired on June 12, 2013, is all about Minnesota’s prairies—and how to restore them. KVSC Station Manager Jo McMullen has a conversation with Ron Bowen, the founder and president of Prairie Restoration. They talk about why prairie recovery is important for your backyard and how to have some fun learning about this ecological philosophy.

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Earth and Sky Comes to an End

In this podcast Deborah Byrd of Earth and Sky joined KVSC Station Manager Jo McMullen for an interview that aired on May 23, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. for the Noon Newswatch. Earth and Sky has been on KVSC for 20 years-sadly, it comes to close in June. KVSC took a walk down memory lane with Byrd to find out what's next for this intrepid scientific reporter.

Deborah Byrd is Founder and President of EarthSky, which she created in 1991. EarthSky is a digital publisher that brings science and nature to millions of people around the world. Byrd has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor.

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Granite City Radio Theatre: Episode 3, Part 2

This podcast features the second hour of the third episode of the Granite City Radio Theatre as aired on KVSC 88.1 FM live from the Pioneer Place on Fifth on March 20, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

KVSC presented Granite City Radio Theatre in partnership with the Pioneer Place Theatre Company. GCRT was a locally written radio drama and comedy starring some of your favorite actors and actresses to have graced the Pioneer Place stage over the years.

Episode 3 of the Granite City Radio Theatre included music by Collective Unconscious with special guest Rachel Holder, actors, a foley sound effects artist …and lots of laughs.

KVSC’s Granite City Radio Theatre is supported by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Granite City Radio Theatre: Episode 3, Part 1

This podcast features the first hour of the third episode of the Granite City Radio Theatre as aired on KVSC 88.1 FM live from the Pioneer Place on Fifth on March 20, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

KVSC presented Granite City Radio Theatre in partnership with the Pioneer Place Theatre Company. GCRT was a locally written radio drama and comedy starring some of your favorite actors and actresses to have graced the Pioneer Place stage over the years.

Episode 3 of the Granite City Radio Theatre included music by Collective Unconscious with special guest Rachel Holder, actors, a foley sound effects artist …and lots of laughs.

KVSC’s Granite City Radio Theatre is supported by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Granite City Radio Theatre: Episode 2, Part 1

This podcast features the first hour of the second episode of the Granite City Radio Theatre as aired on KVSC 88.1 fm live from the Pioneer Place on Fifth on December 12, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

KVSC presented Granite City Radio Theatre in partnership with the Pioneer Place Theatre Company. GCRT was a locally written radio drama and comedy starring some of your favorite actors and actresses to have graced the Pioneer Place stage over the years.

Episode 2 of the Granite City Radio Theatre included music by Collective Unconscious with special guest George Mauer, actors, a foley sound effects artist …and lots of laughs. 

KVSC’s Granite City Radio Theatre is supported by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Granite City Radio Theatre: Episode 2, Part 2

This podcast features the first hour of the second episode of the Granite City Radio Theatre as aired on KVSC 88.1 fm live from the Pioneer Place on Fifth on December 12, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

KVSC presented Granite City Radio Theatre in partnership with the Pioneer Place Theatre Company. GCRT was a locally written radio drama and comedy starring some of your favorite actors and actresses to have graced the Pioneer Place stage over the years.

Episode 2 of the Granite City Radio Theatre included music by Collective Unconscious with special guest George Mauer, actors, a foley sound effects artist …and lots of laughs.

KVSC’s Granite City Radio Theatre is supported by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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The Rocky Horror Show Sweeps St. Cloud

In one of the sexiest news features to ever air on KVSC, Art & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack visits the Curtain Call Community Theater as they prepared to amaze St. Cloud with their production of the Rocky Horror Show at D.B. Searle’s over Halloween weekend of 2012. Toast, rice, and squirt guns were in abundance as the audience became part of the performance in this once in a lifetime experience that left St. Cloud rapt with antici . . . . pation! 

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Granite City Radio Theatre: Episode 1, Part 1

This podcast features the first hour of the first episode of the Granite City Radio Theatre as aired on KVSC 88.1 fm live from the Pioneer Place on October 3, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. 

KVSC presented Granite City Radio Theatre in partnership with the Pioneer Place Theatre Company. GCRT was a locally written radio drama and comedy starring some of your favorite actors and actresses to have graced the Pioneer Place stage over the years.

Episode 1 of the Granite City Radio Theatre included music by Collective Unconscious, actors, a foley sound effects artist …and lots of laughs. It was the first of its kind for KVSC 88.1 FM Your Sound Alternative.

KVSC’s Granite City Radio Theatre is supported by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

 

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Granite City Radio Theatre: Episode 1, Part 2

This podcast features the second hour of the first episode of the Granite City Radio Theatre as aired on KVSC 88.1 fm live from the Pioneer Place on October 3, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. 

KVSC presented Granite City Radio Theatre in partnership with the Pioneer Place Theatre Company. GCRT was a locally written radio drama and comedy starring some of your favorite actors and actresses to have graced the Pioneer Place stage over the years.

Episode 1 of the Granite City Radio Theatre included music by Collective Unconscious, actors, a foley sound effects artist …and lots of laughs. It was the first of its kind for KVSC 88.1 FM Your Sound Alternative.

KVSC’s Granite City Radio Theatre is supported by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Art of Recovery

Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with Lee Ladue from the SCSU Women’s Center and Alicia Nichols from the Minnesota Office of Justice Programs about the Art of Recover exhibit now on display in the Atwood Gallery on the SCSU campus. The Art of Recovery is comprised of artwork from a variety of Minnesotans who have been victims of crimes, and their art reflects their healing process so that other crime victims may find strength and understanding. 

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Survive and Thrive in St. Cloud

Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with SCSU English Professor Rex Veeder about the upcoming Survive and Thrive conference October 24 through the 27 at the River’s Edge Convention Center, the Pioneer Place on Fifth, and D.B. Searle’s in St. Cloud. Survive and Thrive is more than just the name of the conference; it is also the underlying philosophy that survivors of sudden cardiac arrest must adapt into their lives in order to recover. One must have something to live for, and the medical sciences are beginning to look at the science behind creativity as this “something to live for.” The incorporation of this philosophy is making the conference more of a festival than just classrooms and panel discussions, so hold on as Dr. Veeder lets us know how we can survive and thrive!

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SCSU International Film Festival with Felip Costaglioli

International Cinema and Aesthetics Professor Felip Costaglioli of St. Cloud State University's Department Theatre and Film Studies takes some time to share his love of cinema and previews the 2012 International Film Series with Jo McMullen.

Professor Costaglioli has curated the film series for many years based on a theme--which is revealed to the audience near the end of the series.

The films are screened held every Monday night at 7:00 p.m. in the Atwood Center Theatre at SCSU. All films are FREE and open to the public. A lively discussion follows each film. For more information, contact Felip Costaglioli at 320-308-3229.

All films shown with English subtitles.

Take a listen to this podcast to get a first hand introduction to the International Film Series.

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Eva Kor's Story of Survival

 Author and Holocaust Survivor Eva Kor was a guest of St. Cloud State University on September of 2012. She shared her inspiring and remarkable Auschwitz survival story.

Kor was subject to Nazi concentration camp medical experiments on twins, conducted by German SS officer and physician Josef Mengele. This podcast is Kor's presentation to SCSU students sponsored by St. Cloud State's MedTech Industry Master of Science Degree programs and Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, in collaboration with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.

An international author and speaker, Eva Kor has dedicated her life as a tireless advocate of forgiveness and human rights.

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2012 St. Cloud Film Festival

In this news feature, Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with a number of directors and producers who participated in the St. Cloud Film Festival in September of 2012. Taking place during three consecutive days at the Pioneer Place on Fifth and an additional fourth day at the Paramount Theatre in downtown St. Cloud; the film festival featured clips from award winning films as well as films produced by area school children and participants of the "Day for Night" 24 hour film contest. Grab your popcorn and enjoy!

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Hairspray Begins 15th Great Season

In this news feature, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack has a lively chat with some members of the Great River Educational Arts Theatre just before their production of John Water’s Hairspray took the stage in September of 2012. Hairspray ran from Friday September 7th through Sunday September 16th at the Paramount Theater and featured a cast of over thirty actors. GREAT Theater is also celebrating its 15th season in St. Cloud with a variety of other productions including The Hobbit, a Christmas Carol, Junie B. Jones, Annie, Charlotte’s Web, and The King and I.

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S.C.A.R. Dolls Compete Locally

This news feature feature is all about the roller derby. As this unique and very popular sport begins to take hold in St. Cloud, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack interviews the ladies of the S.C.A.R. Dolls, who are an eclectic cross section of our community. The St. Cloud Area Roller Dolls will be hosted their first home bout Saturday, September 8th at 7:00 PM at the Bernicks Arena in Sartell. It was a family friendly event and also a fundraiser for breast cancer research. 

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Second Annual Weekend of Songs

 

This podcast is all about the art of songwriting as Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack hung out at the Local Blend in St. Joseph August 24 to the 26, 2012 for the second annual Weekend of Songs songwriter festival. 

The three day festival of singer/songwriter performances, open mics, meet-ups, and jam sessions celebrating songs and songwriters included stunning performances by songwriters from around the country, around the state, and around our local community. 

Topping off the weekend was the "18 hour Songwriting Challenge" where Rocori High School student Nathan Ness walked away with the Golden Ukulele after composing a song from a topic picked out of a hat. 

Performer Participants included: Adam Hammer & Dave Cofell, John Larson, Courtney Yasmineh, Jeff & Muggsy of Collective Unconscious, Tom VandenAvond & Soda Gardocki in-the-round,  Carl Unbehaun, Christopher Laumb, Tom Feldmann, RenaHous & Leon Laudenbach in-the-round. 

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Sizzlin' Summer Art Crawl: A Weekend to Remember

August 17 and 18 2012, over 30 downtown St. Cloud businesses hosted the Sizzlin' Summer Downtown Art Crawl. In this feature, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack previews the event with a number of interviews with excited business owners lik Dan Barth from the Pioneer Place and Jules from Jules Bistro, artists and musicians from Visual Arts Minnesota's Art-Off, representatives from Paramount Arts and the St. John's Liturgical Press and many more. With businesses opening their doors to artists and the public to showcase both innovative new art as well as some old time favorites, this was an artistic weekend to remember!

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Legacy Weekend July 2012

The 2008 passage of Minnesota’s Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment has had a profound effect upon communities all over the state, and Explore Minnesota has come up with a series of Legacy Destination Weekends, an innovative program to help showcase Legacy events.  In this July 2012 news feature, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with Executive Director of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Sheila Smith about Minnesota’s unique manner of supporting the arts and previews upcoming events which the Legacy Destination Weekend will be celebrating here in St. Cloud and the surrounding area.

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Sacred Legacy Edward S. Curtis Exhibit

Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack traveled to the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post to attend the June 2012 opening reception for “Sacred Legacy: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian.”  This photography exhibit features over 50 images created by Edward Curtis in the early 1900s of western Native Americans and their ancient civilizations just as the culture of the United States began to overrun them.  The Mille Lacs Indian Museum will have Sacred Legacy on display until September 16, 2012.

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Avon Arts 2012

Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack traveled to Aunt Annie’s Quilts and Silks in Avon to talk with some of the founding members of the Avon Area Arts regarding Celebration of the Arts in June 2012.  With kids’activities, artist demonstrations, great food, and a host of live local music, the 6th annual Celebration of the Arts not only has something for everybody, but it also shows how a well organized, volunteer driven arts organization has developed a vibrant sense of community and creativity within Central Minnesota.

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Sinclair Lewis Historical Ties to St. Cloud, MN

Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talked with Mary Mathews and Alex Ames about Nobel Prize winning author Sinclair Lewis and his history in St. Cloud.  Various events were held in June 2012 featuring Sinclair Lewis as part of the South Side Historic Home Tour’s Main Street to Eighth Street Celebration. You'll hear about the direct connection to SCSU of Sinclair Lewis and his brother, a prominent doctor who owned a home in what is now called the Lewis House on campus.

 

 

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The Transit of Venus from SCSU

On Tuesday, June 5, 2012, our sunset included a once in a lifetime event.  Venus made its transit across the face of the sun.  And as this happened, the SCSU Physics & Chemistry Department held a viewing party in the Wick Science Building which attracted far more people than they expected.  As families gathered in a standing room only planetarium and in an overflow classroom, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack got to talk with SCSU Astronomy Professor Gary Bohannan about the Venus Transit, the collaborative effort between SCSU Departments that made the viewing party possible, and humanity’s place amongst the stars.   

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Minnesota Historical Society: A New Deal for Artists

Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack traveled to St. Paul to visit the Minnesota Historical Society and their spring and summer 2012 exhibit, 1934 A New Deal for Artists.  With parallels to our current Legacy Amendment, the New Deal directly paid artists to produce art for not only the sake of art, but also so that they could actually work and help support their communities as the country struggled to emerge from the Great Depression.  The runs through the end of September.

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Global Goes Local conference

News Director Adam Ulbricht spoke with Professor Steve Phillion about the Global Goes Local conference in April, 2012.  The discussion includes information about the conference and the lives of immigrant workers in Minn.

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Science and Engineering Festival, Washington D.C.

In late April 2012 KVSC News Director Adam Ulbricht went to Washington D.C. with others from St.Cloud State University for the USA Science and Engineering Festival.  The purpose of the event is to compel young people to take an interest in science and engineering. Grab a paper windmill and listen to Adam's report.

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St. Cloud Film Festival

The silver screen gets lit up in St. Cloud as Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack dropped into the Red Carpet for the St Cloud Film Festival kickoff party in spring 2012.  Primarily a volunteer driven endeavor, the St. Cloud Film Festival is just beginning to accept submissions for its second year of existence. Jeff talked with some of the organizers and participants about their passion for film and how this has led to the development of a new fixture in the St. Cloud area arts scene.    

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Shakespeare Festival

(June 2012) “Oh! For a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention;” it’s the GREAT Theatre’s Shakespeare Festival continuing in St. Cloud.Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talked with Dennis Whipple and Chris Brown from GREAT Theatre about the festival and its myriad of partner organizations including the Stearns History Museum, the St. Cloud Public Library, and Visual Arts MN, we get to find out what it means when Shakespeare writes, “Things won are done; joy's soul lies in the doing.'

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Symphony of Laughter

In this news feature, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack has St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Sandy Neadau in the studio and comedian Scott Hansen on the phone as they discuss this weekend’s Symphony of Laughter fundraiser for the SCSO’s program Classics for Kids. This fundraising partnership began when Sandy and Scott realized that they grew up in the same small Wisconsin town without ever meeting each other. The Symphony of Laughter takes place Saturday, April 28th at the Red Carpet Event Center in downtown St. Cloud.

 

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SCSU Community Garden & Tracy Ore

For those who didn’t know, there is a thriving community garden on the campus of SCSU, and its in the spring when planning, preparation, and planting all take place. Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talked with SCSU Professor Tracy Ore in the spring of 2012. She is the coordinator for the SCSU Community Garden. They discussed the history of community gardening in St. Cloud, the bonds that develop through community gardening, and how you can get involved! Enjoy!

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Extended Interview with Larry Haws

 

Back on a warm and breezy summer day back in 2010, retiring State Representative Larry Haws sat down with Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack to talk about the history of the parks system in St. Cloud.  With the passing of Larry Haws on March 27, 2012, KVSC would like to honor his memory by providing the extended 40-minute version of our original feature interview.  There will be a celebration of the life of Larry Haws on Monday, April 9, at the River's Edge Convention Center in downtown St. Cloud from 1:00-5:00 PM and Memorials are preferred to go to the Central Minnesota Community Foundation for the Haws Family Fund that is being established in Larry's name.

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Terry Vermillion - All The Way To Carnegie Hall

In this feature interview, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with SCSU Music Department Chair Terry Vermillion about his recent performance with Trio Lorca at Carnegie Hall. 

Yes, THE Carnegie Hall. 

Joining Professor Vermillion in New York City and rounding out the group Trio Lorca were soprano Catherine Verrilli and flutist Melissa Krause.  Also during this lively conversation about the journey that led from right here in central Minnesota all the way to the pinnacle of musical performance in the Big Apple, Jeff and Terry talk about the importance of music education and what the SCSU Music Department is doing to help graduates succeed in their teaching careers.

 

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National History Day 2012

 

In this news feature, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack explores Revolution, Reaction, and Reform in History.  This is the theme for the 2012 National History Day competition for students in grades 6 through 12 being hosted by the Minnesota Historical Society at the Miller Learning Resource Center on the campus of St. Cloud State University this Saturday March 17 beginning at 9 AM.  The Central Regional Event in Minnesota for National History Day is free and open to the public to see projects which will make it to the next level of competition, taking place in April at the University of Minnesota.

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Young Artist Exhibition Program

In this feature interview, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with high school students, Karli Jopp and Abraham Williams, who are involved with the Visual Arts Minnesota “Young Artist Exhibition Program” and will be exhibiting their art during the spring 2012 Downtown St. Cloud Art Crawl at US Bank.  The Young Artist Exhibition Program is now in its second year of existence and is on the verge of creating a lineage of artists educating each other on the myriad of best practices when it comes to how to exhibit and promote their art.

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Ted Sherarts and the Collective Memory

 

In this feature interview, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with retired SCSU Arts Professor Ted Sherarts about the Collective Memory of the Arts in St. Cloud.  Since late November 2011, Visual Arts Minnesota has been hosting this ongoing conversation moderated by Sherarts and involving a good number of longtime artists from the community.  Through these conversations, and through the art which has been brought and discussed during these events, the history of art in St. Cloud has not only come to life, but also been recorded.

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Minnesota Disasters at the Stearns History Musuem

Rachel Armstrong of Duluth tries to dig her car out of deep snow on Nov. 1, 1991, during the worst of the Halloween blizzard. (Bob King / News-Tribune)In this FeaturesCast, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack visits the Stearns History Museum to talk about a new exhibit from the Minnesota Historical Society regarding the history of disasters in Minnesota.

From locust plagues to the I-35 bridge collapse to a good number of overly intense blizzards, Minnesota has seen its fair share of catastrophes. This exhibit not only explores the disasters themselves but also the nature in which Minnesotans responded to them and helped out their neighbors in various times of need. Photo credit.

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Central Minnesota Arts Board

Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack has another interview with Leslie Schumaker, the Executive Director for the Central Minnesota Arts Board. The CMAB is one of the seven regional arts boards around the state of Minnesota tasked with providing arts grants and developing healthy artistic communities. Jeff and Leslie discuss important grant deadlines that are approaching as well as how the effects of the arts are being measured within our communities.

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River's Edge Convention Center Mississippi River Feature Wall

In this feature, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with Melissa Gohman from the Paramount Visual Arts Center about the unveiling on January 5, 2012 of the Feature Wall Mural at the River’s Edge Convention Center in Downtown St. Cloud. This massive two story work highlights the ecosystem of Mississippi River as it passes though St. Cloud and is the culmination of months of collaborative work by a good number of local Central MN artists.

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Great River Arts of Little Falls

In this feature, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack heads up Highway 10 to Little Falls and the Great River Arts Association. This vibrant arts organization has much to offer its community through partnerships and good times.

On a recent Saturday afternoon, the Little Falls Community High School Art Club took over Great River Arts to glaze pottery in preparation for their Empty Bowls fundraiser for the “Oasis Share a Meal” organization on Sunday, Jan. 29. It was at this event that Jeff encountered the dedicated volunteers, innovative staff, and inspired artwork of the Great River Arts Association as well as the conversations that follow.

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Dancing With Many Voices

Dancing with Many VoicesArts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack explores Dancing with Many Voices, a multi-discipline dance performance this weekend produced by the Wicked Sister Dance Theater and the Pioneer Place. His guests include Wicked Sister Dance Correographer David DeBlieck and St. Cloud State student Karthi Veeramani.

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Veteran's Day Special: Pat Tillman

Pat Tillman was an All Pro safety in the NFL until he decided to trade in his uniform for another type of uniform. Tillman left the NFL after the attacks of September 11th, 2001. He joined the army with his brother Kevin to fight for his country. He served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was killed as the result of friendly fire in April of 2004. KVSC News Director Adam Ulbricht tells Tillman’s story and speaks with Hunter Riley of the Pat Tillman Foundation.

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Interview with writer, photographer and teacher Jan Phillips

jan_big.jpgArts and Cultural Heritage producer Jeff Carmack has an interview with writer, photographer, and teacher Jan Phillips who is coming to central Minnesota as part of the Women Artists Program sponsored by Visual Arts Minnesota, the Central Minnesota Community Foundation, and the Paramount Visual Arts Center.

Jan Phillips is a visionary author and dynamic speaker who ignites original thinking and inspires evolutionary action. Her most recent book is titled "No Ordinary Time: The Rise of Spiritual Intelligence and Evolutionary Creativity" and she’ll be holding a workshop on creativity at the Paramount Visual Arts Center on Wednesday October 26th beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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Occupy Wall Street Movement hits Minneapolis

occupymn.jpgInspired by the Egyptian Tahrir Square uprising and other revolutionary movements across the world, the Occupy Wall Street movement has just entered its second month of activity. Minnesota’s very own Occupy movement began on October 7th and KVSC reporter Barbara Bates was there at the newly deemed People’s Plaza in Minneapolis taking in the sights and sounds. This news feature highlights her experiences at the Occupy Minnesota rally, the people she encountered throughout the day, and the ideology that is springing up across the nation. Follow the movement at occupytogether.org.

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Navigating the Aftermath

Navigating_web_MEDIUM_e1296949688574.jpgIn this feature, Arts & Cultural Heritage Reporter Jeff Carmack talks with Nathan Fisher, the curator for Navigating the Aftermath and producer of the film The Unreturned. Navigating the Aftermath is a traveling art exhibition about healing and reconciliation by American soldier artists as well as Iraqi citizen artists coming to the Paramount Lobby Gallery from September 23rd until October 6th. The Unreturned is a documentary film detailing the lives of five Iraqi families who are still living in exile due to the conditions in Iraq following the eight year war.

A number of events are scheduled in St. Cloud. For a full list, visit the official Navigating the Aftermath website or visit the event page on Facebook.

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Jimmy Baca Prison Poetry

Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack discusses poetry and prison with two documentary film makers who have travelled through the area to interview SCSU English professor Rex Veeder regarding his long term relationship with poet Jimmy Baca. The film “A Place to Stand” documents the hardships of Baca’s early life, which eventually lead him to prison, as well as his determination to learn and reach out to those who shared his poetic outlook on the challenges of life.

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Expert Tips for Your Trip to the 2011 Minnesota State Fair

minnesota_state_fair_2011.jpgIn this FeaturesCast, KVSC News Reporter Eric Wheeler speaks with Minnesota State Fair Marketing and Communications Manager Brienna Schuette. Listen to this interview for all the best things to do and see while at the Minnesota State Fair. From Fair staples such as Sweet Martha’s Chocolate Chip Cookies and the Ye Olde Mill ride to all the best performances and the best way to get to the fair, Brienna Schuette gives her seven years of expert insight into all the unique experiences one can expect to have at the Minnesota State Fair and why the largest 12-day event in North America is so special.

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Interview with Ryan Ott of I am MN Nice

iammnnice.jpegKVSC News Reporter Eric Wheeler interviewd Ryan Ott of “I am MN Nice.” Ryan is the founder of  IamMNNice.com, a website dedicated to sharing "what’s best in Minnesota." I am MN Nice started out as a simple slogan for Minnesotans to have something they can embrace and connect with. Years later, the concept has moved on from just a slogan and T-shirt sales to a website featuring videos of the best places in Minnesota. Ryan’s latest project has a goal of featuring videos of Minnesota businesses, places and events for 365 consecutive days.

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Andy Ditlevson Interview on Job Hunting

careerservices.jpgKVSC News Reporter Mike Doyle sat down with Andy Ditlevson, associate director of the Career Services Center at St. Cloud State, to talk about the recent Senior Survey, which polled spring 2011 graduates and employers actively hiring about job expectations. Ditlevson conducted the survey and shares some of the results, which showed significant gaps between job expectations of graduating seniors and employers. Also, Ditlevson gives advice to job hunters about using social networks as a doorway into their chosen career.

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CSB/SJU Eco Byway

ecobyway.pngIn this News Feature, Arts & Cultural Heritage Reporter Jeff Carmack heads out to the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University to preview their Eco Byway art exhibit and upcoming artist reception this Saturday, June 25, beginning at noon. A little while back, St. Bens and St. Johns Fine Arts made a call for artists who live or work within 10 miles of the entirety of Interstate 94 as it winds its way through seven states. The exhibit touches upon a variety of ecological issues that we as Americans are currently facing as well as how this major artery ties us all together.

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Muggsy Lauer Talks Coffee

The "cup of joe" is one of the icons of the American breakfast table. For some, it is breakfast. But what does it take to get your morning jolt of caffeine? The answer is a lot more complicated than you might think. In this news feature, KVSC's Ben Prchal sat down with local bean roaster and friend-of-the-station Muggsy Lauer to talk about where coffee comes from, its economic future and his 20 year history working in the bean biz. So kick-start your coffee maker, grab your favorite mug and check out this podcast as KVSC brings you the story of perhaps the most vital beverage around.

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St. Cloud Historic Homes Tour

historic_home_scsu.jpghistoric_home.jpghistoric_home3.jpg In this News Feature, Arts & Cultural Heritage Reporter Jeff Carmack takes us on the historic home tour which recently wound its way through the St. Cloud State University neighborhood. From repurposing historic homes into academic offices to renovating existing homes, this lively neighborhood is a showcase for some of the original building in St. Cloud.

Read the news release issused by SCSU Communications here.

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Economics of the Art Crawl June 2011

dt_artcrawl.jpegIn today’s news feature, Arts & Cultural Heritage Reporter Jeff Carmack explores the local economics of the arts. With the Downtown St. Cloud Art Crawl happening Friday, June 10, 2011, from 5 until 9 p.m., our community has the opportunity to enjoy the creative endeavors of area artists, socialize with neighbors on a festive summer evening, and most importantly, stimulate the local economy in a manner which actually creates a national ripple effect that is now being measured through the National Arts Index and United Arts of Central Minnesota.

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Interview with a Jeopardy! Champion of Stefan's Dream

sam_meyer.pngIn this FeaturesCast, KVSC Reporter Ben Prchal interviews "Jeopardy!" contestant Sam Meyer. The story of how Meyer made it to the most recognizable trivia TV show in the world and his experience on the show are all outlined in this live, uncut interview.

Meyer's story is of special interest to all of us here at KVSC as this is the second time this year that a member of Stefan’s Dream—a longtime team of our annual “Trivia Weekend” contest—has appeared on "Jeopardy!" Meyer of St. Joseph, Minn. has participated on Stefan’s Dream since his days at Apollo High School in St. Cloud, Minn. and has even played while serving on active military duty in Iraq. Julia Carlis, also of Stefan’s Dream was on “Jeopardy!” earlier this year. 

View Meyer's Winner's Circle video here.

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The Green Band of St. Cloud and Making Music for Making Changes

mmmc.jpgIn this news feature, Arts and Cultural Heritage producer Jeff Carmack visits with Justin Michael, Executive Director of the Green Band of St. Cloud, about an innovative program which is making a difference in our community. It’s called Making Music for Making Changes, and it’s bringing musicians, artists, and non-profit organizations together at the Meeting Grounds in St. Cloud twice a month to promote awareness, raise funds, and have a good time listening to great music. We invite you to listen in and find out a little more information about this new artistic social movement taking place right here in St. Cloud.

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The Journey: From the Third World to Middle America (Pt I)

somaliwoman_1.jpgPart one of “The Journey: From the Third World to Middle America” by KVSC News Director Chris Duffy takes a look at the Somali population in St. Cloud, Minn., which has swelled from just a handful to an estimated six to seven thousand. They come to the United States from their war-torn country in search of a better life, but when they get here they quickly find being a stranger in a new land comes with a whole new basket of challenges.

In this feature, KVSC News Director Chris Duffy explores the struggles Somali refugees face with things like finding jobs and learning English… but also tells stories of Somalis who have found success in America. Duffy is receiving his Master of Science degree in Mass Communications this week and spent his entire spring semester producing what he considers his "signature piece" from his time as News Director.

Image credit: metroafrican.com

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The Journey: From the Third World to Middle America (pt 2)

somaliwoman_1.jpgPart two of “The Journey: From the Third World to Middle America” by KVSC News Director Chris Duffy takes a look at the Somali population in St. Cloud, Minn., which has swelled from just a handful to an estimated six to seven thousand. They come to the United States from their war-torn country in search of a better life, but when they get here they quickly find being a stranger in a new land comes with a whole new basket of challenges.

In this feature, KVSC News Director Chris Duffy explores the struggles Somali refugees face with things like finding jobs and learning English… but also tells stories of Somalis who have found success in America. Duffy is receiving his Master of Science degree in Mass Communications this week and spent his entire spring semester producing what he considers his "signature piece" from his time as News Director.

Image credit: metroafrican.com

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Slavery in the Upper Mississippi Valley

chris_lehman.jpgAs the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War is upon us, we have an interview conducted by Arts & Cultural Heritage Reporter Jeff Carmack with St. Cloud State University Ethics Professor Christopher Lehman.

Professor Lehman has written a new book, "Slavery in the Upper Mississippi Valley, 1787-1865."  This discussion of the complicated nature of slavery within the United States touches upon the legal and social cultures of Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota during the time of slavery, and also sheds light on various incidents of slavery that have been documented in St. Cloud.

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Boys & Girls Club/Youth Supporting Youth Minnesota

In today’s Arts & Cultural Heritage news feature, Jeff Carmack explores an innovative arts program which has taken root at the Eastside Boys & Girls Club in St. Cloud. Recently, “Youth Supporting Youth Minnesota” put a little bit of funding into the Boys & Girls Club’s arts programming and now the art that was produced will be auctioned off tomorrow, Friday, April 1, during a special program being held at the Eastside Boys & Girls Club from 5-9 p.m.

Now in its second year, this program gives children in our area a chance for artistic recognition as well as the opportunity to use the proceeds from their art sales to support another youth based non-profit, Kids Against Hunger.

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Beyond the Bog Road with Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul

EileenMainPhoto.jpgOn Saturday, March 5th, the College of St. Benedict St. John’s University Fine Arts Programming is bringing one of the most accomplished Irish musicians of our age to Escher Auditorium on the College of St. Benedict Campus. Eileen Ivers is a Nine-Time All Ireland Fiddle Champion,A Grammy Award Winner, has played with the London Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, was the original Musical star of Riverdance, and has performed with a wide variety of musicians including Sting, Hall and Oates, and Patti Smith.

Eileen Ivers’s current project is entitled “Beyond the Bog Road” This is a multimedia concert of music, story, dance, and film which celebrates the journey of Irish immigrants into North America where their culture and music met and evolved with the other roots music of the time to become one of the cornerstones of what we understand to be our cultural heritage.

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Interview with Leading Film Designer TyRuben Ellingson

TyRuben_Ellingson.jpegLeading Hollywood conceptual designer TyRuben Ellingson returns to his alma mater for a free presentation titled “Art School to Avatar” from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, in St. Cloud State University’s Atwood Memorial Center Ballroom.

In this FeaturesCast, News Director Chris Duffy talks to Ellingson about his success as a leading conceptual film designer, his experience as a student at SCSU and how he got to where he is today. Ellingson had a main role in establishing the look of the human presence on the alien world of Pandora in "Avatar." As lead vehicle designer, Ellingson was a major player in helping Director James Cameron carry out his legendary vision for the interstellar 3-D adventure; Ellingson designed all but two of the vehicles that were so prevalent in the film.

Ellingson has an impressive resume that includes visual effects art director on Steven Spielberg’s 1993 “Jurassic Park" and has two blockbuster films due out later this year. Listen to this podcast for a preview of his special presentation.

 

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Rogue Buddha and Michael Thomsen in the Atwood Gallery

In this news feature, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack explores a synchronistic artistic happening in the Atwood Gallery. Currently, artist Michael Thomsen’s intricate sculptures and paintings are on display. Michael Thomsen is an internationally renowned artist who is second in a series of three such renowned artists coming to St. Cloud via the Rogue Buddha Gallery in NE Minneapolis. Jeff speaks with Michael as well as with representatives from the two galleries to discuss how international art has once again come to the St. Cloud University campus.

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Strategies for Enjoying a Healthier, Happier, More Fulfilling Life

Thomas_Roberts_sm.jpegTom Roberts is a nationally recognized educator, author and speaker who translates mindfulness techniques into practical strategies for enjoying a healthier, happier, more fulfilling life. He's the author of The Mindfulness Workbook: A Beginner's Guide to Overcoming fear and Embracing Compassion. Most recently, he's an instructor at St. Cloud State. His course, Mindfulness Based Approaches to Healing, focuses on integrating healing practices in counseling and other helping professions. In this interview with KVSC News Director Chris Duffy, Roberts discusses his course, his profession, and even takes listeners through a healing exercise!

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SCSU Professor Performs in Spalding Grey Classic

In this news feature, Arts & Cultural Heritage Reporter Jeff Carmack sits down with SCSU Theater and Film Studies Department Chair Jeffrey Bleam to discuss his upcoming performance at Saint John’s University as part of Spalding Grey’s “Stories Left to Tell.” This traveling performance utilizes a local actor to fill out the five member cast wherever it goes, giving slightly different voices to the variety of stories told by the legendary monologist Spalding Grey.

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Polka at Rollie's Rednecks and Longnecks

Picture_160.jpgIn this news feature, Arts & Cultural Heritage Reporter Jeff Carmack heads out to Rollie's Rednecks and Longnecks in St. Cloud not to ride the mechanical bull, but to dance the polka with a fun and lively group of seniors. Polka at Rollie's is a regular Tuesday afternoon event which celebrates one of the earliest components of our Minnesotan culture and draws a dedicated crowd from our area as well as from around the state. So listen along, and polka like no one is watching!

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Interview with Creator of minnesotaforecaster.com

In this interview with Bill Stein, creator of minnesotaforecaster.com, KVSC News producers Dave Overlund and Chris Duffy discuss the conception of the site and how forecasters are reacting to its content. The site gathers the predictions of Twin Cities meteorologists before, and during, winter storms and gives them a final letter grade based on accuracy, honesty and consistency.

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Young Artist Exhibition Mentorship Program

YAEMP_Imageofkids.jpgIn this news feature, Arts & Cultural Heritage Reporter Jeff Carmack heads downstairs to the Paramount Theater studios to talk with Heidi Stedman from Visual Arts Minnesota and a group of young artists and their mentors who are participating in the Young Artist Exhibition Mentorship Program. The program, in its first year of existence, brings high school aged artists together with experienced artists for the purpose of exploring an obvious but often overlooked and very important aspect of being an artist, the exhibiting artwork once it is produced.

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Miller Learning Resources Center hosts Poetry Slam

Poets2_1.jpegIt’s been 10 years since the James W. Miller Learning Resources Center on the campus of St. Cloud State University opened its doors to students. Arts & Cultural Heritage Reporter Jeff Carmack recently talked with a variety of folks involved with the year-long celebration of this achievement. From the Dean of Learning Resources to the leaders and coordinators of the poetry slam, including Desdemona and Ibe Kaba, to some of the students who’ve discovered that they too have a voice, all of it can be found in this feature podcast.

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Great River Regional Library

IMG_0046.jpegHave you ever wondered where the money raised by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment goes and how the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund is specifically affecting your community? During this news feature, Arts & Cultural Heritage reporter Jeff Carmack presents a partially answer to that question. The Great River Regional Library system has been a recipient of Legacy grants, and during this first fiscal year of the funding, the 32 branch libraries have been able to offer over 500 new programs to serve over 22,000 people. On this trip around to various rural Central Minnesota libraries, you’ll get to hear from some very excited librarians about what this funding has done for their programming as well as why the Great River Regional Library “is not your grandma’s library” any more.

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Head Water Blues Basement Riff Fundraiser

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Arts & Cultural Heritage Reporter Jeff Carmack visits with SCSU Professor Rex Veeder about this Sunday’s Head Water Blues Basement Riff Fundraiser for Take Heart Minnesota at the Pioneer Place Theater. The theme for the fundraiser is Survive and Thrive, a concept that involves both what survivors of sudden cardiac arrest experience as well as what art, music, and poetry can do for our daily lives.

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Superheroes of Trivia Epic in Three Parts

triviaman_small.jpgThe production department here at KVSC has put together an epic trivia push in a three-part series. In this series, Professor _________ and Watt successfully infiltrate the bowels of Stewart Hall to uncover the treasures of trivia answers hidden in the vault of KVSC. This sign of danger and unrest triggers Trivia Man and Call Girl to team up to recover the answers before they are used to destroy Trivia Weekend 2011. How will this evil plot to annihilate Trivia Weekend turn out? You'll need to listen to each episode as these unsettling events unfold...

Listen to episode one here.

Listen to episode two here.

Listen to episode three here.

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Interview with Executive Director of Visual Arts Minnesota

VAM_Logo.jpgIn today’s news feature, Arts & Cultural Heritage Reporter Jeff Carmack brings us an interview with Heidi Stedman. Heidi is the Executive Director of Visual Arts Minnesota, a non-profit arts organization which is utilizing grants from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund to help artists of all ages to develop their art and to increase their visibility within our community.

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SCSU at the USA Science & Engineering Festival

billnye.jpegThe Inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival took place Oct. 10-24, 2010 in Washington D.C. KVSC News Director Chris Duffy was there to cover St. Cloud State University's involvement at the festival. During his time, he met with Larry Bock, organizer of the festival; Carolyn Williams, associate dean for multicultural affairs & STEM initiatives at SCSU; and some of the students who worked at the SCSU booth and the theme of "Wow! Wind Power." This special feature concludes with an exclusive interview with television's Bill Nye.

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Jesus Christ Super Star at Pioneer Place

jesus_christ_superstar.jpgRecently, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack attended a rather unique event at the Pioneer Place Theater which was held in conjunction with its current production of Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Jesus Christ Superstar. It’s called the Artist Spotlight and it was a chance for the public to interact and have a discussion with the creative individuals associated with the Pioneer Place’s productions.  During the presentation, Pioneer Place Artistic Director Michael Kelley guided the discussion amongst the artistic team of local talent which included Music Director Jeff Engholm, Choreographer David Deblieck, Costume Designer & SCSU Theater, Film Studies, and Dance Department Chair Jeffrey Bleam, and Scenic Designer Justin Hooper as they discussed the creative process and how Jesus Christ Superstar came to life in St. Cloud.

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Exploring the Paramount Visual Arts Center

216.jpegHave you ever wanted to get into the creation of art but didn't know how?  Have you ever wanted to learn the finer points of painting from a master painter?  In this FeaturesCast, Arts & Cultural Heritage Reporter Jeff Carmack interviews Paramount Visual Arts Director Melisa Gohman about art classes, workshops, and the variety of studio opportunities offered by the Paramount Visual Arts Center where you, yes you, can take art into your own hands!

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First Annual St. Cloud Pridefest

image323.jpgHeidi Aldes, Director of the LGBT Resource Center at St. Cloud State University joins News Director Chris Duffy to discuss St. Cloud Pridefest taking place Sept. 24-25, 2010 with events taking place at Lake George and The Red Carpet Nightclub.

As the lead coordinator of St. Cloud Pridefest, Aldes talks about the organization process and what one can expect to find during the festivities. Beyond the many events at St. Cloud Pridefest, which includes performers such as Jodie Marsuka, Cee Cee Russell and Steel Blue, Aldes also discusses the goals of Pridefest and the LGBT community at large.

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Art Student Union

ASE.jpgWhat is it with kids today?  It’s rhetorical, but everyone’s got an answer, including the innovative group of SCSU students who form the Art Student Union.  Not only do these college kids create evocative artwork of their own, but they’ve also gone and opened up their own gallery in downtown St. Cloud with the help of the Central Minnesota Arts Board.  Join Arts & Cultural Heritage Reporter Jeff Carmack as he follows the Art Student Union along their way to the Downtown St. Cloud Art Crawl and the grand opening of The Vault Gallery at 822 W. St. Germain Street in St. Cloud.

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Interview with St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra Music Director

symphony_2.jpgIn this FeaturesCast, Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack is reminded of his childhood as he listens to the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra prepare for its next showcase, which includes the music of Star Wars. Carmack interviews Music Director Andrew Altenbach on his take on the new musical season and his selection of Star Wars as inclusion in the fall line up. Take a listen to this FeaturesCast to learn about the full musical lineup of the new season, which begins this fall.

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Meet the Cast & Crew of "Lambent Fuse"

KeithBecker800x533_1.jpg"Lambent Fuse" was entirely shot in the Twin Cities by students from various colleges in the state of Minnesota, including St. Cloud State University student David Marketon. In this feature interview, KVSC News Director Chris Duffy sits down with Matt Cici, David Marketon and Dan Eckman-Thomas--cast and crew of this full-length feature film.

"Lambent Fuse" is a character-driven drama that illustrates human connection and choice. This complex narrative unfolds in a non-chronological time frame as the lives of these six main characters intertwine. Listen to this FeatureCast to learn more about the work put into this film and what goals the crew has now that the film is complete.

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The Creative Circle

pen_and_paper_tradeshow2_1_.jpgA diverse group of writers have been meeting regularly in a small coffee shop in Albany, MN for the past three years to create, critique, and caffeinate while supporting each others’ creative process. Arts & Cultural Heritage Reporter Jeff Carmack visited with The Creative Circle recently to hear their individual quests for expressing the wildest of ideas. From Fiction to Poetry to Non-Fiction to Family Instruction Guidebooks, all forms of writing are welcomed and shared, laughed over and critiqued. Some of the writers with an online presence include Phyllis Sather and Jeanette Clancy.

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Explore the Minnesota Zoo

minnesota_zoo_logo.jpgKVSC News Director Chris Duffy talks with Lee Ehmke, CEO & director of the Minnesota Zoo to discuss one of the best zoos in America. Ehmke stresses the importance of changing exhibits, econimoc support during a recesion and the importance of attracting people from all over the Midwest to visit the zoo. Listen in on this FeaturesCast to learn all about the Minnesota Zoo and everything it has to offer its visitors.

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Sisters of St. Benedict Travel to China

On this news feature, Arts and Cultural Heritage Reporter Jeff Carmack travels back in time with the Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict. "In Their Own Words: Mission to China and Taiwan” exhibit out at the Haehn Museum on the College of St. Benedict Campus.  This collection of letters and artifacts traces the lives of the Benedictine Sisters in China beginning in 1930 and gives us a sense of the ordeals that they went through during World War II and beyond.

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Head Water Blues Opry

head_waters_blues_opry1_1_.jpgWhat is The Blues?  Arts and Cultural Heritage Reporter Jeff Carmack looks for the answer as he explores the Head Water Blues Opry, performed at the Pioneer Place Theater in St. Cloud.  Unique with its audience emersion, The Head Water Blues Opry is "kind of" a musical and is written and directed by SCSU Professor Rex Veeder with a musical score written and performed by local Blues artist Leon Laudenbach.  You'll hear interviews with Rex Veeder, Dan Barth from the Pionner Place, and Iron Cat, a character from the Opry, as well as a selection of original music from the show.

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"THE LOVE KNOT" COMES TO THE PARAMOUNT

The_Love_Knot.jpgSo, is that a vasectomy in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? Find out the answer to this question as Arts and Cultural Heritage Reporter Jeff Carmack interviews Steve Barberio from the production company The Directors. The Directors will be bringing “The Love Knot” to the Paramount Theater in St. Cloud this Friday and Saturday night for its World Premiere before the comedy tours around the Midwest. It’s a conversation about comedy, arts in cities like St. Cloud, and what it takes to have a successful love life when you’re middle-aged.

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Sunday Afternoon at Weber's Deck

webersdeck.jpgOn Sunday afternoons throughout the summer, there is a unique and special music venue in French Lake, MN which features some of the best Blues and Bluegrass Minnesota has to offer.  It’s Weber’s Deck and it’s a non-profit lawn party in its second year of entertaining bikers, grandmas, and whole families.  With music from Erik Koskinen, Teague Alexy, and Tom Feldman and the Get Rites, everyone under the big shade tree is tappin’ their toes throughout this report from KVSC’s Jeff Carmack.

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Larry Haws on his Passion of the Parks in St. CLoud

15B.GIFState Representative Larry Haws from St. Cloud has worked in public service for over 40 years.  His list of accomplishments and awards include an Award of Recognition for service to Vietnam Veterans, a Citation of Service from the Saint Cloud Historical Preservation Association, and the “Eleven Who Care” Award from KARE 11 News to name just a few.  On the eve of his retirement from the State Legislature, and just as KVSC News kicks off the election season with a number of interviews with your local candidates, Representative Haws sits down with Arts & Cultural Heritage Reporter Jeff Carmack to discuss his career and one of his greatest passions ... the parks of St. Cloud.

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What is the MN Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund?

610.jpegThe arts are thriving in Central Minnesota and throughout the state. In this FeaturesCast, Arts and Cultural Heritage Reporter Jeff Carmack sits down with Leslie Schumaker from the Central Minnesota Arts Board and discusses the ongoing influence of the Minnesota Legacy Amendment and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Listen in to learn more about what this fund has done so far to make Minnesota the leader in the nation for supporting the arts and how individuals and organizations can apply for the next round of funding.

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Granite City Days

granite_city_days2.jpgSummer in Minnesota means a few things: playing in the park, playing in the water and playing around at all the festivals scattered about Central Minnesota. Thursday, June 24th is the Lemonade Concert and Arts Fair and the kickoff to St. Cloud's Granite City Days June 24-27. In this feature story, Arts & Cultural Heritage Reporter Jeff Carmack sits down with Mayor Dave Kleis and a number of organizers of the Granite City Days.

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Stearns History Museum

pancar.jpgIn this news feature, Arts & Cultural Heritage Reporter Jeff Carmack visits the Stearns History Museum in St. Cloud.  This report comes on the eve of the Stearns History Museum's Pan Barbeque Fundraiser on June 12, 2010, celebrating the history of the Pan Automobile Company in St. Cloud.  Come along and visit with the museum staff as they discuss exhibits that showcase the heritage of Minnesotans in Stearns County.

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A Look at the Many parks in the St Cloud Area

s.jpgSummer 2010 in St. Cloud means getting outdoors for fun, frolick, and festivals. From the foliage of the Beaver Island Trails and the Munsinger & Clemens Gardens to the Fido friendly dog playgrounds in Wilson and Whitney Parks, the City of St. Cloud offers more than 90 parks for your outdoor pleasure! Please join Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack as he sits down with City of St. Cloud Rec Director Scott Zlotnik to discuss the variety and history of parks in the Granite City. This report is made possible through the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and is produced by KVSC Radio.

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The Paramount Visual Arts Center

 216.jpegThe Paramount Theater has been the cultural jewel of downtown St. Cloud since the age of vaudeville.  However, do you know what takes place in the basement of this historic building?  It’s ART!  Lots and lots of art!  Please join KVSC’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Reporter Jeff Carmack as he visits the Paramount Visual Arts Center, located in the lower level of the Paramount Theater, for the last official Teen Night of the school year.  Hear from staff, artists, and a whole bunch of kids about the difference that having this space for art has made in their lives and in the community. Also, you can learn about upcoming summer camps!  This feature is supported by the MN Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Spotlight on St. Cloud Performing Arts!

Paramount.jpgTheater! It's what's on stage in St. Cloud!  Please join Arts & Cultural Reporter Jeff Carmack for a feature covering the rather unique and inspiring people and organizations which create a real world of make believe within our community.  In this report, you'll visit with professors from St. Cloud State University's Department of Theater, Film Studies, and Dance, learn about the Paramount Theater as well as the GREAT Theater Company which brings over one hundred performances to our area per year, and explore the Pioneer Place Theater, a newer kid on the performing arts block.  Drama, comedy, and dance on stage teach us life lessons through the creative wisdom of the past and present, and it's the original 3-D performance!  Support for this program is through the Minnesota Cultural Heritage Fund and produced by KVSC, Independent Public Radio.

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Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S.

In April of 2010, St. Cloud State University hosted the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States for their annual conference.   Please join Arts and Cultural Heritage Report Jeff Carmack this Thursday during the Noon Newswatch Program as he talks with SCSU Music Department Professors Scott Miller and Kristian Twombly about the conference and the imaginative manner in which this music is created.  After this report, you may never listen to your audio environment the same way again!

 

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The Importance of Networking in a Tough Job Market

job-market_1.jpgNews Director Chris Duffy interviews Andy Ditlevson, associate director of SCSU Career Services Center.  In this in-depth interview, Ditlevson discusses the importance of networking in a world of social media and how to tap in to those all-important contacts.  Even with social networking the importance of face-to-face contact is still the best way of landing the job you want.  Listen to this interview to understand how Career Services can help graduates in this tough job market.

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Jeff Carmack explores the Avon Area Arts

AvonArtsLogo_000.jpgHave you ever wondered what would happen if rural artists got together and helped support one another in their respective arts?  Find out by listening in as Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack explores the Avon Area Arts.  This volunteer-driven arts group has been steadily growing since its inception only about three years ago and has brought vibrancy to the businesses and communities in the Avon, Minn. area.  From the Lost Hour Music Revue at Aunt Anne's Quilts and Silks to the solitude of a potter's studio, these artists discuss how small towns can develop an art scene with just a whole lot of work and a whole lot of love.

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Feminism in Our Everyday Lives

Daisy HernandezAward-winning author and journalist Daisy Hernandez spoke to students and the St. Cloud State community on March 3, 2010.  Best known for editing the ground-breaking collection "Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism," Hernandez directly and perceptively challenges the complex intersections of gender, race, class, sexual identity, national identity, and culture in the contemporary world.  Listen to the full speach in this exclusive podcast.

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Central Minnesota Arts Board Providing Opportunities

610.jpegArt can happen anywhere, at any time and by anybody -- the Central Minnesota Arts Board is one vehicle that has a profound impact on the arts in our communities.  In this feature interview with Executive Director Leslie Schumacher, the 30-year history of the program in Central Minnesota is discussed.  

Funding provided by the Minnesota State Legislature allows support for arts in public schools, arts events and numerous arts-related activities.  All of the opportunities provided through the Central Minnesota Arts Board is listed on its Web site, http://www.centralmnartsboard.org/.  Also discussed is the funding for the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and new programming this initiative has brought throughout all of Minnesota.

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Open Mics Flourish in St. Cloud

localmusicianstips_medium.jpgIn March of 2010, Arts and Cultural Heritage Reporter Jeff Carmack brought the KVSC listeners a special feature highlighting the open mic venues in the St. Cloud area.  Listen in on this podcast as "Iowa" Jeff explores the open mic scene with interviews from open mic hosts and artists who have the passion of music.  The interviews take a look at the history of open mic venues and is complete with live sound bites from several developing artists.  This program is supported by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Fund.  Listen to Noon Newswatch on KVSC every weekeday for more in-depth feature stories and live interviews.

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Matt Roloff from Little People, Big World

P2090183b.jpgIn this FeaturesCast, Matt Roloff from the TLC reality show "Little People, Big World" joins KVSC News Director Chris Duffy in a live in-studio interview.  Roloff visited the campus of St. Cloud State University on February 9, 2010 to speak to students on instilling courage and perseverance through stories of his experiences as a successful entrepreneur, father of four, and through his work in representing the Little People of America at national conferences.

 

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Explore The Mille Lacs Indian Trading Post

Mille_Lacs_Trading_Post.jpgIn January of 2010, KVSC's Arts and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack traveled a bit north and east of St. Cloud to spend time at a site many of you have probably driven by, or visited in person.  This podcast takes you on a journey to the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post north of Onamia, MN.  This Minnesota Historical Society site is a focal point of Ojibwe culture in Minnesota and has been in existence for nearly 100 years.  The museum and trading post offers many workshops and continues to be a meeting place between the Ojibwe and Minnesotans.  You will also hear from Tribal Elders regarding the preservation of ancient Ojibwe culture, issues and successes on the reservation, and the tribe’s role in today’s modern world. This report is produced with support from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Saunter Along the St. Cloud Arts Crawl

1_img_0467.jpgOn a late November 2009 Friday night, St. Cloud's downtown came to life with artists, musicians, and 800 people exploring the St. Cloud Art Crawl.  KVSC's Artistic and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack took this interactive stroll too. He brings you an audio tour with Art Crawl organizers, artists, performers and spirited souls.

Go ahead, use your favorite digital device and saunter through downtown St. Cloud with us.  This production is supported by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Wining and Dining Tips with St. Cloud Sommelier

KVSC's Artistic and Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack spends some time NickBio_1.jpgwith a local wine expert in an effort to bring comfort to the intimidated, continuing education to the informed, and a fresh perspective on wine in a box.  St. Cloud businessman Nick Barth, the owner and operator of Cru Wine Specialists, shares his passion and sommelier skills in this lively conversation.   In wine terms, this bold, yet distinct feature, has many dimensions to entertain and inform wine explorers of all vintages.

This production is supported by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Arts Director Highlights the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra

symphony_2.jpgIn this special arts edition feature, KVSC's Artistic and Cultural Heritage producer Jeff Carmack takes look at a genre not played too often on Your Sound Alternative: classical orchestral music.  In exploring this wonderful musical treasure in the St. Cloud community, Carmack speaks with executive director Sandy Nadeau among others of the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra.  Among topics discussed is the upcoming Christmas concert and the upcoming 2010 season including Bolero (with Flamenco Dancing) and a young performers competition (including Beethoven's 9th).

St. Cloud has a vibrant arts scene and the Symphony Orchestra is only one facet of arts in the community.  Enjoy this special broadcast full of heat-felt interviews and moving musical performances from the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra. This production is supported by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Talk Sex with Sue Johanson Interview

6819_138195389799_14478219799_2361881_3313941_n.jpgWhen KVSC got word that Sue Johanson was coming to campus, the news team knew that an in-studio interview was a must.  Sue, from the popular TV program "Talk Sex With Sue," sat down with KVSC News Director Chris Duffy and Assistant Training Director (and long time fan) Joe Clemence on September 23, 2009 to talk about her life as a sex therapist and host of a call-in TV show with the topic of sex. If you missed the live broadcast, download the podcast to hear this engaging interview with one of the world's most beloved sex therapists. Sue's openess on the topic of sex was more than enough to make most of the KVSC staff blush...

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20 Years of SCSU's Women's Center

The Women's Center at St. Cloud State University is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2009-10.  Director Jane Olsen shares her memories, vision and the changing role of the Women's Center with KVSC news director Chris Duffy.

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Convocation '08 Podcast

convocation155.jpgIn his presentation to faculty and staff during convocation, President Potter welcomes everyone to campus, and discusses the need to continue to elevate St. Cloud State University's reputation. The President used his address to remark on a new day for the university building on the strengths of the campus to become a force for transformation.

Potter previews priorities for the 2008-09 academic year and reflects on his first year in the top post.

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Louie Foote Podcast

amtrak155.gifLoiue Foote sat down with Jo McMullen Boyer to chat about his love of the rails. In this podcast, Foote talks about his hobby-traveling the Amtrak lines for the last 40 years and amassing more than 200,000 miles traveled. It's a chance to hear about his experiences on the road with people and interesting places. He even survived a derailment in New Orleans.

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SCSU Mascot Summit Podcast

mascot155.jpgResponding to concerns of its American Indian community, St. Cloud State University took the issue of offensive sports team mascots to center stage by sponsoring the Midwest Summit on American Indian Mascots on March 21, 2001.

The summit brought together higher education representatives, tribal leaders, activists and students who are working to change sports team names and end the use of American Indian images as symbols and mascots. The university initiated the summit to raise awareness of the issue, provide a comfortable forum for Indian students and faculty to discuss their concerns and develop a policy that representatives could take back to their campuses.

An estimated 1,000 participants were part of the summit. A traditional pipe ceremony, two speak-out panels were held, one comprising University of North Dakota students, staff and faculty, and another that included Clyde and Vernon Bellecourt and other American Indians. UND students described being the target of discrimination, hate mail and death threats. (Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Performance newsletter, spring 2001)

KVSC news reporter and assistant news director at the time, Rob Callahan, gathered audio from the panelists and put together two comprehensive news features, which have been posted as one podcast available here on demand.

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Buck O'Neil Podcast

buckoneil.jpgWhile he may not have made it into the Baseball Hall of Fame while he was alive, Negro Leagues star John “Buck” O’Neil is in the record books as the oldest person to play in a professional baseball game. O’Neil batted for the minor league team, the Kansas City T-Bones on July 19, 2006. Buck O’Neil died in October that same year at the age of 94, but left behind his oral history and legacy of the Negro Leagues.

Buck O’Neil visited St. Cloud State University on October 15, 1997. He gave hugs, signed autographs, and shared his endearing personal story. The presentation was sponsored by the department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Sport Science under the guidance of Dr. Ray Collins, faculty emeriti.

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Winona LaDuke Podcast

winona_laduke.jpgWinona LaDuke visited St. Cloud State University in February 2005 as the keynote speaker for NOVA's week on Non-Violence. LaDuke took the challenge from her cousin to talk about wild rice, endangered non-genetically modified seeds, and the war in Iraq in one hour. She does just that. The key question LaDuke asks is who is responsible for your future? Using her personal story she gives the listener tangible modes to make a difference in their own enviromental and energy choices.

The Harvard educated economist and mother of three has returned to Minnesota to work on the White Earth Land Recovery Project.

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Wangari Maathai Nobel Laureate Podcast

wangari_maathai.jpgNobel Laureate Wangari Maathai spoke at St. Cloud State University's Ritsche Auditorium on January 31, 2007. She tells her story of being selected to attend a college in the United States during the John F. Kennedy administration. Maathai shares what inspired her to form the Green Belt Movement, which has helped women plant more than 30 million trees across Kenya.

She explains complex environmental sustainability issues in a way that the listener feels motivated and connected--not overwhelmed.  Maathai's visit was sponsored in part by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at SCSU.

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Ray Bradbury Podcast

raybradbury.jpgRay Bradbury is a classic writer whose work has spanned two centuries. Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and the Martian Chronicles are must-reads for any student of literature. His writings range from novels to short stories to screenplays and television scripts. In recognition of his stature in the world of literature and the impact he has made, Bradbury was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2004.

Bradbury gave the keynote address at the dedication of the James W. Miller Learning Resources Center on October 20, 2000 at St. Cloud State University. He shared his passion for writing, including how he was inspired as a 12-year old boy to write short stories by a carnival character named Mr. Electrico in his northern Illinois hometown. Bradbury also speaks of his love of libraries and those who support them.

 
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Sarah Weddington Podcast

sarahweddington.jpgSarah Weddington is an attorney, lecturer and mentor who gained world-wide fame when she and Linda Coffee represented "Jane Roe" in the landmark Roe v. Wade case before the United States Supreme Court. She was just 26 years old when the case, that legalized arbortion in the country, was first argued. Weddington is an active speaker, teacher (University of Texas – Austin), and author.

Weddington spoke at St. Cloud State University on the 30th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision on January 22, 2003. She was a guest as a part of the Women’s Center’s Women on Wednesday series. She answered the four most frequently questions she is asked about the case:

  • How did she get involved in Roe v. Wade?
  • What was it like to argue a case before the Supreme Court?
  • How did you find you had learned Roe v. Wade?
  • What is different today?
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Ralph Nader Podcast

Ralph_Nader.jpgRalph Nader holds many titles, including attorney, activist, author and candidate. Many political historians believe the staunch independent was the spoiler of the 2000 presidential elections because he got more than 97,000 votes in Florida. The Sunshine state led to a Supreme Court decision that eventually gave the keys to the White House to George W. Bush.  However, Nader feels no remorse for his successful Green Party presidential bid.

Ralph Nader spoke at St. Cloud State University’s Ritsche Auditorium shortly after the high court ruled in favor of Bush.  His speech was delivered on January 31, 2001 and focused on the “Corporatization of America” and was sponsored by NOVA-Non Violent Alternatives.

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SCSU Hunger Strike Podcast

bigmecha.jpg1995 was a year filled with student activism at St. Cloud State University.  There were protests and rallies held throughout the academic year—culminating in a Hunger Strike by seven students.  Several of the striking students were members of MECHA -- Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan, the Council of African American Students and the Student Coalition on Racism.

The group had a list of demands for the university, including creating a student diversity center, hiring and retaining more faculty and staff of color, and forming a committee to consider a Chicano-studies program.   KVSC radio presented a retrospective news feature on the tumultuous year.

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Angela Davis -- Feminist Change: A New Era

adavis155.jpgAngela Davis, author, activist and 1970s political icon,  spoke on March 4, 2009 in Ritsche Auditorium.

A professor emerita at the University of California-Santa Cruz, Davis has prodded America's social conscience for nearly 40 years. Her presentation was "Feminist Change: A New Era."

Davis burst onto the scene in 1970 when she was the subject of a nationwide dragnet for her alleged role in a shootout at the Marin County Hall of Justice near San Francisco. A Black Panther Party supporter and Communist Party USA member, Davis was arrested, tried and acquitted in 1972.

The 65-year-old is an advocate for feminist causes, racial equality, and the abolition of prisons and the death penalty.

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Vicki & Erik Swenson -- The Murder of Teri Lee

stalking155.jpgVicki and Erik Swenson tell the story of the stalking and brutal murder of Vicki's sister, Teri Lee. After Lee's death, the Swensons took in her four children, and still deal with the aftermath daily.

Vicki & Erik tell the heart-wrenching story to bring attention to the issues of stalking and domestic abuse. Their presentation was sponsored by the SCSU Women's Center in commemoration of National Stalking Awareness Month.

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Brian Myres Podcast

Myres_150.jpgWhen he spoke to a full auditorium of students, faculty and community members, Brian Myres decided not to use any notes. He spoke from the heart about his passion for his work, his respect for his colleagues, his concept of building brand, and the people who influenced his successful career.

Brian Myres "The Power of Brand, Culture and Values in Today's Business World" is a podcast that everyone can appreciate--you don't need to be a business major or a business owner to enjoy his powerful message of fairness and community service. 

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Dr. Reatha Clark King -- Race and Economics

reatha_king150.jpgShe has a vitae that speaks volumes to a successful career in business, philanthropy and education. The former president of Metropolitan State University and president and board chair of the General Mills Foundation was at SCSU on October 22, 2008.

Dr. King presented "Continuing the Conversation on Race: Economic Opportunities." This podcast covers a wealth of experience and first hand knowledge by Dr. King.

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