MN Reads

Series produced by KUMD

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Author interviews connecting you with the latest books by Minnesota authors.

Find out who's writing in Minnesota on Minnesota Reads. KUMD spotlights books by Minnesota authors every week.


221 Pieces

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  • Added: Jul 06, 2018
  • Length: 12:34
From: KUMD
Series: MN Reads
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What do you do with another pile of beets form your CSA? If you are growing more tomatoes in your garden than you can cook into sauce or simply loo...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2018
  • Length: 09:50
Caption: Daniel Lancaster
Twin Cities author Daniel Lancaster and his family fell under the spell of John Beargrease over ten years ago when they began traveling north on va...

  • Added: Jun 18, 2018
  • Length: 06:57
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Bill Sullivan spent years as a roadie with The Replacements, traveling with the band at first in the "lemon jail," a late 70's Ford Econoline van n...

  • Added: May 10, 2018
  • Length: 08:32
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Minnesota is home to more endangered species than just the wolf. Adam Regn Arvidson takes a look, not only at the plants and animals on the list, ...

  • Added: Apr 21, 2018
  • Length: 13:25
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Mushrooms are a fruit? Who knew?! Authors Michael Karns and Lisa Golden Schroeder certainly did. They, with photographer Dennis Becker have prod...

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  • Added: Apr 18, 2018
  • Length: 17:47
  • Purchases: 1
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Long before "catfishing," email scams or Ted Bundy entered the scene, Minnesota's Harry Hayward was cutting a swath - sometimes literally - through...

  • Added: Apr 07, 2018
  • Length: 16:40
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"Imagination is an active power in the world that shapes how people live their lives" So does anthropology need to rethink itself as more closely ...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2018
  • Length: 08:15
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Kate Cavett is the kind of person who wants to read the book, not see the movie. She says she likes stories "in their original versions," so it's ...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2018
  • Length: 12:17
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What stands out about a person when they're gone? Carol Lafavor died in 2011, but her legacy is that of a pioneer in the places where gender, sexu...

  • Added: Mar 10, 2018
  • Length: 09:39
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You can air-condition a movie theater with an artesian well. Drive-in movies didn't lose their popularity; land just got too expensive. These and...

  • Added: Mar 05, 2018
  • Length: 15:58
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Cultures define themselves in many ways, frequently with reference to the natural world. On the surface, it's hard to see that as a bad thing.

  • Added: Mar 05, 2018
  • Length: 10:38
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Widespread flu. Fires burning entire communities to the ground. Soldiers fighting in faraway hot spots abroad and an anti-immigrant nationalism t...

  • Added: Feb 17, 2018
  • Length: 07:57
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If the committee had seen Bob Dylan's high school poetry, would he still have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016? For better or wo...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2018
  • Length: 07:47
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Looking at Cathy de Moll's account of Will Steger's 1989 Trans-Antarctica Expedition on a bookstore shelf, you might be tempted to pick it up, remi...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2018
  • Length: 09:50
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Immigrants. Working-class people who feel they have no voice. Jobs. Labor historian Gary Kaunonen talks about the conversations then and now ... a...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2018
  • Length: 12:13
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Art historian and host of Where's Art, Annie Dugan, takes the mic to interview Andreas Marks, the author of Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacq...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2018
  • Length: 08:19
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Our guest on this episode of MN Reads is Andrea Swensson, the author of the book "Got to Be Something Here: The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound," pub...

  • Added: Dec 29, 2017
  • Length: 12:51
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Insights can come from unexpected places. After a career in academia, publishing and lecturing on fairy tales, Jack Zipes hardly expected his 3,00...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2018
  • Length: 08:05
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"That's the point of any kind of travel, really. That it's transformational. You become part of the world in a way that you weren't before." ...

  • Added: Dec 07, 2017
  • Length: 10:38