Every First Friday we check in the Katie Marshall from the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids. She lets us know all the happenings going on.  Listen to the interview for all the info! 

Hey... it's Mother's Day this weekend!  By the mom in your life some locally crafted art!!

On this week's Statewide Conversation with Minnesota’s state officials on COVID-19, Heidi Holtan welcomed MDH Director of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention, and Control Division – Kris Ehresmann. 

Every week this is an opportunity to ask questions about Minnesota’s response and plans during the current COVID-19 pandemic.  This week, questions on the Gov. Walz dial back of restrictions, vaccinations for kids and more!  Sign up for the vaccine connector through the state of Minnsota. 

This week we learn how to say Lady Slipper in Ojibwe, “Makisin Waabiqwaan”.  Nana Boozhoo tells us the story about the little girl who saved her village, "Makisin Waabigwaan Ikwezens" or Lady Slipper Girl.

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Michael J. Miles is a tecaher, and a renowned clawhammer banjo player, and has worked alongside some of the masters of the instrument like Bela Fleck and Pete Seeger. Our album of the week, Mississippi River Suite, which features beat poet Zahra Glenda Baker throughout, uses the river that 'divides the nation' as the foundation for this project about our divided nation. 

Richard Thompson is an influential British singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Thompson co-founded the folk rock group Fairport Convention in 1967 and was its lead guitarist and songwriter. He has released 18 solo studio albums and three live albums, plus several additional collaborations. Rolling Stone magazine considers him one of the top 20 guitarists of all time.

Tami Charles is a New York Times bestselling author and writer of numerous books for children and young adults.  She joins Heidi and John on the Friday Morning Show to talk about her latest YA novel-in-verse titled Muted.  Tami says she wrote the book to shine a light on how girls of color are taken advantage of, because it is just not something that is talked about often.

Tami talks with John and Heidi about the allegations of sexual harassment within the Minnesota music scene, and how do you process it when an artist you love is accused or convicted.

Dennis W. Donohue/Shutterstock / American Bird Conservancy

Today we began a conversation about bird decline on the Tuesday Morning Show.  Joining us is Mark Jacobs – he’s the retired land commissioner of Aitkin County and now works with organizations like Dovetail Partners – a nonprofit organization that fosters sustainability and responsible behaviors through collaboration to develop unique concepts, systems, models, and programs.  

Kellie Lindquist via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

If you haven't been out in the forest yet, you need to get out there NOW!" - John Latimer

Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate.    Each week, our resident phenologist John Latimer closely assesses the subtle and not so subtle phenological changes happening in nature and compares them to his meticulous, decades of data.  On Tuesdays during the Phenology Show, we hear his findings in the official Phenology Report. 

Angela Nistler via KAXE-KBXE Season Watch FB Page

If you haven't been out in the forest yet, you need to get out there NOW! - John Latimer

Phenology is the rhythmic biological nature of events as they relate to climate. Tuesday mornings we hear from folks young and old as they share their observations of nature during our Phenology Talkback segment. Spring is such a magical time of year and this collection of reports documents all the progress beautifully!

Maddox & Hattie report mosses, chorus frogs and a field of princess pine in this Pike Lake Elementary report. 

...hundreds of 17 year old girls at the Minnesota State Capitol. And...OK, we need to go. We need to get out of here... Everyone knew that the protests were coming. They kind of just hurried us on the bus and drove us back to camp. We were in this big auditorium and we just sat there and prayed. And to me, that was the first time I was like...Why is the system so against us? Then I started studying Criminal Justice. - Zoe Carrasco