10,000 Fresh Voices

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Local arts, culture, history and environmental features made possible by the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Local arts, culture, history and environmental features made possible by the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.


825 Pieces

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Forty years ago, few people wanted to own snakes or lizards as pets. But since then, the market for geckos, chameleons and bearded dragons has boom...

  • Added: Aug 31, 2018
  • Length: 04:27
Caption: Debbie Duncan, Credit: Debbie Duncan
Debbie Duncan performs in the moment, altering songs as she sings. The award-winning jazz artist reflects on "Full Circle," an album recorded live ...

  • Added: Sep 05, 2018
  • Length: 03:30
Caption: Sally Sudo, Credit: Minnesota Historical Society
Like many Japanese-Americans of her generation, Sally Sudo was forced to live in an internment camp during World War II. After her brother studied ...

Bought by WAMC


  • Added: Sep 18, 2018
  • Length: 04:16
  • Purchases: 1
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As a kid, he played piano. Then he played drums in a punk band, attended a prestigious jazz school and jammed in New York. So it's little wonder th...

Bought by Cards Against Humanity: The Good News Podcast


  • Added: Sep 20, 2018
  • Length: 04:41
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Adina Burke, artist., Credit: Dena Denny
Adina Burke ignores the the haters who tell her what to do. The self-proclaimed "queer, crippled, punk rock poet" does her own thing, publishing po...

Bought by WAMC


  • Added: Sep 27, 2018
  • Length: 03:30
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jesse Ventura, Minnesota governor from 1999 - 2003., Credit: Minnesota Historical Society
In the waning days of the 1998 Minnesota gubernatorial campaign, Jesse Ventura's family fretted over a TV commercial titled "Jesse The Mind." The p...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Oct 01, 2018
  • Length: 04:54
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Dessa, author of "My Own Devices", Credit: Aaron Lavinsky
Dessa is a singer, rapper and writer whose work defies expectations. Her live music ranges from touring with Doomtree, a hip-hop collective, to app...

  • Added: Oct 12, 2018
  • Length: 03:43
Caption: Gao Hong, Credit: Ryan Dawes
When the Minnesota Timberwolves asked Gao Hong to play the "Star-Spangled Banner" before a game, she was nervous. This would be the first time most...

Bought by WAMC


  • Added: Oct 22, 2018
  • Length: 04:42
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Brian Laidlaw, poet and singer/songwriter., Credit: Ali Rogers of Prana Lens
Lacking rhyme and complete sentences, Brian Laidlaw's experimental poems are just plain hard for many people. But he's also a songwriter. And when ...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Oct 26, 2018
  • Length: 04:21
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Djenane Saint Juste of Afoutayi Dance, Music, and Arts Company., Credit: Anna Stitt
In 2010, an earthquake shook Haiti, killing at least 200,000 people. In response, some Minnesota couples adopted Haitian children. That inspired a ...

Bought by Cards Against Humanity: The Good News Podcast, WAMC, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Nov 02, 2018
  • Length: 04:50
  • Purchases: 3
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Author Julie Schumacher just couldn't get enough of the caustic college professor readers love to hate. So she wrote a follow-up to her 2014 novel ...

  • Added: Nov 07, 2018
  • Length: 03:58
Caption: Felino De la Peña, cira 1962
Most Cuban-Americans despise Fidel Castro. Not Felino De la Peña. The Minnesotan marched in the streets in support of the Cuban leader. And for tha...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Nov 15, 2018
  • Length: 04:53
  • Purchases: 1
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What can an object reveal about interplanetary travel? Sculptor Sara Hanson created bio-scenic public art sculptures designed to share images betwe...

Bought by WAMC and Cards Against Humanity: The Good News Podcast


  • Added: Dec 11, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Dyani White Hawk, Credit: David Ellis
Dyani White Hawk is a Minneapolis-based artist who is Sičangu Lakota and European-American. She combines symbols and motifs from her heritage to cr...

  • Added: Dec 03, 2018
  • Length: 03:15
Caption: Wanda Gag and her cat, Snoopy., Credit: Children's Literature Research Collections, University of Minnesota Libraries
Decades before "Cat in the Hat," another children’s book surprised readers with its inventiveness. "Millions of Cats," by Minnesota's Wanda Gag, co...

Bought by WAMC and PRX Remix


  • Added: Nov 30, 2018
  • Length: 04:39
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Jess Hirsch of Women's Woodshop., Credit: Angela Lundberg
Jess Hirsch visited Sweden to learn how to carve spoons. Now she's an advocate of "slug slöjd," a clever artistic technique favoring axes and saws ...

Bought by WAMC and PRX Remix


  • Added: Dec 11, 2018
  • Length: 04:18
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Tom LaBlanc leads the Unholy Tour along Minneapolis' Franklin Avenue in 2018., Credit: Mike Rivard
Tom LaBlanc joined the American Indian Movement in 1970, just two years after its founding. Today, he's still active, performing politically-inspir...

  • Added: Dec 18, 2018
  • Length: 04:52
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There's something romantic and dangerous about neon. Maybe it's because it comes alive at night, and has lit the Hollywood fantasies of film noir b...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio


  • Added: Apr 11, 2017
  • Length: 04:34
  • Purchases: 1