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.


312 Pieces

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Writer, radio personality, podcaster and guy-with-depression John Moe talks about finding what works for you in addition to meds and therapy (dog...

  • Added: Jul 28, 2020
  • Length: 17:29
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Jeffrey Briggs is a big fan of waterfronts. From the frigid waters of Puget Sound to the frigid waters of Lake Superior's North Shore, he's writt...

  • Added: Jul 28, 2020
  • Length: 12:53
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Kao Kalia Yang's book The Shared Room begins as what she calls "a love letter" to the 6-year-old who drowned three years ago at the Lake Elmo Par...

  • Added: Jul 28, 2020
  • Length: 12:20
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Author Carolyn Holmbrook is our guest this morning, talking about her book Tell Me Your Names and I Will Testify coming out at the perfect time, ...

  • Added: Jul 02, 2020
  • Length: 17:26
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Author Sue Leaf on how her writing group keeps her honest, on the unexpected appearance of John Beargrease Sr. in her story (he was a mail carrie...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 15:59
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Forty percent of people who developed bowel obstructions died of them, up until the 1960s. Now it's less than four percent.

  • Added: Jun 18, 2020
  • Length: 14:48
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"You can't be what you don't see." That's why Anthony Scott and Dr. Chaunda Scott are so dedicated to continuing their father's work. Walter Scott...

  • Added: Jun 18, 2020
  • Length: 12:53
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If you knew a professional "fisherwoman" ("fisherperson") who became an accidental host of a fishing show on public television, had a fixer-upper h...

  • Added: Jun 18, 2020
  • Length: 09:38
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Scott Carpenter teaches French literature, literary theory, and cross-cultural studies at Carleton College in Northfield. So when i...

  • Added: Jun 18, 2020
  • Length: 13:50
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When Tom and Elizabeth Peacock started Black Bears and Blueberries Publishing, one of their goals was to create Native children's books for...

  • Added: Jun 18, 2020
  • Length: 07:49
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What started last year as a 100-day challenge and then a way to reach out to friends on social media has become physician-turned-shamanic-h...

  • Added: Jun 18, 2020
  • Length: 16:44
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Deborah Appleman loves the quote from Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy: “Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.”

  • Added: Jun 18, 2020
  • Length: 14:36
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Chuck Dayton has been taking pictures of loon families on his little lake near Ely for many of the 63 years he's been spending summers t...

  • Added: Jun 18, 2020
  • Length: 08:58
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Folks have been thinkng a lot about the second World War these days, remembering how the country came together with a common goal during a fr...

  • Added: Jun 18, 2020
  • Length: 13:16
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Playing the things-could-always-be-worse game isn't reliably useful to put things in perspective. But still, 102 years ago, Duluthians were coping...

  • Added: Jun 18, 2020
  • Length: 16:08
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Most of the time, we don't talk about books that haven't been published yet on MN Reads, much less books that haven't even been written.

  • Added: Jun 18, 2020
  • Length: 13:20
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Duluth author Margi Preus joins us to talk about her book launch. Once a shindig as befits the launch of two books at once, it's become a virtual e...

  • Added: Jun 18, 2020
  • Length: 14:13
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In Hmong culture, it's an insult to call someone a "tigerbite." It means you were stupid enough to approach a tiger and get bitten. ...

  • Added: Jun 18, 2020
  • Length: 13:53
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33 years after he published Birds in Minnesota, author and birder Bob Janssen returns with a revised and updated edition. ...

  • Added: Jun 18, 2020
  • Length: 13:02
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Book nerds: if you had a 700-year old book in your collection, would you let anyone touch it?

  • Added: Jun 18, 2020
  • Length: 10:21