Over the past 50 years, MPR has been a conduit for regional authors to connect with their readers. This past year, with a grant from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission, the Archive team has been actively identifying and digitizing the best of these interviews, essays and public appearances. In this collection you will hear the essential voice of Minnesota in authors like Sigurd Olson, Tim O'brien, Robert Bly, Louise Erdich and many others. Also included are recordings of visiting authors--non-Minnesotans, but part of our literary pantheon.
This project has been funded by the National Historical Publications & Records Commission.
December 23, 2016 —
December 22, 2016 — Andrew Carnegie, the 19th century Pittsburgh industrialist, was one of the richest Americans ever, and also a benevolent civic patron. Nasaw, a self-described "lunatic researcher," wrote a biography simply titled "Andrew Carnegie." Early in December he shared what he learned at the Minnesota Historical Society's History Forum in St. Paul.Carnegie is credited with leading the steel industry...
October 3, 2016
August 9, 2016 — Gerald Vizenor helped draft the White Earth Constitution approved in 2013. Now the poet, novelist and academic has written a satirical novel examining the impact of the document in the future. "Treaty Shirts" blends Ojibwe history, tradition, and dream narratives with popular culture and science technology to create a surreal but pointed view of modern native life.
August 4, 2016 — Ojibwe author, poet, playwright Jim Northrup died Monday night due to complications from cancer. He was 73. A traditional fire has been started at his residence in Sawyer. All are welcome to visit in order to pay their respects. Jim's son, Matthew Northrup, joined us to talk about his father. And, what it was like being raised by Jim, who was known and quoted as being a tough man.
August 2, 2016
July 21, 2016 — Tomorrow night marks the opening of the play "Disgraced" at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. The play deals with racial politics, and reflects the Guthrie's effort to stage more diverse stories, with more diverse casts. Marianne Combs reports that there's another diversity push getting underway - backstage.
July 19, 2016 —
July 19, 2016 — Ojibwe writer Jim Northrup is dying, but he's OK with it. The author of the popular Fond du Lac Follies, several books, plays and TV shows says he's helped by his traditional life style on the Fond du Lac Reservation - and his sense of humor.
July 14, 2016