October 21, 2016 - Indian Americans will gather at the Minneapolis convention center for their annual Diwali Festival. The ancient celebration is one of the biggest and most important holidays in Hindu tradition. Doualy Xaykaothao reports on its meaning.
October 3, 2016 - MPR’s John Enger interviews Ojibwe storyteller Anne Dunn, who reflects on a lifetime of storytelling on northern Minnesota reservations. Enger spoke with Dunn in a cabin on Drewery Lake.
September 2, 2016 - One of the most popular attractions at the Minnesota State Fair is the CHS Miracle of Birth Center. It takes hundreds of people to organize the live exhibit where you can see farm animals give birth. MPR’s Max Nesterak interviews veterinarian Florian Ledermann…and witnesses both a live birth and lost children.
August 9, 2016 - MPR’s Euen Kerr reports on poet, novelist and academic Gerald Vizenor’s new novel “Treaty Shirts.” Book is a satirical novel examining the impact of the document in the future, blending Ojibwe history, tradition, and dream narratives with popular culture and science technology to create a surreal but pointed view of modern native life. Report includes interview and reading from Vizenor.
July 14, 2016 - People in our community are expressing their feelings about the death of Philando Castile in many ways. 15 local poets gathered at the Penumbra Theater in St. Paul for a community reading. It was part of Black Poets Speak Out, a poetry-driven protest that began after the death of Michael Brown in 2014. Report includes an excerpt of Michael Kleber Diggs reading his poem "St. Paul Morning."
June 17, 2016 - MPR’s Marianne Combs profile on the story of a young Filipino's fascination with the world of pro wrestling. The play is titled “tot: The Untold Story of a Filipino Hulk Hogan,” and is the 50th new work Mu Performing Arts has produced.
May 9, 2016 - MPR’s Euan Kerr speaks with Freya Manfred, daughter of author Frederick Manfred, about her father’s book “Lord Grizzly.”
February 29, 2016 - MPR’s Marianne Combs reports on Penumbra Theatre’s opening run of "The Dutchman" and "The Owl Answers" - two surreal one-act plays that explore race relations, sexual politics and biracial identity.
February 4, 2016 - MPR’s Euan Kerr interviews the creators of new play “George Bonga: Black Voyageur.” The History Theater pulls together a dream team of playwright Carlyle Brown, director Marion McClinton, and actor James A. Williams to tell the story of African American voyageur George Bonga. The story focuses on a time in 1837 he was sent into the wilderness during a winter storm in pursuit of an Ojibwe warrior accused of murdering a white man. What was once perhaps viewed as a historical oddity now becomes an examination of the racial tensions of pre-statehood Minnesota.
December 15, 2015 - MPR’s Marriane Combs speaks with playwright Jessica Huang about her play on mixed race, titled “Purple Cloud.” Well... here's a question. "What are you?" It's a question that people of mixed race get all the time. A new play produced by Mu Performing Arts explores what it means to be mixed race... and how it leads one family on a journey of self-discovery.