August 4, 2016 - Ojibwe author, poet, playwright Jim Northrup died at 73, due to complications from cancer. As part of a wake, a traditional fire is being started at his residence in Sawyer. Matthew Northrup, joins MPR’s Tom Crann 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 9, 2013 - Is there room in the hyper-masculine hip-hop world for gay artists? Minneapolis rapper Kevin "Kaoz" Moore thinks so. MPR’s Nikki Tundel interviews Moore about being Black and gay in the rap music scene.
May 6, 2013 - Funerals are considered the most elaborate and important of all Hmong ceremonies. MPR’s Nikki Tundel looks at how St. Paul’s Hmong Cultural Center wants to integrate the ancient heritage into modern Hmong society.
January 29, 2013 - Budgets for many theater companies are tight these days. But culturally specific organizations -- African-American theaters, Latino theaters, Asian theaters -- face unique challenges when it comes to securing support.
January 7, 2013 - St. Paul's Penumbra Theatre says it's ready to raise the curtain once again.
December 21, 2012 - MPR’s Nikki Tundel reports on the CrossRoads Panorama's production "Scrooge in tha Hood," a modern take on the classic tale "A Christmas Carol." Actors portray the struggling Scratchit family, a twist on Charles Dickens's Cratchit family.
September 26, 2012 - MPR’s Nikki Tundel profiles Pao Her, a Hmong photographer beginning a new visual arts tradition. The photography showcases the Hmong American experience through the eyes of someone who, as a child, often felt smothered by her Hmong culture.
August 3, 2012 - The new book Spirit of the Ojibwe: Images of Lac Courte Oreilles Elders is a comprehensive look at the history of a Wisconsin band of Ojibwe Indians.
June 20, 2012 - The 2008 immigration raid of a kosher meat processing plant in Postville, Iowa, is the focus of Clandestino, a new play at the Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis. The show examines the deportation of nearly 400 undocumented workers and the impact this had on the tiny Iowa town.
May 18, 2012 - As part of the Minnesota Mix series, MPR’s Nikki Tundel reports on the Qhia Dab Neeg Film Festival in St. Paul. Qhia Dab Neeg means "storytelling" in Hmong. Tundel talks with the festival director and a filmmaker about the message of normalizing the perspective of a Hmong American here in the U.S.