I reported on Minnesota public health researcher Amira Adawe for NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday. Adawe is Somali, and she is leading the fight to raise awareness about the health risks of skin bleaching, which is pervasive in the Somali community. “A lot of it ties to colonization,” Adawe says. “Certain skin colors were more accepted in the society. But through the years, it became so embedded in the culture to where it’s become normal. If you’re light-skinned, you’re more accepted.” You can read the entire digital feature here.
In 1989, Twin Cities choreographer Myron Johnson decided to create a new kind of Nutcracker ballet. His version is bawdy and campy, and it’s one of the longest-running holiday shows in town. This season, Twin Cities stage icon Bradley Greenwald joined the cast for the very first time. (Bradley Greenwald and Myron Johnson. Photo by Nancy Rosenbaum.)
“The Writer’s Almanac” launched in 1993 as public radio broadcast celebrating poetry and literary history. When American Public Media Group cut ties with host Garrison Keillor over accusations of inappropriate behavior, the show suddenly disappeared. Here’s what poets and poetry publishers had to say about losing one of their biggest platforms. I reported this story for NPR’s Arts Desk. It aired on “Here and Now.”
In the mid-1970s, thousands of indigenous Hmong people started coming to the United States as refugees from the Vietnam War. Many settled in Minnesota, which is now home to the second largest Hmong community in the U.S. Yia Vang, 33, knows this history in a very personal way. He was born in a refugee camp in Thailand and moved to the U.S. when he was five years old. Vang wants to tell stories about the Hmong experience through his cooking. But being a culinary emissary can get tricky. I reported this story for PRI’s The World. (Photo credit: Nancy Rosenbaum)
The music business is about more than making beats. Somebody has to count the merch money and organize things. At Doomtree Records, that person is Aaron Mader, also known as Lazerbeak. I spent a day with ‘Beak to understand his world. I reported and produced this story for KFAI’s Minneculture. I also wrote a longer print version for MinnPost. (Photos by Nancy Rosenbaum)