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Anab Isse and Deka Aden at Somali Independence Day Festival 2016

Somali Week: A Seven-Day Independence Day Celebration

Minnesota is home to the largest Somali community in North America. Each July, thousands of people from around the world come to the Twin Cities to celebrate Somali Independence Day. In 2016, that event got a whole lot bigger.

Cedric Red Feather

Cedric Red Feather and the Ghost Dance

The Virginia-based public radio program With Good Reason assigned me to produce an audio postcard about a Native American spiritual ceremony called the Ghost Dance. Cedric Red Feather is a Mandan Turtle Priest based in Minnesota who organized this Ghost Dance ceremony I observed in May 2016. The segment I produced was part of a larger feature on historian Elizabeth Fenn whose book about the Mandan, Encounters at the End of the World, won a Pulitzer Prize for History in 2015. While researching the book, Fenn and Red Feather became friends. Fenn credits Red Feather with helping her to appreciate the significance of Mandan spiritual life.


Desdamona’s No Man’s Land

Desdamona is an emcee who doesn’t want you to call her a femme cee. On her newest album, “No Man’s Land,” the Minnesota musician conjures a world where women are the dominant force in hip hop. I reported this story for KFAI’s Minneculture series.


Hooked on Ice Fishing

Walter Humphrey and Jerrel Matthews are two friends who love nothing more than to fish from dawn until dusk. I spent a day with the duo on Medicine Lake to discover the hidden world of Minnesota ice fishing to report this story for KFAI community radio in Minneapolis.

Herbert Stead portrait

Minnesota Style Chronicles: Herbert Stead

Minnesota Style Chronicles: Herbert Stead has been volunteering as a greeter at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis for the last four to five years. A native of Rhode Island, Herbert came to Minnesota decades ago to work in the airline industry and is now retired. He conceived of this outfit himself — from the Chesterfield coat to the white gloves and black top hat. You can’t see it in the picture, but he’s wearing English riding boots he bought from the J. Peterman catalogue. His sartorial creativity isn’t inspired by a love of menswear. It turns out that people are the point. “It’s just people,” he told me. “People love it!”


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