MN Reads

Series produced by KUMD

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Author interviews connecting you with the latest books by Minnesota authors.

Find out who's writing in Minnesota on Minnesota Reads. KUMD spotlights books by Minnesota authors every week.


320 Pieces

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On this episode of MN Reads, KUMD's Chris Harwood talks with musician, songwriter, and producer BrownMark about his memoir, My Life in the Purple K...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2020
  • Length: 16:17
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Freelance illustrator and University of Minnesota instructor John Owens didn't grow up heading to the Boundary Waters every summer, but onc...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2020
  • Length: 08:06
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The repercussions on society from the pandemic are usually pretty grim. But Duluth's poet laureate, Gary Boelhower, says poetry reading be...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2020
  • Length: 11:41
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A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota was published back in 2016, but it's enjoyed a renaissance of sorts this summer. The collection ...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2020
  • Length: 14:28
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Thank heavens for Chico Bon Bon. The irrepressible monkey with a tool belt embarks upon his sixth picture book adventure with calm, confidence, an...

  • Added: Sep 04, 2020
  • Length: 13:08
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Former Minnesotan Linda Norlander calls Tacoma, Washington home these days, but she's still deeply tied to her roots in Pelican Ra...

  • Added: Sep 04, 2020
  • Length: 13:28
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Growing up in Milwaukee, Derek Nicholas wasn't really plugged into either his cultural heritage or the great outdoors. But when he arrived in rura...

  • Added: Sep 04, 2020
  • Length: 09:39
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Minnesotans can read Chad Montrie's article “'In That Very Northern City'”: Recovering a Forgotten Struggle for Racial Integration in Duluth" i...

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  • Added: Sep 02, 2020
  • Length: 07:56
  • Purchases: 1
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Writer, radio personality, podcaster and guy-with-depression John Moe talks about finding what works for you in addition to meds and therapy (dog...

  • Added: Jul 28, 2020
  • Length: 17:29
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Jeffrey Briggs is a big fan of waterfronts. From the frigid waters of Puget Sound to the frigid waters of Lake Superior's North Shore, he's writt...

  • Added: Jul 28, 2020
  • Length: 12:53
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Kao Kalia Yang's book The Shared Room begins as what she calls "a love letter" to the 6-year-old who drowned three years ago at the Lake Elmo Par...

  • Added: Jul 28, 2020
  • Length: 12:20
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Author Carolyn Holmbrook is our guest this morning, talking about her book Tell Me Your Names and I Will Testify coming out at the perfect time, ...

  • Added: Jul 02, 2020
  • Length: 17:26
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Author Sue Leaf on how her writing group keeps her honest, on the unexpected appearance of John Beargrease Sr. in her story (he was a mail carrie...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 15:59
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Forty percent of people who developed bowel obstructions died of them, up until the 1960s. Now it's less than four percent.

  • Added: Jun 18, 2020
  • Length: 14:48
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"You can't be what you don't see." That's why Anthony Scott and Dr. Chaunda Scott are so dedicated to continuing their father's work. Walter Scott...

  • Added: Jun 18, 2020
  • Length: 12:53
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If you knew a professional "fisherwoman" ("fisherperson") who became an accidental host of a fishing show on public television, had a fixer-upper h...

  • Added: Jun 18, 2020
  • Length: 09:38
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Scott Carpenter teaches French literature, literary theory, and cross-cultural studies at Carleton College in Northfield. So when i...

  • Added: Jun 18, 2020
  • Length: 13:50
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When Tom and Elizabeth Peacock started Black Bears and Blueberries Publishing, one of their goals was to create Native children's books for...

  • Added: Jun 18, 2020
  • Length: 07:49
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What started last year as a 100-day challenge and then a way to reach out to friends on social media has become physician-turned-shamanic-h...

  • Added: Jun 18, 2020
  • Length: 16:44
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Deborah Appleman loves the quote from Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy: “Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.”

  • Added: Jun 18, 2020
  • Length: 14:36