Essays by Steve Downing

Series produced by Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE

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Radio essays recorded in the writer's own voice about topics related to Minnesota arts culture and history.

Programming is supported by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Arts, culture and history essays by Grand Rapids poet and writer Steve Downing recorded in the writer's own voice.

Programming is supported by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


35 Pieces

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Steve Downng shares his thoughts on small gatherings after being in Covid lockdown now for three months.

  • Added: Jun 23, 2020
  • Length: 05:03
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Steve Downing shares his essay about listening to your boday. When you are eating, excercising or even doing yoga, what is your body telling you? ...

  • Added: Jun 08, 2020
  • Length: 05:16
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Steve Downing shares his essay on introverts and how they fare during this time of pandemic social distancing and virtual communicating.

  • Added: Apr 20, 2020
  • Length: 05:34
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Steve Downing talks of the giving and taking of recommendations. He shares the one thing he unconditionally recommends.

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  • Added: Mar 18, 2020
  • Length: 04:49
  • Purchases: 1
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Steve Downing tells us how serious cooking means a serious mess.

  • Added: Dec 31, 2019
  • Length: 05:54
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Steve Downing talks about the drastic changes in air travel over the last 40 years and theorizes what happened.

  • Added: Dec 13, 2019
  • Length: 05:07
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Steve Downing ponders about how weather professionals choose the words they use and if they might on occasion wax poetic without even intending to.

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  • Added: Nov 05, 2019
  • Length: 05:27
  • Purchases: 1
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Steve Downing reflects on the 2019 Rural Arts and Culture Summit, celebrated earlier this month in Grand Rapids.

  • Added: Oct 17, 2019
  • Length: 04:23
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Steve Downing speaks about our local poets.

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  • Added: Oct 03, 2019
  • Length: 05:08
  • Purchases: 1
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Steve Downing shares the many things that make autumn his favorite season of the year.

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  • Added: Aug 26, 2019
  • Length: 08:10
  • Purchases: 1
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Steve talks about the many meanings in the term VIP.

  • Added: Jul 23, 2019
  • Length: 05:25
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Steve Downing shares his thoughts during his travels to Denmark.

  • Added: Jun 24, 2019
  • Length: 04:51
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Steve Downing takes a trip down memory lane to Jack's Market.

  • Added: May 24, 2019
  • Length: 04:56
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Steve Downing gives reviews on the concert, plays and museum he and his wife took in on a snowy April weekend. In Minneapolis they went to Cedar C...

  • Added: May 09, 2019
  • Length: 05:11
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Poetry as an art form predates written text. It was vocal performance art, at first. The use of repetition and rhythm and rhyme made it easier to r...

  • Added: Apr 18, 2019
  • Length: 04:41
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Steve Downing uses knuckles and Darwinism to convince us that we are closing in on a time when women will be the undisputed leaders, in governance,...

  • Added: Apr 18, 2019
  • Length: 04:42
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Steve Downing remembers the ‘duck and cover’ campaign used in the 50's and 60's, teaching school children what to do if a nuclear attack should tak...

  • Added: Mar 08, 2019
  • Length: 05:02
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After spending two months in Mexico, Steve Downing wonders if he might credibly be called a snowbird.

  • Added: Feb 08, 2019
  • Length: 05:16
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After a trip to Prague, Steve Downing shares his thoughts and comparisons on the Old World versus the New World.

  • Added: Dec 04, 2018
  • Length: 04:36
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Steve Downing shares his essay about a Thanksgiving turkey dinner devolving into a political food fight.

  • Added: Nov 19, 2018
  • Length: 04:12