MN Reads

Series produced by WDSE

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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. The North 1033 spotlights books by Minnesota authors every week.


374 Pieces

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They look like grasses but aren't. They have "reduced morphology," which means they're hard to identify. But not only are sedges and rushes an in...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 13:51
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Anishinabe author Heid Erdrich talks about how a social media post spurred her to create a collection of contemporary Native poetry by exciting new...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2019
  • Length: 15:36
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Sarah Bamford Seidelmann fell in love with a (dead, stuffed, expensive) walrus in a second-hand store. And even though they didn't end up leaving t...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 11:51
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A leader in Minnesota's environmental history and graduate of Duluth Central High school and UMD, Grant J. Merritt joins us to talk about his book ...

  • Added: Jan 28, 2019
  • Length: 15:04
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History always has an agenda, says author Annette Atkins. Many of us grew up in a time when the agenda was to teach patriotism. But now, she says, ...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 09:04
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Our guest on this episode of MN Reads is Michael Schumacher, the author of The Contest: The 1968 Election and the War for America's Soul, published...

  • Added: Jul 16, 2018
  • Length: 13:26
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Duluth musician turned author Adam Herman talks about his debut ("odd") novel Limbo, how he developed a tough enough skin to put hi...

  • Added: Jun 24, 2019
  • Length: 09:25
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A collaborative project with author Brenda Child, artist Jonathan Thunder and language immersion teacher Gordon Jourdain produced a delightful tale...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2019
  • Length: 10:01

  • Added: Jul 06, 2018
  • Length: 12:34
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Author Cary Griffith talks about his chronicle of 2007's Ham Lake fire and the process - and challenges - of documenting the most destructive wildf...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2019
  • Length: 12:18
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The story of how Searching for Minnesota's Native Wildflowers came to be written, starts, as the very best stories do, with a road trip. ...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 08:36
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If you can't actually have breakfast with James Beard Cookbook Hall of Famer Beatrice Ojakangas, this is the next best thing. ...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2019
  • Length: 10:13
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Series: MN Reads
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What do you do with another pile of beets form your CSA? If you are growing more tomatoes in your garden than you can cook into sauce or simply loo...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2018
  • Length: 09:50
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The historical record is written and maintained, in many cases, by people who wanted their story told - and told in a certain way. So when Susan B...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2019
  • Length: 11:51
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Minnesota is home to more endangered species than just the wolf. Adam Regn Arvidson takes a look, not only at the plants and animals on the list, ...

  • Added: Apr 21, 2018
  • Length: 13:25
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Twin Cities author Daniel Lancaster and his family fell under the spell of John Beargrease over ten years ago when they began traveling north on va...

  • Added: Jun 18, 2018
  • Length: 06:57
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Lorin Robinson talks about this work of historical fiction, and the modern-day pitfalls of writing across cultural lines.

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 09:59
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Bill Sullivan spent years as a roadie with The Replacements, traveling with the band at first in the "lemon jail," a late 70's Ford Econoline van n...

  • Added: May 10, 2018
  • Length: 08:32
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Mushrooms are a fruit? Who knew?! Authors Michael Karns and Lisa Golden Schroeder certainly did. They, with photographer Dennis Becker have prod...

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  • Added: Apr 18, 2018
  • Length: 17:47
  • Purchases: 1
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Long before "catfishing," email scams or Ted Bundy entered the scene, Minnesota's Harry Hayward was cutting a swath - sometimes literally - through...

  • Added: Apr 07, 2018
  • Length: 16:40