Poet and educator, Athena Kildegaard of Morris details the rich beauty and deep entanglements of the Mississippi in her poem, "The River Speaks to my Mother."

Since 1970, Earth Day celebrations have given voice to a growing consciousness regarding environmental concerns.  In honor of Earth Day,  many communities in our listening area will host Earth Day events.  In the town of Mountain Iron, they've been celebrating Earth Day in a big way for the past 10 years with the Iron Range Earth Fest(IREF).  IREF has grown into a comprehensive experience delving into the many ways people can live more sustainably and tap into the knowledge of local experts for advice on regional products, services, foods, traditions and our wilderness. 

Mesabi Range College chemistry and biology instructor Kimberlee Giermann will be presenting the workshop "Backyard Herbs: Food and Medicine" at 11a.m. at the conference.   We spoke with her on the morning show about herbs, tinctures, and eco-gardening. 

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Jim Gallagher talks with Alaska singer/songwriter Susan Grace about her story of overcoming odds, renewing herself through travel, and experiencing the wild world. 

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We care deeply about the natural world around us here at KAXE-KBXE.

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Every Tuesday we hear from students and listeners as they send in weekly Phenology observations.  In this  Phenology Talkbacks segment, we hear student reports from kids in Blackduck, Virginia, Two Harbors, White Earth, Grand Rapids, Bemidji, Brainerd and Northfield.  We also heard from listeners Kent, Joel, Ed and Ian.  This week's reports are a a potpourri of spring happenings from robins and gold finches to nearly 2 feet of snow and frigid temps.  It's been a wild spring week that's for sure!

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Milt Lee talks with Bernis Ingvaldson, owner of The Honeyberry Farm south of Bagley.  The Honeyberry Farm has a nursery offering on-line sales of specialty cold hardy fruit bushes including honeyberry (haskap) shrubs, dwarf sour cherry bushes, saskatoon seedlings, elderberry and more. 

U-Pick Berries are available on the farm Sunday-Friday from late June through July 31st and again in September, from 9am to 6pm and evenings by appointment.

What We're Reading: A Spy in Canaan

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What We Are Reading host, Tammy Bobrowsky, spoke with Marc Perrusquia.  Marc is a reporter in Memphis, Tennessee, his new book is  called A Spy in Canaan: How the FBI used a famous photographer to infiltrate the Civil Rights Movement. This book is the result of years of research that started with a Freedom of Information request in 2007 and ended recently after a lawsuit with the FBI and now we finally have the story of Civil Rights insider turned FBI informant, Ernest Withers. 

According to Danny Dill, you can't burn a dried out giant pumpkin for firewood, but you can certainly climb into one. "Actually, a giant pumpkin would be good to get inside to stay warm," he says with a laugh.

Dill's Atlantic Giant is the world's largest pumpkin variety. Danny Dill lives in Windsor, Nova Scotia. Danny's father, Howard, was a world champion pumpkin grower. Howard developed a variety of pumpkin that could grow truly huge - the Atlantic Giant.

One of our Southern members, Karin O'Quinn invited us to her table in Orlando for cranberry, orange muffins, eggs, and . . . cheese grits. John and Heidi found out more about this gritty delicacy and about the trials of living in 80 degree heat while the relatives bask in 7-10 inches of new snow and highs in the 20s.

Wendell Affield was forbidden to go into the chickenhouse.  Once his mother passed away, he was able to enter.  What he discovered was a treasure trove of family history that connected him to his past in ways he couldn't have imagined.  He's spent several years piecing together the information and the result has become a series he calls The Chickhouse Chronicles.  Book one Herman: 1940s Lonely Hearts Search, takes the reader into the early years of his mother and step-father's relationship while book two is calle

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Nashville Police are warning residents to keep their doors locked and their eyes open for a partially nude man following a shooting early Sunday morning that left four people dead.

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