On the Monday morning show we checked in with Minn Post's Washington correspondent Sam Brodey. He's been covering the most expensive congressional race in the nation - the Nolan vs. Mills race for the District 8 seat. Listen to our conversation and tune in Election night starting at 8pm for NPR's election coverage. On the Wednesday morning show we'll update you on local races across northern MN. We also recommend election night reading of MinnesotaBrown.com as well as Minn Post for  live election results.

Choreographer Penelope Freeh and Composer Jocelyn Hagen crafted a dance opera about the Wright brothers, their sister and flight.  In this segment of Area Voices Freeh shares background of the project and how it came to be. 

A lifelong and accomplished poet, Donna Salli's first novel A Notion of Pelicans hit bookstores in September.   In this segment of Area Voices we learn about her longtime love of language and her leap from poems to books.

Contemporary Ojibwe Artist Jim Denomie uses his art as a means of social and cultural commentary.  In this segment of Area Voices, he discusses his craft, his intent and how re-discovering his identity helped him navigate through life. 

Artist Jessie Marianiello talks about her path as an artist and the roads she's traveled that have taken her to the lands of wild horses and on to Africa.  Her nonprofit The Joy Collective helps Ugandan widows rebuild their lives through education, creativity and agriculture.

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On our weekly segment Making Sausage we find out about the messy business of government and politics.  We also meet our elected officials and find out about elections and voting.  This week, longtime DFL commentator and election judge Colleen Nardone on what the constitutional amendment on the ballot is all about.  One thing we know:  if you don't vote for it you are voting NO.  The questions is:  should MN Legislators have the ability to raise their own salaries?

Milt Lee talks to Jenn Anderson about her work in Uganda and at The Least of These, a social change boutique located in downtown Bemidji.

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