Season 9 - "Off 90"

Episode 913


We talk to Rose Le who gives a different perspective on the Vietnam War and on being an immigrant. Gaelynn Lea performs at the Jive Mill in Rochester. State Representative Gene Pelowski talks with us about the renovation of the MN State Capitol. Without a home for several years SEMVA, an artists' collaborative was finally able to open its doors to the public again. The event based studio, Fox and Fern Floral shows us their freshest creations.  


Episode 912


Joe Doherty, a Vietnam veteran traveled to Vietnam with Minnesota Soybean, a non-profit organization. Habitat for Humanity needed people to build a new home, and the students from the carpentry program at Riverland Community College were looking for a project to do. A partnership formed. We went on a cruise, recently. But we didn’t go down to the Gulf of Mexico. We trolled around Albert Lea Lake aboard the Pelican Breeze 2. In 1978, a storm dropped 6 inches of rain that caused the Zumbro River to swell and flood Rochester. We recount this waterlogged incident.  


Episode 911


We talked to a local community of immigrants from Myanmar about their immigration to the U.S. We talk to cousins Zak Fellman and Todd Randall who own the Sanborn Canoe Company. Learn about the museum that tells the history of the Hormel company, the origin of Spam, and its place in world culture. Artist C. Anthony Huber calls his work Abstract Constructionism. He gets his inspiration from being on the road, actually from the road itself.


Episode 910


Featuring a man who went to Vietnam on a dare. The restoration of a cupola. A collector of 900 nativities and the Winona lumber industry of the past.  


Episode 909


The Nevilles had very different experiences during the Vietnam War. Debbie protested the war while Pat served in Vietnam. In 1921, the play, "R. U. R." introduced the word "robot" to the English language. Susan Hansen directed the same play at the Riverland Theatre in Austin. The place known as the Brick Hall is located between Myrtle and Hayward in rural Freeborn County. It’s the home of the Fall Czech Fest. Your ears will smile and your toes will tap when you hear Loud Mouth Brass. With a splash of New Orleans and a pinch of pop music, Loud Mouth Brass has a tasty musical recipe.  


Episode 908


We talk to a dog handler from the Vietnam War! We meet an artist Renaissance man! Meet a woman who held on to her mother’s apron strings! Plus… A live performance from an unlikely venue!


Episode 907

Several writers from Rochester formed a presentation they called a writing diaspora. Their work explores immigration, race, culture, identity, gender, and sexuality. The Jay C. Hormel Nature Center is a municipal nature preserve in Austin. It comprises more than 500 acres of restored and remnant prairie, hardwood forest, wetlands and meandering streams. You might think that being a cobbler is a dying profession, but Hastings shoes in Austin is still going strong. Thomas and the Shakes is a band from Rochester. We caught a live performance from Thomas and the Shakes at Fox and Fern Floral in Rochester. 

Episode 906


Meet a Vietnam vet who served in the Marine Corp and a man who knows the back roads of southern MN like the back of his hand. See how handcrafted humidors are made and learn the history of milk and wheat in Freeborn County. 


Episode 905


A Vietnam vet talks about his experiences during the war. Meet someone named Annie who directed a musical called "Annie." American and Greek cuisine along with homemade truffles all in one restaurant and a performance by a female fusion band from Argentina.


Episode 904

Meet an indie publisher, visit a college for kids, see how baseball bats are made and see the progress of the pioneers in Blue Earth County. 

Episode 903

Explore the homefront during World War I. Rust as an art that you can drive! Folk theater at its finest and a bit ‘o the Irish Trad music!

Episode 902


We talk to a Vietnam Vet about his experiences during the war. Meet the organizers behind a tiny but mighty theater troupe.   Visit a broom artist and learn the history of a southeastern MN cemetery.


Episode 901

Off 90 went to Kasson to see one of the largest gatherings of semi-trucks in North America. We learn what it's like to live in downtown in Rochester. We visit two drive-ins in south eastern Minnesota. And, we take in a concert by the urban blues band Delgres.

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