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Michael Robins & Bonnie Morris, Heid Erdrich, Solomon Parham

Episode: Since 1974 Michael Robins and Bonnie Morris have developed new work at Illusion Theater to catalyze personal and social change. Heid E. Erdrich's impactful work in poetry and film is often inspired by her Native American ancestry. Surrounded by legendary musicians from his childhood, Solomon Parham is now making a name for himself in the Twin Cities jazz community.

Air Date 5/7/16

 
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