- Continuing the family trade: Rosanne Cash on Midmorning
As a professional musician, Rosanne Cash has told her story in song. In her new memoir, she writes about her struggle to find herself as an artist and emerge from the shadow of her legendary father.9:06 a.m.
Rosanne Cash: Singer/songwriter and author. Her new memoir is "Composed."
- Brother Ali's quest for fellowship through hip hop
After more than a decade of rapping and producing, Brother Ali stays with his Minnesota-based label. He talks about how he maintains his integrity as an artist, an observant Muslim, and an American.10:06 a.m.
Brother Ali: Hip hop artist and member of Minneapolis' Rhymesayers collective. His latest album is called "Us."
- Spreading the good word of indie rock
Local singer/songwriter Jeremy Messersmith is known for sunny, melodic pop, yet his newest album is all about death and dying. He joins Midmorning to talk about the new record, and why he occupies a "nether-region" of music.10:30 a.m.
Jeremy Messersmith: Singer/songwriter. His latest album is "The Reluctant Graveyard."
- Poetry as performance
St. Paul is the host this week to the National Poetry Slam. Known as the "Superbowl of Slam" among competitors, it is the world's largest annual Poetry Slam event. Midmorning speaks with members of the defending national champion St. Paul team and a champion slammer from New York.10:45 a.m.
Matthew Rucker: Twin Cities artist and the host city coordinator for the 2010 National Poetry Slam. He is also the Slam Master (coach) of the defending NPS 2009 championship team -- Saint Paul Soap Boxing Slam.
Khary "6 is 9" Jackson: Playwright, teaching artist and poet. He is currently ranked 4th in the world individually.
Sierra DeMulder: Member of the St. Paul team. She won the 2009 National Poetry Slam.
Geoff Kagan Tranchard: Poet who has performed on HBO's Def Poetry Jam, at universities throughout the United States and in numerous detention facilities. He is a member of the performance poetry troupe The Suicide Kings.
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