Festival explores Jewish humor The first ever Minneapolis Jewish Humor Festival continues today. It's been going on all week at the Sabes Jewish Community Center, with performances and lectures about the art and tradition of jewish humor.
Rabbi Sim Glaser is a student of Jewish humor and he's one of the presenters at this week's festival. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked to him about why so much great American comedy comes out of the Jewish community.6:50 a.m.
Art Hounds Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside their own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on in local arts.8:25 a.m.
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