KSMQ sets its sights on Rochester with its weekly program, “R-Town.” As one of the economic engines of the KSMQ viewing area, Rochester is brimming with business, cultural and historical significance. And of course there is also great change taking place as a result of the Destination Medical Center project. What is Rochester talking about? Join Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara each week as we take a trip to “R-Town.” 

Fridays at 8:00 p.m.  Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m.
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Nicole meets Dr. Azar Maluki, Board Chair of the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project, to discuss the upcoming listening session at the Rochester Area Foundation. We visit the Lion Heart Clay Works, and we visit RCTC to view Zoe Cinel's newest art exhibit "TOO HOT TO HANDLE, A Portrait of the Artist With Pain." We check in with Dan Nowakowski from the History Center of Olmsted County to discuss Mayowood as we approach the holiday season. Lastly, Nicole visits with Holly Masek to discuss what's coming to Downtown Rochester for the holidays.




Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara

Nicole is an anthropologist by training and holds degrees from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and the University of Oxford, England. Her work and research have taken her all over the world uncovering how people and communities change, grow, and thrive. As a Rochester-based writer, her writing has been recognized by the Minnesota State Arts Board, Loft Literary Center, and the Givens Foundation for African-American Literature. 

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Danielle Teal

Danielle is a correspondent and occasional host of R-Town. Her day job is with Mayo Clinic. She is also founder of CAKE (Caring Acts of Kindness Everywhere), a volunteer group that partners with nonprofits and organizations on kindness initiatives. She earned her bachelor’s degree with a focus in Communications and Marketing from Metropolitan State University and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Saint Mary’s University. Danielle has hosted her own radio show and authored numerous articles and blog posts. Her love for getting to know others has paired well with hosting the R-Town podcast. She enjoys lifting up those in the community, so that their stories can be shared to inspire and motivate others. 

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