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To Minnesota With Love

'To Minnesota with Love: Audio Postcards from Around the World' explores lesser known stories from the distant corners of the world. The show follows Christina MacGillivray as she chronicles history, culture and communities stories for

WTIP: Northern Minnesota Community Radio.

Darjeeling, Known For Its Tea, Fights for Independence

 

When the British colonized India, they discovered they could undermine China's dominance in the tea trade by growing the crop in Darjeeling. Their desire to hold onto the tea crop has a direct connection on the region's fight for independence today.

Darjeeling Known For Its Tea, Fights for Independence - Darjeeling, India
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Photo by : Christina MacGillivray

In a Remote Region of India, An Age Old Crop Experiences a Renaissance in Upmarket US Co-Ops

In remote ponds at the foothills of the Himalayas, local divers harvest lotus seeds.

Lotus Seeds in India - To Minnesota With Love
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Photo by : Christina MacGillivray

Black Pepper, the King of Spices, Helped Undermine the Ancient Silk Road

Christopher Columbus' voyage ultimately shaped Indian cuisine forever: in searching for India's black pepper he ultimately helped bring red chilies to India, and undermined the economic power of the Silk Road.

Black Pepper: The King of Spices - To Minnesota With Love
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The Rules of Driving in India, Explained

India's traffic is notorious for being some of the most unwieldily in the world. Seven cars often occupy the same space allocated for three and motorists share the road with cycle rickshaws, horses, pedestrians and all manor of carts. Traffic laws are virtually uninforced. Yet somehow, it all comes together.

How does it all work? 

Driving in Delhi - To Minnesota With Love
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Photo by : Christina MacGillivray

Vivaldi in Venice​, PART I

Vivaldi's well known music was composed while he conducted a very unlikely orchestra: composed entirely of orphan girls.

Vivaldi in Venice Part I - To Minnesota With Love
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Vivaldi in Venice​, PART II

While most people know Vivaldi's music, few of us know the mystery behind how his music completely vanished, only to be rediscovered nearly 200 years later. We were very close to having never heard his music at all.

Vivaldi in Venice Part II - To Minnesota With Love
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