The OK Show with Andrea Swensson
By Minnesota Public Radio
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In this intimate interview series, the Current's Andrea Swensson sits down with musicians from the Twin Cities and beyond to talk about their real-life struggles and the music that makes it a little better. It's going to be O.K.
||CleanThe O.K. Show, Episode 21: Davina Sowers||Davina and the Vagabonds frontwoman Davina Sowers deconstructs the stigma around mental illness and shares her addiction and recovery story.||6/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe O.K. Show, Episode 20: Natalie Grace McKay||Hardcore artist Natalie Grace McKay talks about carving out space for transgender performers and her journey to sobriety.||6/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe O.K. Show, Episode 19: P.O.S||Rapper P.O.S talks about the emotional and creative fallout of his recent kidney transplant.||5/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe O.K. Show, Episode 18: Gary Louris||The frontman for the Jayhawks opens up about his experiences with depression, addiction, and recovery.||5/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe O.K. Show, Episode 17: Michelle Leon||Bassist-turned-novelist Michelle Leon reflects on being a Babe in Toyland.||5/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe O.K. Show, Episode 16: Big Cats||Producer Big Cats talks to Andrea Swensson about the art of grieving publicly.||5/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe O.K. Show, Episode 15: Sarah White||Hip-hop and soul artist Sarah White talks about her Minneapolis history and journey toward self-care.||2/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe OK Show, Episode 14: Ali Elabbady||Writer, DJ, and beatmaker Ali Elabbady reflects on his identity and roots in the Minneapolis music scene.||1/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe O.K. Show, Episode 13: Holly Hansen||Zoo Animal frontwoman Holly Hansen reflects on how music helped her come to terms with her religion and identity.||1/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe O.K. Show, Episode 12: Greg Grease||Rapper Greg Grease talks about self-care and accessibility in the Twin Cities music community.||1/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe O.K. Show, Episode 11: Claire de Lune||Claire de Lune of the group tiny deaths opens up to Andrea Swensson about anxiety, impostor syndrome, and how she found herself through music.||12/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe O.K. Show, Episode 10: Dan Israel||Prolific singer-songwriter Dan Israel opens up about his divorce and his struggle to stay healthy.||12/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe O.K. Show, Episode 9: Lizzo||Minneapolis-based rapper Lizzo talks to Andrea Swensson about accidentally collaborating with Justin Vernon, making her new album, Big GRRRL Small World, and falling in love with herself.||12/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe O.K. Show, Episode 8: Manchita||Rapper and songwriter Claire Monesterio reveals her personal connection to Eyedea and the impact his loss has made on her art.||11/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe O.K. Show, Episode 7: Mayda||St. Paul pop artist Mayda opens up about her health problems and journey as a Korean adoptee.||11/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe O.K. Show, Episode 6: Astronautalis||Hard-touring rapper Astronautalis talks about managing stress and staying creative under pressure.||10/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe O.K. Show, Episode 5: Lydia Liza||St. Paul singer-songwriter Lydia Liza talks to Andrea Swensson about feminism, anxiety, self-awareness, and the pressure we place on promising young artists.||10/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe O.K. Show, Episode 4: Irv Williams||Twin Cities saxophone legend Irv Williams reflects on turning 96 years old and fostering his lifelong love of jazz.||10/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe O.K. Show, Episode 3: Adam Levy||Honeydogs frontman Adam Levy speaks intimately about losing his son to suicide and channeling his grief into a beautiful new solo album.||10/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe O.K. Show, Episode 2: Mary Beth Mueller||Soul Asylum bassist Karl Mueller's widow Mary Beth talks about her punk rock roots in Minneapolis and her one-woman crusade against cancer.||9/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe O.K. Show, Episode 1: Charlie Van Stee||Minneapolis psych-pop songwriter Charlie Van Stee has a candid discussion about mental health with host Andrea Swensson.||9/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
This is a wonderful debut. Andrea Swensson deftly navigates a conversation with musician Charlie Van Stee and the care and candor with which the story is told is awesome and refreshing. Also, the music is really impressive. Can’t wait for more.
Not only a chance to get to know local music in Minneapolis, but also fully rounds out the sounds by diving into deeply personal conversation with the artist. A very promising start to a podcast I'm extremely excited about. Looking forward to more.
I'm ok yer ok
MPR music journalist Andrea Swensson digs into the frailties of MN musicians, how they cope and create. Insightful.