Twin Ports, a climate haven for the future?

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Heard On Simply Superior
Above left are pictured musicians Ann Reed, courtesy Ann Reed and Sara Thomsen, courtesy Sara Thomsen. The cities of Superior (left) and Duluth flank St. Louis Bay at the western tip of Lake Superior. Climatologists say the cold waters of the deep lake give Duluth and environs the “Air Conditioned City” moniker. The area is also gaining a reputation as a safe haven from water shortages and other natural disasters. Photo courtesy Chris Harwood, PBS North. The Twin Ports Homegrown Music Festival, now in its 25th year, has grown from a half-dozen performers over two days to 170 over eight.

Despite the notorious cold weather, the Twin Ports are gaining a reputation as a haven free from natural disasters, such as fires sweeping across California or floods drenching the South. That’s led national media from The New York Times to CNN to report on how “climate refugees” are discovering the region. The conversation continues for Earth Month with a special broadcast by Duluth’s PBS North in cooperation with public television’s NOVA series. Producer Tomas Soderberg tells “Simply Superior” host Robin Washington what scientists say makes our area unique and possibly climate-proof.

Plus, singer-songwriters Sara Thomsen of Lake Nebagamon and Twin Citian Ann Reed dominate the folk music scene regionally and nationally. They join Washington to share their music before combining voices at The West Theatre in Duluth on Sunday. Also, this weekend kicks off the week long Homegrown Music Festival, the area’s biggest music event of the year. Duluth singer-songwriter Breanne Marie and Tim Nelson of Superior’s Earth Rider Brewery preview performances throughout the Twin Ports.

Episode Credits

  • Robin Washington Host
  • Robin Washington Producer
  • Ezra Wall Producer
  • Kate Spranger Producer
  • Tomas Soderberg Guest
  • Ann Reed Guest
  • Sara Thomsen Guest

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