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KFAI’s Ahmed Wassie talks with KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh about the sudden death of Ethiopia’s longtime president.

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A crowd is expected Thursday evening, July 25th, at the TCF Stadium on the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus  –  not to watch football, but to admire another group of Minnesota champions -  the owners and operators of locally owned restaurants.  The event is the 8th Annual Twin Cities Originals, and it features 20 restaurants and breweries that are local and independent. 

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It's been known to happen all over the air during a pledge drive…a sudden freestyle battle erupts, a live blues duo trades phrases of "pledge now"…Sherry Minnick picks up her guitar for a spontaneous tune like she did this afternoon with David Cummings. KFAI's Fall membership drive inspires the best in us all!

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Lorna Landvik is an author, playwright, comedian, improv artist, mother, wife, dog owner, thumb wrestler, tongue twister specialist.   A multi-talented person needs a stage to express all of those abilities, and in the month of January she’s getting one.  Lorna will do a one woman show on Friday and Saturday nights from January 4th through January 26th at the Bryant Lake Bowl – 7pm each night.   She talked with KFAI’s Dale Connelly, who asked why she felt a need to add a stage show to her other creative work. 

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Louis King is the president of Summit Academy, a non profit organization that offers training for people in a number of areas that apply to these major projects. He talked with KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh on The Morning Blend…

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This week we observed the one year anniversary of the tornado strike on North Minneapolis.

Louis King is the chair of the Northside Community Response Team.  He  told KFAI’s Dale Connelly that the North Side is 95% back to where it was before the storm, but that still puts it in a condition of severe economic distress.  Still, he's optimistic.   And while you can still see tornado damage, it’s what you don’t see that matters most.

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For some people, love is hugs and kisses. Or moonlight walks on the beach. For one local punk band, love is a song about dead cats.

KFAI's Todd Melby has a story about the F*** Knights.

 

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Late last year, the FCC granted licenses for new low power FM stations across the nation. Low power FM is hyper-local, community based broadcasting on a neighborhood level.
The task of raising funds and making plans to launch those stations continues for backers and enthusiasts. A few of those proposed stations are to be located right here in the Twin Cities.
KFAI’s Aaron Westendorp talked to some of the key players in the Twin Cities low power FM effort.
A note to listeners: Aaron is non verbal so the voice you’ll hear is simulated, using computer software.

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U.S. State Department Ambassador Luis CdeBaca is the Obama Administration’s point person in the fight against human trafficking.
CdeBaca visited the University of Minnesota Law School to speak to students and faculty members. He sat down with KFAI’s Christina Cerruti to talk about the latest efforts against exploitation and slavery.

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Story by Terry Carter

Mentors can make a positive difference in the lives of young people, but finding those mentors and getting them to step forward can be a challenge.
The Southside Village Boys and Girls Club in South Minneapolis is trying to attract mentors – particularly men, and especially men of color. To do that they’ve scheduled a “March for Men Mentoring” for Thursday, July 26th at 6pm at the Club, located at 701 E. 39th Street in south Minneapolis – at the intersection of 39th Street and Park Ave. S.

Brian Kelley has directed a community program called All About Family for 9 years, and is a part time mentor coordinator for the Boys and Girls Club Southside Village. He talked with KFAI’s Terry Carter.

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