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KFAI has a rich selection of programs that are only heard online – our web shows represent the developing sound of the station as new producers and DJ’s find their voices. In the hours leading up to the beginning of our Spring Membership Drive for 2015 (at 6am Saturday, March 14), we’ll showcase two of our web-only programs.

At 2 am, listen for Below The Waste as hosts Mason and Ben pursue their declared mission: “For over two years we’ve sought to embrace the terrible and sublime with equal affection.”

And at 4 am, DJ Takara and DJ Lady Em will bring you Versed Radio, with quality music drawn from a broad background.

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Blaine resident Kimberly Brown is using her musical talents to celebrate the holiday season and support the American Heart Association at the same time. Home for the Holidays with Kimberly Brown is an annual holiday concert featuring Brown and her holiday band. This year's concert will feature traditional and original songs, and the debut her first Christmas CD.

Kimberly Brown spoke with KFAI's Rico Morales on The Morning Blend.

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More Minnesotans are using solar energy in their homes and businesses thanks to financial incentives available from state and federal government programs and non-profits organizations. 

The Kingfield Neighborhood Association in southwest Minneapolis has formed a partnership with Applied Energy Innovations and the MN Renewable Energy Society to help community residents get access to affordable solar energy.

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Photo:  Host Ron Thums, Guest Dennis Scholl, Editor Oscar Santana

 

A few months ago we heard about the St. Paul Knight Arts Challenge, a program of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to spark some new ideas about using the arts to enrich the diversity and cultural vibrancy of Minnesota’s capital city.

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The recent news that a patient at a Dallas hospital has the Ebola virus has caused a stir in the United States.  But for many Americans, Ebola has already hit very close to home.

Decontee Kofa Sawyer of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, lost her husband to the disease.   Patrick Sawyer was working as a diplomat in Liberia.  He collapsed after getting off a plane in Lagos, Nigeria, where he was scheduled to attend a conference before returning to Minnesota to celebrate two of his three daughters’ birthdays.

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The city of St. Paul has several large parcels of land in transition right now. Among them is the Ford Plant location in the Highland Park neighborhood on the banks of the Mississippi River, the former Dayton’s and Macy’s department store building downtown; the 3M property on the city’s east side and also the Hamm’s brewery location. Cecile Bedor is St. Paul’s Planning and Economic Development Director, she talked with Dale Connelly in The Morning Blend.

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When folk singer and activist Pete Seeger died, many of the tributes mentioned his influence on generations of musicians and community organizers. In the Twin Cities, one person who was deeply affected by Pete Seeger is singer-songwriter Larry Long.
Long stopped by KFAI and talked with Dale Connelly about his forty year friendship with Pete Seeger – a relationship that started with a coincidental connection at a rally back in the 1970’s.

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More than four million Syrians have fled their country in the last several years. So far the U.S. has taken in about 1,500 Syrian refugees.  Suzan Boulad is a University of Minnesota law student who has family in Syria, and last Sunday she organized a rally at Minnehaha Park, asking the United States and Minnesota to do more for Syrian refugees.

Suzan spoke with Paul Brohaugh on the Thursday Morning Blend. 

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