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ReelAbilities largest film festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness about people with disabilities—is coming to Minneapolis for the first time. From November 1-5, films will screen at St. Anthony Main Theater in Minneapolis.

Based in New York, the festival began in 2007 to present award winning films by and about people with disabilities. It travels to multiple locations ,and this year is stopping in the Twin Cities for screenings, discussions and other events to celebrate diversity and our shared human experience.

Partnership Resources Inc. was instrumental in bringing ReelAbilities to Minneapolis. The local nonprofit organization serves more than 200 clients with various developmental disabilities. In addition to job training and placement, PRI also offers creative outlets, including arts, a glee club and a theater group. KFAI producer Katey DeCelle met with PRI actors to learn more about their passion for the stage. The troupe was featured in a documentary film entitled, “Born for the Stage,” which garnered national acclaim.

To learn more about the film festival, visit Reel Abilities. To hear Katey’s piece, click on Born for the Stage.

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Great art is timeless. And some of the greatest artworks in history are at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for the rest of the summer as part of an exhibit that started this week – It’s called “Rembrandt in America”. The exhibit’s curator is Thomas Rassieur. He talked with KFAI’s Michelle Alimoradi and Bob Hines.

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Matthew Little, a civil rights leader who led the Minnesota delegation in the historic March On Washington in 1963, died on January 26th, 2014.
Little moved to Minnesota on the strength of a coin flip – it was going to be Minneapolis or Denver. When the coin came up “heads”, Minneapolis gained a community leader who fought for desegregation and stood up for democracy with dignity and grace.
Little’s life was the focus of the KFAI program “Conversations with Al McFarlane”. Guests Mahmoud el Kati, a Professor Emeritus at Macalester College, St. John’s University Political Science Professor Gary Prevost, and University of Minnesota Professor August Nimtz, discussed Matthew Little’s many contributions.

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On Sunday, January 12, three organizations are sponsoring an annual Day of Remembrance for those whose lives were lost to gun violence.
Protect MN, From Death to Life and Minneapolis MAD DADS are coordinating the event, which is scheduled for 3 pm Sunday at the Church of the Ascension at 1723 Bryant Avenue North in Minneapolis. V.J. Smith is the president of Mad Dads. He talked with KFAI’s Yvette Howie on the Morning Blend.

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An analysis of loan data conducted at the University of Minnesota Law School has found that minorities are more likely than whites to be turned down for a mortgage or refinancing in the Twin Cities.

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A new report highlights the importance of equity to Minnesota’s economic future.
“Minnesota’s Tomorrow – Equity is the Superior Growth Model” was commissioned by several local organizations, including the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation. The research was done by a national group called Policy Link. Policy Link’s mission is to advance economic and social equity.
Stacey Millett is a Senior Program Officer with Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and Jennifer Tran is a researcher with Policy Link. They stopped by KFAI to talk with Morning Blend host Mike Fischbein.

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With temperatures as cold as those we’ve felt recently, people who are concerned about their own survival may not take the time to consider that even plants have had to find a way to adapt to temperature extremes.
Earlier this month a team of researchers studying plants published new findings on how flowering plants evolved to move into areas with cold winters.
One of the researchers involved in the project is Professor Peter Reich of the University of Minnesota. He talked with KFAI’s Ron Thums.

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Rip Rapson knows a few things about government, urban policy, politics and philanthropy.  

Rapson has strong ties to Minnesota.  He’s known locally for his work as Deputy Mayor of Minneapolis in the 1970’s and 80’s under Don Fraser. 

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After 20 months of construction, the 132 million dollar refinance and renovation of  historic Riverside Plaza in Minneapolis is near completion.  Developer George Sherman held a grand re-opening celebration last week to show off the results of the largest public housing renovation in the country.  KFAI's Susan Gray reports.

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