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Join Laura Waterman Wittstock  on Wednesday, November 8 at 1 pm as she talks with Larry Long, an American singer-songwriter who has made his life work the celebration of everyday heroes. Author, historian, actor, and broadcaster Studs Terkel called Larry “a true American Troubadour.” Larry has written and performed hundreds of ballads celebrating community and history makers. His work has taken him from rural Alabama to the Lakota communities in South Dakota. He has given musical voice to struggling Midwest farmers, embattled workers, and veterans.
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Join Laura Waterman Wittstock and Roy Taylor on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 as they talk with Larry Long — an American singer-songwriter who has made his life work the celebration of everyday heroes.
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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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Join Laura Waterman Wittstock and Roy Taylor on Friday May 12 at Noon for a special Indian Month edition of FIRST PERSON RADIO and their guest Lea Foushee.  Ms. Foushee was appointed in 2016 to serve a three-year term to the Commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Environmental Justice Advisory Group. She co-founded the North American Water Office in 1982 and serves as its Environmental Justice Director.
 
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Join Laura Waterman Wittstock on FIRST PERSON RADIO Wednesday, March 9, 2016 as she talks with Lee Ann Tall Bear, Mdewankton/Sisseton Dakota and Arapaho.We’ll talk about her exceptional career, her children and some long battles as a descendant of His Red Nation (Little Crow) to gain greater recognition and respect for this great Dakota leader. She is pictured here with Mike Greeley and Della Eastman, direct decendents of His Red Nation.
 
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Same sex marriage became legal in Minnesota at midnight.  Marriages were performed in several locations around the state with committed couples taking advantage of the first opportunity to join in matrimony. 

The largest celebration was in downtown Minneapolis at City Hall.

KFAI’s Xan Holston was there.  We'll hear the report he wrote and recorded as voiced by Ryan Dawes.  And then Janis Lane-Ewart will report from the Midnight Marriage Madness at Patrick's Cabaret in Minneapolis.  

 

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Minneapolis will elect a new city council this fall. Some of the wards are hotly contested, and in several cases the incumbent city council member failed to get the DFL party’s endorsement for re-election. That’s the case in the 6th ward, where newcomer Abdi Warsame will face current council member Robert Lilligren.
Robert Lilligren recently sat down with KFAI’s Cynthia Montana, who asked him to explain why he’s running.

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Former Minneapolis city council member Robert Lilligren has taken over the top post at Little Earth of United Tribes Housing Corporation, a Native preference housing development located in the Philips neighborhood of South Minneapolis.

His appointment comes amid a rising concern over resident safety.

Lilligren talked with KFAI's Allison Herrera about how his history in the city and the neighborhood has prepared him for this job.

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