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Mihailo Temali is the founder and CEO of the Neighborhood Development Center. The organization just received an award from the Migration Policy Institute for helping immigrants and their families succeed in the U.S. economy. He talked with KFAI’s Paul Brohagh.

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St. Thomas University law professor Nekima Levy-Pounds is a tireless advocate for social justice.  She plays a leadership role in Black Lives Matter – Minneapolis, and last spring members of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP selected Levy-Pounds to be the organization's President.  Since then she has been front-and-center in Minnesota's ongoing conversation about racial disparities in economics, employment, education and law enforcement.  

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Have you checked out the new variety of KFAI's Web Exclusive programming yet? JAZZED UP AND BONKERS is one of those shows. 

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According to the MN Department of Health, Minnesota recorded 307 new HIV cases in 2014, bringing the number of those living with the infection close to 8,000. It is estimated that another 1,000 are HIV-positive but unaware of their status. December 1, 2015 is World AIDS Day and the executive director of Clare Housing, Chuck Peterson, spoke with KFAI's Rico Morales to talk about new housing for people diagnosed with this illness.

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Sue Aberholden of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness stops by KFAI to talk about various state and federal proposals to provide assistance to those with mental illness.

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Some people think it’s hard to learn Braille – the tactile reading method used by the blind.  Others note that the approach we take to teaching braille hasn’t changed in 100 years.

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Have you listened to JAZZED UP AND BONKERS yet? Its part of KFAI’s new Web Exclusive programming.

New Years is a thrilling time for those who want to change their lives. When children catch on to the excitement, parents should make sure their resolutions are appropriate and fun.

Nanci Olesen is the director of the Mayflower Early Childhood Center in South Minneapolis; a Montessori preschool program for children aged 16 months to six years old.

Nanci stops by The Morning Blend regularly to talk about family and parenting issues, and she talked recently with Ron Thums about families and resolutions.

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Ever since Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak announced he would not run for reelection, it has been a volatile race for mayor of Minneapolis. At least 10 candidates entered the contest. On Saturday, DFL activists gathered at the Minneapolis Convention Center to narrow the field by bestowing an endorsement on one candidate, but after thirteen hours of speeches, votes and political drama, the conference ended in a stalemate. KFAI’s Trisha Collopy and Sagirah Shahid were there, and they collaborated to file this report.

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The Nonviolent Peaceforce organization acts as unarmed civilian peacekeepers to reduce violence and protect civilians in situations of conflict worldwide. Mel Duncan is co-founder of Nonviolent Peaceforce and last year he was the recipient of the 2014 Honorary Award from the Hawkinson Foundation. Mel came in to KFAI to speak with Truth To Tell’s Tom O'Connell about this organization.

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