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Close your eyes and try hard to imagine what nothingness would look like. Drawing a blank? Go visit Hamline University and find the Heech Sculpture. It’s a sculpture of nothing. Or at least it means nothingness. It’s been there for over forty years, but it’s still a bit of a mystery. KFAI’S Peggah Navab has a story about what one of Iran’s foremost contemporary artists left behind in St. Paul.

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The Interchange” – a public space and transportation hub in downtown Minneapolis. Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin explains the concept.

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MINTHEAD ALERT!!! – We are proud to announce that Mint Condition will be featured on TV One’s “Unsung”, next Wednesday, March 13th at 9 PM (EST). We are extremely excited about the episode, and hope you will all enjoy the REAL story of our journey as a band, and as brothers. New Single, Believe In Us http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF0pNGx58Uw

Bobby Z and the American Heart Association present… The 2nd Annual Benefit 2 Celebrate Life! a celebrity-filled concert featuring Questlove, Andre Cymone, Dez Dickerson, Dr. Fink, Alexander O’Neil, Stokley of Mint Condition, and more surprise celebrity artists. March 9, 2013 at First Avenue in Minneapolis

The Gathering of the Guilds Midwest Permaculture Convergence is this weekend in Geneva, Minnesota. The idea is for people to talk about living off the land and giving back to it. Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin will be there, speaking about chickens and regenerative agriculture.

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Before Prince and his funky Revolution, before indie bands like the Replacements and Hüsker Dü, the “Minneapolis sound” was defined by acoustic folk and blues music.

Tonight, producer Britt Aamodt takes us back to Dinkytown during the 1950s, where smoky coffeehouses provided a stage for the Minneapolis folk quake — launching the careers of Koerner, Ray & Glover, as well as a young man named Bob Dylan.

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Story by Shanna Gratton

Fu Manchu to Soul Patch. Mutton Chops to a classic lumberjack, beards are more than merely a way to be stylish or keep one’s face warm. They are personal statements and a basis for serious competition.
On March 24th, the Minnesota Beard-Off will happen at First Avenue.

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Tuesday night, February 24th, at the Carlson Family Stage at Northrop Auditorium in Minneapolis, the eleven artists of THE NILE PROJECT will make music that combines the diverse instruments, languages and traditions from countries that surround the Africa’s Nile River.  

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Natalie Warren is part of an 11 person expedition paddling down the Mississippi River. We check in with her on Wednesday mornings along the way, she talks with KFAI’s Mike Fischbein on the Morning Blend. They expect to arrive in New Orleans in late November or early December, She and her crew are currently going through Kentucky on the great Mississippi River.

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Café Scientifique is a monthly series of happy hour talks at the Bryant Lake Bowl presented by the Bell Museum of Natural History. This month's presenter is Dr. Ted Labuza, Professor of Food Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He'll be talking about the physical properties of confections, and how sugar and water in various states affect candy. He stopped by the Monday Morning Blend and spoke with Xan Holston about what makes candy so unique.

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Tune in to Health Notes at 6:30 pm Monday, June 10. The topic for the evening is Validation—recognizing and accepting your child’s thoughts and feelings, regardless of whether or not you feel that your child should be experiencing them—helps children develop a lifelong sense of self-worth. Children who are validated feel reassured that they will be accepted and loved regardless of their feelings, while children who are not validated are more vulnerable.

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