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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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Tuesday's Conversations with Al McFarlane featured a discussion about the role of the Black church in the community, social responsibility, and food justice.  Participants were Reverend Nazim B. Fakir, Pastor Owen E. Williams, and Dr. Willie Dean.

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Police policy, state budget audits, and what happens to our trash after the big trucks snatch it from our alleys: these are just a few of the topics that Tane Danger and Brandon Boat––co-founders of the Theater of Public Policy––are exploring in the Theater's new season. Their first guest is Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau, who will talk about community relations, policing policy, and McGruff the Crime Dog. The results of their conversation will be turned into improvosational theater gold. And there may even been singing…

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Tonight at the HUGE Theater in Uptown, Minneapolis, the Theater of Public Policy looks at the issue of climate change.
The group will welcome guest expert Paul Huttner. He’s a meteorologist.
Tane Danger and Brandon Boat of the Theater of Public Policy stopped by KFAI to talk with Siobhan Kierans.

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