General Announcements

  • An organization called Occupy Minnesota has promoted a demonstration and rally in downtown Minneapolis that began this morning at 9. The stated intention on the organization’s website is to “stand in solidarity” with those staging a similar demonstration on New York’s Wall Street.
    KFAI’s Michelle Alimoradi was there, and she spoke with Bob Hines during the KFAI Weekly News.

  • Students who face bullying and harassment can feel isolated, and many have said they draw comfort from learning that others have had the same experience, and survived.
    Providing that kind of support is the aim of a new book entitled “Dear Bully,” a collection of essays by 70 authors, including R.L. Stein and Mo Willems.

  • As part of KFAI’s Membership Premium effort, programming volunteer Lennie Chism took an official station t-shirt along on a recent trip to Washington D.C. – a place where people show their endorsement with a signature.

    At the $250 level, this keepsake is yours. It bears the following names:

    • NBA Star Isaiah Thomas
    • Rep. Keith Ellison
    • Rep. Betty McCollum
    • Rep. Tim Walz
    • Rep.
  • A rally at the Minnesota State Capitol on September 24th was part of a worldwide effort to keep attention focused on climate change and our response to it. KFAI’s Flor Trevino was there and filed this report.

  • On October 4th, British attorney Mark Stephens delivered the University of Minnesota’s annual Otto Silha Lecture. Stephens specializes in free speech and freedom of information cases around the globe. He is a former counsel for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, and his talk at 7 pm today at the Coffman Union theater is titled: “Free Speech and the Digital Challenge Around the Globe”.

  • The Mill City Museum is the hallmark of the milling industry that transformed the Minneapolis riverfront in the 19th century.
    Both General Mills and Pillsbury are synonymous with this milling district that sits near St. Anthony Falls. Until very recently, many people did not know it’s also a significant spot for the Dakota people, who call Minneapolis their birthplace.

  • Early this week the U.S. Postal Service announced it will change its policy and will allow images of people who are still alive to be featured on stamps. And the service invited the public to nominate candidates on Facebook.
    This comes at a time when there is real doubt about the Post Office’s future.

  • Fall has arrived, and a glut of supposedly important or serious
    movies are coming out. They’re vying to be remembered for awards, specifically the Oscars. This made film-lover Will Wright wonder what makes a movie important and why we care or pay attention to such things when it’s only entertainment.

  • On September 28th, the Ramsey County Charter Commission held a public hearing on the question of a possible tax hike to support road improvements around a proposed Vikings stadium in Arden Hills.

    The commission faced hundreds of citizens who were eager to sound off in this, the first public forum to be held on the controversial Vikings project.

  • In the early 1800’s, John Audubon decided to paint a portrait of every bird in North America.