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  • Did you know that KFAI has Web Exclusive programming?
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  • The sounds of FUFA, FUFA, FUFA could be heard throughout KFAI over the past few months from volunteers and staff, as the Freshen Up Fresh Air (FUFA) Committee worked to “freshen up” the station. Committee volunteers did everything from planning color schemes, selecting floor tiles, painting walls and doors, acquiring hand dryers (at wholesale), installing donated mirrors, moving furniture, to relocating a water fountain to make the kitchen more accessible. To show our appreciation, KFAI held an open house on August 28th where we recognized the FUFA Committee and other volunteers who worked on this important project.

    Members of the FUFA Committee included: Debbie Gonsioroski, Susan Gray, Pat Hengemuhle, Nancy Sartor, Nancy Skalkos and Patti Walsh. Other volunteers who helped paint and plaster included Robert Easley, Chris Smith and Jumondeh Tweh. A special thanks to volunteer Chris Elpers, owner of Chris Elpers Carpentry, who laid the restroom floor tiles, trimmed doors, built kitchen cabinets and installed a new kitchen countertop. Also, a special thanks to volunteer Steve Isadore who moved and connected the water fountain, installed restroom faucets and a kitchen light, removed an old TV and hung numerous pictures.

    We are also indebted to Elsa’s House of Sleep for providing furniture in trade, which was arranged by volunteer Lennie Chism. I was moved by the volunteers’ efforts and pleased to donate chairs for the Green Room and photography for the entryway. – Dr. Willie Dean, Executive Director

    Thanks to our volunteers for their hard work to “freshen up” Fresh Air!

  • KFAI will present “For Pete’s Sake, a celebration of the life and work of musician and activist Pete Seeger, as a holiday-brightening opener on Labor Day morning from 6 to 8 am.   This re-broadcast is appropriately timed because Seeger was a lifelong supporter of organized labor and union causes. 

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  • Labor Day means teachers and students are returning to school. 

    Last May, the teacher’s union, Education Minnesota, named a new “Teacher of the Year.”   There were well over 100 candidates for the honor from the  ranks of the 70 thousand member union.

    The winner was Thomas Rademacher,  who teachers English at the Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resources School in Downtown Minneapolis.

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  • With the end of August and the State Fair underway, many Minnesota college students have already headed back to campus. 

    And those who hope to go to college someday should be busy making plans – not only the fun part about choosing a college to attend, but the hard work of figuring out how to pay for it.

    At the State Fair this year, the Minnesota College Savings Plan is enthusiastically trumpeting the state-designated “529” investment plan.   Robert Stern is the plan’s program manager.  He talked with KFAI's Mike Fischbein.  

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  • The End of the Rope: How a botched hanging ended the death penalty in Minnesota

    by Susan Gray


    Tonight on MinneCulture, producer Susan Gray takes an in-depth look at how a botched hanging ended the death penalty in Minnesota.

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  • The shape of the Minnesota Vikings stadium is beginning to rise above the construction pit on the east side of downtown Minneapolis.  The building will feature enormous transparent surfaces to let people inside the stadium see the downtown skyline, and to let those outside feel some of the excitement of what’s going on inside. 

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  • The Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Sierre Leone, and other West African countries is causing a regional public health emergency as health-care workers, families, and others attempt to provide care and supplies.

    Minnesota has the largest Liberian immigrant population in the United States, and last month members of Minnesota’s Liberian Immigrant and Refugee community held a meeting with representatives of Minnesota’s Department of Health to discuss some of their concerns.

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  • With the same extraordinary skill that he used to demystify scientific abstraction and the new physics, Gary Zukay, the award-winning author of The Dancing Wu Li Masters,

  • On Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Ordway in St. Paul, Jeri Brunoe will portray five characters in a one woman show that invokes the transforming nature of the Salmon. 

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