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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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  • Health Notes will be in conversation with teacher, mentor and founder of WE WIN Institute Titilayo Bediako.

    Titilayo Bediako was born and raised in Minnesota, and is the daughter of civil rights leader Matthew Little. She is instrumental in using African and African American history
    to African American youth through WE WIN Institute ( a non-profit organization dedicated to the academic and social success of all children)

    Titilayo says participating in African rituals helps give African-American youth a sense that they belong to something larger than themselves or their surroundings.
    She says that’s something she never received when she was in school. After graduating from high school, she moved to Tennessee where she joined an African history study group. “The more I studied and the more I learned about myself, the more my given name, which was Michelle Little, didn’t fit the person I had become,” The name Titilayo is from the Yoruba of Nigeria. She says it means “everlasting happiness.” Bediako is from the Ashanti people of Ghana and it means, “born to struggle for her people.”
    Participating in African-rooted rituals and ceremonies, like Kwanzaa, is one way African-Americans nurture their African side. “So I get everlasting happiness in struggling for my people,” says Bediako. “The one thing that I’ve learned is that struggling for African people makes it possible to struggle for all people.”

    Many African-Americans have adopted African names. Despite attempts to identify with Africans, African-Americans carry the physical and emotional baggage of slavery and racism.
    Titilayo says many African-Americans have poor self-esteem because they were born in a country that historically has devalued their lives.
    This is an important conversation you will not want to miss.
    Health Notes airs Mondays 6:30-7:30pm

  • On this weeks True Brit!, host Simon Husbands will be welcoming musicians Chris Perricelli and Eric Tretbar to the studio! Chris and Eric will be performing with their respective bands at the March 4th show at the 331 Club in celebration of the release 10 years ago of Chris' band LITTLE MAN's album SOULFUL AUTOMATIC – and so here's a chance to find out all about it!

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    Join Laura Waterman Wittstock and Roy Taylor as they talk with Joy Rivera, Seneka Nation Haudenosaunee, Snipe Clan. She is the Community Education Specialist for the American Indian Cancer Foundation in Minneapolis. The Foundation has a new program called Refer-A-Relative, which she will describe and she has new information about  Colon Cancer Month which begins in March. 
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  • Remembering Matthew Little will be featured on Health Notes, Monday, Feb 20th at 6:30pm  and Tuesday during Black History Month programming at 1:00pm.

  • Local singer-songwriter Mayyadda had a moment when she knew she had to give music a shot. Coming out of her senior year, she knew that her immigrant mother had done everything she could to get her ahead in life. But as she watched school friends go off to jobs in finance, she knew it wasn't what her soul needed. So, she started recording—and we're better off for it.

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  • The Affordable Care Act is an effort to provide Health Care coverage to millions of previously uninsured people in the U.S. The newly elected President, Donald Trump, and other legislators say they want to eliminate and replace this plan. In Minnesota, one State Senator is pushing an idea that would create an entirely different approach to health care.  
  • When people fled Somalia during the civil war that started more than 25 years ago, art was something they had to leave behind.  But the artists fled with everyone else, and those artists continued to create in their new lands.

    One of those artists lives here in Minnesota – his name is Hassan Noor.  

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  • Join Laura Waterman Wittstock, Roy Taylor  and John Kane (Mohawk) on Wednesday February 15, 2017 for a lively discussion of politics and updates on what is happening with the pipeline and the water protectors. John hosts two weekly radio shows. "Let's Talk Native…with John Kane" – now in its seventh year – streams online at 
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  • Illusion Theater in Minneapolis is staging a new play called Miranda.  Playwright James Still brings audiences inside the world of a CIA operative working in Yemen.  

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