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  • MinneCulture: Wed, February 12, 7:30pm
    Dora Zaidenweber at Transfer of Memory

    Earlier this year, KFAI, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas and Bethel University partnered to present a special community engagement forum around Transfer of Memory photo exhibit of Holocaust survivors by David Sherman.

    On January 22, a special reception was held at Bethel, featuring survivor Dora Zaidenweber. Ms. Zaidenweber recounted stories from her family history and discussed translating her father’s memoir, “Sky Tinged Red,” from Yiddish to English.

    The event was part of What’s in the Mix—a series of community engagement forums made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. It was recorded and produced for broadcast by Tom Garneau, and airs Wed, February 12, at 7:30pm, on MinneCulture.

    Transfer of Memory is a traveling exhibit. It will be on display at the Otter Tail Historical Society in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, from February 18 through March 28.

  • SPECIAL BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAMMING
    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2014
    Programming starting at 6am—LIVE broadcast from Golden Thyme Cafe 6pm – 9pm!

  • Brushy One-String is Jamaica’s—and likely the world’s—foremost self-taught, one-string guitar player. He was invited to perform just last month at the 11th annual globalFEST, New York’s highly-esteemed music festival featuring 12 artists from around the world on three stages in one night. A couple of days before Brushy hit the stage, KFAI’s Minna Zhou sat down with the Jamaican bluesman for an exclusive interview and performance session. Originally aired February 6, 2014 on African Rhythms.

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  • It’s not cold where we are going tonight on Jet Set Planet. That’s all you need to know. Join host Glen Leslie, and his co-host for the evening Steve Kyle, for 90 minutes of the best in Exotica to celebrate the middle of the coldest months we’ve seen in a long time around these parts. Steve brings in a pile of LPs from his personal collection as we do our best to keep the tiki torches burning bright, keeping us warm in the face of Old Man Winter and his damn sno-cone machine. You’ll hear from the famous Exotica practitioners as well as from the unknowns — with a handful of hacks thrown in for good measure. So bust out the rum for a night of summer, in the middle of winter – on Jet Set Planet, Friday Nights at 9 on KFAI.

  • It’s not cold where we are going tonight on Jet Set Planet. That’s all you need to know. Join host Glen Leslie, and his co-host for the evening Steve Kyle, for 90 minutes of the best in Exotica to celebrate the middle of the coldest months we’ve seen in a long time around these parts. Steve brings in a pile of LPs from his personal collection as we do our best to keep the tiki torches burning bright, keeping us warm in the face of Old Man Winter and his damn sno-cone machine. You’ll hear from the famous Exotica practitioners as well as from the unknowns — with a handful of hacks thrown in for good measure. So bust out the rum for a night of summer, in the middle of winter – on Jet Set Planet, Friday Nights at 9 on KFAI.

  • An international group of researchers, including astronomers from the University of Minnesota, have launched a new “citizen science” project called Galaxy Zoo. The project allows anyone to become a cosmic explorer by looking for black holes in space. And yes, this is something you can do from the comfort of your own home.

    Lawrence Rudnick is a University of Minnesota Professor and an astrophysicist who studies large-scale structures in the Universe. He talked with KFAI’s John Helgeson, who asked the professor why black holes are important.

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  • Female-headed households in Minnesota are the most likely type of family configuration to be in poverty. And a persistent wage gap and “occupational clustering” contribute to the poverty that afflicts women and their families.

    These are some of the findings of a study of Women’s Economic Security in the state of Minnesota. The report is the work of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and the Center on Women and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School.

    Deb Fitzpatrick is director of the Center on Women and Public Policy. She talked with KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh on the Morning Blend.

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  • Year after year, the Twin Cities earns national attention for its talented songwriters. Not only is Minnesota home to a vibrant live music scene, but an academic one as well—with 37 accredited music schools in our state. But the way we consume music is rapidly changing. Streaming services like Spotify and Rdio provide access to millions of songs without having to buy a hard copy, or even download tracks. So how does technology and a changing music business affect the sustainability of our local music scene?

    This week MinneCulture explores how today’s local musicians are navigating the ever-changing landscape of the music business, in an audio documentary produced for KFAI by Allegra Oxborough. Tune in on Wednesday, February 5, at 7:30pm.

    Pictured top to bottom: Holly Newsome, Adam Levy, Caroline Smith, Lizzo.

    This project was made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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  • Tuesday, February 4th: Corazon Latino invites 2 very special guests to share a preview of their performances: António Zambujo, young FADO singer from Portugal, will play his guitarra Portuguesa & sing fado for you to prepare for his Tuesday night show at the Dakota, and choreographer and artistic director Marciano Silva dos Santos of CONTEMPO DANCE will tell us about this week's special performance of SenZalma at the Cowles Center for the Arts!

  • Prof. Mahmoud El Kati talks about the legacy of Civil Rights Legend, Matthew Little, Nelson Mandela and Martin Martin Luther King Jr.

    When you listen closely to Mahmoud El-Kati, a life-long educator and professor emeritus of history at Macalester College, you will hear one of the more nuanced and passionate voices working in anti-racism today. ”Race is not based in genetics,” El-Kati explains. “Race is a myth. Racism is a reality.

    In this important conversation, Professor El Kati helps us to understand that our history is our humanity.

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