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  • Byron Katie, founder of The Work, has one job: to teach people how to end their own suffering. As she guides people through the powerful process of inquiry she calls The Work, they find that their stressful beliefs—about life, other people, or themselves— radically shift and their lives are changed forever.

    Katie will talk with Health Notes about The Work and how it relates to the work of Dr. Martin Luther King.


  • Each week, KFAI’s Cinema Shanty considers a current film that will screen in the Twin Cities. Join Peter Schilling and Kathie Smith as they discuss the most engaging and provocative cinema being produced today.
    This week, Kathie and guest host John Moret talk about a 1978 classic about the radicalization of North Dakota farmers in the 1920’s: “Northern Lights,” playing at the Trylon Microcinema.

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  • This coming Monday will bring the annual observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, a day marked in the Twin Cities by the MLK Breakfast – a collaboration between General Mills and the United Negro College Fund. This year’s keynote speaker is political commentator, strategist and author Donna Brazile. She talked with KFAI’s Janis Lane-Ewart on The Morning Blend.

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  • Two residents at the Minnesota Sex-Offender Program in Moose Lake are seeking a same-sex marriage. Moose Lake is a secure treatment facility – the people there are technically not in prison, but they’re not allowed to leave without supervision.
    As a result, the Minnesota Department of Human Services has had to formulate some new policies. KFAI’s Rico Morales has a report.

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  • The Twin Cities Community Land Bank is buying an old theater on University Avenue in the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul. The Victoria Theater was purchased on behalf of a group called the Victoria Theater Arts Initiative. The plan is to revitalize the space as a community-owned center for the arts.
    Tyler Olsen is the project manager for the Victoria Theater Arts Initiative. He talked with KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh, who asked about the building’s history, and the plans for its future.

  • This week MinneCulture highlights local young people from Youth Performance Company and the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies. Tune in on Wednesday, January 15, from 7:30 to 8pm.

    KFAI producer Sabrina Crews presents a short segment on Youth Performance Company—an award-winning theater troupe that develops and empowers young actors, singers and dancers.

    Then members of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony perform two numbers from a recent live concert: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 14, composed by Samuel Barber; and Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Opus 47, composed by Dmitri Shostakovich.

    The first selection features a violin solo by Anna Humphrey of Rogers, Minnesota. Anna is a senior at Buffalo High School, and has been playing violin since the age of 3. She’s been involved with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies since 4th grade.

    Founded in 1972, the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies includes more than 700 young people, ages 8 through 18, who participate in seven academic-year orchestras and two summer programs. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Russell, and coached by members of the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the youth perform 20 concerts each year at Orchestra Hall and the Ted Mann Concert Hall. They also present free concerts at community centers, homeless shelters, schools, and care centers across the Twin Cities. (Photo credit: Scott Helegson.)

    For more information, visit Youth Performance Company and Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies.

    MinneCulture is broadcast on KFAI every Wednesday evening from 7:30 to 8pm. The program is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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  • It’s common knowledge that the Obama administration uses unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones , in places like Afghanistan and Iraq to gather intelligence and sometimes to kill people it considers to be terrorist threats to the US. And some predict that drones will increasingly be used for surveillance here in the U.S. Last week the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension responded to a data practices request about that agency’s use of drones in Minnesota. That request came from an organization called Public Records Media. Matt Ehling is a journalist, documentary maker and president of PRM. He talked with KFAI’‘s Terry Carter on the Morning Blend

  • On Sunday, January 12, three organizations are sponsoring an annual Day of Remembrance for those whose lives were lost to gun violence.
    Protect MN, From Death to Life and Minneapolis MAD DADS are coordinating the event, which is scheduled for 3 pm Sunday at the Church of the Ascension at 1723 Bryant Avenue North in Minneapolis. V.J. Smith is the president of Mad Dads. He talked with KFAI’s Yvette Howie on the Morning Blend.

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  • Tune in to Versed Radio’s January 9th episode to hear an interview with local singer, DJ, photographer & mother, Sarah White, about her upcoming show at the Dakota Jazz Club with her band, Shiro Dame, hip hop, being an artist of color in Minneapolis, and pushing beyond musical genres.

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  • Womenfolk will feature the top women's folk/acoustic CDs of 2013 on Tuesday, January 14th as voted by you! To cast your vote for your top picks of the past year, email by Sunday, January 12th at 6 pm. Then tune in on Tuesday from 2-4 pm Central to hear your favorite albums and picks from DJs, critics and your favorite Womenfolk artists!