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The Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis has brought Greg Bank’s adaptation of Mark Twain’s classic children’s story The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to life in a spare but resonant production. Ansa Akyea plays multiple roles, most notably the escaped slave Jim. And Victor Zupanc appears on stage throughout as one of two musicians who participate in, and accompany, the action. They talked with KFAI’s Brenda Bell Brown about the the complexity and power of this simple story.

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Minneapolis will elect a city council this fall.  This time around, some of the incumbents have faced strong challenges from newcomers.  In the city’s sixth ward, Abdi Warsame took the DFL endorsement from sitting council member Robert Lilligren, who has said he will still run for the office.

Abdi Warsame talked with KFAI’s Lennie Chism about why he is running for City Council.

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There is a primary election scheduled for August 12th, when Minnesota voters will help narrow the field in statewide and local contests.

Perhaps the most high-profile primaries are in the Republican Party this year, where multiple candidates are seeking the party’s endorsement to run for Governor and U.S. Senator. In the DFL, one Minneapolis race is drawing lots of attention as Mahamoud (mock-MOOD) Noor challenges long-serving House member Phyllis Kahn.

August 12th may still seem like a long way off, but primary elections can come and go before you realize you had an opportunity to cast a ballot. But there’s an added wrinkle this election year – all Minnesotans are now able to vote absentee without giving an excuse.

Anissa Hollingshead is the Elections Outreach Coordinator with the Minneapolis City Clerk’s office. She talked with KFAI’s Xan Holston about how absentee voting has changed.

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Members of Minneapolis’ American Indian Community staged a demonstration outside the Metrodome last night as the Vikings played the Washington Redskins.
At issue is the Washington team’s name and mascot. KFAI’s Allison Herrera filed this report.

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The organization Black Lives Matter has quickly become a rallying force for people who want to address the social cost of racial disparities in Minnesota and nationwide.

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The Twin Cities Metropolitan Council has approved a regional housing policy plan - the first such plan to be adopted in 30 years.  

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On Minneculture, we’ll visit the Minnesota History Center as some of the featured authors from a new anthology of African American writing celebrate the publication of their work. The book is called Blues Vision, and one of the featured writers is J. Otis Powell.

Here’s an excerpt from the Minneculture broadcast – J. Otis Powell reading from page 78 of the book – a piece called “Tongue Swallow.”

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The 8th Annual Fakoly Drum & Dance Project took place May 29-31 at the University of Minnesota’s Rarig Center.

This year’s festival was called Wontanara (We Are United). Wontanara brought together dancers and master drummers from throughout the Twin Cities and areas of West Africa. With master classes over two days and an evening live performance, this gathering displayed the growth of traditional African dance and percussion in the Twin Cities.

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Daniel Wordsworth the President of the American Refugee Committee joins us in the studio.

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