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Native Minnesotan Alec Soth is a renowned photographer whose large-scale images feature Midwestern subjects, shot in an off-beat way. He recently spent a week traveling through North Dakota, photographing the oil boom to accompany a cover story for the New York Times magazine. KFAI producers Allegra Oxborough and Jemma Brown talked to Alec about the project, and about how he identifies as an artist, journalist and documentarian.

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An Alzheimer’s expert suggests that you stay aware of the state of your own body and mind.

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This week the Alzheimer’s Association released a new report on the disease and the latest statistics revealed that this disabling brain condition is a profound threat to the health of women. The new information debunks some common assumptions about Alzheimer’s, and found that women in their 60’s are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s as another greatly feared disease – breast cancer.
Debbie Richman is the education and outreach director for the Alzheimer’s Association. She talked with KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh.

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A new exhibit at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul is all about Prohibition – the time in American history when producing and distributing alcohol was illegal.
The Volstead act was in effect from 1920 to 1933, and was named for a Minnesota Congressman who supported it. The exhibit will run through March 16th.
Dan Spock is the director of the Minnesota History Center Museum. He talks with KFAI’s Ron Thums on the Morning Blend.

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Amoke Kubat talked with Brenda Bell Brown on KFAI’s Morning Blend.

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Jen Braun of Ampersand Families talks about finding adoptive homes for teenagers.

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Andrew Dirks is a physics teacher at Highland Park High School, and he’s also a filmmaker. He was inspired by a J.J. Abrams movie called “Super 8”, and decided to make something similar using his summers off. Dirks’ film is called “Nicollet Island.” and he stopped by KFAI’s Morning Blend program to talk with Mike Fischbein.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of the Wizard of Oz will be opening on December 4th at St. Paul’s Ordway Theater. Mike Jackson is a Canadian actor, grip, and gaffer, best known for his acting roles in the comedy TV series Trailer Park Boys where he played the role of Trevor. Mike joined KFAI’s Janis Lane-Ewart to talk about his role of the Tin Man in the upcoming production.

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KFAI’s Jemma Brown talks with Andy Sturdevant, who writes a column called “The Stroll” for Minn Post.

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The United Nations has says well over 3 million people need food in the African nation of South Sudan. The world’s newest nation has been in crisis since the middle of December when violence broke out between rival factions – some loyal to the current president and others following his dismissed deputy.
A fragile ceasefire was agreed to last week and a second round of peace talks is scheduled to start this Friday, even as some reports indicate the ceasefire has already been violated.
The lull in fighting has allowed relief agencies to return to South Sudan’s capital, Juba. Among them is the Minnesota-based nonprofit, the American Refugee Committee. ARC works to help provide and improve health services. Representing ARC in Juba is Brian LeCuyer, who spoke with KFAI’s Christina Cerruti on the Morning Blend.

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