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The United Nations has announced that the number of Syrian refugee children has reached one million. This marks another milestone in a 2 ½ -year conflict that has taken the lives of more than 100,000 people and forced 2 million refugees from their homeland.
Daniel Wordsworth is President and CEO of the American Refugee Committee. He talked with KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh on the Morning Blend.
Paul asked how the use of chemical weapons inside Syria and the likelihood of an American military response would affect the number of refugees.

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For a Limited Time Only, is an exhibition of artworks that have a temporary existence. Whether it is a unique arrangement of objects that can never be recreated, a drawing on the gallery wall that will be painted over, or sculptures that will destroy themselves while on display, either deliberately or incidentally, all the artwork in this exhibition is in dialogue with destruction. Antony Lakey is one of the feautred artists and he spoke with KFAI's Janis Lane-Ewart. 

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In an open letter to the community, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges acknowledged that some of the city's police officers have abused their power, and she promised to repair the department’s reputation as a cornerstone of her administration.

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The shape of the Minnesota Vikings stadium is beginning to rise above the construction pit on the east side of downtown Minneapolis.  The building will feature enormous transparent surfaces to let people inside the stadium see the downtown skyline, and to let those outside feel some of the excitement of what’s going on inside. 

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Neal Karlen talked about his book with Brenda Bell Brown on KFAI’s Morning Blend.

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Andy Steiner covers mental health and addiction for Minn Post, so she’s regularly in contact with people who are struggling with some of the most powerful challenges humans face. She’s written a book called How to Survive: The Extraordinary Resilience of Ordinary People. It offers dozens of true stories about survival, ranging from living with chronic illness to climbing free from debt and unemployment.

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When buying gas for your car, you tend to get a sense for the price of oil.  We all know when it rises and falls and many of us have an understanding of the environmental cost of burning oil too.

But what does it cost, financially, emotionally and socially, to inherit oil? 

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A major study of autism in Minnesota was released this week. Researchers found that Somali and White children in Minneapolis were about equally likely to be identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder, also known as ASD. But those two groups were more likely to have ASD than Latino children or non-Somali Black children. The results provide some vindication for Somali people who have said autism is a serious problem in their community.
Amira Adawe is one of the researchers who worked on the study, and Amy Hewitt is the study’s primary investigator. They talked with KFAI’s Mike Fischbein, who asked if it’s accurate to say that the question raises more questions than it answers.

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The History Theater presents “Baby Case,” a musical about the 1932 kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh’s baby. Gary Briggle is in the cast. He’s a versatile director, singer, actor and teacher. Gary spoke about the play with KFAI’s Mike Fischbein on the Morning Blend.

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Some Dakota County law enforcement officials have joined with a national organization called “Fight Crime – Invest in Kids” to support new federal spending that would expand preschool options nationwide.
Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom was part of an event yesterday in Hastings that called attention to a new study. The research claims Minnesota would save millions if President Obama’s ten-year, seventy-five billion dollar early education measure is passed.
James Backstrom talked with KFAI’s Yvette Howie on The Morning Blend.

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