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Nanci Olesen is the director of the Mayflower Early Childhood Center in South Minneapolis, a Montessori preschool program for children 16 months to 6 years old. She stops by the Morning Blend regularly to talk about family and parenting issues. This week Nanci speaks with KFAI's Ryan Dawes about kids and money, diving into allowance, savings, charitable giving, and even planning for college. 

Nanci Olesen is the director of the Mayflower Early Childhood Center in South Minneapolis, a Montessori preschool program for children 16 months to 6 years old. She stops by the Morning Blend regularly to talk about family and parenting issues. This week Nanci speaks with KFAI's Ryan Dawes about how and when to decide on a school plus how parents can stay involved with thier child's education.

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Justin Simien’s new film “Dear White People” was released in the movie theaters on October seventeenth. Part of the film was shot here in Minnesota at the U of M. Minnesota native, Naomi Ko who attended the University of Minnesota was the only Asian-American featured in the movie.

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Experienced canoeist Natalie Warren is taking an ambitious trip down the Mississippi River. Along with nine friends she’s paddling from the headwaters to New Orleans, a three month-long effort to connect with people all along America’s major river system. KFAI will check in with Natalie and her team throughout the journey. She talked with Mike Fischbein on the Morning Blend at the start of her journey.

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The latest draft of a major federal report says climate change is already affecting U.S. residents through heat waves, droughts and other weather events.  The third National Climate Assessment warns that temperatures could increase as much as 10 degrees by the end of this century if global carbon emissions keep soaring.

 

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Mihailo Temali is the founder and CEO of the Neighborhood Development Center. The organization just received an award from the Migration Policy Institute for helping immigrants and their families succeed in the U.S. economy. He talked with KFAI’s Paul Brohagh.

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St. Thomas University law professor Nekima Levy-Pounds is a tireless advocate for social justice.  She plays a leadership role in Black Lives Matter – Minneapolis, and last spring members of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP selected Levy-Pounds to be the organization's President.  Since then she has been front-and-center in Minnesota's ongoing conversation about racial disparities in economics, employment, education and law enforcement.  

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Have you checked out the new variety of KFAI's Web Exclusive programming yet? JAZZED UP AND BONKERS is one of those shows. 

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According to the MN Department of Health, Minnesota recorded 307 new HIV cases in 2014, bringing the number of those living with the infection close to 8,000. It is estimated that another 1,000 are HIV-positive but unaware of their status. December 1, 2015 is World AIDS Day and the executive director of Clare Housing, Chuck Peterson, spoke with KFAI's Rico Morales to talk about new housing for people diagnosed with this illness.

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Sue Aberholden of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness stops by KFAI to talk about various state and federal proposals to provide assistance to those with mental illness.

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