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Rip Rapson knows a few things about government, urban policy, politics and philanthropy.  

Rapson has strong ties to Minnesota.  He’s known locally for his work as Deputy Mayor of Minneapolis in the 1970’s and 80’s under Don Fraser. 

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After 20 months of construction, the 132 million dollar refinance and renovation of  historic Riverside Plaza in Minneapolis is near completion.  Developer George Sherman held a grand re-opening celebration last week to show off the results of the largest public housing renovation in the country.  KFAI's Susan Gray reports.

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Roberts Shoe Store has been a fixture at the corner of Chicago and Lake Streets in Minneapolis for generations. But this fall, after 77 years, the store is closing for good. KFAI reporter Nancy Rosenbaum has the story.

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Wed, March 5, 7:30pm
Rosalie Wahl: Minnesota’s first female Supreme Court Justice
Produced by Britt Aamodt

In 1977, the Women’s Movement scored a major victory with Roe v. Wade, but Congress failed to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. In Minnesota, a pro-life Catholic governor and a public defender, poet and mother of four would make state history when Rudy Perpich appointed Rosalie Wahl as Minnesota’s first female Supreme Court Justice. In this audio documentary, Britt Aamodt examines one of Minnesota’s most significant heroes in women’s history. Featuring Lori Sturdevant, author of “Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl & the Minnesota Women’s Movement,” and Betty Wilson, author of “Rudy! The People’s Governor.”

Tune into MinneCulture tonight, Wed, March 5, at 7:30pm to hear the full program. MinneCulture is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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On Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Ordway in St. Paul, Jeri Brunoe will portray five characters in a one woman show that invokes the transforming nature of the Salmon. 

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The movement to ban same-sex conversion therapy in Minnesota picked up the support of GLAAD (formerly the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation

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With the election now over, you’d think political observers would be able to take a rest but Hamline University’s David Schultz is busier than ever.  He has had two recent blog posts published in Minn Post and Politics in Minnesota, talking about the upcoming state legislative session and the potential plans of the new DFL majority, and the effect of money in politics.  KFAI's Allegra Oxborough asked Professor Schultz what we learned about money in the 2012 election. 

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For a decade, Walt Whitman has been roaming around Patrick Scully's mind, gestating performance material. Last summer Patrick premiered "Leaves of Grass – Uncut" at Illusion Theater with a cast of 19. Patrick is now creating the show as a solo, with two open rehearsals to begin the process.

Patrick Scully talked with Brenda Bell Brown on the Morning Blend.  

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Tune into MinneCulture on Wednesday, April 24, at 7:30pm to hear a captivating audio documentary by Susan Gray. Second Chances: The Story of Fergus Falls State Hospital explores the history of a Minnesota landmark, and why a place on the National Register of Historic Places may not save it from demolition.

In the late 19th century, insane asylums were built across the country in response to a national outcry over the treatment of the mentally ill. More than 75 asylums were designed using Dr. Thomas Kirkbride’s Moral Treatment Plan, which claimed that mental ailments could be alleviated with beautiful architecture and serene landscaping. The former State Hospital in Fergus Falls is one of the few remaining intact Kirbride hospitals in the country. Re-named the Regional Treatment Center in 1985, the building is destined for the wrecking ball if a developer is not soon found. KFAI producer Susan Gray spoke with preservation supporters to learn about the building’s historical significance to Fergus Falls, and the treatment of people with mental illness.

Eariler In June , Northern Spark provided a collection of all-night arts events in the Lowertown section of St. Paul, and this weekend Minneapolis will answer with its own late-night arts extravaganza  – a free festival called Secret City


Musicians, actors, dancers, bicyclists, ping pong players and more will congregate starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, lighting up the Midtown Greenway and sections of downtown and the Loring Park area, including the Minneapolis Convention Center. 


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