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  • The Nonviolent Peaceforce organization acts as unarmed civilian peacekeepers to reduce violence and protect civilians in situations of conflict worldwide. Mel Duncan is co-founder of Nonviolent Peaceforce and last year he was the recipient of the 2014 Honorary Award from the Hawkinson Foundation. Mel came in to KFAI to speak with Truth To Tell’s Tom O'Connell about this organization.

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  • Thanks to everyone who came out for a KFAI benefit at the Turf Club on February 7th.  The event raised nearly $4,000 for Fresh Air Community Radio, and thanks to the work of videographer Paul Lundgren, amazing performances by Michael Yonkers, the X-Boys, The Mighty Mofos and the Flamin' Oh's have been posted on You Tube.  

     

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  • Before Prince and his funky Revolution, before indie bands like the Replacements and Hüsker Dü, the “Minneapolis sound” was defined by acoustic folk and blues music.

    Tonight, producer Britt Aamodt takes us back to Dinkytown during the 1950s, where smoky coffeehouses provided a stage for the Minneapolis folk quake — launching the careers of Koerner, Ray & Glover, as well as a young man named Bob Dylan.

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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 how and when to decide on a school plus how parents can stay involved with thier child's education.

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  • The Cedar Cultural Center is collaborating with Augsburg College for a series of Somali artist residencies called Midnimo.  The series has already included local musicians from the Twin Cities as well as international acts like The Dur-Dur Band who reunited for a show in November. The latest Midnimo artist residency features The North America Super Stars, based in Minneapolis.  This week they host workshops, collaborations, and perfomances throughout Minneapolis.

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  • For the past decade, Summit Academy in North Minneapolis has  offered classes specializing in community health.

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  • Shawn Morrison is the Executive Director of “Good In The Hood” which is an outreach and partner organization with the Union Gospel Mission in the Twin Cities. This program allows groups and individuals to serve meals and provide essential services to more than 10,000 students and families. Shawn spoke about other opportunities for the community to help and seek supplemental food and other items with KFAI's Rico Morales.

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  • Local musician and activist Jayanthi Kyle is always singing about something. From 4 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 7th, she'll be at The Lowry Cafe in North Minneapolis, teaching kids about the civil rights movement, human rights and social justice. She’ll teach the material by singing it. Jayanthi Kyle talked with KFAI's Paul Brohaugh on The Morning Blend.

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  • This Saturday, February 7, some of the Twin Cities most esteemed rockers are performing a "Benefits with Friends" show to support KFAI. Legendary musician Michael Yonkers, who has collaborated with the Blind Shake, returns after a three-year hiatus to showcase new songs. The Mighty Mofos, Flamin’ Ohs and X-Boys will also be on stage in what's sure to be a blistering night. DJ Danny Sigelman kicks thing off at 7 pm, and live music starts at 8 pm. The show is hosted by Cyn Collins and Ian Rans.

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