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It’s springtime, and birds are on the wing, traveling above our great watery highways back to their summer homes.

But what birds? Where are they going? How do they do this?

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This Thursday through Saturday, Bedlam Theater in Lowertown St. Paul hosts three nights of dance performances for the seventh annual production of Rhythmically Speaking.  The events will feature national and local choreographers exploring a wide range of topics including addiction, masculinity, and the "groove of a hat."  KFAI's Ryan Dawes spoke with choreographer Rush Benson on the Morning Blend about these themes.  

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Minneapolis band Valet has a new album coming out called “The Truth Might Not Be Here,” which it will release Friday, July 10 at the Turf Club. Valet is sharing the bill with Gramophone, Whatever Forever, and Guante. The show starts at 8 p.m.  “The Truth Might not be Here” is also available for download. Valet's Robin Kyle stopped by the Thursday Morning Blend with his guitar to play something that will be on the new record.

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Minnesota Politicians and their run for the White House
Produced by Ahndi Fridell

Forty-four men have served as President of the United States, though none hail from Minnesota. In this MinneCulture documentary, KFAI legacy producer Ahndi Fridell profiles six local politicians who left a mark on national history in their run for the White House: Ignatius Donnelly, Floyd Olson, Harold Stassen, Hubert Humphrey, Eugene McCarthy and Walter Mondale.

Golden Retrievers swimming with dolphins. French bulldogs do-see-doeing with deer. A black bear and a Bengal tiger. That kind of thing. But you don’t have to go to Youtube to catch an unusual mashup. At Como Zoo in St. Paul, a harpist and some 400-pound gorillas have enjoyed exchanging music for nearly a decade. KFAI’s Diane Richard has the story.

 

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Ask nearly any Minnesotan about lutefisk and you’re likely to get a funny answer, especially from Minnesotans with Scandinavian roots. In this episode of “MinneHistory” we explore a controversial subject: Lutefisk. The fragrant and gelatinous Scandinavian-American codfish delicacy has long been associated with Minnesota. People love to celebrate – and poke fun at – this traditional immigrant food. What is Lutefisk, and how is it made? And why is it so smelly? KFAI's Jess Mador finds out with a visit to Olsen Fish Company, the largest lutefisk producer.

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This summer the City of Minneapolis and partners from across the state have collectively hosted events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

A closing ceremony is scheduled for the Minneapolis Convention Center on Thursday, July 31st at 5pm. Toni Newborn is assistant director of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights and chair of the closing ceremony. She talked with KFAI’s Xan Holston, who asked why it’s important to remember the anniversary of the passage of a piece of legislation.

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During the summer of 2012 students in KFAI’s Youth News Initiative program produced radio pieces about stories important to them. The topics ranged from stop and frisk policies in Minneapolis to a male perspective on abortion. Students produced their pieces with the help of YNI supervisors Dale Connelly and Emily Krumberger and their individual mentors.

On Monday, January 19th, the United Negro College Fund and General Mills collaborated to present the 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  This massive celebration has become a Twin Cities tradition.  

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Obama Administration Calls for Rules Changes

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