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The Minnesota State Fair begins today, and one of the key features over the years has been the product giveaway.  Remember when the big thing was to pick up a free yardstick?

This year Blue Cross and BlueShield of Minnesota will be giving away something quite unusual – a free visit with a doctor. 

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“Documenting Black History in the Digital AGE: Conversation with Alex Cherian, San Franciso State Film Archivist” Host Lennie Chism – Discussion

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Andy Sturdevant is a local artist and writer who has long been fascinated by the latticework of alleys crisscrossing Minneapolis. He has put together an exhibit called “Alley Atlas,” which will open later this month at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

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The National Domestic Workers Alliance issued a report this week called “Home Economics, The Invisible and Unregulated World of Domestic Work.”   One of the co-authors is Linda Burnham.  She’s the research director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and she talked with Paul Brohaugh on KFAI's Morning Blend.     Paul asked if there was anything in the report that its authors found surprising.  

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Next year the Central Corridor Light Rail line will begin operations, connecting St. Paul and Minneapolis along University and Washington Avenues.

The Neighborhoods that the train travels through are expecting new development, and managing those improvements while maintaining the existing character of the neighborhood is a challenge. 

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This coming Monday will bring the annual observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, a day marked in the Twin Cities by the MLK Breakfast – a collaboration between General Mills and the United Negro College Fund. This year’s keynote speaker is political commentator, strategist and author Donna Brazile. She talked with KFAI’s Janis Lane-Ewart on The Morning Blend.

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Nobel Peace Prize nominee and author Dr. Hawa Abdi was in Minneapolis at the beginning of April as part of her national book tour for Keeping Hope Alive- a memoir about her life and work in Somalia. Named the Mother Theresa of Somalia, she has offered shelter and aid to thousands in her country since civil war began in Somalia in 1991. KFAI’s Christina Cerruti has this report.

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You wouldn’t know it to look at him, but there’s a college professor in the Twin Cities who has a documented history of hanging out with some of the toughest characters in the city of London.
Dr. James Densley’s book How Gangs Work is based on his two years working inside London gangs. He’s an Assistant Professor of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice at Metropolitan State University.
When he spoke recently with KFAI’s Kirk Mattson, Densley explained what he did to gain the gangs’ trust.

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University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler has announced  that Dr. Katrice Albert will become the University’s new Vice President for Equity and Diversity.  Dr. Albert has played a similar role at Louisiana State University for the past 7 years.  The Equity and Diversity post at the U of M has been vacant for two years.    With the approval of the Board of Regents, Dr. Albert will begin on June 28th of 2013.  She talked with Dale Connelly and Miguel Vargas on KFAI's Morning Blend.  

 

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Minnesota is recognized as a leader in many medical fields, and one of them is diabetes research. Three years ago, the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic launched a partnership to figure out how best to fight the diabetes epidemic, and, most optimistically, to find a cure. The U of M's Dr. Elizabeth Seaquist is a leader in this "Decade of Discovery," and she's also in line to be the next president of the American Diabetes Association.

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