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From calls to prayer… to reciting scripture… to church hymns… much of religious practice is centered around sound and the spoken word.
But people who can’t hear may feel cut off from fully accessing their religious communities.
The organization Global Deaf Muslim is trying to make it easier for Deaf members of the Twin Cities’ Muslim community to participate in religious activities.

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Univerisity of Minnesota professor Gary Muehlbauer was part of an international effort to sequence the genome for barley. He stopped by the KFAI studios to talk about why barley is important.

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Minneapolis native and former NBA player, Devean George, is giving the North side of his hometown a boost at the corner of Penn Avenue North and Golden Valley Road. 

A new neighborhood revitalization project called The Commons at Penn Avenue had its official groundbreaking earlier this week.

KFAI’s Rico Morales was there and he filed this report. 

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Tuesday night, April 16 will mark a beginning for the 2013 political process as precinct caucuses are held and candidates are considered for party endorsement.
In Minneapolis, six DFL’ers hope to get the party’s nod for the office of Mayor.
KFAI talked with each candidate on The Morning Blend.

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The House of Hanson, a corner grocery store that has been a fixture in the Dinkytown section of Minneapolis for four generations, is closing to make way for a new housing and retail development.  The controversial development won approval from the Minneapolis City Council after first being denied by the council's planning committee.    

KFAI’s Peggah Navab has a report.  

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A native of Northern Ireland, A to the L caught the DJ bug around 1984, starting as a regular fan, before moving onto success behind the turntables. Starting with house parties and guest slots at small clubs, he quickly graduated to long residencies in several major Belfast nightclubs. This resulted in a rise in exposure, to the point where he was invited to become the resident mix show DJ on Northern Ireland’s number one-rated commercial radio station Cool FM. The station’s Hiphop show, ‘The Extended Weekend’ was, at the time, the only urban show in the country.

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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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