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Minneapolis will elect a new mayor on Nov.5th .Voters will have a wide range of choices, with 35 names appearing on the ballot. KFAI has extended an invitation to all of the candidates, and so far twenty seven have accepted the offer to be interviewed here at KFAI. Joshua Rea, is a independent candidate for Mayor of Minneapolis. He talked with KFAI’s Ben Lauer.

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In just about two weeks, voters in St. Paul and Minneapolis will go to the polls to use Ranked Choice Voting in city elections.  In Minneapolis, some tightly contested, multi candidate races will give the relatively new Ranked Choice Voting system a chance to show its value – if voters AND candidates understand how to use it. 

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Betsy Hodges is a member of the Minneapolis City Council, representing Ward 13.
She has been active with the Minnesota Justice Foundation and Take Action Minnesota, and points with pride to her work on the council regarding financial and equity issues.
She stopped by KFAI and talked with host Willie Dominguez on the show Sabados Alegres.

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An exhibition called “Perspectives – (re)Defining the Asian American Experience” is happening on Saturday night, October 19th, at the Neighborhood House in St. Paul.

Chay Douangphouxay is part of the presentation. She’s a spoken word artist of Asian decent. She stopped by KFAI and talked with Dale Connelly on The Morning Blend. Chay shares a little bit about her personal background and how she came to be the artist she is today, re-defining the Asian American Experience and drawing influence from the Asian Community. She also talks about how her living experience in a Thai refugee camp contributes to her work in spoken word and affects her life today in the Minneapolis North side projects.

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This week MinneCulture presents youth poets from across the Twin Cities. The Capri Theater in North Minneapolis stages an open-mic event on the first Monday of every month. Recently, young people participating in the Brave New Voices international youth poetry tournament performed to a full house. Hear their passion and connect with this new generation of poets, coached by local poet/educator Guante, and hosted by hip-hop/spoken-word/community advocate Tish Jones of TruArtSpeaks.

MinneCulture airs every Wednesday evening from 7:30-8pm. This program was produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow, and is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

This evening the annual Otto Silha Lecture at the University of Minnesota will feature James Goodale, author of a book called “Fighting for the Press: The Inside Story of the Pentagon Papers and Other Battles.” Goodale was in a good position to learn the inside story – he was vice chairman and general counsel of the New York Times during the Pentagon Papers litigation in 1971.
James Goodale visited KFAI and talked with Will Wright.

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The History Theater presents “Baby Case,” a musical about the 1932 kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh’s baby. Gary Briggle is in the cast. He’s a versatile director, singer, actor and teacher. Gary spoke about the play with KFAI’s Mike Fischbein on the Morning Blend.

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Experienced canoeist Natalie Warren is still on her journey alongside ten others paddling down the Mississippi River from Lake Bemidji State Park to New Orleans.Their journey is being followed by students at 25 schools. The group is also making a documentary. Natalie Warren spoke with KFAI’s Mike Fischbein on the Morning Blend.

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A new report from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says water quality in the lakes and streams throughout much of the Mississippi River-Twin Cities watershed is poor.

The cause – industry, housing and roads.

Too much bacteria, too many nutrients and erosion are making life difficult or impossible for life to exist in the waters all around us. Glenn Skuta is Section Manager for the Pollution Control Agency’s Environmental Analysis and Outcomes Division. He talked with KFAI’s Ron Thums, who asked about the overall water quality in the Twin Cities area.

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A St. Paul based organization called Small Sums is working locally to help adults who need support with necessary financing to get education, or to become established in housing and employment.

Terre Thomas is executive director of Small Sums. She stopped by KFAI and talked with Yvette Howie on The Morning Blend.

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