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The organization “Community Action Against Racism” sponsored a meeting over the weekend to talk about how communities of color are covered in the media. The aim was to start a process for setting standards that news organizations can use as guidelines for equitable reporting.
KFAI was a co-sponsor of the event, along with the Main Street Project.
The keynote speaker was Lissa Jones , host of the program “Urban Agenda” on KMOJ-FM.
A segment of Jones’ speech was featured on KFAI’s Morning Blend.
Here’s the entire address.

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Generation Next is a concerted effort to narrow the achievement gap between white students and children of color and lower income households in our schools.

The effort represents a partnership that brings together leaders from public, non-profit and private stakeholders like the Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools, the University of Minnesota, Target, 3M, and the United Way.

Michael Goar is executive director of Generation Next.  He visited KFAI to talk with Dale Connelly and Paul Brohaugh on The Morning Blend.

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Germaine Gemberling Live at Lee’s

Germaine Gemberling is a singer-songwriter born and raised in St. Paul. She began studying music a child, and grew up on in the midst of the indie-rock explosion that brought us the Replacements, Husker Du, Jayhawks and Soul Asylum. She fronted her first band at 17—the all-girl punk band SMUT—who signed to Spanish Fly/Twin-Tone Records in 1992. A few years later Germaine left the Twin Cities for the beauty and solitude of northern Minnesota. She performs with her folk-rock band, Junkboat, as well as acoustically and with Rich Mattson and Ol’ Yeller. Her most recent release, Generator, was recorded at Sparta Sound in 2013.

She performed recently at Lee’s Liquor Lounge in Minneapolis. This program was recorded and edited for MinneCulture by Tom Garneau. It airs Wed, Nov 6 from 7:30-8pm. MinneCulture is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Adrian Mack of the Minneapolis Public Schools answers questions about getting your G.E.D. (General Educational Development) certificate.

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Friday, April 19, two talented vocalists from different corners of the music world visit the Fubar Omniverse (10 AM-Noon).

The Grand Marais Art Colony has been a destination for artists, students and instructors for more than 50 years. Tonight MinneCulture presents the second of a two-part documentary: Doing Art on the Corner of 3rd Avenue West and 2nd Street: Recollections of 50 years in the Grand Marais Art Colony Studio, produced for WTIP, North Shore Community Radio. WTIP is a member of Ampers.

Economic indicators suggest that there is a long-awaited recovery underway in key areas around our region, including housing and employment.
Both government and private interests want the recovery to get stronger, but how best to make that happen is often at issue.
One of the less-well-known players in this effort is a nonprofit organization called “Greater MSP”. Mostly funded by private companies, Greater MSP works to create a regional economic development strategy, to focus on job retention and expansion, and to market our region around the world. Michael Langley is the founding CEO of Greater MSP. He talked with KFAI’s Ron Thums.

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A group of Minneapolis environmental activists, concerned residents, and lawyers gathered at the Hennepin County Government Center to unveil a lawsuit against the city of Minneapolis and the Federal Transit Administration.

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Amy Fields and Joe Bove are board members with the North East Investment Cooperative.
They’re organizing a development cooperative to fund projects along Central Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis. They talked with KFAI’s Bob Hines.

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Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher has written a play named “Faith,” based on an obscure work by the famous English novelist Charles Dickens. The play will get a staged reading a the Music Box Theater in Minneapolis, featuring Dickens’ great-great-grandson, Gerald.

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