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A new exhibit at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul is all about Prohibition – the time in American history when producing and distributing alcohol was illegal.
The Volstead act was in effect from 1920 to 1933, and was named for a Minnesota Congressman who supported it. The exhibit will run through March 16th.
Dan Spock is the director of the Minnesota History Center Museum. He talks with KFAI’s Ron Thums on the Morning Blend.

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With the attention Minneapolis has received for its increasingly bike friendly culture and infrastructure, one might expect to see more people pedaling to work on two wheels this winter.

But it’s not enough to just pull your hat down and set out as you normally might in summertime – winter riding calls for preparation
Andrew Magill and Anna Begeg of Spokes Bike Walk Connect talked to Siobhan Kierans on KFAI’s Morning Blend

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Tonight at the HUGE Theater in Uptown, Minneapolis, the Theater of Public Policy looks at the issue of climate change.
The group will welcome guest expert Paul Huttner. He’s a meteorologist.
Tane Danger and Brandon Boat of the Theater of Public Policy stopped by KFAI to talk with Siobhan Kierans.

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Who: KFAI & Juxtaposition Arts
What: What's in the Mix
When: Fri, Nov 15, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Juxtaposition Studios, 1108 W. Broadway, Minneapolis MN 55411
 
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This is International Education Week – an event built on recognition that people from all over the world come to the United States to learn and teach at our colleges and universities.

For example, about one dozen mid-career professionals come to the University of Minnesota Law School and Human Rights Center each year as part of the Hubert H. Humphrey fellowship program. During the 10 month program, the fellows attend conferences, take academic courses and do professional networking. Two of this year’s U of M fellows are Gilles Kassarate of Ivory Coast and Navaratne Marasinghe of Sri Lanka. They stopped by KFAI to share some information about their homelands and the gratitude they feel for the opportunities they’ve had. And they told Maggie Kane about their involvement with human rights issues at home and here in the U.S.

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Tonight at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis, the Eden Prairie based Real Estate company Re/Max, along with Bell Mortgage, are sponsoring a City and Neighborhood Film Festival.
This annual festival is in its fourth year and is the result of a competition among visual artists to create short films about a neighborhood where they live or come from. Entries were submitted during the month of October and fifteen finalists were chosen.
There’s a six thousand dollar prize for the winner.
Ed Dillon is the film festival coordinator for Re/Max, and Kao Choua Vue is one of the filmmakers who worked with young people to get a couple of projects into the competition.

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KFAI’s Mike Fischbein talked with Natalie Warren on the Morning Blend. Warren and 11 others continue their expedition down the Mississippi River. She and her crew have just gone through Memphis and plan on reaching New Orleans by late November or early December. We’ll keep checking in with Natalie and the crew, Wednesday mornings as they’re splashing down the Mississippi River.
You can follow the trip online at Paddle4ward.com

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The Minneapolis Television Network is celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a party on November 14th. MTN’s Executive Director Michael Fallon stopped by KFAI to talk with Mike Fischbein about social media, connecting people to the community and building relationships.

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Members of Minneapolis’ American Indian Community staged a demonstration outside the Metrodome last night as the Vikings played the Washington Redskins.
At issue is the Washington team’s name and mascot. KFAI’s Allison Herrera filed this report.

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The owner of the Washington Redskins can expect a chilly reception when he arrives at the Metrodome for tonight’s game against the Vikings. Elected city and state officials, along with local journalists, have publicly urged owner Dan Synder to change the team name and mascot. At a pre-game rally organized by the American Indian Movement, U.S. Representative Betty McCollum will join Olympian Billy Mills to protest the use of racial slurs in a public sports facility. KFAI Reporter Susan Gray spoke to Dave Zirin, sports columnist at The Nation, to learn why the calls for change are growing louder.

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