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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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“Every minute, our brain cells are bathing in the nutrients—or toxins—we take in through food,” says Dr. Neil Barnard. “Just as we put money in a retirement account to ensure a secure future, we can put foods on our plates today to help keep the brain in high gear well into the future.” Important Health Notes conversation with Dr. Neil Barnard about securing our brain health throughout our lives.

Health Notes Airs Mondays – 6:30-7:30PM

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Much has been made of the use of new media as an element in the revolutionary activism that is part of the Arab Spring.  

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Brenda Bell Brown interviews St. Paul based musician Herman Jones on KFAI’s Morning Blend.

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Next week, an “epic aerial musical” will take flight in the Twin Cities.  “Herocycle” is a play that’s set in the psyche of Evel Kneivel as he prepares to take his last epic jump – described as a passage from this world into the next. 

Eric Hoover is credited as producer and with helping to conceive the play.  He appears in it as Robert Kneivel. co starring with another actor pottraying the daredevil, Evel. 

Hoover talked with Paul Brohaugh on KFAI's Morning Blend.  

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This coming Sunday at 10:30 am, Plymouth Congregational Church in South Minneapolis will present a unique worship service – one built around the musical and spoken word art form of hip hop. Plymouth’s Senior Minister James Gertmenian hopes bringing together a rapper, a band and a youth choir will strengthen the spirituality of those who attend, even while he recognizes that some parishioners may not immediately see the connection between hip hop and heaven.

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St. Paul’s oldest African American neighborhood is named after French Canadian fur trader Joseph Rondeau. After the civil war and during the reconstruction period in the south, many African Americans sought a better life and moved north. Some arrived in St. Paul, Minnesota, where jobs in the railroad and lumber industries were plentiful.

Starting a new life on Rondo Avenue, residents were entrepreneurs, opening businesses and catering to the local community. Bonds were formed and frienships developed. A tight-knit neighborhood committed to education and opportunity evolved. Families cared for themselves and each other.

Then in the 1960s, construction of Interstate 94 divided Rondo—shattering the community and displacing thousands of African Americans into a racially segregated city and discriminatory housing market. The highway radically changed the landscape, and erased a now-legendary neighborhood.

Rondo still exists and its persistence and growth are celebrated through events like Rondo Days and the Jazz Festival.

KFAI producer Allison Herrera explores this legendary community in an audio documentary, The History of Rondo, airing Wed, Feb 19, at 7:30pm on MinneCulure.

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Students around Minnesota have returned to school.  And for sixth graders, this year brings a new requirement – that they complete a full year of study of Minnesota history, civics, geography and economics.

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