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At a recent meeting of the Arab League, the emir of Kuwait said the United Nations Security Council must do more to solve the conflict in Syria, arguing that it now “threatens the security and stability of the world.”
Last month, top U.N. officials said that as Syria’s grinding conflict enters its fourth year, Syrians are set to replace Afghans as the world’s largest refugee population.
Millions have fled the fighting. At least one million refugees are in camps in neighboring Lebanon. Many others are in Jordan, but not all live in official settlements.
Some manage to find housing in Amman, where they wait for a peace that seems quite distant. With assistance from Afnan Al Wahsh, KFAI’s Erin Luhmann filed this report.

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We observed the Haunted Basement at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis in two feature reports from Joanna Solotaroff and Jessica Folker.

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An inauguration ceremony at Minneapolis City Hall brought in seven new city council members and a new mayor. Much of the ceremony had to do with Mayor Betsy Hodges’ “One Minneapolis” initiative aimed at reducing the education and opportunity gaps that divide the city.
KFAI’s Janis Lane-Ewart attended the ceremony and brought back a collection of voices, including Mayor Hodges, Hodges’ husband and Metropolitan Council member Gary Cunningham, Rabbi Michael Adam Latz who delivered the Invocation, former Minneapolis city council member Don Samuels, new council member Jacob Frey, sitting city council member Elizabeth Glidden, and beginning with poet Andrea Jenkins.

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Interact challenges perceptions of disability with “Uniquenox”.

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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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Just in time for the lead-up to St. Patrick’s Day, the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul is presenting a daylong symposium on The Irish Family. The program features writers, scholars, therapists and a keynote address by Dr. Brigittine French on “Anthropologists Look at the Irish Family.”

Jim Rogers, Director of The Center for Irish Studies, stopped by KFAI’s Morning Blend and talked with Siobhan Kierans about Irish families through the ages.

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At this time of year we often pause to focus on the problems of hunger and poverty.  Years ago, the so-called “Green Revolution” increased agriculture production around the world, saving many lives. 

 

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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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Thirty five people are running for Mayor of Minneapolis this fall. That’s a crowded field – the largest in the city’s history. One person who was in the race early on but dropped out is Jim Thomas, a special education teacher in the Minneapolis School District. He was a first-time candidate for political office. Running as a DFL’er, Thomas played a role in the city convention earlier this summer that left the mayoral race without an endorsed candidate.
Jim Thomas talked about his brief political career with KFAI’s Zan Holston.

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Joe Horse Capture, Associate Curator of Native American Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, talks with KFAI’s Laura Waterman Wittstock about culture, curators and shoes.

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