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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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John Philip Sousa was a composer who wrote marches and led the U.S. Marine Band at the end of the 19th Century. It may be hard to imagine today, but Brass Band music was popular in the 1890’s. So popular that in 1892 a promoter convinced Sousa to leave the Marines to set up a civilian band to play brass music for a mass audience.
Next week marks the one hundred and eleventh anniversary of the first public concert by Sousa’s Band.
Though the popular musical landscape has shifted, the community band tradition is kept alive today by ensembles like the First John Philip Sousa Memorial Band, which is based in Edina. KFAI’s Aaron Westendorp talked with the band’s director, Scott Crosbie.
Aaron is non-verbal, so he asks questions with the assistance of speech software. Though his voice sounds somewhat mechanical, Aaron is very real and very interested in the bright, brassy sound of Crosbie’s “John Philip Sousa Memorial Band.”
Scott Crosbie told Aaron that in its early days in the 1970’s, the band would do impromptu performances, operating like a modern day flash mob.

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The Cedar Riverside neighborhood in Minneapolis has seen more than a few national and international journalists this week – all of them drawn to the area to explore any possible connections between the terrorist attack in Kenya and the local Somali community.
Representatives from Ka Joog, a local non-profit dedicated to the enrichment of Somali youth, gathered at the Southern Theater to discuss their work, and to address concerns about potential recruitment of young people by extremist groups.
KFAI’s Maggie Kane was there, and has a report.

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On Saturday, April 5th, a group of DFL activists will choose a candidate to carry the party’s endorsement in the contest for State House of Representatives in District 60b in Minneapolis.

The seat has been held for more than 40 years by Representative Phyllis Kahn. This year she has a challenger within her own party – recently appointed Minneapolis school board member and previous local office-seeker Mahmoud Noor. Noor is a member of the politically active Somali community in Minneapolis and has strong support there.

On KFAI’s Morning Blend, Rico Morales talked with both candidates.

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The Katha Dance Theater of Minneapolis is staging the world premiere of Karna: The Abandoned Hero this weekend at the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium at Saint Catherine University in Saint Paul.

The artists behind this work claim it is the first Asian Indian / African American dance opera collaboration in the world.

KFAI correspondent Ryan Dawes filed this report.

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How do you explain breast cancer to your two young boys as you fight the hardest physical battle of your life? Local songwriter Katy Tessman Stanoch asked herself this question as she fought breast cancer and did what most people would do: she searched for a children’s book to help her sons face the frightening and confusing journey that lay before them. This journey included Mama going through a double-mastectomy, 14 weeks of chemotherapy and reconstructive surgeries. As Tessman Stanoch started down her treatment path, she found no book to help her sons understand what they were going through. So, she wrote one. Tune in to Pam Without Boundaries on Monday, October 7th at 10:30am to hear about the release of “Our Mama is a Beautiful Garden” and songs Tessman Stanoch chose for the soundtrack to her journey from fight to healing.

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