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June 20th  is an important day for people from the African nation of Eritrea.  It’s Eritrean Martyr’s Day – a day set aside to honor those who died in the country’s war for independence. 

Eritreans all over the world observe it, including here in the Twin Cities where an event is held  at the Eritrean Community Center at 1935 University Avenue in St. Paul. 

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As diplomatic tensions and trade restrictions are softening between the United States and Cuba, some people are wondering what this might mean for baseball. One Twin Cities organization has decided the best way to celebrate the new era in US-Cuban relations is to send a busload of baseball fans to Havana. Julian Loscalzo runs Ballpark Tours, and he spoke with Paul Brohaugh about Cuban baseball, and about the ten-day tour for December.

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It’s probably been a while since you’ve watched a documentary about your body’s biological functions, maybe even since junior high school, when a Ben Stein-esque teacher bored you to tears with their monotone drone from amino acids to zygotes. Perhaps it’s time for a refresher, one that takes into consideration your enjoyment.

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Macalester Junior Forest Redlin is part of a student delegation that spent last week in Paris for COP21, the UN Climate Change Conference. Redlin's group was there to take in worldwide movements to fight against climate change and to participate in a Fast for the Climate, a protest made more symbolic after France banned large demonstrations following last month's terrorist attacks in Paris.

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Michael Lapsley was born in New Zealand and went to seminary in Australia to become an Anglican priest.  His life changed dramatically when he went to South Africa and took a conscientious stand against the apartheid regime, joining the struggle for liberation. 

As a result he was exiled, targeted for assassination, and brutally attacked.    

His response was to take up a new vocation as a wounded healer, drawing on his own experience to help other victims of violence and trauma.

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Ronald Buford is one of the local organizers of the “Million Father March”, an attempt to encourage men to be more involved in their children’s education.

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Locally grown and locally sourced foods are making a real comeback, not only at co-op groceries but on chefs' menus, in public school lunches and at mainstream grocery stores.

Laurie Allmann takes us to an event called “Feast”,  held in Rochester earlier this month, where a festival and trade show focused on the revival of foods with a local address and the people making it happen .

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Rebekah Moses of the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women visits KFAI

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Built in the 1890s, the Kirkbride state hospital in Fergus Falls has had a controversial past. Despite being listed on the state’s historical registry, it had been slated for demolition. Last week the Fergus Falls city council agreed to allow a developer from Georgia to convert the vacant treatment center into a $41-million-dollar facility, featuring apartments, a hotel, a gym, and restaurants.

On the next MinneCulture, KFAI producer Susan Gray presents Second Chances: The Story of Fergus Falls State Hospital, and explores the history of this rural institution. Tune in Monday and Wednesday, June 17 and 19, from 7:30 to 8pm.

It seems that the technology required to make a film becomes less expensive and more accessible with each passing day.

Now wanna-be directors can test their film making skills against a truly worthy challenge – to make a sixty second film that showcases and appreciates the urban riverfront in Minneapolis.

The Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership is sponsoring a festival of very short films that celebrate a connection between the city and the Mississippi.

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