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Merrill Anderson has run a public relations business and a driving school. He ran for the state legislature and the city council in Minneapolis back in the ‘60’s, and now in his 70’s, has returned to politics.
Merrill Anderson talked with KFAI’s Cynthia Montana and told her why he wants to be mayor.

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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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Cam Winton is one of the 35 candidates for Mayor of Minneapolis. Like all the candidates, when Winton filed for office, he was allowed to choose three words to appear on the ballot alongside his name. For Winton, those words are Independent, Responsible, and Inclusive. He told KFAI’s Janis Lane-Ewart why he chose those words.

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The American Refugee Committee is a Minnesota-based International Relief Organization working in Somalia to promote economic development.
“The Somalia Livelihoods Project” is designed to address a massive unemployment problem among young people in the East African nation.

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Kurtis Hanna is one of the candidates for Mayor this year in the city of Minneapolis. He and 34 others will appear on the ballot this November.
Hanna talked with KFAI’s Dale Connelly.

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Experienced canoeist Natalie Warren is taking an ambitious trip down the Mississippi River. Along with nine friends she’s paddling from the headwaters to New Orleans, a three month-long effort to connect with people all along America’s major river system. KFAI will check in with Natalie and her team throughout the journey. She talked with Mike Fischbein on the Morning Blend at the start of her journey.

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Andrew Dirks is a physics teacher at Highland Park High School, and he’s also a filmmaker. He was inspired by a J.J. Abrams movie called “Super 8”, and decided to make something similar using his summers off. Dirks’ film is called “Nicollet Island.” and he stopped by KFAI’s Morning Blend program to talk with Mike Fischbein.

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Minneapolis will elect a new mayor this coming Fall, and voters will see 35 names on the ballot. Some have run for office before to offer ideas that are far from what would be considered mainstream political thought. One such candidate is John Wilson, who talked with KFAI’s Joshua Lowenhagen.

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We’re celebrating 35 years of community radio today! Come down to the studios, support us with a gift on-line, or call 612-375-9030. Our goal is 350 gifts by midnight and We’re celebrating 35 years of community radio today! Come down to the studios, support us with a gift on-line, or call 612-375-9030. Our goal is 350 gifts by midnight and we’re just over 100 gifts this evening!

From founding member, actor and program host Charles Brin, to Beryl Greenberg who joined the station just a few years after its beginning, to new Executive Director Willie Dean, this is radio created by people who are passionate about authentic content which represents our community. Celebrate 35 years of people from around the world sharing their insights on the air, program hosts who specialize in blues/soul/the latest local music/Balkan wedding music/what-have-you, and unparalleled access to media for members of our community who have something to say. This is your radio station. We are not part of a network. Listener-support keeps our studios open. We are KFAI, located on the West Bank in Minneapolis, and anywhere you want to listen to great radio. Thank you!

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One of the 35 people running for Mayor of Minneapolis is Mark Andrew, a former Hennepin County Commissioner.
Andrew’s campaign has a strong focus on environmental and transit issues. In a campaign event at Farview Park, Andrew said he would advocate for development of the North Minneapolis Greenway, an expansion of the city’s bike infrastructure connecting North Minneapolis with the Northeast neighborhood.
Mark Andrew talked with KFAI’s John Helgeson about his love for the city.

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