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Tonight MinneCulture presents a live performance by Junkboat—Germaine Gemberling's "rock and roll" project—featuring Germaine on guitar and lead vocals, Rich Mattson on guitar and vocals, Al Shroeter on bass and David Loy on drums. The show was recorded in Duluth at the Rex by Keenan McIntryre, and mixed and produced by Tom Garneau.

MinneCulture airs Wednesdays at 7:30pm, and is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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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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The Federal Government shutdown is the result of an argument between Republicans and Democrats in Washington. A small group of Republican House members insists on linking a continuing resolution to fund the government to their desire to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.” The president and Democratic leaders will not bargain with the health care law, and are pressing Republicans to pass what they call a “clean” budget resolution so government operations can continue.

This struggle is also connected to a showdown over the federal debt ceiling, which needs to be raised to keep the government from defaulting on its financial obligations.

Congressman Keith Ellison represents Minnesota’s 5th District. He talked about the dispute with KFAI’s Yvette Howie.

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Kevin Kling is a noted author, playwright, and storyteller.    His new show Humanimal is opening August 9th at Open Eye Figure Theater in Minneapolis,  And runs through August 18th.

More info can be found online at Open Eye Figure Theatre

 KFAI’s Aaron Westendorp sat down with Kling to discuss this play.  

A note for listeners – Aaron is non verbal so he uses computer software to speak.

KFAI DJs will be on the scene at Art-A-Whirl this weekend, spinning on Friday and Saturday at the Silent Auction Gallery #332 of the Northrup King Building. Explore the amazing art and meet some of your favorite KFAI programmers.

FRIDAY, MAY 17
5 – 6:30pm: Jacquie Maddix “Lady J” / Rollin’ and Tumblin’
6:30 – 8pm: DJ Steely / Kinda Cloudy Radio
8 – 9pm: Sarah Lageson / House Party
9 – 10pm: Mick & Tom Novak / Louisiana Rhythms & This Little Girl’s Gone Rockin’

SATURDAY, MAY 18

noon – 1:30pm: Brad Wrolstad / African Rhythms
1:30 – 3pm: Liberty Finch / The Pop Shop
3 – 4:30pm: Miguel Vargas / Radio Pocho
4:30 – 6pm: Old School Bob & Nu Skool Katey / Fused Funk
6 – 7pm: Glen Leslie / Jet Set Planet
7 – 8pm: Mason Butler & Ben Heath / Below the Waste

As KFAI heads into the start of its fall pledge drive on Wednesday, September 17, the station faces a fresh financial crisis. Without a major increase in revenue, KFAI will come up more than 100-thousand dollars short of its budgeted goal by the end of the year. 

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KFAI is seeking two interns to work and learn in our News Department.  The internships run 12 weeks, from September 22nd   through December 12th, 2014. 

Click here to apply online.

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