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Temple Grandin may be the most famous person in American with autism. 

Grandin is well known for her design of humane handling systems for cattle processing.  She consults with the meat industry and has been given awards by PETA,  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.  

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Economic indicators suggest that there is a long-awaited recovery underway in key areas around our region, including housing and employment.
Both government and private interests want the recovery to get stronger, but how best to make that happen is often at issue.
One of the less-well-known players in this effort is a nonprofit organization called “Greater MSP”. Mostly funded by private companies, Greater MSP works to create a regional economic development strategy, to focus on job retention and expansion, and to market our region around the world. Michael Langley is the founding CEO of Greater MSP. He talked with KFAI’s Ron Thums.

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A group of Minneapolis environmental activists, concerned residents, and lawyers gathered at the Hennepin County Government Center to unveil a lawsuit against the city of Minneapolis and the Federal Transit Administration.

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Amy Fields and Joe Bove are board members with the North East Investment Cooperative.
They’re organizing a development cooperative to fund projects along Central Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis. They talked with KFAI’s Bob Hines.

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Minneapolis is home to a number of organizations that focus their work on promoting racial equity in the city. Recently, they combined their efforts under the name “OUR MINNEAPOLIS” to announce their intention to issue “report cards”. These regular reports are intended to evaluate the city, the schools and the parks district on the topic of racial equity.  KFAI's Rico Morales has a report. 

 

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Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher has written a play named “Faith,” based on an obscure work by the famous English novelist Charles Dickens. The play will get a staged reading a the Music Box Theater in Minneapolis, featuring Dickens’ great-great-grandson, Gerald.

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On October 31st, supporting Minnesota United supports KFAI! Minnesota United is generously donating 50% of ticket revenue from all ticket sales using the promo code “KFAI” for Halloween’s game against the San Antonio Scorpions. Using the promo code will also waive the standard $3 ticketing fee. Treat yourself to a unique Halloween experience, and feel good about it!

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Do-it-yourself is all the rage, and we suspect many of you have projects going around your home and community. What about soil decontamination? Can you do this yourself? What is actually in our urban soils? Nance Klehm is with The Ground Rules in Chicago; Nance will be in town September 18th and 19th leading a workshop on how to repair and even heal the soil that has been used and abused.

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“Every minute, our brain cells are bathing in the nutrients—or toxins—we take in through food,” says Dr. Neil Barnard. “Just as we put money in a retirement account to ensure a secure future, we can put foods on our plates today to help keep the brain in high gear well into the future.” Important Health Notes conversation with Dr. Neil Barnard about securing our brain health throughout our lives.

Health Notes Airs Mondays – 6:30-7:30PM

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Much has been made of the use of new media as an element in the revolutionary activism that is part of the Arab Spring.  

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