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Former Minneapolis city council member Robert Lilligren has taken over the top post at Little Earth of United Tribes Housing Corporation, a Native preference housing development located in the Philips neighborhood of South Minneapolis.

His appointment comes amid a rising concern over resident safety.

Lilligren talked with KFAI's Allison Herrera about how his history in the city and the neighborhood has prepared him for this job.

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The Phillips neighborhood in Minneapolis has been troubled by isolated cases of violence. 

Wednesday night in Phillips a man died after being stabbed in an argument with another man.  

Last June in the same neighborhood, a group of youth and staff at Little Earth of United Tribes were playing kickball at Cedar field when gunshots were fired nearby.    That incident launched an effort by the young people to create a positive response. 

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Start your New Year’s Eve with a review of all the madness in our political and public policy arenas when comedian and writer Lizz Winstead stops by “Pam Without Boundaries” Monday morning. Winstead is a no-holds-barred political satirist who views policy-makers and the media that love them through a progressive lens and she’s back in town for her annual review at The Parkway Theater. This year it’s “The Long and Binding Road,” in which Winstead takes you through the year starting with the general election and reminding us how we all got there

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Comedian, satirist, essayist and activist Lizz Winstead returns to the Twin Cities with her year-in-review and she’ll join Pam on KFAI Monday morning at 10am for a preview. Saturday, December 28th and Tuesday, December 31st Winstead brings “2013: The Windbag Beneath My Wings” to the Cedar Cultural Center. Musician Sam Breckenridge warms up the crowd each night as guests prepare to remember the outrageous happenings in the political and public spheres that made news headlines—or maybe needed to make more news headlines—filtered through Winstead’s savvy and sharply-focused lens.

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Minneapolis resident Mohamed Ahmed calls himself an average person with the most common name in the world. What makes him not-so-average, however, is that he started a series of online cartoon videos to convince young Somali Americans and others not to join radical militant groups that purport to do violence in the name of Islam. He writes the scripts in Minneapolis and sends them to a animator in India.

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A candlelight vigil was held Sunday for as many as 300 people who drowned in a shipwreck near the island of Lampedusa in the Mediterranean on October 4th. More than 150 American Eritreans living in the Twin Cities gathered on October 13th at Battle Creek Regional Park in Maplewood to remember those who were lost, many of whom were Eritreans and Somali.

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KFAI’s Ahmed Wassie talks with KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh about the sudden death of Ethiopia’s longtime president.

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A crowd is expected Thursday evening, July 25th, at the TCF Stadium on the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus  –  not to watch football, but to admire another group of Minnesota champions -  the owners and operators of locally owned restaurants.  The event is the 8th Annual Twin Cities Originals, and it features 20 restaurants and breweries that are local and independent. 

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It's been known to happen all over the air during a pledge drive…a sudden freestyle battle erupts, a live blues duo trades phrases of "pledge now"…Sherry Minnick picks up her guitar for a spontaneous tune like she did this afternoon with David Cummings. KFAI's Fall membership drive inspires the best in us all!

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Lorna Landvik is an author, playwright, comedian, improv artist, mother, wife, dog owner, thumb wrestler, tongue twister specialist.   A multi-talented person needs a stage to express all of those abilities, and in the month of January she’s getting one.  Lorna will do a one woman show on Friday and Saturday nights from January 4th through January 26th at the Bryant Lake Bowl – 7pm each night.   She talked with KFAI’s Dale Connelly, who asked why she felt a need to add a stage show to her other creative work. 

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