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This evening the annual Otto Silha Lecture at the University of Minnesota will feature James Goodale, author of a book called “Fighting for the Press: The Inside Story of the Pentagon Papers and Other Battles.” Goodale was in a good position to learn the inside story – he was vice chairman and general counsel of the New York Times during the Pentagon Papers litigation in 1971.
James Goodale visited KFAI and talked with Will Wright.

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Join Laura Waterman Wittstock on FIRST PERSON RADIO on Wednesday, March 23rd. Her guest is Janice LaFloe (Turtle Mountain, ND), founder and Primary Guide of the Montessori American Indian Childcare Center in St.
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Local musician and activist Jayanthi Kyle is always singing about something. From 4 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 7th, she'll be at The Lowry Cafe in North Minneapolis, teaching kids about the civil rights movement, human rights and social justice. She’ll teach the material by singing it. Jayanthi Kyle talked with KFAI's Paul Brohaugh on The Morning Blend.

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The KFAI show Jet Set Planet and host Glen Leslie were profiled in the Star Tribune by writer Kim Ode. 

Read the article while you listen to the most recent show.

 

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Listen in to Laura Waterman Wittstock and Roy Taylor on First Person Radio at 9 am: Wednesday, August 5, 2015 as they talk with Indigenous Language Experts Jewell Arcoren (Sisseton Wahpeton) and Hope Flanagan (Ojibwe/Seneca). They will talk about their work to bring the Dakota and Ojibwe languages to the youngest learners (ages 16 months to 5 years) in the Wicoie Nandagidendan program in Minneapolis.  

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Thirty five people are running for Mayor of Minneapolis this fall. That’s a crowded field – the largest in the city’s history. One person who was in the race early on but dropped out is Jim Thomas, a special education teacher in the Minneapolis School District. He was a first-time candidate for political office. Running as a DFL’er, Thomas played a role in the city convention earlier this summer that left the mayoral race without an endorsed candidate.
Jim Thomas talked about his brief political career with KFAI’s Zan Holston.

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Joe Horse Capture, Associate Curator of Native American Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, talks with KFAI’s Laura Waterman Wittstock about culture, curators and shoes.

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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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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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