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The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival opens with more than 200 films, events, panels and parties. KFAI’s Cinema Shanty team, Kathie Smith and John Moret, bring you a look at this annual pageant as festivities begin.

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The Minneapolis Television Network is celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a party on November 14th. MTN’s Executive Director Michael Fallon stopped by KFAI to talk with Mike Fischbein about social media, connecting people to the community and building relationships.

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Minnesota is known for many things related to weather and fishing, but probably not for its Japanese drumming.
But the state boasts a Taiko drum ensemble that has been around for 17 years.
Mu Daiko is celebrating its anniversary with some shows at the Cowles Center in downtown Minneapolis this weekend.
You can find out more online at Mu Performing Arts dot org.
KFAI’s Doug Cain, host of program Global Beat (Wednesdays at noon), spoke with artistic director, Iris Shiraishi and fellow performer, Susan Tanabe.

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The Minnesota Council of Churches and the Islamic Center of Minnesota have a 22 year tradition of fostering understanding through a series of Muslim-Christian Dialoges.

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Minnesota’s Revenue Commissioner, Myron Frans, has been traveling around the state for much of the past year, carrying a three legged stool as a prop while he gives a presentation on our tax system.   If it sounds like a big night out, you could be right.  Tax policy is going to be a major issue during the coming legislative session in St. Paul. 

Tonight (December 19, 2012),  Commissioner Frans will hold a tax reform town hall meeting in St. Paul at the Northdale Recreation Center at 14 14 St. Albans Street North at 7pm. 

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The owner of the Washington Redskins can expect a chilly reception when he arrives at the Metrodome for tonight’s game against the Vikings. Elected city and state officials, along with local journalists, have publicly urged owner Dan Synder to change the team name and mascot. At a pre-game rally organized by the American Indian Movement, U.S. Representative Betty McCollum will join Olympian Billy Mills to protest the use of racial slurs in a public sports facility. KFAI Reporter Susan Gray spoke to Dave Zirin, sports columnist at The Nation, to learn why the calls for change are growing louder.

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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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The latest draft of a major federal report says climate change is already affecting U.S. residents through heat waves, droughts and other weather events.  The third National Climate Assessment warns that temperatures could increase as much as 10 degrees by the end of this century if global carbon emissions keep soaring.

 

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Mihailo Temali is the founder and CEO of the Neighborhood Development Center. The organization just received an award from the Migration Policy Institute for helping immigrants and their families succeed in the U.S. economy. He talked with KFAI’s Paul Brohagh.

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Have you checked out the new variety of KFAI's Web Exclusive programming yet? JAZZED UP AND BONKERS is one of those shows. 

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