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KFAI’s Jemma Brown talks with Andy Sturdevant, who writes a column called “The Stroll” for Minn Post.

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The United Nations has says well over 3 million people need food in the African nation of South Sudan. The world’s newest nation has been in crisis since the middle of December when violence broke out between rival factions – some loyal to the current president and others following his dismissed deputy.
A fragile ceasefire was agreed to last week and a second round of peace talks is scheduled to start this Friday, even as some reports indicate the ceasefire has already been violated.
The lull in fighting has allowed relief agencies to return to South Sudan’s capital, Juba. Among them is the Minnesota-based nonprofit, the American Refugee Committee. ARC works to help provide and improve health services. Representing ARC in Juba is Brian LeCuyer, who spoke with KFAI’s Christina Cerruti on the Morning Blend.

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The United Nations has announced that the number of Syrian refugee children has reached one million. This marks another milestone in a 2 ½ -year conflict that has taken the lives of more than 100,000 people and forced 2 million refugees from their homeland.
Daniel Wordsworth is President and CEO of the American Refugee Committee. He talked with KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh on the Morning Blend.
Paul asked how the use of chemical weapons inside Syria and the likelihood of an American military response would affect the number of refugees.

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For a Limited Time Only, is an exhibition of artworks that have a temporary existence. Whether it is a unique arrangement of objects that can never be recreated, a drawing on the gallery wall that will be painted over, or sculptures that will destroy themselves while on display, either deliberately or incidentally, all the artwork in this exhibition is in dialogue with destruction. Antony Lakey is one of the feautred artists and he spoke with KFAI's Janis Lane-Ewart. 

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In an open letter to the community, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges acknowledged that some of the city's police officers have abused their power, and she promised to repair the department’s reputation as a cornerstone of her administration.

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The shape of the Minnesota Vikings stadium is beginning to rise above the construction pit on the east side of downtown Minneapolis.  The building will feature enormous transparent surfaces to let people inside the stadium see the downtown skyline, and to let those outside feel some of the excitement of what’s going on inside. 

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Neal Karlen talked about his book with Brenda Bell Brown on KFAI’s Morning Blend.

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When buying gas for your car, you tend to get a sense for the price of oil.  We all know when it rises and falls and many of us have an understanding of the environmental cost of burning oil too.

But what does it cost, financially, emotionally and socially, to inherit oil? 

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A major study of autism in Minnesota was released this week. Researchers found that Somali and White children in Minneapolis were about equally likely to be identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder, also known as ASD. But those two groups were more likely to have ASD than Latino children or non-Somali Black children. The results provide some vindication for Somali people who have said autism is a serious problem in their community.
Amira Adawe is one of the researchers who worked on the study, and Amy Hewitt is the study’s primary investigator. They talked with KFAI’s Mike Fischbein, who asked if it’s accurate to say that the question raises more questions than it answers.

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The History Theater presents “Baby Case,” a musical about the 1932 kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh’s baby. Gary Briggle is in the cast. He’s a versatile director, singer, actor and teacher. Gary spoke about the play with KFAI’s Mike Fischbein on the Morning Blend.

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