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The 8th Annual Fakoly Drum & Dance Project took place May 29-31 at the University of Minnesota’s Rarig Center.

This year’s festival was called Wontanara (We Are United). Wontanara brought together dancers and master drummers from throughout the Twin Cities and areas of West Africa. With master classes over two days and an evening live performance, this gathering displayed the growth of traditional African dance and percussion in the Twin Cities.

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Daniel Wordsworth the President of the American Refugee Committee joins us in the studio.

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Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi appears isolated as a number of his cabinet ministers have resigned and people have taken to the streets in Cairo.

The country’s army has issued an ultimatum demanding that political movements settle their differences by the end of the day tomorrow and Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, seems to have no intention of budging.

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The Metropolitan Airport Commission voted recently to raise wages for about 3,000 of MSP – Airport's lowest paid workers. Workers saw the $1 raise as a step in the right direction, but the Fight for $15 continues.

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Senator Al Franken recently proposed a bill that would make it easy for people to enroll in technical or community college.  The goal is to help close the skills gap and meet the demand for skilled workers in manufacturing companies.Erick Ajax is the owner of a metal stamping and sheet metal fabrication company in Fridley.Last week, Ajax and Senator Franken held a conference call with Twin Cities media to talk about the employment challenges facing Minnesota companies.  Franken started by explaining his reasons f

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Native Minnesotan Alec Soth is a renowned photographer whose large-scale images feature Midwestern subjects, shot in an off-beat way. He recently spent a week traveling through North Dakota, photographing the oil boom to accompany a cover story for the New York Times magazine. KFAI producers Allegra Oxborough and Jemma Brown talked to Alec about the project, and about how he identifies as an artist, journalist and documentarian.

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An Alzheimer’s expert suggests that you stay aware of the state of your own body and mind.

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This week the Alzheimer’s Association released a new report on the disease and the latest statistics revealed that this disabling brain condition is a profound threat to the health of women. The new information debunks some common assumptions about Alzheimer’s, and found that women in their 60’s are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s as another greatly feared disease – breast cancer.
Debbie Richman is the education and outreach director for the Alzheimer’s Association. She talked with KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh.

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A new exhibit at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul is all about Prohibition – the time in American history when producing and distributing alcohol was illegal.
The Volstead act was in effect from 1920 to 1933, and was named for a Minnesota Congressman who supported it. The exhibit will run through March 16th.
Dan Spock is the director of the Minnesota History Center Museum. He talks with KFAI’s Ron Thums on the Morning Blend.

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