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On Saturday, April 5th, a group of DFL activists will choose a candidate to carry the party’s endorsement in the contest for State House of Representatives in District 60b in Minneapolis.

The seat has been held for more than 40 years by Representative Phyllis Kahn. This year she has a challenger within her own party – recently appointed Minneapolis school board member and previous local office-seeker Mahmoud Noor. Noor is a member of the politically active Somali community in Minneapolis and has strong support there.

On KFAI’s Morning Blend, Rico Morales talked with both candidates.

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The Katha Dance Theater of Minneapolis is staging the world premiere of Karna: The Abandoned Hero this weekend at the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium at Saint Catherine University in Saint Paul.

The artists behind this work claim it is the first Asian Indian / African American dance opera collaboration in the world.

KFAI correspondent Ryan Dawes filed this report.

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Join Laura Waterman Wittstock on FIRST PERSON RADIO on Wednesday, April 6th. Her guests are Kate Beane and Carly Bad Heart Bull. They will discuss the Bde Maka Ska name restoration and plans to get to the next phase of the process. They are both on the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for the Master plan of Calhoun and Harriet Lakes.
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How do you explain breast cancer to your two young boys as you fight the hardest physical battle of your life? Local songwriter Katy Tessman Stanoch asked herself this question as she fought breast cancer and did what most people would do: she searched for a children’s book to help her sons face the frightening and confusing journey that lay before them. This journey included Mama going through a double-mastectomy, 14 weeks of chemotherapy and reconstructive surgeries. As Tessman Stanoch started down her treatment path, she found no book to help her sons understand what they were going through. So, she wrote one. Tune in to Pam Without Boundaries on Monday, October 7th at 10:30am to hear about the release of “Our Mama is a Beautiful Garden” and songs Tessman Stanoch chose for the soundtrack to her journey from fight to healing.

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The Federal Government shutdown is the result of an argument between Republicans and Democrats in Washington. A small group of Republican House members insists on linking a continuing resolution to fund the government to their desire to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.” The president and Democratic leaders will not bargain with the health care law, and are pressing Republicans to pass what they call a “clean” budget resolution so government operations can continue.

This struggle is also connected to a showdown over the federal debt ceiling, which needs to be raised to keep the government from defaulting on its financial obligations.

Congressman Keith Ellison represents Minnesota’s 5th District. He talked about the dispute with KFAI’s Yvette Howie.

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Join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 1 pm to 2 pm,  as she talks with Tiwahe President and CEO Kelly Drummer. Kelly developed the foundation from an earlier iteration as a fund. She brought the assets of the organization forward and made it a community foundation, the first of its kind in the region.
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Join Laura Waterman Wittstock and Roy Taylor on Wednesday, today at 9 a.m. as they talk about Standing Rock and the pipeline with Kelly Morgan – Hunkpapa, with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's Tribal Historic Preservation Office. We’ll get her views and stories from the pipeline resistance of the Water Protectors. An Energy Transfer Dakota Access Pipeline has been built right up to the Missouri and is poised to continue under the river. Rigging for building the pipeline are still in place, while a U.S.
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Join Laura Waterman Wittstock as she talks with Keri Pickett about her new film:  “First Daughter and the Black Snake,” featuring Native American activist WinonaLaDuke. Keri says, Winona’s "inspirational pursuit of environmental justice, has challenged my story-telling skills. I am weaving together her personal story with the Ojibwe tribal history and its economic dependence on wild rice, now threatened by an oil pipeline.” We will hear two short clips from the film, that opens in Minneapolis on Saturday, April 15th at the Uptown Theatre., 
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