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Great art is timeless. And some of the greatest artworks in history are at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for the rest of the summer as part of an exhibit that started this week – It’s called “Rembrandt in America”. The exhibit’s curator is Thomas Rassieur. He talked with KFAI’s Michelle Alimoradi and Bob Hines.

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Matthew Little, a civil rights leader who led the Minnesota delegation in the historic March On Washington in 1963, died on January 26th, 2014.
Little moved to Minnesota on the strength of a coin flip – it was going to be Minneapolis or Denver. When the coin came up “heads”, Minneapolis gained a community leader who fought for desegregation and stood up for democracy with dignity and grace.
Little’s life was the focus of the KFAI program “Conversations with Al McFarlane”. Guests Mahmoud el Kati, a Professor Emeritus at Macalester College, St. John’s University Political Science Professor Gary Prevost, and University of Minnesota Professor August Nimtz, discussed Matthew Little’s many contributions.

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On Sunday, January 12, three organizations are sponsoring an annual Day of Remembrance for those whose lives were lost to gun violence.
Protect MN, From Death to Life and Minneapolis MAD DADS are coordinating the event, which is scheduled for 3 pm Sunday at the Church of the Ascension at 1723 Bryant Avenue North in Minneapolis. V.J. Smith is the president of Mad Dads. He talked with KFAI’s Yvette Howie on the Morning Blend.

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An analysis of loan data conducted at the University of Minnesota Law School has found that minorities are more likely than whites to be turned down for a mortgage or refinancing in the Twin Cities.

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A new report highlights the importance of equity to Minnesota’s economic future.
“Minnesota’s Tomorrow – Equity is the Superior Growth Model” was commissioned by several local organizations, including the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation. The research was done by a national group called Policy Link. Policy Link’s mission is to advance economic and social equity.
Stacey Millett is a Senior Program Officer with Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and Jennifer Tran is a researcher with Policy Link. They stopped by KFAI to talk with Morning Blend host Mike Fischbein.

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With temperatures as cold as those we’ve felt recently, people who are concerned about their own survival may not take the time to consider that even plants have had to find a way to adapt to temperature extremes.
Earlier this month a team of researchers studying plants published new findings on how flowering plants evolved to move into areas with cold winters.
One of the researchers involved in the project is Professor Peter Reich of the University of Minnesota. He talked with KFAI’s Ron Thums.

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Rip Rapson knows a few things about government, urban policy, politics and philanthropy.  

Rapson has strong ties to Minnesota.  He’s known locally for his work as Deputy Mayor of Minneapolis in the 1970’s and 80’s under Don Fraser. 

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After 20 months of construction, the 132 million dollar refinance and renovation of  historic Riverside Plaza in Minneapolis is near completion.  Developer George Sherman held a grand re-opening celebration last week to show off the results of the largest public housing renovation in the country.  KFAI's Susan Gray reports.

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Wed, March 5, 7:30pm
Rosalie Wahl: Minnesota’s first female Supreme Court Justice
Produced by Britt Aamodt

In 1977, the Women’s Movement scored a major victory with Roe v. Wade, but Congress failed to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. In Minnesota, a pro-life Catholic governor and a public defender, poet and mother of four would make state history when Rudy Perpich appointed Rosalie Wahl as Minnesota’s first female Supreme Court Justice. In this audio documentary, Britt Aamodt examines one of Minnesota’s most significant heroes in women’s history. Featuring Lori Sturdevant, author of “Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl & the Minnesota Women’s Movement,” and Betty Wilson, author of “Rudy! The People’s Governor.”

Tune into MinneCulture tonight, Wed, March 5, at 7:30pm to hear the full program. MinneCulture is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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On Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Ordway in St. Paul, Jeri Brunoe will portray five characters in a one woman show that invokes the transforming nature of the Salmon. 

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