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Travel around St Paul and you’ll notice that some of the streets have two names—one that appears on maps, and a second, co-street name that honors an individual. Katie McWatt Avenue, Raskas Road, William Mahoney Street—these caught the eye of KFAI producer Bobbie Scott.

Tune into MinneCulture tonight at 7:30pm to hear some of the stories behind the street names; from an African-American woman and civil rights activist, to a local rabbi involved with national issues, to a labor activist who became the mayor of St Paul during the Depression.

MinneCulture is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

This week MinneCulture begins its new regular broadcast schedule: once a week, each Wednesday evening from 7:30-8pm.

On Wednesday, September 11, producer Nancy Skalkos presents an audio documentary on Small Space Living.

Converting a school bus into a living space might sound crazy, but it’s not so far fetched. Small space living has spawned a plethora of websites, books and blogs, as eco-conscious and debt-averse consumers search for alternatives to oversized McMansions.

Nancy Skalkos examines downsizing the American Dream, and talks to Sarah Susanka, author of “The Not So Big House”; WeeHouse Architect Geoffrey Warner; University of Minnesota Housing Professor Becky Yust; and graduate student Hank Buttita, who is converting a school bus into a weekend retreat.

MinneCulture, Feb 26, 7:30pm
Peggy’s Dreams: Living life with Down Syndrome
Produced by Marisa Helms

This week on MinneCulture, producer Marisa Helms presents an up-close and personal account of Peggy Mehen.

Peggy wants to make some changes in her life. She wants a new job. She wants to live independently. And her biggest dream is to be a supermodel. The fact that Peggy is a 40 year-old woman with Down syndrome has little impact on what she believes she can achieve. As a child growing up in the 1970s and ’80s, Peggy belongs to a first generation of children with Down syndrome to be mainstreamed into schools—paving the way for today’s generation of parents and people with Down syndrome who continue to push boundaries and demand greater inclusion and better social and medical supports in the community.

Tune into MinneCulture Wed, Feb 26, at 7:30pm to hear the full documentary.

Producer’s Note: The 1952 educational film heard in my story, In Our Care: Woodward State Hospital and School, is part of a 13-week series of documentaries about Iowa’s state institutions. The entire In our Care series is archived online at the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities website (mn.gov/mnddc).

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This week MinneCulture presents youth poets from across the Twin Cities. The Capri Theater in North Minneapolis stages an open-mic event on the first Monday of every month. Recently, young people participating in the Brave New Voices international youth poetry tournament performed to a full house. Hear their passion and connect with this new generation of poets, coached by local poet/educator Guante, and hosted by hip-hop/spoken-word/community advocate Tish Jones of TruArtSpeaks.

MinneCulture airs every Wednesday evening from 7:30-8pm. This program was produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow, and is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

This week on MinneCulture, KFAI producer Britt Amodt talks with historian Rhoda Gilman, Pam Brunfelt and Peter Rachleff.

At the turn of the last century, Minnesota’s Iron Range was a cauldron of ethnicities and languages. From 1892 to 1914, more than 40 different ethnic groups immigrated there from the Old World, converging on one of the richest iron lodes in history.

In 1907, a large-scale labor strike erupted on the Mesabi Range, led primarily by immigrant Finns. The strike raised questions about whether laborers had the right to strike for liveable wages, eight-hour work days and fair work practices. Though ultimately unsuccessful, the strike broke down cultural barriers and united miners under the common banner of organized labor.

Tune in on Monday and Wednesday at 7:30pm.

This week on MinneCulture, producer Bobbie Scott presents an audio documentary on Arcola Mills. Tucked along the banks of St. Croix River just north of Stillwater, Minnesota, Arcola Mills is a serene spot with a long history. From Native and European settlers, to loggers and artist communities, it offers a beautiful respite along the St. Croix. This program is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Jeff Dabe is a competitive arm wrestler from Stacy, Minnesota, who recently went to Las Vegas for the world championships in the left-handed division of the World Armwrestling League. The event that qualified him for the Vegas competition was broadcast on ESPN2.

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Marty Owings and former legislator Paul Gardner host two current Republican representatives, Freshman David Fitzsimmons from Albertville, representing district 30b, and veteran representative Mike Beard in his sixth term from Shakopee, representing district 55a.

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With the end of August and the State Fair underway, many Minnesota college students have already headed back to campus. 

And those who hope to go to college someday should be busy making plans – not only the fun part about choosing a college to attend, but the hard work of figuring out how to pay for it.

At the State Fair this year, the Minnesota College Savings Plan is enthusiastically trumpeting the state-designated “529” investment plan.   Robert Stern is the plan’s program manager.  He talked with KFAI's Mike Fischbein.  

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Outgoing Minnesota Republican Party Chair Pat Shortridge appeared on KFAI’s Morning Blend to talk about party’s assessment of the 2012 elections.

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