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Experienced canoeist Natalie Warren is taking an ambitious trip down the Mississippi River. Along with nine friends she’s paddling from the headwaters to New Orleans, a three month-long effort to connect with people all along America’s major river system. KFAI will check in with Natalie and her team throughout the journey. She talked with Mike Fischbein on the Morning Blend at the start of her journey.

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The latest draft of a major federal report says climate change is already affecting U.S. residents through heat waves, droughts and other weather events.  The third National Climate Assessment warns that temperatures could increase as much as 10 degrees by the end of this century if global carbon emissions keep soaring.

 

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Mihailo Temali is the founder and CEO of the Neighborhood Development Center. The organization just received an award from the Migration Policy Institute for helping immigrants and their families succeed in the U.S. economy. He talked with KFAI’s Paul Brohagh.

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Have you checked out the new variety of KFAI's Web Exclusive programming yet? JAZZED UP AND BONKERS is one of those shows. 

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Sue Aberholden of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness stops by KFAI to talk about various state and federal proposals to provide assistance to those with mental illness.

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Some people think it’s hard to learn Braille – the tactile reading method used by the blind.  Others note that the approach we take to teaching braille hasn’t changed in 100 years.

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Have you listened to JAZZED UP AND BONKERS yet? Its part of KFAI’s new Web Exclusive programming.

New Years is a thrilling time for those who want to change their lives. When children catch on to the excitement, parents should make sure their resolutions are appropriate and fun.

Nanci Olesen is the director of the Mayflower Early Childhood Center in South Minneapolis; a Montessori preschool program for children aged 16 months to six years old.

Nanci stops by The Morning Blend regularly to talk about family and parenting issues, and she talked recently with Ron Thums about families and resolutions.

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Ever since Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak announced he would not run for reelection, it has been a volatile race for mayor of Minneapolis. At least 10 candidates entered the contest. On Saturday, DFL activists gathered at the Minneapolis Convention Center to narrow the field by bestowing an endorsement on one candidate, but after thirteen hours of speeches, votes and political drama, the conference ended in a stalemate. KFAI’s Trisha Collopy and Sagirah Shahid were there, and they collaborated to file this report.

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The Nonviolent Peaceforce organization acts as unarmed civilian peacekeepers to reduce violence and protect civilians in situations of conflict worldwide. Mel Duncan is co-founder of Nonviolent Peaceforce and last year he was the recipient of the 2014 Honorary Award from the Hawkinson Foundation. Mel came in to KFAI to speak with Truth To Tell’s Tom O'Connell about this organization.

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