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Independent Producer and KFAI regular Todd Melby is on assignement for a year in the oil fields of North Dakota, following the changes that come from an economic boom that runs counter to the rest of the economy. He stopped by as part of KFAI’s new morning show to talk about some of the people he’s met so far.

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An international group of researchers, including astronomers from the University of Minnesota, have launched a new “citizen science” project called Galaxy Zoo. The project allows anyone to become a cosmic explorer by looking for black holes in space. And yes, this is something you can do from the comfort of your own home.

Lawrence Rudnick is a University of Minnesota Professor and an astrophysicist who studies large-scale structures in the Universe. He talked with KFAI’s John Helgeson, who asked the professor why black holes are important.

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The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released a new report that says global warming is changing human and natural systems worldwide. The panel is calling for swift action to mitigate the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on the planet. Without action to address the problem, hundreds of millions of people could be affected by coastal flooding and displaced due to land loss by the year 2100.

J. Drake Hamilton is the science policy director at Fresh Energy, an organization that advocates for a forward-thinking energy policy. She talked with KFAI’s Terry Carter, who wanted to know if there was anything truly “new” in this assessment.

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Two University of Minnesota professors worked with high school students at the Perpich Center for Arts in Golden Valley as part of a new program that encourages working across disciplines, combining artistic and analytical thinking.
Dance professor Carl Flink and Biochemical Engineering professor David Odde joined the Black Label Movement Company to demonstrate a technique called Bodystorming.

Professor Flink is also the artistic director of Black Label Movement. He and professor Odde talked to KFAI’s Dale Connelly and Siobhan Kierans on the Morning Blend.

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Eyenga Bokamba has been appointed Director of Sprockets – a St. Paul collaboration between the city, the school district and a host of community organizations to provide summer and after-school programs for young people in the city.
Bokamba is an experienced educator who most recently was the Youth Programs Manager at Pillsbury House in Minneapolis. She has also worked as a teacher, spending thirteen years in the Hopkins district.
She talked with KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh, who asked why it’s important to support summertime and after-school programs.

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…or dub reggae? Or the post-punk, post-modern music found on "Modern Kicks?"

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Larry Englund, host of KFAI’s “Rhythm & Grooves” is presenting Brass Bash, a benefit concert for KFAI. The event takes place this coming Sunday, December 1st. It’s an early show; starts at 6:30 pm. Please help spread the word and invite all your friends. All proceeds benefit KFAI.

KFAI’s Brass Bash is a celebration of brass instruments, as three groups take the Hall stage at Amsterdam Bar and Hall in downtown Saint Paul.

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Famed rapper Brother Ali talks with KFAI’s Jemma Brown about his plans for giving a keynote address at the upcoming Nobel Peace Prize Forum at Augsburg College on March 9th.

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“Built Right in Da Hood: Character, Conversation with Bobby Seale, Co-Founder of the Black Panther Party” Host: Lennie Chism

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EJ Ajax, co-owner and vice president of EJ Ajax and Sons. He’s a third generation metal-former and leads a company founded by his grandfather in 1945.

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