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Story by Shanna Gratton

Fu Manchu to Soul Patch. Mutton Chops to a classic lumberjack, beards are more than merely a way to be stylish or keep one’s face warm. They are personal statements and a basis for serious competition.
On March 24th, the Minnesota Beard-Off will happen at First Avenue.

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Natalie Warren is part of an 11 person expedition paddling down the Mississippi River. We check in with her on Wednesday mornings along the way, she talks with KFAI’s Mike Fischbein on the Morning Blend. They expect to arrive in New Orleans in late November or early December, She and her crew are currently going through Kentucky on the great Mississippi River.

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Tune in to Health Notes at 6:30 pm Monday, June 10. The topic for the evening is Validation—recognizing and accepting your child’s thoughts and feelings, regardless of whether or not you feel that your child should be experiencing them—helps children develop a lifelong sense of self-worth. Children who are validated feel reassured that they will be accepted and loved regardless of their feelings, while children who are not validated are more vulnerable.

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Tuesday's Conversations with Al McFarlane featured a discussion about the role of the Black church in the community, social responsibility, and food justice.  Participants were Reverend Nazim B. Fakir, Pastor Owen E. Williams, and Dr. Willie Dean.

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Tonight at the HUGE Theater in Uptown, Minneapolis, the Theater of Public Policy looks at the issue of climate change.
The group will welcome guest expert Paul Huttner. He’s a meteorologist.
Tane Danger and Brandon Boat of the Theater of Public Policy stopped by KFAI to talk with Siobhan Kierans.

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Every Monday night at the HUGE Theater in Uptown, Minneapolis, the Theater of Public Policy takes a close look at weighty issues and lightens them using the magic of humor.
And every Monday morning the mirthful wonks from T2P2 offer KFAI Morning Blend listeners a public policy quiz.

Today’s topic: Mandatory Minimum Sentencing.

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The zAmya Theater Project is an unusual local performing arts venture in a number of ways – not the least of which is this – it’s housed at a social service agency. 

As part of St. Stephens Human Services in South Minneapolis, zAmya brings together housed and homeless actors to create works that explore the topic of homelessness.

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This week on MinneCulture, live from Minnesota visits the Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar in Lowertown St. Paul for When Poets Found Bass, a night of spoken word poetry presented by the Saint Paul Almanac. Featuring Saymoukda D. Vongsay, Fres Thao, Desdamona, Truthmaze and DJ Kool Akiem. Produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow. MinneCulture is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Tipping the Scale: a special MinneCulture documentary airs June 3 & 5 at 7:30pm

During the coldest days of winter, an “Earth Train” departed from St. Paul, carrying dozens of artists, activists and regular folks from Minnesota to Washington, DC. On board were KFAI producers Barbara Jean Meyers and Melissa Koch. Along the way they interviewed passengers including Kevin Kling, Louise Erdrich, Prudence Johnson and others, about why they were making the journey. Many were inspired by Bill McKibben, co-founder of, who believes that the Keystone XL pipeline wound be the final nail in the coffin for planet Earth.

On February 17, advocates gathered at the nation’s Capitol for Forward on Climate to protest Keystone and draw attention to global warming. Nearly 50,000 people assembled to promote environmental stewardship, making it the largest rally on climate issues in U.S. history. “Tipping the Scale” is a two-part audio documentary that chronicles this historic event. Tune into MinneCulture on Monday, June 3, and Wednesday June 5, at 7:30pm.

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Who: KFAI & Juxtaposition Arts
What: What's in the Mix
When: Fri, Nov 15, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Juxtaposition Studios, 1108 W. Broadway, Minneapolis MN 55411
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