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St. Paul Central High School’s Central Touring Theater (CTT) has been creating original social justice theater for more than three decades. At CTT, juniors and seniors become teachers, and theater to present important issues that resonate in their lives, including racsim, sexism, depression and abuse.

Last spring the group took its play, Training Day: The Battles We Face, on the road—performing and leading workshops at schools locally and nationally. The high-energy show incorporates singing, dancing and hip hop to entertain and enlighten, confronting struggles that students face in and out of the classroom.

This week MinneCulture presents an excerpt from Training Day: The Battles We Face, with commentary by CTT founder Jan Mandell, and teaching partner Emily Gill. This Live from Minnesota segment airs Monday and Wednesday at 7:30pm, and was produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow.

Minnesota will soon host four thousand teachers from all across the nation. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools will hold its 12th annual convention June 19th – 22nd in Minneapolis.
Charter schools are tuition-free public schools that are allowed to be more innovative while being held accountable for student achievement. While charter schools may seem like a new idea to some, they’ve been a feature of the education scene for 20 years now, and over 2 million students are enrolled. The National Alliance advocates for charter schools and just named a new Chief Executive . Nina Rees will be formally introduced at the convention in Minneapolis . She talked with Bob Hines and Michelle Alimoradi on KFAI’s Weekly News.

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An exhibition called “Perspectives – (re)Defining the Asian American Experience” is happening on Saturday night, October 19th, at the Neighborhood House in St. Paul.

Chay Douangphouxay is part of the presentation. She’s a spoken word artist of Asian decent. She stopped by KFAI and talked with Dale Connelly on The Morning Blend. Chay shares a little bit about her personal background and how she came to be the artist she is today, re-defining the Asian American Experience and drawing influence from the Asian Community. She also talks about how her living experience in a Thai refugee camp contributes to her work in spoken word and affects her life today in the Minneapolis North side projects.

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Can you name this tune?
“Fish don’t fry in the kitchen. Beans don’t burn on the grill. Took a whole lot of tryin’ just to fix up that meal”
Well… help just arrived… Chelles’ Kitchen, LLC… put down those pots and pans… Shero to the rescue

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Chicago has gained a great deal of media attention this past year due to an upsurge in violence in certain neighborhoods.   Just last week, eight people were shot during a five hour stretch on the city's south side. The increase in violence is a concern for residents, city leaders, and also for Chicagoans who live elsewhere, particularly college students who hope to return home when their schooling is done.

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Each week, KFAI’s Cinema Shanty considers a current film that will screen in the Twin Cities.  Join Peter Schilling and Kathie Smith as they discuss the most engaging and provocative cinema being produced today.  This week they talk with Bennett Miller, the director of one of the most highly regarded new films of the season  - "Foxcatcher".  

 

 

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Each week, KFAI’s Cinema Shanty considers a current film that will screen in the Twin Cities.  Join Peter Schilling and Kathie Smith as they discuss the most engaging and provocative cinema being produced today.    Although this week they're looking at one of the most engaging and provocative films produced yesterday – as in 1968.    The original Planet of the Apes film is playing August 22-24, 2014 at the Trylon Microcinema.

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Each week, KFAI’s Cinema Shanty considers a current film that will screen in the Twin Cities. Join Kathie Smith and John Moret as they discuss the most engaging and provocative cinema being produced today. This week, they talk about a Sebastián Lelio film called “Gloria”.

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Each week, KFAI’s Cinema Shanty considers a current film that will screen in the Twin Cities. Join Peter Schilling and Kathie Smith as they discuss the most engaging and provocative cinema being produced today.
This week, Kathie and guest host John Moret talk about the new Coen Brothers film, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” playing at the Uptown Theater.

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Each week, KFAI’s Cinema Shanty considers a current film that will screen in the Twin Cities. Join Kathie Smith and John Moret as they discuss the most engaging and provocative cinema being produced today. This week, they talk with author Joyce Maynard about the new film Jason Reitman made out of her novel, Labor Day.

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