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Join Laura Waterman Wittstock on FIRST PERSON RADIO on Wednesday, April 20th as she talks with William S. Yellow Robe, Jr, Assiniboine. He is a nationally recognized playwright, who began his theater career as an actor. When noting the small number of roles for Native Americans, he wrote his own plays, to give Native actors more to bring to the stage. He confronts major issues like tribal autonomy, identity politics, and the historical legacy of Indian/white relations.
 
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The deal cut in Washington to avoid middle class tax increases also extends some tax credits that encourage the development of wind power.   This was one of the issues on the table in the so-called “fiscal cliff” standoff.   The new law will preserve tax credits for wind power projects that start construction in 2013.

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With the attention Minneapolis has received for its increasingly bike friendly culture and infrastructure, one might expect to see more people pedaling to work on two wheels this winter.

But it’s not enough to just pull your hat down and set out as you normally might in summertime – winter riding calls for preparation
Andrew Magill and Anna Begeg of Spokes Bike Walk Connect talked to Siobhan Kierans on KFAI’s Morning Blend

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The Winter Cycling Congress 2016 is being held this week in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. This is a three-day professional development event uniting an international group of people with a shared vision of increasing bicycling and walking among people of all ages and abilities through the winter. KFAI’s Rico Morales visited a group of organizers for this event.

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It’s not cold where we are going tonight on Jet Set Planet. That’s all you need to know. Join host Glen Leslie, and his co-host for the evening Steve Kyle, for 90 minutes of the best in Exotica to celebrate the middle of the coldest months we’ve seen in a long time around these parts. Steve brings in a pile of LPs from his personal collection as we do our best to keep the tiki torches burning bright, keeping us warm in the face of Old Man Winter and his damn sno-cone machine. You’ll hear from the famous Exotica practitioners as well as from the unknowns — with a handful of hacks thrown in for good measure. So bust out the rum for a night of summer, in the middle of winter – on Jet Set Planet, Friday Nights at 9 on KFAI.

On Friday afternoons during the month of February, KFAI will test a new program proposal that's intended to foster a deeper understanding of the Somali community in Minneapolis.

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Womenfolk’s “Songs of Winter” special on 12/17 featuring an interview with Heather Masse.

Qualifying high school students in Minnesota can earn college level credit through the state’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options program, also known as PSEO. Earning college credits before graduating from high school is one great way for Minnesota students and their families to save money on higher education.
In 2012 the law was expanded to cover more students. KFAI’s Abeni Hill spoke with Marisa Gustafson and Joe Nathan from the Center for School Change and they said word of that expansion has been slow to get out.

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The World Cup competition in Brazil is nearing its conclusion with the final game set between Argentina and Germany. In this edition of KFAI’s World Cup Update, Pablo Miranda, co-host of the KFAI show Latino Alt Rock, talks with Nik Wilson, a soccer fanatic who, before the World Cup began, picked Argentina and Germany to be in the final.

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Story by Bob Hines & Michelle Alimoradi

Over the last three decades, more than 93,000 refugees have come to Minnesota. Refugees have been resettling in Minnesota in large numbers since the mid-1990s. Minnesota has become home to some of the largest communities of Hmong, Somali and Liberians in the United States. Saturday, June 16th at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis, World Refugee Day will be celebrated with entertainment, food and education.
Two of the honorary chairpeople for the event are Mohammed Meran Ahmed and Fatuma Elmi.

Mohammed Meran Ahmed was born and raised in Iraq and lived through multiple wars and hardships. He is trained as an aircraft engineer, and now makes his home in Minnesota.

Fatuma Elmi was born in Somalia where the collapse of the government in the early 90’s made it necessary for many Somali people to find homes elsewhere. Though she had a good education and had worked for an oil company in the United Arab Emirates, she took a housekeeping job at a Minneapolis hotel to make ends meet. She has worked with other refugees for 17 years through Lutheran Social Services.

Chairpersons Ahmed and Elmi appeared on KFAI’s Weekly News.

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