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Best Academy in Minneapolis is an award winning charter school educating African American boys in kindergarten through 8th grade. Last week the school received a ten thousand dollar prize from a group called the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color – a Chicago-based organization that promotes solutions to the racial achievement gap nationwide.
Best Academy is having a celebration of its successes later today at the Heritage Park YMCA at 1015 4th Avenue North in Minneapolis.
The school’s CEO, Eric Mahmoud was added to the National Public Charter Schools Hall of Fame last summer. He’s been called “a rock-star educator.” Eric Mahmoud talked with KFAI’s Bob Hines, who asked what he thought was the greatest success he’s seen at Best Academy.

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The International Winter Bike To Work Day is a friendly contest to encourage people to ride their bikes to work or school. At this month’s International Winter Biking Congress, which was held in the Twin Cities, the benefits of winter biking were promoted to an audience that was already set to hear the message. But International Winter Bike to Work Day seeks to involve people who have never considered going anywhere on two wheels between December and May.

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There was a rally out in the marshlands of the Minnesota River over the weekend – it was all about bicycling and a bridge.
KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh reports.

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The new multi-purpose stadium in downtown Minneapolis opened over the weekend of July 23.  

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Join Laura Waterman Wittstock and Roy Taylor on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 as they talk with Olympic champion Billy Mills, President of Tiwahe Foundation Kelly Drummer, and  event MC David Cournoyer to talk about the upcoming Circle of Giving Event, December 1st at 6 pm at which Mills is the featured speaker. 

Billy Mills was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Although Pine Ridge is very rich in culture and spirit, it is continually recognized economically as one of the poorest communities in America with unemployment reaching 80%.

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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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Wednesday afternoon, approximately 1,500 protesters convened in downtown Minneapolis for a march down Washington Avenue and across the Hennepin Avenue bridge.  The march was organized by Black Lives Matter Minneapolis in response to the death of Freddie Gray who died while in police custody in Baltimore on April 12.  Minneapolis Police blocked traffic for the demonstrators, but otherwise had little interaction with the group and made no arrests.  KFAI's Ryan Dawes takes us on-location to the march.

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