The wonderful thing about patience, unlike commodities, is the more we use it, the more we offer it, the more we have. Also, by its nature, patience creates a spaciousness that lets us feel as if we have more time than we have ever had. Thus, patience can alter our everyday experience from one of anxiety and deficiency to one of peace and plentitude.

Kinshasha will talk with Alan Lokos about his important book on " Patience"

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July is National Minority Mental Health Month 

Melody Moezzi was born to Persian parents at the height of the Islamic Revolution and raised amid a vibrant, loving, and gossipy Iranian diaspora in the American heartland. When at eighteen, she began battling a severe physical illness, her community stepped up, filling her hospital rooms with roses, lilies, and hyacinths.

But when she attempted suicide and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, there were no flowers. Despite several stays in psychiatric hospitals, bombarded with tranquilizers, mood-stabilizers, and antipsychotics, she was encouraged to keep her illness a secret—by both her family and an increasingly callous and indifferent medical establishment. Refusing to be ashamed, Moezzi became an outspoken advocate, determined to fight the stigma surrounding mental illness and reclaim her life along the way.

Both an irreverent memoir and a rousing call to action, Haldol and Hyacinths is the moving story of a woman who refused to become torn across cultural and social lines. Moezzi reports from the front lines of the no-man’s land between sickness and sanity, and the Midwest and the Middle East. A powerful, funny, and poignant narrative told through a unique and fascinating cultural lens, Haldol and Hyacinthsis a tribute to the healing power of hope, humor, and acceptance.

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This summer the City of Minneapolis and partners from across the state have collectively hosted events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

A closing ceremony is scheduled for the Minneapolis Convention Center on Thursday, July 31st at 5pm. Toni Newborn is assistant director of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights and chair of the closing ceremony. She talked with KFAI’s Xan Holston, who asked why it’s important to remember the anniversary of the passage of a piece of legislation.

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While other states and critics of the Obama administration have complained about complying with new rules slashing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, Minnesota has been reining in its utilities’ carbon pollution for decades. Minnesota held its first ever Clean Energy Economy Summit on the U of M campus last week to discuss the goals of finding and manufacturing renewable energy resources. KFAI’s Rico Morales attended this event and he brings us this report.

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Andy Driscoll, longtime KFAI volunteer and host of Truth To Tell, passed away on Sunday, July 20th at the age of 74.

On Monday, July 28th, Truth To Tell presented a tribute to Andy that included interviews first broadcast in December of 2012 called Andy Driscoll: A Charcoal Sketch.

The show examines Andy’s life and the inspiration behind the work he did over six decades in broadcasting, public service, and acting. You can hear the program in our KFAI archive. Just select Truth To Tell from the program menu.

Andy spent years in a struggle against pulmonary disease, and within the past year he went through chemotherapy for esophageal cancer and endured a series of strokes. In spite of the challenges, Andy continued to work with his Truth To Tell team to produce compelling radio programs through his nonprofit organization, Civic Media Minnesota.

Andy’s final KFAI broadcast was a conversation on June 23rd about the recent trials of the Minnesota Orchestra and the renewed excitement of classical music fans with the signing of a musician contract and the return of Osmo Vanska. Appropriately, Andy’s sign-off was followed by another rich, deep voice – a cello played by the orchestra’s own Tony Ross. The audio of that program is included on this page.

A tribute to Andy is scheduled for 2pm on Sunday, August 31st at The Klub Haus, 1079 Rice Street, St. Paul. RSVP on Facebook at A Celebration of Andy Driscoll.

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Believe it or not, it’s already time for families to start thinking about children going back to school. Back-to-school supplies are an expense for every family – and for some the cost is prohibitive.

To address this situation, an Edina-based business brokerage firm, the Calhoun Companies, has formed a partnership with Ace in the City, a non-profit organization based in the Powderhorn neighborhood of Minneapolis. Together they’re assembling backpacks full of school supplies as a way to help neighborhood families prepare for the beginning of the year, and also to raise funds for Ace in the City’s after-school programs.

Andy Kocemba is President of Calhoun Companies and Tim Anderson is Executive Director of Ace in the City. They talked with KFAI’s Janis Lane-Ewart, who asked the pair why they had decided to form a partnership to provide backpacks.

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Recently, The Metropolitan Council announced the release of a regional transit equity plan that promises to invest in bus rapid transit and light rail transit, in order to improve service to what the council describes as “racially concentrated areas of poverty and job centers throughout the region.”

The plan, which is to be implemented over the next five to fifteen years, also calls for increasing the number of bus shelters in these areas.

The Metro Council has opened the plan for public comment, and one of the first organizations to weigh in was ISAIAH, a non-profit coalition of over 100 congregations from various faith traditions working on establishing racial and economic justice.

Recently, KFAI’s Yvette Howie spoke with ISAIAH’s Strategic Campaign Coordinator Lars Negstad. Negstad attended a meeting where the plan was to be released, but he called the result “… a bit confusing.”

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Don’t miss Twin Cities’ legend Ray Covington’s upcoming “Timeline Show – A Musical Journey Through Time”, on Saturday, August 9th, at Amsterdam Bar and Hall in Saint Paul. Ray will be performing hits from some of history’s greatest performers, including Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Prince, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Otis Redding, Al Green, Stevie Wonder, and many more, in his own signature style. With Ray’s prominent R&B background and musical prominence, this promises to be one of the Twin Cities’ must-see shows of the year!

The Lennie Chism Show will be giving away 2 tickets to Ray’s upcoming event. Call in between 2AM-6AM on Saturday, August 2nd (612-341-0980) and you may get the chance to see Ray Covington for free! Ray will also be stopping by the Dee Henry William Show at 8AM the same morning, which airs immediately after The Lennie Chism Show.

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Tune in Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 7pm to hear a mixed bag of queer-a-licious theater, music & dance. A menagerie of guests from the Minnesota Fringe Festival come on Fresh Fruit to talk about their shows with LGBTQ content, creators, and/or performers. Each guest gets 5 minutes to plug their show and then it’s on to the next. It’s crazy, kooky and queer!