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Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson was at the State Security Hospital Facility in St. Peter recently to promote a state bonding request to rebuild the facility. She encouraged legislators to approve the funding to help make the facility better and safer for patients and employees.

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Philip Saunders has been throwing people around the ropes for 16 years. He’s a promoter and wrestler for Oldschool Championship Wrestling, which is hosting an event at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Minneapolis. Saunders wrestles under name Soul Brotha Number One. He stopped by KFAI to talk with Paul Brohaugh on The Morning Blend.

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A Minneapolis city council committee has signed off on a plan that could speed the dream many city residents have of re-opening Nicollet Avenue at Lake Street.

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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.

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An analysis of loan data conducted at the University of Minnesota Law School has found that minorities are more likely than whites to be turned down for a mortgage or refinancing in the Twin Cities.

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Late last year, the FCC granted licenses for new low power FM stations across the nation. Low power FM is hyper-local, community based broadcasting on a neighborhood level.
The task of raising funds and making plans to launch those stations continues for backers and enthusiasts. A few of those proposed stations are to be located right here in the Twin Cities.
KFAI’s Aaron Westendorp talked to some of the key players in the Twin Cities low power FM effort.
A note to listeners: Aaron is non verbal so the voice you’ll hear is simulated, using computer software.

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Friday was the last official day of KFAI’s Spring Membership Drive.

We’re grateful for the contributions of devoted listeners over the last 10 days and the studio is full of love at the end of “Crap From the Past.”

Thanks to every listener who responded to the call. Our goal of $91,000 is still in place and it’s not too late to join KFAI. Listeners support independent, eclectic, creative, intelligent programming. Even on Friday nights. By the time Simon started “True Brit,” donors had given $65,800. Join the 773 wonderful members who keep us on the air by clicking the “Donate to KFAI” button in the upper right hand corner of your screen. Thank you!

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After months of studies and community input concerning the expansion of the metro light rail, or LRT, into the southwest suburbs, a final decision is expected from the Metropolitan Council today, April 9, 2014. In a preliminary vote last week, an advisory committee recommended the LRT be collocated with the freight train traffic through the Kenilworth Corridor in Minneapolis. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges cast a dissenting vote, maintaining the city’s preference for rerouting freight train traffic through St. Louis Park.

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KFAI & UROC present Art for Healing
Thursday, April 10
2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis
Event details

KFAI and UROC—the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center—have partnered to present a special What’s in the Mix event on Thursday, April 10, at UROC: 2001 Plymouth Ave N in Minneapolis. Art for Healing: The Role of Creativity in Trauma Recovery features a panel discussion with art therapist Robin Getsug, photographer Wing Young Huie, filmmaker Catherine Kennedy, and gallery curator Hawona Sullivan Janzen. The conversation will be moderated by Robyne Robinson—artist, arts advocate, broadcast jouranliast, and arts and culture director of the Minneapolis Airport Foundation. The program will also feature readings from participants in The Witness Project, which focused on writing to explore topics of social justice, health crises, and domestic violence.

A reception kicks things off from 5:30 to 6:30pm, catered by Salsa a la Salsa, and the program runs from 6:30 to 8pm.

This event is being recorded for a later broadcast on MinneCulture, KFAI’s weekly arts and culture program, which airs every Wednesday evening from 7:30-8pm. UROC is also videotaping the event, and parts/all of the program will be available on the UROC website. It is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Event background

As part of its mission to find solutions to improve the quality of life in urban communities, UROC launched the Trauma Recovery Project in spring 2013. Building on the strength of community expertise and University scholarship in the area of healing and historical trauma, the community-based Trauma Recovery Project involves University researchers, community stakeholders, practitioners and representatives from the educational and faith communities in a multi-year project aimed at identifying and solving trauma-related issues of importance to the North Minneapolis community.

Last spring, UROC kicked off the Trauma Recovery Project by bringing together the daughters of Archbishop Desmond Tutu in a Critical Conversation on the topic of Trauma, Faith and Healing. This spring, its collaborating with KFAI to present Art for Healing: The Role of Creativity in Trauma Recovery.

KFAI has been broadcasting for more than 35 years. It is a volunteer-based community radio station that provides music, news, public affairs and non-English language programming. KFAI fosters social justice and provides media access to underrepresented communities.

Participants

Panel Moderator

Robyne Robinson is an award-winning Minnesota broadcaster, artist and arts advocate. Her new jewelry line, Pathara, launches on ShopHQ this spring. She currently serves as arts and culture director of the Minneapolis Airport Foundation at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Panelists

Robin Getsug is a licensed marriage and family therapist with an emphasis in art therapy who uses healing modalities of art and yoga. Through workshops and individual sessions, her work touches a variety of populations, including families who have lost children to gun violence. Getsug also owns Momento: Adornment for the Home—home designs using image, word, color, texture, aromatherapy, and the power of memory.

Wing Yong Huie is a photographer and visual artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Huie was named 2000 Artist of the Year by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and is the author of five books including, The University Avenue Project, Volumes 1 and 2; Looking For Asian American: An Ethnocentric Tour; Lake Street USA; and Frogtown: Photographs and Conversations in an Urban Neighborhood.

Hawona Sullivan Janzen is the gallery curator and special projects coordinator at the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center. She manages UROC’s gallery and arts-related programming, including the Witness Creative Writing Workshop series, the U.S. Fifth Congressional District Arts Competition, and UROC’s involvement in the John Biggers Seed Project. A poet and a 2013 Givens Foundation Creative Writing Program Fellow, Janzen also volunteers with the Minnesota African American Museum and as the co-chair the African American Leadership Forum’s Ubuntu Council.

Catherine Kennedy was born in Liberia, and left her homeland in the early 1990s during the Liberian Civil War. She examines her experiences through documentary films and mixed-media installations, exploring the often difficult paths that bring African refugees and immigrants to the United States.

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Poet and playwright Amiri Baraka died in early January.
He was revered as an unapologetic champion of the Black Power Movement.
Baraka’s influence on American culture has been profound, and to celebrate his contributions a group of Minnesota artists have planned a major event for this Saturday.
“Spirit Reach: A Twin Cities Tribute to Imamu Amiri Baraka” will happen at 3 in the afternoon this coming Saturday, April 12, at the Capri Theater on West Broadway in Minneapolis. The show will feature Douglas Ewart, Toki Wright, Shá Cage, E.G. Bailey and many others, including j. Otis powell, who appeared recently on the KFAI program “Conversations with Al McFarlane”.
Here’s some of what Powell said about the life and legacy of Amiri Baraka.

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