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  • Minneapolis resident Mohamed Ahmed calls himself an average person with the most common name in the world. What makes him not-so-average, however, is that he started a series of online cartoon videos to convince young Somali Americans and others not to join radical militant groups that purport to do violence in the name of Islam. He writes the scripts in Minneapolis and sends them to a animator in India.

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  • When you dream about the great jobs you don’t have but wish you did, have you ever considered being a professional ballroom dancer?

    Yes, there are people who do that.  Many of them are in Columbus, Ohio this weekend for the Ohio Star Ball, a competitive festival of dance sport. 

    One of them is Jon Chen, a professional ballroom dancer.  He talked with KFAI’s Mark Koerner, who asked Jon how he got into the business.   

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  • Last week the Minneapolis City Council approved the city’s application for a new federal program designed to improve services and neighborhoods in low-income areas.

    Ten members of the Council voted in support of seeking “Promise Zone” designation, while two abstained.

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  • Election Day 2014 was sleepier than most. The election issued in a Republican majority in the House of Representatives and in the Senate, but national voter turnout and overall political engagement among voters was notably low.

  • In September the Board of Directors of Fresh Air Community Radio announced that KFAI was headed towards a 100 thousand dollar deficit for the year. 

    Since then, the station has had a successful pledge drive, and plans have been set for a staff restructuring. 

    Mary Bensman is chair of the KFAI board.  She talked with Kirk Mattson about KFAI's challenges and possible changes.   

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  • While most Twin Cities residents are sound asleep, other people are hard at work cleaning and maintaining many of the retail spaces that we use during the daylight hours.  

    Many of them feel they are working for wages that are too low, and that their concerns are ignored. 

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  • Locally grown and locally sourced foods are making a real comeback, not only at co-op groceries but on chefs' menus, in public school lunches and at mainstream grocery stores.

    Laurie Allmann takes us to an event called “Feast”,  held in Rochester earlier this month, where a festival and trade show focused on the revival of foods with a local address and the people making it happen .

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  • When the Armistice ending World War One was signed in 1918, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, bells of joy rang around the world, asking everyone, everywhere to work for lasting peace. The Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers is a coalition of over 60 Minnesota peace and justice organizations. One of these organizations is the Veterans for Peace group.   On Veterans Day,  Larry Johnson of Veterans for Peace talked with Ron Thums on the Morning Blend. 

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  • On Friday, November 14th, KFAI will host a reception honoring Dr. Willie Dean.   The event is scheduled from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the KFAI green room.

    As part of the staff restructuring passed on October 3rd by KFAI’s Board of Directors, the position of Executive Director was eliminated.  Under the new configuration, the staff will be led by a General Manager – a post for which Dr. Dean did not apply. 

  • A Minneapolis community organizer who was featured in a widely distributed photo with the city’s mayor says he is “just trying to do good,” and would like an apology for the way his image was used in a KSTP TV story last week. 

    Navell Gordon was pictured side by side with Mayor Betsy Hodges when the two met during get-out-the-vote activities in North Minneapolis.  The two were pointing at each other in the photo. 

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