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  • Minnesota is known for many things related to weather and fishing, but probably not for its Japanese drumming.
    But the state boasts a Taiko drum ensemble that has been around for 17 years.
    Mu Daiko is celebrating its anniversary with some shows at the Cowles Center in downtown Minneapolis this weekend.
    You can find out more online at Mu Performing Arts dot org.
    KFAI’s Doug Cain, host of program Global Beat (Wednesdays at noon), spoke with artistic director, Iris Shiraishi and fellow performer, Susan Tanabe.

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  • Spring Back: A Cabaret on Resilience

    Wednesday, March 5, 7pm
    Whole Music Club, Coffman Union, 300 Washington Ave SE

    KFAI is a proud co-sponsor of the 8th annual Transgender Commission Celebration at Coffman Union, Spring Back: A Cabaret on Resilience. In conjunction with the University of Minnesota’s Transgender Commission, and the GLBTA Programs Office, it is part of KFAI’s What’s in the Mix series. The event features performances and a panel discussion by local artists and activists, including CeCe McDonald, Venessa Fuentes, James DeWitt, Kenneth Williams, Margot Bassett, and Molly Van Avery; as well as emcee Sol Raz Asanti and moderator Jason Jackson.

    The University of Minnesota’s Transgender Commission is a coalition of students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members working for equity, access, and liberation for people of all gender identities and expressions, led by trans*, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming people across the U of M and local Twin Cities community.

    The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally (GLBTA) Programs Office is dedicated to improving campus climate for all University of Minnesota constituents by developing and supporting more inclusive understandings of gender and sexuality.

    What’s in the Mix is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. It will be recorded and edited for later broadcast on MinneCulture, KFAI’s weekly arts and culture program.

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  • A call for global unity and compassion was the focus of a speech delivered by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet during a visit to Minneapolis this weekend..
    KFAI’s Christina Cerruti was at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and has this report.

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  • President Obama visited St. Paul on February 26, 2014. He spoke at the newly restored Union Depot and presented it as an example of what federal and local partnerships can do, while also promoting what he calls his “Opporunity Agenda”. KFAI’s Janis Lane-Ewart was there, and told host Paul Brohaugh about the president’s visit on the Thursday edition of The Morning Blend.

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  • How governments, businesses and individuals respond to climate change is a matter of great urgency for people who accept the overwhelming scientific evidence that human activity is raising the global temperature. Climate change deniers insist this point is still debatable, but one expert who is well known to Twin Cities audiences wants to push the conversation past ideological and faith based objections. Craig Sinard reports.

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  • MinneCulture, Feb 26, 7:30pm
    Peggy’s Dreams: Living life with Down Syndrome
    Produced by Marisa Helms

    This week on MinneCulture, producer Marisa Helms presents an up-close and personal account of Peggy Mehen.

    Peggy wants to make some changes in her life. She wants a new job. She wants to live independently. And her biggest dream is to be a supermodel. The fact that Peggy is a 40 year-old woman with Down syndrome has little impact on what she believes she can achieve. As a child growing up in the 1970s and ’80s, Peggy belongs to a first generation of children with Down syndrome to be mainstreamed into schools—paving the way for today’s generation of parents and people with Down syndrome who continue to push boundaries and demand greater inclusion and better social and medical supports in the community.

    Tune into MinneCulture Wed, Feb 26, at 7:30pm to hear the full documentary.

    Producer’s Note: The 1952 educational film heard in my story, In Our Care: Woodward State Hospital and School, is part of a 13-week series of documentaries about Iowa’s state institutions. The entire In our Care series is archived online at the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities website (mn.gov/mnddc).

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  • The Minnesota Legislature is starting its every-other-year “short” session – a session that is smaller in terms of size but the potential is there for it to include a slew of favorite topics – – state spending, government regulation, sex crime, marijuana, and the minimum wage – all of it influenced by the enormous pull of election year politics.
    Marty Owings, covers the state capitol for KFAI and posts regular updates online at MN Capitol News, and Hamline University professor David Schultz writes about politics on his blog, Schultz’s Take. They talked politics with KFAI’s Ron Thums on the Morning Blend.

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  • Out on a Limb Dance Company and school is a St. Paul based dance company with a twist. It’s a nonprofit organization with a mission to embrace the notion that dance should be within the reach of everybody – whether it’s the dancers on stage or the audience.
    Kim Martinez is the artistic director for Out On A Limb.
    She told KFAI’s Siobhan Kierans that dance has long been part of her family, handed down by her mother.

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  • Former Minnesota State Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson, spoke with KFAI’s Rico Morales about a task force report on the Minnesota State Sex Offender Program. The task force report and a federal judge’s ruling have created a sense of urgency for the Minnesota Legislature to address the way Minnesota treats sex offenders who have completed their prison sentences, but are considered too dangerous to release.

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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.
    This week, Kathie and guest host John Moret talk about Tim’s Vermeer, a documentary about the techniques that may have been used by the Dutch master painter Johannes Vermeer to make his work appear so realistic.

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