General News

Womenfolk’s “Songs of Winter” special on 12/17 featuring an interview with Heather Masse.

An American citizen who graduated from the University of Minnesota is being held in prison in the United Arab Emirates for doing something that seems inconsequential in the United States – Shez Cassim posted a satirical video to You Tube. For that act, he’s been in jail since last April.
KFAI’s Christina Cerruti reports that Cassim’s family and Human Rights activists have called for his release, citing human rights treaties adopted by the United Nations.

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The Republican Party of Minnesota will relocate to a new headquarters in Minneapolis. The party announced it’s moving from an office near the state capitol complex in St. Paul to the Seward neighborhood at 2200 East Franklin Avenue. The move was influenced by a desire to save money, and to bring the party’s offices from an area ‘inside the political beltway’ to an area closer to “regular Minnesotans.” Keith Downey is the chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota. He talked with KFAI’s Ron Thums on the Morning Blend.

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Mihailo Temali is the founder and CEO of the Neighborhood Development Center. The organization just received an award from the Migration Policy Institute for helping immigrants and their families succeed in the U.S. economy. He talked with KFAI’s Paul Brohagh.

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Listener-members are invited to attend KFAI’s Membership Annual Meeting, Thursday, December 5th, from 6-8:00pm, at the Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave., S., Minneapolis.

Come hear reports from KFAI’s Board of Directors on our accomplishments during the past year, and enjoy food, fun and fellowship with other members, volunteers and staff.

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Have you listened to JAZZED UP AND BONKERS yet? Its part of KFAI’s new Web Exclusive programming.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of the Wizard of Oz will be opening on December 4th at St. Paul’s Ordway Theater. Mike Jackson is a Canadian actor, grip, and gaffer, best known for his acting roles in the comedy TV series Trailer Park Boys where he played the role of Trevor. Mike joined KFAI’s Janis Lane-Ewart to talk about his role of the Tin Man in the upcoming production.

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On Tuesday, November 26 at the Ted Mann Recital Hall at the University of Minnesota, a student seeking his Phd in conducting is going to get there by murdering someone.

Doctoral candidate Brian Messier has been doing research on attracting, engaging and retaining new audiences – something vital for the future of classical music. As part of that research, Messier will collaborate with the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble, Playwright Jake Jeppson and Actor Skyler Nowinski to present a free concert that is also a murder mystery.

Brian Messier sat down with KFAI’s Alex Forbes to talk about the project.

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Larry Englund, host of KFAI’s “Rhythm & Grooves” is presenting Brass Bash, a benefit concert for KFAI. The event takes place this coming Sunday, December 1st. It’s an early show; starts at 6:30 pm. Please help spread the word and invite all your friends. All proceeds benefit KFAI.

KFAI’s Brass Bash is a celebration of brass instruments, as three groups take the Hall stage at Amsterdam Bar and Hall in downtown Saint Paul.

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U.S. State Department Ambassador Luis CdeBaca is the Obama Administration’s point person in the fight against human trafficking.
CdeBaca visited the University of Minnesota Law School to speak to students and faculty members. He sat down with KFAI’s Christina Cerruti to talk about the latest efforts against exploitation and slavery.

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