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  • The United Nations has announced that the number of Syrian refugee children has reached one million. This marks another milestone in a 2 ½ -year conflict that has taken the lives of more than 100,000 people and forced 2 million refugees from their homeland.
    Daniel Wordsworth is President and CEO of the American Refugee Committee. He talked with KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh on the Morning Blend.
    Paul asked how the use of chemical weapons inside Syria and the likelihood of an American military response would affect the number of refugees.

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  • Close your eyes and try hard to imagine what nothingness would look like. Drawing a blank? Go visit Hamline University and find the Heech Sculpture. It’s a sculpture of nothing. Or at least it means nothingness. It’s been there for over forty years, but it’s still a bit of a mystery. KFAI’S Peggah Navab has a story about what one of Iran’s foremost contemporary artists left behind in St. Paul.

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  • Minneapolis school board member, businessman and Somali community leader Hussein Samatar was buried on Monday August 26th, within 24 hours of his death from leukemia. The service at the Burnsville Mosque of the Islamic Institute of Minnesota was attended by many of Minnesota’s political leaders, including U.S. Senator Al Franken, Congressman Keith Ellison, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, and State Education Commissioner Brenda Casselius. KFAI’s Dale Connelly filed this report.

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  • Minneapolis will elect a new city council this fall. Some of the wards are hotly contested, and in several cases the incumbent city council member failed to get the DFL party’s endorsement for re-election. That’s the case in the 6th ward, where newcomer Abdi Warsame will face current council member Robert Lilligren.
    Robert Lilligren recently sat down with KFAI’s Cynthia Montana, who asked him to explain why he’s running.

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  • This week MinneCulture presents an audio documentary by producers Andy Driscoll and Tom O’Connell about Circle of the Witch. COTW was a nonprofit theater company that formed in 1973. For five years it functioned as a political performance group, exploring the relationship between theater and feminism. Tune in from 7:30-8pm on Mon, Aug 26, and Wed, Aug 28. To read more about COTW, visit the Minnesota Historical Society.

  • This week marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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  • This week marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech.  The March is widely credited for helping to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.   Among the 250,000 people who marched for jobs and freedom were 58 Minnesotans.

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  • The Minnesota State Fair begins today, and one of the key features over the years has been the product giveaway.  Remember when the big thing was to pick up a free yardstick?

    This year Blue Cross and BlueShield of Minnesota will be giving away something quite unusual – a free visit with a doctor. 

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  • This week marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington
    where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream”
    speech. The March is widely credited for helping to pass the Civil Rights
    Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Among the 250,000
    people who marched for jobs and freedom were 58 Minnesotans.
    Three members of the Minnesota contingent recently came to KFAI
    to share their memories with producer Susan Gray and intern Ahmad
    Aly. Yesterday we learned that after landing in Washington the group
    met with Senator Hubert Humphrey and other elected officials from
    Minnesota at a church. Here is part two of the conversation with
    Dr. Josie Johnson, Rev. Rollie Robinson and Mr. Max Fallek

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  • Thirty five people are running for Mayor of Minneapolis this fall. That’s a crowded field – the largest in the city’s history. One person who was in the race early on but dropped out is Jim Thomas, a special education teacher in the Minneapolis School District. He was a first-time candidate for political office. Running as a DFL’er, Thomas played a role in the city convention earlier this summer that left the mayoral race without an endorsed candidate.
    Jim Thomas talked about his brief political career with KFAI’s Zan Holston.

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