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  • The Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women has released its report on Domestic Violence Homicides for 2013 – the organization calls this the annual “Femicide Report”. The organization has been compiling these numbers for 25 years. Liz Richards is the Executive Director of the Coalition. She talked with KFAI’s Ron Thums, who asked how the numbers have changed.

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    2014 KFAI Black History Month Day of Special Day of Program has been set – TUES, Feb 18th, 2014 —-
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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 a 1978 classic about the radicalization of North Dakota farmers in the 1920’s: “Northern Lights,” playing at the Trylon Microcinema.

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  • This coming Monday will bring the annual observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, a day marked in the Twin Cities by the MLK Breakfast – a collaboration between General Mills and the United Negro College Fund. This year’s keynote speaker is political commentator, strategist and author Donna Brazile. She talked with KFAI’s Janis Lane-Ewart on The Morning Blend.

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  • Two residents at the Minnesota Sex-Offender Program in Moose Lake are seeking a same-sex marriage. Moose Lake is a secure treatment facility – the people there are technically not in prison, but they’re not allowed to leave without supervision.
    As a result, the Minnesota Department of Human Services has had to formulate some new policies. KFAI’s Rico Morales has a report.

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  • This week MinneCulture highlights local young people from Youth Performance Company and the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies. Tune in on Wednesday, January 15, from 7:30 to 8pm.

    KFAI producer Sabrina Crews presents a short segment on Youth Performance Company—an award-winning theater troupe that develops and empowers young actors, singers and dancers.

    Then members of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony perform two numbers from a recent live concert: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 14, composed by Samuel Barber; and Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Opus 47, composed by Dmitri Shostakovich.

    The first selection features a violin solo by Anna Humphrey of Rogers, Minnesota. Anna is a senior at Buffalo High School, and has been playing violin since the age of 3. She’s been involved with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies since 4th grade.

    Founded in 1972, the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies includes more than 700 young people, ages 8 through 18, who participate in seven academic-year orchestras and two summer programs. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Russell, and coached by members of the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the youth perform 20 concerts each year at Orchestra Hall and the Ted Mann Concert Hall. They also present free concerts at community centers, homeless shelters, schools, and care centers across the Twin Cities. (Photo credit: Scott Helegson.)

    For more information, visit Youth Performance Company and Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies.

    MinneCulture is broadcast on KFAI every Wednesday evening from 7:30 to 8pm. The program is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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  • On Sunday, January 12, three organizations are sponsoring an annual Day of Remembrance for those whose lives were lost to gun violence.
    Protect MN, From Death to Life and Minneapolis MAD DADS are coordinating the event, which is scheduled for 3 pm Sunday at the Church of the Ascension at 1723 Bryant Avenue North in Minneapolis. V.J. Smith is the president of Mad Dads. He talked with KFAI’s Yvette Howie on the Morning Blend.

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  • KFAI is partnering with The Cedar Cultural Center and Augsburg College as hosts of a benefit concert on Friday, January 24th to raise funds for the victims and their families of the New Year’s Day fire on Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis. The fire took the lives of three residents of the apartments above 516 Cedar Ave S, destroyed the Otanga Grocery Store on the ground level of the building and displaced tenants in the ten residential units.

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  • Tuesday's Conversations with Al McFarlane featured a discussion about the role of the Black church in the community, social responsibility, and food justice.  Participants were Reverend Nazim B. Fakir, Pastor Owen E. Williams, and Dr. Willie Dean.

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  • An inauguration ceremony at Minneapolis City Hall brought in seven new city council members and a new mayor. Much of the ceremony had to do with Mayor Betsy Hodges’ “One Minneapolis” initiative aimed at reducing the education and opportunity gaps that divide the city.
    KFAI’s Janis Lane-Ewart attended the ceremony and brought back a collection of voices, including Mayor Hodges, Hodges’ husband and Metropolitan Council member Gary Cunningham, Rabbi Michael Adam Latz who delivered the Invocation, former Minneapolis city council member Don Samuels, new council member Jacob Frey, sitting city council member Elizabeth Glidden, and beginning with poet Andrea Jenkins.

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