General News

  • 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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  • The Minneapolis City Council may see some significant changes in the coming election, as incumbents have been challenged strongly by newcomers.  In the city’s 9th ward, neighborhood activist and Minneapolis Public Schools communications staffer Alondra Cano is running against five  other candidates.  She recently sat down with KFAI’s  Janis Lane-Ewart, who asked about the most important issues facing the city.  Cano put educational disparities at the top of her list.

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  • Fighting continues in Egypt.  On August 18th, the Egyptian government admitted that its security forces killed 36 Islamists who were in its custody. 

    On August 19th, militants ambushed a police convoy in the northern Sinai region and 24 officers were killed. 

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  • Starting next month, nine people will put their canoes in the water at Lake Itasca and start a three month long canoe journey down the Mississippi River.  The purpose is to make a documentary and to connect communities to the river.   Natalie Warren is leading what she calls “a life-changing adventure.”  She stopped by The Morning Blend to share her thoughts on the trip she will be embarking on.

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  • “Every minute, our brain cells are bathing in the nutrients—or toxins—we take in through food,” says Dr. Neil Barnard. “Just as we put money in a retirement account to ensure a secure future, we can put foods on our plates today to help keep the brain in high gear well into the future.” Important Health Notes conversation with Dr. Neil Barnard about securing our brain health throughout our lives.

    Health Notes Airs Mondays – 6:30-7:30PM



  • Minnesota is recognized as a leader in many medical fields, and one of them is diabetes research. Three years ago, the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic launched a partnership to figure out how best to fight the diabetes epidemic, and, most optimistically, to find a cure. The U of M's Dr. Elizabeth Seaquist is a leader in this "Decade of Discovery," and she's also in line to be the next president of the American Diabetes Association.

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  • Kevin Kling is a noted author, playwright, and storyteller.    His new show Humanimal is opening August 9th at Open Eye Figure Theater in Minneapolis,  And runs through August 18th.

    More info can be found online at Open Eye Figure Theatre

     KFAI’s Aaron Westendorp sat down with Kling to discuss this play.  

    A note for listeners – Aaron is non verbal so he uses computer software to speak.

  • Rip Rapson knows a few things about government, urban policy, politics and philanthropy.  

    Rapson has strong ties to Minnesota.  He’s known locally for his work as Deputy Mayor of Minneapolis in the 1970’s and 80’s under Don Fraser. 

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  • This week on MinneCulture, an encore presentation of the The Minneapolis Music Scene 1975-1980, produced by Cyn Collins. The Twin Cities has had a vibrant music scene for decades, but in the early to mid-1970s there was almost no original music being performed. Only a few bands dared to be different, and thanks to their creative diligence, the Minneapolis punk/rock scene was born. This two-part documentary describes the Minneapolis music scene between 1975 – 1980, and features interviews and music by Curtiss A (Thumbs Up/the Spooks), Chris Osgood (the Suicide Commandos), Robert Wilkinson (the Flamin’ Oh), Chan Poling (the Suburbs), Kevin Cole (Rev 105), Peter Jesperson (Twin Tone/New West Records) and many more.

    Monday, August 5: Part I
    Wednesday, August 7: Part II