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Year after year, the Twin Cities earns national attention for its talented songwriters. Not only is Minnesota home to a vibrant live music scene, but an academic one as well—with 37 accredited music schools in our state. But the way we consume music is rapidly changing. Streaming services like Spotify and Rdio provide access to millions of songs without having to buy a hard copy, or even download tracks. So how does technology and a changing music business affect the sustainability of our local music scene?

This week MinneCulture explores how today’s local musicians are navigating the ever-changing landscape of the music business, in an audio documentary produced for KFAI by Allegra Oxborough. Tune in on Wednesday, February 5, at 7:30pm.

Pictured top to bottom: Holly Newsome, Adam Levy, Caroline Smith, Lizzo.

This project was made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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The United Nations has says well over 3 million people need food in the African nation of South Sudan. The world’s newest nation has been in crisis since the middle of December when violence broke out between rival factions – some loyal to the current president and others following his dismissed deputy.
A fragile ceasefire was agreed to last week and a second round of peace talks is scheduled to start this Friday, even as some reports indicate the ceasefire has already been violated.
The lull in fighting has allowed relief agencies to return to South Sudan’s capital, Juba. Among them is the Minnesota-based nonprofit, the American Refugee Committee. ARC works to help provide and improve health services. Representing ARC in Juba is Brian LeCuyer, who spoke with KFAI’s Christina Cerruti on the Morning Blend.

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Matthew Little, a civil rights leader who led the Minnesota delegation in the historic March On Washington in 1963, died on January 26th, 2014.
Little moved to Minnesota on the strength of a coin flip – it was going to be Minneapolis or Denver. When the coin came up “heads”, Minneapolis gained a community leader who fought for desegregation and stood up for democracy with dignity and grace.
Little’s life was the focus of the KFAI program “Conversations with Al McFarlane”. Guests Mahmoud el Kati, a Professor Emeritus at Macalester College, St. John’s University Political Science Professor Gary Prevost, and University of Minnesota Professor August Nimtz, discussed Matthew Little’s many contributions.

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Each week, KFAI’s Cinema Shanty considers a current film that will screen in the Twin Cities. Join Kathie Smith and John Moret as they discuss the most engaging and provocative cinema being produced today. This week, they talk with author Joyce Maynard about the new film Jason Reitman made out of her novel, Labor Day.

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In a big city like Minneapolis where different cultural groups can be isolated in specific neighborhoods, it takes extra effort to break down the boundaries that separate people.
A nonprofit group called City Stay is doing exactly that.
The organization offers workshops and seminars and a summer program to help people learn about one another. Participants from age 14 and up can join one or two week programs designed to de-mystify how others live.
Julie Knopp is the executive director of City Stay. She talked with KFAI’s Yvette Howie, who asked why the idea of City Stay is important.

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A native of Northern Ireland, A to the L caught the DJ bug around 1984, starting as a regular fan, before moving onto success behind the turntables. Starting with house parties and guest slots at small clubs, he quickly graduated to long residencies in several major Belfast nightclubs. This resulted in a rise in exposure, to the point where he was invited to become the resident mix show DJ on Northern Ireland’s number one-rated commercial radio station Cool FM. The station’s Hiphop show, ‘The Extended Weekend’ was, at the time, the only urban show in the country.

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When folk singer and activist Pete Seeger died, many of the tributes mentioned his influence on generations of musicians and community organizers. In the Twin Cities, one person who was deeply affected by Pete Seeger is singer-songwriter Larry Long.
Long stopped by KFAI and talked with Dale Connelly about his forty year friendship with Pete Seeger – a relationship that started with a coincidental connection at a rally back in the 1970’s.

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The Federal Writers Project in Minnesota
Produced by Britt Aamodt

As part of the New Deal, the Works Progress Administration, or WPA, employed millions of people from 1935 to 1943, including writers. In tonight’s audio documentary, KFAI producer Britt Aamodt turns back the clock to the “Dirty ’30s” to explore the Federal Writers Project in Minnesota. Hear it on MinneCulure, tonight at 7:30pm.

MinneCulture is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Tavis Smiley Exclusive Interview – The Lennie Chism Show for KFAI Radio’s Special Day of Black History Month Programming
Built Right in Da HOOD, Character, A Conversation with Tavis Smiley
American talk show host, author, liberal political commentator, entrepreneur, advocate and philanthropist- TUNE In Feb 18th, 8am
Why do they put the dash? You will have to tune to find out.
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/about/

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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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