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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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2014 KFAI Black History Month Day of Special Day of Program has been set – TUES, Feb 18th, 2014 —-
24hrs of BHM program starts at 6am on Feb 18th..
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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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