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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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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 their favorite films of 2013.

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Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, Fire Chief John Freutel, Council Member Abdi Warsame and other officials briefed the media on the latest developments in the explosion and fire that destroyed a grocery store and apartment building in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood on New Years’ Day. One body has been recovered from the debris and one person is still missing in connection with the incident. One person receiving treatment has not yet been identified. “It’s gonna take time,” Freutel said. “You can see how unstable that building is.”
Hodges said authorities are trying to handle the situation “… safely and delicately. I carry a message from the city of Minneapolis to the people so affected by this that the city stands with you.”

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With temperatures as cold as those we’ve felt recently, people who are concerned about their own survival may not take the time to consider that even plants have had to find a way to adapt to temperature extremes.
Earlier this month a team of researchers studying plants published new findings on how flowering plants evolved to move into areas with cold winters.
One of the researchers involved in the project is Professor Peter Reich of the University of Minnesota. He talked with KFAI’s Ron Thums.

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The last sporting event to be held at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome has happened, and now the process will begin to dismantle, remove and eventually replace the downtown Minneapolis stadium. More than thirty years ago, Julian Empson-Loscalzo led an effort to keep the Metrodome from being built. His organization, “Save the Met,” sought to preserve Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington as a venue for major league sports in Minnesota, particularly for the Minnesota Twins. Empson-Loscalzo and his cohorts fought hard and lost that battle. We wanted to find out how he feels about it today. Empson-Loscalzo stopped by KFAI and talked with host Terry Carter on the Morning Blend.

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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.

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Just before Christmas a judge in the United Arab Emirates sentenced a Minnesotan living in Dubai to a one year jail term for posting a satirical video on You Tube.
Shez Cassim has been in prison in since last Spring, in spite of efforts by his family and the U.S. government to win his freedom.
Cassim’s Minneapolis attorney is Susan Burns. She talked with KFAI’s Yvette Howie on The Morning Blend on Friday, December 27th, 2013.

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Just before Christmas, a Hennepin County judge denied a request for a temporary restraining order against the $400 million “Downtown East” development near the future Minnesota Vikings stadium in Minneapolis. The challenge had been brought by two former mayoral candidates and a former City Council president. The suit questioned the way the project is being financed, and whether the city council has the right to establish a park as part of the development.
One of the plaintiffs in the case was former city council president Paul Ostrow. He talked about the decision with KFAI’s Ron Thums.

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President Obama has told congressional leaders he may “take further action to support the security of U.S. Citizens” in South Sudan.
Four U.S. service members were injured over the weekend as part of an effort to evacuate almost four hundred U.S. officials and private citizens from the African nation.
Fighting in South Sudan between government loyalists and rebels who are aligned with a former Vice President has claimed hundreds of lives.
As Americans and other foreigners leave South Sudan, some South Sudanese are trying to get back into the country. And others who live abroad are trying a new peacemaking tool – they’re attempting to stop the fighting through the use of social media.
Some of those efforts originate right here in Minnesota. KFAI’s Christina Cerruti has more.

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