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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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  • It’s common knowledge that the Obama administration uses unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones , in places like Afghanistan and Iraq to gather intelligence and sometimes to kill people it considers to be terrorist threats to the US. And some predict that drones will increasingly be used for surveillance here in the U.S. Last week the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension responded to a data practices request about that agency’s use of drones in Minnesota. That request came from an organization called Public Records Media. Matt Ehling is a journalist, documentary maker and president of PRM. He talked with KFAI’‘s Terry Carter on the Morning Blend

  • 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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  • Tune in to Versed Radio’s January 9th episode to hear an interview with local singer, DJ, photographer & mother, Sarah White, about her upcoming show at the Dakota Jazz Club with her band, Shiro Dame, hip hop, being an artist of color in Minneapolis, and pushing beyond musical genres.

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  • Womenfolk will feature the top women's folk/acoustic CDs of 2013 on Tuesday, January 14th as voted by you! To cast your vote for your top picks of the past year, email womenfolkradio@gmail.com by Sunday, January 12th at 6 pm. Then tune in on Tuesday from 2-4 pm Central to hear your favorite albums and picks from DJs, critics and your favorite Womenfolk artists!

  • Womenfolk will feature the top women's folk/acoustic CDs of 2013 on Tuesday, January 14th as voted by you! To cast your vote for your top picks of the past year, email womenfolkradio@gmail.com by Sunday, January 12th at 6 pm. Then tune in on Tuesday from 2-4 pm Central to hear your favorite albums and picks from DJs, critics and your favorite Womenfolk artists!

  • Womenfolk will feature the top women's folk/acoustic CDs of 2013 on Tuesday, January 14th as voted by you! To cast your vote for your top picks of the past year, email womenfolkradio@gmail.com by Sunday, January 12th at 6 pm. Then tune in on Tuesday from 2-4 pm Central to hear your favorite albums and picks from DJs, critics and your favorite Womenfolk artists!

  • Womenfolk will feature the top women's folk/acoustic CDs of 2013 on Tuesday, January 14th as voted by you! To cast your vote for your top picks of the past year, email womenfolkradio@gmail.com by Sunday, January 12th at 6 pm. Then tune in on Tuesday from 2-4 pm Central to hear your favorite albums and picks from DJs, critics and your favorite Womenfolk artists!

  • 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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