Weigh-in on New Website Survey

KFAI will have a new website developed through the Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge on April 12-13. We’d like to hear from you, our valued listeners, donors, volunteers and the public, on what you would like to see on our new site.

Let your voice be heard!

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released a new report that says global warming is changing human and natural systems worldwide. The panel is calling for swift action to mitigate the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on the planet. Without action to address the problem, hundreds of millions of people could be affected by coastal flooding and displaced due to land loss by the year 2100.

J. Drake Hamilton is the science policy director at Fresh Energy, an organization that advocates for a forward-thinking energy policy. She talked with KFAI’s Terry Carter, who wanted to know if there was anything truly “new” in this assessment.

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Today many people make telephone calls casually, with not much thought given to cost. For that you can thank cell phones and calling plans that include all the minutes you might want to use.
But for people who are in prison, picking up the phone and connecting with their lawyers, family, and loved ones on the outside can be an expensive proposition.

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A new report highlights the importance of equity to Minnesota’s economic future.
“Minnesota’s Tomorrow – Equity is the Superior Growth Model” was commissioned by several local organizations, including the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation. The research was done by a national group called Policy Link. Policy Link’s mission is to advance economic and social equity.
Stacey Millett is a Senior Program Officer with Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and Jennifer Tran is a researcher with Policy Link. They stopped by KFAI to talk with Morning Blend host Mike Fischbein.

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Thanks to our many listeners and volunteers who submitted testimonials to the “The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge” on why KFAI needs a new website.

I am pleased to announce that KFAI has been selected, among 18 Twin Cities nonprofits, to receive 24 consecutive hours of web development. That’s about 240 hours of web development for each nonprofit.

We at KFAI would like to thank the Nerdery and all of the nerds (web pros) who have volunteered their time and talents to this important project that will benefit our community!

I look forward to introducing our new and improved website later this year!

Again, thank you for your support!

Willie Dean, Ph.D.
Executive Director

Minnesota military veterans are invited to take part in an arts retreat as part of the Red Wing Community Veterans Project, all expenses paid. The Red Wing Arts Association shines a light on veterans this year in May and June; this retreat is part of that focus. Veterans of all ages will have a chance to explore art in a variety of genres at the Villa Maria Retreat and Conference Center May 19th through May 24th.

In Entering the Healing Ground¸ author and soul activist Francis Weller, offers a new vision of grief and sorrow. He reveals the hidden vitality in grief, uncovered when the heart welcomes the sorrows of our life and those of the world. We are ripened in times of loss, made more human by the rites of grief. Through story, poetry and insightful reflections, Francis offers a meditation on the healing power of grief. Kinshasha hosts a powerful conversation that you do not want to miss.
Health Notes Airs Mondays 6:30-7:30PM


Jeremiah Ellis joined the Gardening Matters team after years of working in public and non-profit administration. That work toward eliminating disparities in our community lead him toward food justice as an element of the social justice continuum. Upon completing Americorps service with senior citizens in Florida and theological studies in San Antonio, Jeremiah returned to his native Minnesota, where his family has lived for generations. He and his wife garden & compost at their St. Paul home. In his spare time Jeremiah takes on leadership roles with the St. Paul Area Council of Churches, the Neighborhood Sales Tax Revitalization (STAR) Board and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.

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Beverly McClellan is a singer of stunning power and range, drawing comparisons to Etta James, Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt and Melissa Etheridge, to name just a few. She is an openly lesbian blues singer who made her national television debut on NBC-TV’s The Voice where she worked with Christina Aguilera and has since toured with BB King, performed with Steve Vai, Cyndi Lauper Jonny Lang, Robert Cray and Keb Mo, at the GLAAD Media Awards, Pride festivals and numerous clubs. Beverly McClellan will be performing at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis on March 21 at 8pm.

This week the Alzheimer’s Association released a new report on the disease and the latest statistics revealed that this disabling brain condition is a profound threat to the health of women. The new information debunks some common assumptions about Alzheimer’s, and found that women in their 60’s are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s as another greatly feared disease – breast cancer.
Debbie Richman is the education and outreach director for the Alzheimer’s Association. She talked with KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh.

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