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  • On Tuesday, November 26 at the Ted Mann Recital Hall at the University of Minnesota, a student seeking his Phd in conducting is going to get there by murdering someone.

    Doctoral candidate Brian Messier has been doing research on attracting, engaging and retaining new audiences – something vital for the future of classical music. As part of that research, Messier will collaborate with the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble, Playwright Jake Jeppson and Actor Skyler Nowinski to present a free concert that is also a murder mystery.

    Brian Messier sat down with KFAI’s Alex Forbes to talk about the project.

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  • Larry Englund, host of KFAI’s “Rhythm & Grooves” is presenting Brass Bash, a benefit concert for KFAI. The event takes place this coming Sunday, December 1st. It’s an early show; starts at 6:30 pm. Please help spread the word and invite all your friends. All proceeds benefit KFAI.

    KFAI’s Brass Bash is a celebration of brass instruments, as three groups take the Hall stage at Amsterdam Bar and Hall in downtown Saint Paul.

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  • KFAI is a co-sponsor of the Midwest Mountaineering Fall Outdoor Adventure Expo, running through Sunday, November 24th featuring, over 60 exhibitors, 90 presentations about everything outdoor related, and the KFAI Fall Record Sale.

    The Outdoor Adventure Expo takes place in the parking lot of Midwest Mountaineering and KFAI, located at 309 Cedar Avenue on the West Bank.

  • Fresh Fruit celebrates 35 years with an audio documentary by Dixie Treichel about the history of Fresh Fruit plus an archival interview from 1986 with City Councilman Brian Coyle on Fresh Fruit. One of the original shows on KFAI, Fresh Fruit first aired on May 11, 1978 and has been live on air weekly with the same name and format for 35 years.

  • U.S. State Department Ambassador Luis CdeBaca is the Obama Administration’s point person in the fight against human trafficking.
    CdeBaca visited the University of Minnesota Law School to speak to students and faculty members. He sat down with KFAI’s Christina Cerruti to talk about the latest efforts against exploitation and slavery.

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  • Natalie Warren,and her 11 companions are still flowing down the Mississippi River, trying to reach their destination: New Orleans. We check in with them on Wednesday mornings as they continue their expedition. KFAI’s Mike Fischbein talked with Natalie on the Morning Blend about the physical changes of the River, and the changes in the group now that their trip is coming to an end.
    The Paddle Forward team expect to arrive in New Orleans next week. You can follow the trip online at

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  • A new exhibit at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul is all about Prohibition – the time in American history when producing and distributing alcohol was illegal.
    The Volstead act was in effect from 1920 to 1933, and was named for a Minnesota Congressman who supported it. The exhibit will run through March 16th.
    Dan Spock is the director of the Minnesota History Center Museum. He talks with KFAI’s Ron Thums on the Morning Blend.

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  • How wonderful life would be if you REALLY KNEW—without a doubt—that no one really dies. Think of how your life would change for the better if you were convinced that life is a totally safe and magnificent adventure amidst eternity. Consider how reassuring it would be if irrefutable evidence proved we each are indestructible spiritual beings having a temporary earthly experience. “Soul Proof” by Dr. Mark Pitstick provides that proof.

    Nine categories of proof include scientific, clinical, religious, and firsthand evidence that we each really are immortal souls who are forever one with Creator. This knowledge supplants our faith and helps us cope—and even thrive—despite common challenges like deaths of loved ones, aging, loss of relationships, financial reversals, serious illness and disability, abuse, and so on. Dr. Pitstick’s conversation provides the ‘good news that sets us free’, that helps us trust this wonderful and mysterious journey on earth. “Soul Proof” allows us to be bright beacons of hope, love, and courage no matter what our outer circumstances


  • With the attention Minneapolis has received for its increasingly bike friendly culture and infrastructure, one might expect to see more people pedaling to work on two wheels this winter.

    But it’s not enough to just pull your hat down and set out as you normally might in summertime – winter riding calls for preparation
    Andrew Magill and Anna Begeg of Spokes Bike Walk Connect talked to Siobhan Kierans on KFAI’s Morning Blend

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  • Tonight at the HUGE Theater in Uptown, Minneapolis, the Theater of Public Policy looks at the issue of climate change.
    The group will welcome guest expert Paul Huttner. He’s a meteorologist.
    Tane Danger and Brandon Boat of the Theater of Public Policy stopped by KFAI to talk with Siobhan Kierans.

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