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Thursday, February 12th, Steve McEllistrem talks with Lois McMaster Bujold, multiple Hugo and Nebula-award winning science fiction and fantasy author. Her newest fantasy novel is The Sharing Knife: Horizon.

In the second half of the show, Lynette Reini-Grandell talks with Temple Grandin about her book Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals.

Students in a University of Minnesota class took action when events in Sudan hit close to home. Just over a year ago, U of M graduate Kou Solomon’s nieces, Yar and Ajak, were abducted from their family in South Sudan. Solomon’s classmates in a human rights class created the Save Yar campaign to recover the girls and end the problem of child abduction in South Sudan.

Physician and activist, Dr. Ashis Brahma, is in Minnesota raising awareness toward the continuing genocide in Darfur, Sudan. He was the sole doctor at a refugee camp in Chad, across the border from Darfur. KFAI News Director Ahndi Fridell brings listeners an interview with Dr Brahma.

February 11, 2009

Minneapolis welcomes a new public bike sharing program called NiceRide Minnesota. Public meetings are being held to supply information on the program and gain public insight. KFAI’s Sarah Lageson recently attended one of the informational meetings and reports back with the highlights.

Around 30 protesters gathered in North Minneapolis to demonstrate their anger towards the recent killing of a Somali man, Ahmed Guled, by local police. Friends and family of the victim, along with members of Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB), rallied against what they call a brutal murder. Police officials say the killing was justified.

February 11, 2009

Tune in to Wednesday, February 11th from 11 am to 12 pm as Truth to Tell discusses The Obama Era: Perceptions, Expectations and Policies.

Just what does this sea change in America’s governance mean to us at home in Minnesota – especially in communities suffering under the twin sieges of economic disparity and discrimination – joblessness, homelessness, foreclosure, and debt

Among those taking heavy hits from economic woes, city budgets are more strapped than ever. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak held a public forum at the Martin Luther King Recreation Center in Minneapolis to ease concerns over what the city will be able to offer struggling residents. KFAI’s Jason Patrick brings highlights from the forum.

As the nation faces one of the most significant economic downturns in American history, President Obama takes his stimulus proposal to people across the nation to hard-hit states like Indiana and Florida. Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison is supporting the bill locally. He held a town town hall meeting to discuss this pending legislation with local residents.

Laurent Cantet, director of the acclaimed French film, THE CLASS, will be interviewed by Caryl Minnetti on Sunday, February 15 at 8:30 pm on Bonjour Minnesota. The film follows the experiences of Francois (played by Francois Begaudeau, who wrote the screenplay based on his own experiences) and his fellow teachers as they prepare for a new year at a high school in a tough neighborhood.

Paul Rusesabagina presented the keynote address at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College’s annual Celebrate the Dream tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King this year. Rusesabagina, an everyday hero in Rwanda, was vaulted to prominence in the United States by the Hollywood movie, Hotel Rwanda. KFAI reporter Senah Sampong spoke with Rusesabagina before his keynote address.

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