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, THECLASS, 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.
The Bush Foundation recently announced Mr. Jaime Pinkham will lead efforts to support the self-determination of the 23 Native nations located in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. KFAI News Director Ahndi Fridell spoke to Pinkham about what nation building means to the Bush Foundation. Pinkham is scheduled to begin his new position on March 16.
Last Friday, Minnesota protesters came together at the First National Bank building in downtown Saint Paul, which houses the headquarters of the Minnesota Trade Office, to speak out against trade with Israel. KFAI reporter Sarah Abdelaal spoke to a few of the protesters and gathered their thoughts about Minnesota’s current trade practices with Israel.
Tune in to Womenfolk Sunday, February 8th at 11 am as poet Terri Ford and legendary songwriter Claudia Schmidt:http://claudiasings.homestead.com/ stop by the studio to share songs and poems to celebrate Valentine’s Day…Feel the love and learn about fun things to do, with or without a loved one!
Celebrate Valentines Day with Corazon Latino on Tuesday, February 10th….Corazones que se despiertan, se alegran, se enamoran, sufren, se parten, y se rompen…….todo en el programa especial del Dia de Los Enamorados: los altos y bajos del amor!
Native American films around the country often fall beneath the radar because of low funding and low publicity, but Elise Marrubio of Augsburg College, sees the potential for social change and understanding through the screening of these obscure films.