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Each week, KFAI’s Cinema Shanty considers a current film that will screen in the Twin Cities. Join Peter Schilling and Kathie Smith as they discuss the most engaging and provocative cinema being produced today. This week, The Dance of Reality, produced and directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky. The film is based on Jodorowsky’s autobiography, blending personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry.

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The new Green Line LRT will open on June 14th, connecting the downtowns of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Building the eleven mile long line has cost almost one billion dollars, not counting additional investments that have come along for housing and businesses along the route.

Most of the Green Line is in the City of St. Paul.

To build on the energy and work already underway, the Knight Foundation has decided to provide one and one half million dollars in additional support for community projects through the Green Line Challenge.

Starting on June 24th, the organization will accept short applications from anyone in the community with an idea than takes place in, and benefits, at least one of the six St. Paul neighborhoods touched by the Green Line.

The Knight Foundation’s Polly Talen talked with KFAI’s Rico Morales, and told him the Green Line Challenge has been years in the making.

Willie Murphy has been a fixture on the Twin Cities music scene for decades.
Tonight he’ll be featured as part of the “Freewheelin’ First Fridays” series at Harriet Brewing in Minneapolis – a KFAI presentation connected to the show Freewheelin’, hosted by Jackson Buck on Wednesday afternoons.
Earlier this week Willie Murphy stopped by to talk with Jackson about his life growing up in Minneapolis and the music he’s making today.

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Soccer’s World Cup is set to begin in Brazil.
This week on the Morning Blend, Pablo Miranda of the KFAI show “Latino Alt Rock” has been getting us ready with a series of World Cup Updates – talking to people in the Twin Cities who know and love the sport about an event that will draw a huge global audience.
In this episode we hear from former KFAI host Mark Wheat, who demonstrates how to be an Englishman and soccer fan but not a hooligan.

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Early this week the Obama administration announced new Environmental Protection Agency regulations designed to cut carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants by 30 percent by the year 2030.

The regulations confront climate change by limiting the largest source of carbon pollution in the United States – the nation’s more than 600 coal-fired power plants.

The proposal is a draft, open to public comment, and is certain to set off a wave of lobbying from states, industry groups and environmentalists seeking to shape the final version of the rule.

J. Drake Hamilton is the science policy director at Fresh Energy, an organization that advocates for a forward-thinking energy policy. She talked with Ron Thums about the proposed rules, and said this is the second major piece of major environmental action from the Obama administration, following action in the president’s first term to double the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks.

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With the Green Line Light Rail Line connecting Minneapolis and St. Paul about to open, Metro Transit has rebuilt its website, metrotransit.org.
The goal was to improve online trip planning and make the site more responsive for people using it through mobile devices.
Adam Mehl is a Market Development Specialist at Metro Transit. He talked with Paul Brohaugh about the recent changes, and how the transit agency is reaching out to users through the Internet. Paul asked Adam to explain what’s new about the website.

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The World Cup is about to begin. Pablo Miranda, the host of the KFAI show Latino Alt Rock, is going to get us ready for the competition with a series of conversations focusing on the world of soccer. In this episode Pablo talks to a licensed soccer referee who also happens to be his brother. Listen as they explain why physicist Stephen Hawking is a ballerina, and why it’s difficult but sometimes necessary to give a red card to your own nephew.

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With summer weather comes the outdoor festival season. Every weekend in the Twin Cities there are gatherings in parks and recreation areas organized around culture, food and community.

Just a few weeks ago the 7th annual Eco Arts Festival was held on Harriet Island in St. Paul . KFAI’s Miel Dragun was there, and brought back these voices and sounds of summer.

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Expect something a little different on this week's True Brit! British songbird Katy Vernon and the singer songwriter boy next door Brian Just will be jostling for hosting duties – expect lots of good music and fun stuff. Friday night at midnight! One night only!

 

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The Lennie Chism Show has been nominated for “Best Radio Show Of The Year” for the 3rd Annual Twin Cities Urban Music Awards. KFAI would like your support in assisting The Lennie Chism Show in receiving this honor by casting your vote daily for the remainder of the voting period. The Twin Cities Urban Music Awards is a Minnesota based awards show that promotes and recognizes artists in a multitude of categories that have created an impact in the Twin Cities, as well as the state of Minnesota.

Voting for Round 1 is open now and will end this Saturday, June 7th, at 7 PM. Round 2 will consist of a smaller number of “official nominees” with the most votes in each category from the first round, voting for this round will take place from Sunday, June 8th, at 7 PM, until Saturday, June 14th, at 7PM. The site allows you to vote once a day for one nominee in each of its 25 categories, so don’t forget to show your support daily!

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