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The 10th annual “Sweet On School Dance” in support of public education will be held on Friday, February 28 from 4-6:30 PM at Hiawatha Community School, 4201 42 Av. S. in Minneapolis and will be broadcast live over community radio KFAI at 90.3 and 106.7 FM and on the web at kfai.org.

This event was created as an opportunity for the public to come together to celebrate the people who contribute to making our schools successful and strong. As always, children from across the metropolitan area and other special guests will be invited on air to use the mighty megaphone of community radio to tell the world their reasons for being “Sweet On School”.

This event will be co-hosted by Lolly Obeda of KFAI’s “Sugar Shop” and Miss Lily, now a mighty high school senior. Music will encompass the Sugar Shop’s usual format of blues, rhythm and blues and sweet soul with a focus on celebrating love, learning and unity. Snacks and treats will be available for sale by the Hiawatha PTO.

This event is free and open to the public. Generous support has been provided by Friends of Sweet On School. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult. Those who cannot attend in person can join us on the radio at 90.3 and 106.7 FM or at kfai.org.

MinneCulture, Feb 26, 7:30pm
Peggy’s Dreams: Living life with Down Syndrome
Produced by Marisa Helms

This week on MinneCulture, producer Marisa Helms presents an up-close and personal account of Peggy Mehen.

Peggy wants to make some changes in her life. She wants a new job. She wants to live independently. And her biggest dream is to be a supermodel. The fact that Peggy is a 40 year-old woman with Down syndrome has little impact on what she believes she can achieve. As a child growing up in the 1970s and ’80s, Peggy belongs to a first generation of children with Down syndrome to be mainstreamed into schools—paving the way for today’s generation of parents and people with Down syndrome who continue to push boundaries and demand greater inclusion and better social and medical supports in the community.

Tune into MinneCulture Wed, Feb 26, at 7:30pm to hear the full documentary.

Producer’s Note: The 1952 educational film heard in my story, In Our Care: Woodward State Hospital and School, is part of a 13-week series of documentaries about Iowa’s state institutions. The entire In our Care series is archived online at the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities website (mn.gov/mnddc).

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The Minnesota Legislature is starting its every-other-year “short” session – a session that is smaller in terms of size but the potential is there for it to include a slew of favorite topics – – state spending, government regulation, sex crime, marijuana, and the minimum wage – all of it influenced by the enormous pull of election year politics.
Marty Owings, covers the state capitol for KFAI and posts regular updates online at MN Capitol News, and Hamline University professor David Schultz writes about politics on his blog, Schultz’s Take. They talked politics with KFAI’s Ron Thums on the Morning Blend.

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Out on a Limb Dance Company and school is a St. Paul based dance company with a twist. It’s a nonprofit organization with a mission to embrace the notion that dance should be within the reach of everybody – whether it’s the dancers on stage or the audience.
Kim Martinez is the artistic director for Out On A Limb.
She told KFAI’s Siobhan Kierans that dance has long been part of her family, handed down by her mother.

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Health Notes will end its African History Month tribute by talking with teacher, mentor and founder of WE WIN Institute.

Titilayo Bediako was born and raised in Minnesota, and is the daughter of civil rights leader Matthew Little. She is instrumental in using African and African American history to African American youth through WE WIN Institute ( a non-profit organization dedicated to the academic and social success of all children)

Bediako says participating in African rituals helps give African-American youth a sense that they belong to something larger than themselves or their surroundings.

She says that’s something she never received when she was in school. After graduating from high school, she moved to Tennessee where she joined an African history study group. “The more I studied and the more I learned about myself, the more my given name, which was Michelle Little, didn’t fit the person I had become,” says Bediako.
The name Titilayo is from the Yoruba of Nigeria. She says it means “everlasting happiness.” Bediako is from the Ashanti people of Ghana and it means, “born to struggle for her people.”

Symbols of Kwanzaa, celebrated by African-Americans in December. Participating in African-rooted rituals and ceremonies, like Kwanzaa, is one way African-Americans nurture their African side. “So I get everlasting happiness in struggling for my people,” says Bediako. “The one thing that I’ve learned is that struggling for African people makes it possible to struggle for all people.”

Like Bediako, many African-Americans have adopted African names. However, despite attempts to identify with Africans, African-Americans carry the physical and emotional baggage of slavery and racism. Bediako says many African-Americans have poor self-esteem because they were born in a country that historically has devalued their lives.

.Health Notes Airs Mondays from 6:30-7:30PM

Former Minnesota State Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson, spoke with KFAI’s Rico Morales about a task force report on the Minnesota State Sex Offender Program. The task force report and a federal judge’s ruling have created a sense of urgency for the Minnesota Legislature to address the way Minnesota treats sex offenders who have completed their prison sentences, but are considered too dangerous to release.

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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, Kathie and guest host John Moret talk about Tim’s Vermeer, a documentary about the techniques that may have been used by the Dutch master painter Johannes Vermeer to make his work appear so realistic.

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Caribbean born, gay singer/songwriter Nhojj talks about his new CD “Made to Love Him – Celebrating Love” and Rob Ainsley, Head of Music with the MN Opera discusses “The Dream of Valentino”, Dominick Argento’s opera about 1920’s film star Rudolph Valentino

Tune in to Versed Radio’s February 20th episode to hear an interview with Chicago rapper, Psalm One, about her new album, Hug Life, Rhymeschool – the youth mentoring program she runs in Chicago – hip hop, struggling with being different and challenging musical genres.

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Qualifying high school students in Minnesota can earn college level credit through the state’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options program, also known as PSEO. Earning college credits before graduating from high school is one great way for Minnesota students and their families to save money on higher education.
In 2012 the law was expanded to cover more students. KFAI’s Abeni Hill spoke with Marisa Gustafson and Joe Nathan from the Center for School Change and they said word of that expansion has been slow to get out.

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