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Two KFAI producers have received Page One Awards from the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists. Last week Susan Gray and Britt Aamodt were honored for their work created as part of KFAI’s Legacy Project from 2013. Susan was recognized for her audio documentary, Second Chances: the Story of Fergus Falls State Hospital and Britt for her short feature on the Socialist opera house in Virginia, Minnesota.

The stories were produced for KFAI as part of its Legacy Project—programming funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Legacy audio documentaries air along with live performances during MinneCulture, every Wednesday at 7:30pm. Susan Gray’s Fergus Falls documentary is being rebroadcast this week, on Wed, June 4. Legacy Project short features are part of the 10,000 Fresh Voices series, and are broadcast during the Morning Blend, weekdays from 6 to 8am.

This year’s award recipients were honored at the annual SPJ banquet, which took place at the Towne & Country Club in St. Paul. Susan Gray and Legacy Project Manager Nancy Sartor were in attendance to accept the awards.

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Global Renaissance Woman

Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home before 8:00 a.m. (EST) May 28, 2014
Dr. Maya Angelou is one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. Hailed as a global renaissance woman, Dr. Angelou is a celebrated poet, memorialist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist.

Health Notes will devote the entire hour to the wisdom of Dr. Maya Angelou.

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

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 Gerard Lagos. Lagos was born and raised in Minnesota he made his mark as a member in the United States Youth World Cup team in Saudi Arabia in 1989, helping the US get to 4th place – the highest place ever for a US team in that event.

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The City of Minneapolis, The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, and other sponsors are exploring a proposal to create a bicycle greenway in North Minneapolis.

The existing South Minneapolis greenway is a successful crosstown path that uses an abandoned rail bed that’s below the level of city streets.

The North Minneapolis proposal is different – running on a north/south axis, the idea is convert some low-traffic residential streets to green space for pedestrians and bicyclists while reducing or eliminating car traffic and parking.

This past Saturday an event was held to introduce the proposed route to area residents, riders, and the general public. KFAI’s Rico Morales spoke with Crissy Lee and others at this event…

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They most likely will not have barrels with them, but Travis of “Boys n’ the Barrels” will visit Pam on KFAI Monday morning at 10:30am to talk about their big show at the Cabooze on Thursday. The Boys n’ the Barrels are a six-piece group playing variations on bluegrass and old-timey music and have been doing so in Minneapolis for six-to-seven years. Some others of “the boys” may join in, so Travis doesn’t have to be the only one answering questions about how MBOTMA’s Homegrown Kickoff treated them this past weekend, a possible fourth release on the way, and where the name came from, anyway. Tune in to Pam Without Boundaries Monday, June 2nd, at 10:30am to find out what’s next for this talented local group.

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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, it’s the cockpit voice recorder docudrama Charlie Victor Romeo.

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On May 29th, 2014 the Metropolitan Council held a public comment meeting for the proposed Southwest Light Rail Transit line.
At a press conference before the meeting began, and during the public testimony, several speakers urged officials to pay close attention to the LRT as a way to promote economic advancement for the region’s most disadvantaged people.
KFAI’s Rico Morales was there and he filed this report.

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The Minneapolis City Council approved new rules that will allow mobile grocery stores to offer a bigger selection of healthy foods and operate in more locations than before.
Mayor Betsy Hodges said “Mobile grocery stores will offer fresh, healthy food in an accessible and affordable way, especially in low-income neighborhoods.”
The Wilder Foundation is one of the organizations exploring mobile grocery stores as a way to get healthy food to under-served neighborhoods.

Leah Driscoll co-ordinates Wilder’s “Twin Cities Mobile Market.”

Beginning at 12am – Turtle Island Voices Rising: A Special Day of Indigenous Programming

Alan Weisman is an investigative journalist whose latest book, “Countdown”, just won a Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

He interviewed dozens of scientists, experts and everyday working people in 21 countries to identify and explore the critical issues surrounding our planet’s staggering population explosion.

Alan Weisman talked with KFAI’s Steve Chollar about the book, which he says grew out of four questions he asked at the end of his previous book, the best seller “The World Without Us.”

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