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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At the Bryant Lake Bowl in Uptown, Minneapolis, the Theater of Public Policy will consider … apples.

The Theater of Public Policy brings together experts, politicians and policy makers with a group of improv comedians to inform and entertain audiences around some of the most crucial issues of the day. The group’s final show of the season, at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater on Thursday, May 22 at 7pm, looks at Minnesota’s dominance in breeding new varieties of apples.

Tane Danger is one of the founders of the Theater of Public Policy. He talked with KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh on The Morning Blend.

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On this weeks True Brit! host Simon Husbands welcomes leading voice actor and musician Eric Stuart! Eric is in town for the AniMinneapolis Anime Convention where he is a featured panelist and performer – and so he will be in studio with Simon, talking about music, playing some of his own music and dishing the dirt on his voices in the Pokemon movies, and more! It all happens Friday night at midnight! Wear a costume!

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“Urban place making” the popular name for an approach to creating public spaces by inviting primary users contribute to the planning, design, and management of the project.

Gil Peñalosa, is a place making expert who has successfully led the design and development of hundreds of parks. As the executive director of the Toronto based 8-80 Cities, and he advises local leaders on creating public places that promote vitality regardless of one’s economic, social, or ethnic background.

Peñalosa was recently invited by the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce to join a series of local lectures and discussion forums. He told KFAI’s Jumondeh Tweh that the Twin cities skyway system is not the urban asset many perceive it to be.

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On June 14th, the Central Corridor “Green Line” Light Rail project will open, ushering in a new era in transit for the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

The Met Council has tallied at least $2.5 billion in development, including 121 new construction and redevelopment projects planned, under construction or completed within a half-mile of the $957 million line.

But the long term effect of light rail on low income communities along the route is still open to debate.

St. Paul and Ramsey County officials gathered recently at a meeting of the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce to talk with business leaders about development changes that are underway, and those yet to come.

Rico Morales has a report.

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