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  • The wonderful thing about patience, unlike commodities, is the more we use it, the more we offer it, the more we have. Also, by its nature, patience creates a spaciousness that lets us feel as if we have more time than we have ever had. Thus, patience can alter our everyday experience from one of anxiety and deficiency to one of peace and plentitude.

    Kinshasha will talk with Alan Lokos about his important book on " Patience"

  • Minneapolis has a Police Conduct Oversight Commission tasked with working to improve the relationship between the Minneapolis Police Department and city residents.
    The group held its first community listening session on June 14th. KFAI’s Christina Cerruti was there and she filed this report.

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  • As part of a re-shaping of mass transit in the Twin Cities, Metro Transit is moving forward with plans to establish the Orange Line – a bus-based rapid transit link between downtown Minneapolis and Burnsville along Interstate 35W. Part of that plan calls for major changes to the area where the interstate crosses over Lake Street in South Minneapolis. Rico Morales has a report.

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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.

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  • An analysis of loan data conducted at the University of Minnesota Law School has found that minorities are more likely than whites to be turned down for a mortgage or refinancing in the Twin Cities.

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  • Late last year, the FCC granted licenses for new low power FM stations across the nation. Low power FM is hyper-local, community based broadcasting on a neighborhood level.
    The task of raising funds and making plans to launch those stations continues for backers and enthusiasts. A few of those proposed stations are to be located right here in the Twin Cities.
    KFAI’s Aaron Westendorp talked to some of the key players in the Twin Cities low power FM effort.
    A note to listeners: Aaron is non verbal so the voice you’ll hear is simulated, using computer software.

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  • Friday was the last official day of KFAI’s Spring Membership Drive.

    We’re grateful for the contributions of devoted listeners over the last 10 days and the studio is full of love at the end of “Crap From the Past.”

    Thanks to every listener who responded to the call. Our goal of $91,000 is still in place and it’s not too late to join KFAI. Listeners support independent, eclectic, creative, intelligent programming. Even on Friday nights. By the time Simon started “True Brit,” donors had given $65,800. Join the 773 wonderful members who keep us on the air by clicking the “Donate to KFAI” button in the upper right hand corner of your screen. Thank you!

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  • Minneapolis-based alternative rock band Vaudeville has generously donated one pair of tickets for their upcoming Masquerade Party/CD Release Show at First Avenue on Saturday, May 17, 2014, as well as four signed copies of their new CD, Part 1: The Masquerade, to KFAI’s Spring Pledge Drive. All of this can be yours with a contribution of $35 to our drive, while also assisting KFAI in reaching its $91,000 goal. However, Friday is the last day of the drive, so take advantage of this opportunity while it’s still around!

    Vaudeville combines rock, electronic, and experimental elements to create a driving, addictive, and unarguably distinct sound that has catapulted them into the spotlight in recent years. Current members Christopher Gummeson (vocals/keyboards), Chris Schara (lead guitar/vocals), A.J. Sugar (rhythm guitar), Timmy Kosel (bass/vocals), and John “Jimbo” Olson (drums), together create a unique sound that has earned them an ever-increasing name in the Midwest’s music industry.

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  • After months of studies and community input concerning the expansion of the metro light rail, or LRT, into the southwest suburbs, a final decision is expected from the Metropolitan Council today, April 9, 2014. In a preliminary vote last week, an advisory committee recommended the LRT be collocated with the freight train traffic through the Kenilworth Corridor in Minneapolis. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges cast a dissenting vote, maintaining the city’s preference for rerouting freight train traffic through St. Louis Park.

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  • KFAI & UROC present Art for Healing
    Thursday, April 10
    2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis
    Event details

    KFAI and UROC—the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center—have partnered to present a special What’s in the Mix event on Thursday, April 10, at UROC: 2001 Plymouth Ave N in Minneapolis. Art for Healing: The Role of Creativity in Trauma Recovery features a panel discussion with art therapist Robin Getsug, photographer Wing Young Huie, filmmaker Catherine Kennedy, and gallery curator Hawona Sullivan Janzen. The conversation will be moderated by Robyne Robinson—artist, arts advocate, broadcast jouranliast, and arts and culture director of the Minneapolis Airport Foundation. The program will also feature readings from participants in The Witness Project, which focused on writing to explore topics of social justice, health crises, and domestic violence.

    A reception kicks things off from 5:30 to 6:30pm, catered by Salsa a la Salsa, and the program runs from 6:30 to 8pm.

    This event is being recorded for a later broadcast on MinneCulture, KFAI’s weekly arts and culture program, which airs every Wednesday evening from 7:30-8pm. UROC is also videotaping the event, and parts/all of the program will be available on the UROC website. It is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

    Event background

    As part of its mission to find solutions to improve the quality of life in urban communities, UROC launched the Trauma Recovery Project in spring 2013. Building on the strength of community expertise and University scholarship in the area of healing and historical trauma, the community-based Trauma Recovery Project involves University researchers, community stakeholders, practitioners and representatives from the educational and faith communities in a multi-year project aimed at identifying and solving trauma-related issues of importance to the North Minneapolis community.

    Last spring, UROC kicked off the Trauma Recovery Project by bringing together the daughters of Archbishop Desmond Tutu in a Critical Conversation on the topic of Trauma, Faith and Healing. This spring, its collaborating with KFAI to present Art for Healing: The Role of Creativity in Trauma Recovery.

    KFAI has been broadcasting for more than 35 years. It is a volunteer-based community radio station that provides music, news, public affairs and non-English language programming. KFAI fosters social justice and provides media access to underrepresented communities.

    Participants

    Panel Moderator

    Robyne Robinson is an award-winning Minnesota broadcaster, artist and arts advocate. Her new jewelry line, Pathara, launches on ShopHQ this spring. She currently serves as arts and culture director of the Minneapolis Airport Foundation at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

    Panelists

    Robin Getsug is a licensed marriage and family therapist with an emphasis in art therapy who uses healing modalities of art and yoga. Through workshops and individual sessions, her work touches a variety of populations, including families who have lost children to gun violence. Getsug also owns Momento: Adornment for the Home—home designs using image, word, color, texture, aromatherapy, and the power of memory.

    Wing Yong Huie is a photographer and visual artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Huie was named 2000 Artist of the Year by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and is the author of five books including, The University Avenue Project, Volumes 1 and 2; Looking For Asian American: An Ethnocentric Tour; Lake Street USA; and Frogtown: Photographs and Conversations in an Urban Neighborhood.

    Hawona Sullivan Janzen is the gallery curator and special projects coordinator at the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center. She manages UROC’s gallery and arts-related programming, including the Witness Creative Writing Workshop series, the U.S. Fifth Congressional District Arts Competition, and UROC’s involvement in the John Biggers Seed Project. A poet and a 2013 Givens Foundation Creative Writing Program Fellow, Janzen also volunteers with the Minnesota African American Museum and as the co-chair the African American Leadership Forum’s Ubuntu Council.

    Catherine Kennedy was born in Liberia, and left her homeland in the early 1990s during the Liberian Civil War. She examines her experiences through documentary films and mixed-media installations, exploring the often difficult paths that bring African refugees and immigrants to the United States.

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