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Beloved and critically-acclaimed Boston songwriter Ellis Paul will join Pam by phone Monday, February 3rd, at 10:30am. Paul kicks off a tour at the end of the week which will bring his hopeful, hero-ful, heartful songs to the Ginkgo Coffeehouse for two shows February 15th. Pam will ask him what audiences can look forward to hearing at the 10am family show and the evening show at 8pm. Paul also has a new album in the works and a children’s book due out…

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Matthew Little, a civil rights leader who led the Minnesota delegation in the historic March On Washington in 1963, died on January 26th, 2014.
Little moved to Minnesota on the strength of a coin flip – it was going to be Minneapolis or Denver. When the coin came up “heads”, Minneapolis gained a community leader who fought for desegregation and stood up for democracy with dignity and grace.
Little’s life was the focus of the KFAI program “Conversations with Al McFarlane”. Guests Mahmoud el Kati, a Professor Emeritus at Macalester College, St. John’s University Political Science Professor Gary Prevost, and University of Minnesota Professor August Nimtz, discussed Matthew Little’s many contributions.

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Each week, KFAI’s Cinema Shanty considers a current film that will screen in the Twin Cities. Join Kathie Smith and John Moret as they discuss the most engaging and provocative cinema being produced today. This week, they talk with author Joyce Maynard about the new film Jason Reitman made out of her novel, Labor Day.

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In a big city like Minneapolis where different cultural groups can be isolated in specific neighborhoods, it takes extra effort to break down the boundaries that separate people.
A nonprofit group called City Stay is doing exactly that.
The organization offers workshops and seminars and a summer program to help people learn about one another. Participants from age 14 and up can join one or two week programs designed to de-mystify how others live.
Julie Knopp is the executive director of City Stay. She talked with KFAI’s Yvette Howie, who asked why the idea of City Stay is important.

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A native of Northern Ireland, A to the L caught the DJ bug around 1984, starting as a regular fan, before moving onto success behind the turntables. Starting with house parties and guest slots at small clubs, he quickly graduated to long residencies in several major Belfast nightclubs. This resulted in a rise in exposure, to the point where he was invited to become the resident mix show DJ on Northern Ireland’s number one-rated commercial radio station Cool FM. The station’s Hiphop show, ‘The Extended Weekend’ was, at the time, the only urban show in the country.

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When folk singer and activist Pete Seeger died, many of the tributes mentioned his influence on generations of musicians and community organizers. In the Twin Cities, one person who was deeply affected by Pete Seeger is singer-songwriter Larry Long.
Long stopped by KFAI and talked with Dale Connelly about his forty year friendship with Pete Seeger – a relationship that started with a coincidental connection at a rally back in the 1970’s.

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The Federal Writers Project in Minnesota
Produced by Britt Aamodt

As part of the New Deal, the Works Progress Administration, or WPA, employed millions of people from 1935 to 1943, including writers. In tonight’s audio documentary, KFAI producer Britt Aamodt turns back the clock to the “Dirty ’30s” to explore the Federal Writers Project in Minnesota. Hear it on MinneCulure, tonight at 7:30pm.

MinneCulture is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Tavis Smiley Exclusive Interview – The Lennie Chism Show for KFAI Radio’s Special Day of Black History Month Programming
Built Right in Da HOOD, Character, A Conversation with Tavis Smiley
American talk show host, author, liberal political commentator, entrepreneur, advocate and philanthropist- TUNE In Feb 18th, 8am
Why do they put the dash? You will have to tune to find out.
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/about/

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The Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women has released its report on Domestic Violence Homicides for 2013 – the organization calls this the annual “Femicide Report”. The organization has been compiling these numbers for 25 years. Liz Richards is the Executive Director of the Coalition. She talked with KFAI’s Ron Thums, who asked how the numbers have changed.

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We're pleased to announce that the benefit concert Friday night raised $12,839 for the victims and families of the New Year's Day fire. Over 500 people attended.

On behalf of our co-sponsor partners Augsburg College and The Cedar Cultural Center, KFAI would like to thank all involved for their generous donations. Summit and Harriet Brewing graciously donated beer to the event, the proceeds of which also went to the disaster relief fund.

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