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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The World Cup competition in Brazil will conclude on July 13th. The process of narrowing the field to two finalists is underway, and it has proven to be a personally painful experience for Pablo Miranda of the KFAI show Latino Alt Rock. His beloved Uruguay team has fallen by the wayside – a bleak fact that he came to terms with during a conversation with Xan Holston on the Morning Blend.

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The World Cup competition in Brazil is moving on to a new stage. On the Morning Blend, Pablo Miranda of the KFAI show Latino Alt Rock talked with Yvette Howie about what happens next.

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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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It comes as a surprise to some observers when they find out that the graduation rate in the Minneapolis Public Schools last year was just shy of 54 percent. That means almost half the students don’t graduate on time. And that number represented an improvement over the year 2012.

Achieve Minneapolis is one of the groups trying to change those numbers. Part of the strategy involves mentoring through one-on-one relationships that students have with so-called “Graduation Coaches.”

For the coming school year, Achieve Minneapolis intends to expand the program to serve 500 students. That means more mentors are needed. Accordingly, there’s a recruitment event on June 24th at the Cowles Center on Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis.

Rebecca Noecker is the Director of Community Engagement for Achieve Minneapolis. She talked with KFAI’s Yvette Howie about the job of a Graduation coach.

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Encyclopedia Paranoiaca

Did you know that carrots cause blindness and bananas are radioactive? That too many candlelight dinners can cause cancer? And not only is bottled water a veritable petri dish of biohazards (so is tap water, by the way) but riding a bicycle might destroy your sex life?

In Encyclopedia Paranoiaca, master satirists Henry Beard and Christopher Cerf have assembled an authoritative, disturbingly comprehensive, and utterly debilitating inventory of things poised to harm, maim, or kill you—all of them based on actual research about the perils of everyday life. Painstakingly alphabetized, cross-referenced, and thoroughly sourced for easy reference, this book just might save your life. (Apologies in advance if it doesn’t.) Beard and Cerf cite convincing evidence that everyday things we consider healthy—eating leafy greens, flossing, washing our hands—are actually harmful, and items we thought were innocuous— drinking straws, flip-flops, neckties, skinny jeans— pose life-threatening dangers. Did you know that nearly ten thousand people are sent to the emergency room each year because of escalator accidents, and, despite what you’ve heard, farmers’ markets may actually be less safe than grocery stores? And if you’re crossing your legs right now, you’re definitely at serious risk.

Hilarious, insightful, and, at times, downright terrifying, Encyclopedia Paranoiaca brings to light a whole host of hidden threats and looming dooms that make asteroid impacts, planetary pandemics, and global warming look like a walk in the park (which is also emphatically not recommended).

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

You are invited to join Ken for Back To The ’50s on Good ‘N Country Saturday June 21st from 3-5PM. The 1950s was a decade in which the country music genre experienced one of its largest booms. It was an era which saw Kitty Wells and Jean Shepard (pictured) breaking down gender barriers and Hank Williams recording hit after hit while influencing scores of his contemporaries, only to pass away while in his professional prime. Webb Pierce scored numerous hits every year in the decade beginning in 1952 and went on to become the biggest selling country artist of the 1950s. You will hear the original hit versions of the era and many obscurities as well. This will be a fun show to present, and hopefully it will be as much fun for you to hear.

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June 20th  is an important day for people from the African nation of Eritrea.  It’s Eritrean Martyr’s Day – a day set aside to honor those who died in the country’s war for independence. 

Eritreans all over the world observe it, including here in the Twin Cities where an event is held  at the Eritrean Community Center at 1935 University Avenue in St. Paul. 

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This weekend, Lennie Chism will air an interview with hip-hop artist Dee-1 on The Lennie Chism Show this Friday night/Saturday morning, 2AM-6AM. Dee-1, also known as “The One Man Army”, began as a middle school teacher in Baton Rouge before becoming a full-time performer. In 2010, Dee-1 founded OMAR Entertainment LLC (One Man Army Rebel). The next year, he released the mixtape “I Hope They Hear Me Vol 2”. In the following years, Dee-1 released “The Focus Tape” and “Psalms of David”. After signing a record deal with RCA, Dee-1 released his latest mix tape, “Psalms of David II”, in late 2013.

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Forty years ago, there were few resources to help women who faced domestic abuse. A new nonprofit organization called Women’s Advocates was formed here in the Twin Cities, and its organizers quickly learned that one of the most urgent unmet needs was simply to have a safe place to stay.
As a result, Women’s Advocates created the nation’s first shelter for battered women and their children.
That organization continues its work today, and as part of the observance of its anniversary, Women’s Advocates has invited Ted Bunch to come to Minnesota for a program that will be held at the Penumbra Theater. Ted Bunch is a co-founder of the group “A Call To Men: A National Association of Men and Women Committed to Ending Violence Against Women.” He talked with KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh on The Morning Blend.

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