Andy Steiner covers mental health and addiction for Minn Post, so she’s regularly in contact with people who are struggling with some of the most powerful challenges humans face. She’s written a book called How to Survive: The Extraordinary Resilience of Ordinary People. It offers dozens of true stories about survival, ranging from living with chronic illness to climbing free from debt and unemployment.

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Tonight MinneCulture presents a live performance by Junkboat—Germaine Gemberling's "rock and roll" project—featuring Germaine on guitar and lead vocals, Rich Mattson on guitar and vocals, Al Shroeter on bass and David Loy on drums. The show was recorded in Duluth at the Rex by Keenan McIntryre, and mixed and produced by Tom Garneau.

MinneCulture airs Wednesdays at 7:30pm, and is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Mary Turck is a Twin Cities based journalist who writes the News Day blog.   She stops by KFAI regularly to talk about current events with Mike Fischbein on the Morning Blend.  On Wednesday, January 21, their conversation touched on recent protests staged by the group Black Lives Matter, and President Obama's State of the Union Speech 


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On Monday, January 19th, the United Negro College Fund and General Mills collaborated to present the 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  This massive celebration has become a Twin Cities tradition.  

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The Work of Byron Katie is a way of identifying and questioning the thoughts that cause all the anger, fear, depression, addiction, and violence in the world. Experience the happiness of undoing those thoughts through The Work, and allow your mind to return to its true, awakened, peaceful, creative nature. Kinshasha and Katie will explore the work as it relates to social justice in tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday

Health Notes airs Mondays 6:30-7:30 p.m.

In Entering the Healing Ground, author and soul activist Francis Weller, offers a new vision of grief and sorrow. He reveals the hidden vitality in grief, uncovered when the heart welcomes the sorrows of our life and those of the world. When the deeper rhythms of grief are allowed to emerge, we become aware of the intimate connection we share with all things. We are ripened in times of loss, made more human by the rites of grief. Through story, poetry and insightful reflections.

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

KFAI is proud of its line-up of Sunday shows produced by members of immigrant communities in their native languages. 

Sometimes, members of our English-only speaking audience ask for more information about these programs, including details about content.  

One way to find out what's in a foreign language show is to talk with the host. 

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For a decade, Walt Whitman has been roaming around Patrick Scully's mind, gestating performance material. Last summer Patrick premiered "Leaves of Grass – Uncut" at Illusion Theater with a cast of 19. Patrick is now creating the show as a solo, with two open rehearsals to begin the process.

Patrick Scully talked with Brenda Bell Brown on the Morning Blend.  

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New Years is a thrilling time for those who want to change their lives. When children catch on to the excitement, parents should make sure their resolutions are appropriate and fun.

Nanci Olesen is the director of the Mayflower Early Childhood Center in South Minneapolis; a Montessori preschool program for children aged 16 months to six years old.

Nanci stops by The Morning Blend regularly to talk about family and parenting issues, and she talked recently with Ron Thums about families and resolutions.

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