Police policy, state budget audits, and what happens to our trash after the big trucks snatch it from our alleys: these are just a few of the topics that Tane Danger and Brandon Boat––co-founders of the Theater of Public Policy––are exploring in the Theater's new season. Their first guest is Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau, who will talk about community relations, policing policy, and McGruff the Crime Dog. The results of their conversation will be turned into improvosational theater gold. And there may even been singing…

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Health Notes will be in conversation with teacher, mentor and founder of WE WIN Institute Titilayo Bediako.

Titilayo Bediako was born and raised in Minnesota, and is the daughter of civil rights leader Matthew Little. She is instrumental in using African and African American history
to African American youth through WE WIN Institute ( a non-profit organization dedicated to the academic and social success of all children)

Titilayo says participating in African rituals helps give African-American youth a sense that they belong to something larger than themselves or their surroundings.
She says that’s something she never received when she was in school. After graduating from high school, she moved to Tennessee where she joined an African history study group. “The more I studied and the more I learned about myself, the more my given name, which was Michelle Little, didn’t fit the person I had become,” The name Titilayo is from the Yoruba of Nigeria. She says it means “everlasting happiness.” Bediako is from the Ashanti people of Ghana and it means, “born to struggle for her people.”
Participating in African-rooted rituals and ceremonies, like Kwanzaa, is one way African-Americans nurture their African side. “So I get everlasting happiness in struggling for my people,” says Bediako. “The one thing that I’ve learned is that struggling for African people makes it possible to struggle for all people.”

Many African-Americans have adopted African names. Despite attempts to identify with Africans, African-Americans carry the physical and emotional baggage of slavery and racism.
Titilayo says many African-Americans have poor self-esteem because they were born in a country that historically has devalued their lives.
This is an important conversation you will not want to miss.
Health Notes airs Mondays 6:30-7:30pm

 
Join Laura Waterman Wittstock and Roy Taylor as they talk with Joy Rivera, Seneka Nation Haudenosaunee, Snipe Clan. She is the Community Education Specialist for the American Indian Cancer Foundation in Minneapolis. The Foundation has a new program called Refer-A-Relative, which she will describe and she has new information about  Colon Cancer Month which begins in March. 
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Remembering Matthew Little will be featured on Health Notes, Monday, Feb 20th at 6:30pm  and Tuesday during Black History Month programming at 1:00pm.

Local singer-songwriter Mayyadda had a moment when she knew she had to give music a shot. Coming out of her senior year, she knew that her immigrant mother had done everything she could to get her ahead in life. But as she watched school friends go off to jobs in finance, she knew it wasn't what her soul needed. So, she started recording—and we're better off for it.

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The Affordable Care Act is an effort to provide Health Care coverage to millions of previously uninsured people in the U.S. The newly elected President, Donald Trump, and other legislators say they want to eliminate and replace this plan. In Minnesota, one State Senator is pushing an idea that would create an entirely different approach to health care.  
 
 

Fresh Air Community Radio celebrated Black History Month with special programming on Tuesday, February 21st.  We presented eighteen hours of music, documentaries, storytelling and spoken word – art and conversation that reveal and celebrate significant events in Black History.

Robin Hickman is not a child, but she plays with dolls as an important part of her life's work.  

A new exhibition at The Urban Research & Outreach Engagement Center uses stories and photographs to explain what Hickman sees in this sophisticated "play".  

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On Friday afternoons during the month of February, KFAI will test a new program proposal that's intended to foster a deeper understanding of the Somali community in Minneapolis.

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KFAI's Content Advisory Committee will conduct an assessment of the station's complete schedule in 2017.  With almost 100 programs to consider, there is a lot to take in as we weigh possible variations for the station's 24/7 program grid.   You are invited to be part of the process!