From the earliest indicators and faint forebodings to the eventual grim diagnosis, Deborah Shouse talks about the difficult—and at times joyous—road she and her parents walked through the Land of Dementia—Alzheimer’s disease.

She shares the challenges she faced during the process of caring for both parents as her mother slowly vanished, to be replaced by a difficult but surprisingly no less valued and beloved stranger. Strong, fluid organization and tender writing distinguish this purposeful and compelling conversation on a heartbreaking subject filled with unexpected insights.

The Green Line Light Rail project started running between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul along University Avenue on Saturday, June 14, 2014.
Free rides were provided all weekend throughout the Metro Transit system.
Opening day festivities at a number of stations along the way were marred by a persistent rainstorm and high winds.
KFAI’s Debbie Strege braved the elements to sample some of the music and talk to a few of the first riders. She spoke with Gary, DeRong, Sean Dunn, Joshua and Sarah Stumbo, and Mike Elias, who is co-owner of Barely Brothers Records in St. Paul, a new record store near the Raymond Avenue Station. She also visited with Kathy Larson, who shared a family legend about traveling between the Twin Cities on the now-defunct streetcar system.

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Soccer’s World Cup is underway in Brazil.
On the Morning Blend, Pablo Miranda and Raul Escobar of the KFAI show “Latino Alt Rock” have shared their enthusiasm for the sport and their excitement about an event that brings the world together.
On Monday, June 16th, they dissected the first weekend’s action.

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The Green Line Light Rail line was launched on June 14, 2014. It’s a one billion dollar transit project linking downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul along University Avenue.

Free rides through the first weekend gave thousands the chance to see what all the excitement was about. The festivities were launched at a ceremony held inside the refurbished Union Depot in downtown St. Paul.

Eleven public officials had a few minutes each to talk about the years of work that led to this opening weekend. We’ll hear some excerpts, including comments from Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, Federal Transportation official Peter Rogoff, Governor Mark Dayton, Metropolitan Council Chair Sue Haigh and Fifth district Congressman Keith Ellison. We’ll also hear from Twin Cities artist Seitu Jones. KFAI’s Terry Carter will introduce the comments.

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Somalia is not known for business development and access to formal banking is basically nonexistent for a large sector of the population.
Seven out of ten people are under 30 years old. Unemployment is about 65%. A lingering civil war and violent confrontations between insurgent groups and the skeletal government make planning difficult. In spite of these challenges, the Minnesota-based American Refugee Committee is working to advance the Somali economy. ARC has teamed up with a leading money transfer service and a Qatar-based social enterprise to create Somalia’s first micro-lending program. The program will provide money and offer business training to people hoping to work in fishing, carpentry, tailoring and other small businesses. The Kaah Islamic Micro-finance Service, or KIMS, has opened in Hargeisa, Somaliland. The American Refugee Committee’s Said Sheik-Abdi was recently in East Africa. He stopped by KFAI and talked with Paul Brohaugh about how micro-lending can make a difference in Somalia.

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The Twin Cities World Refugee Day Celebration is a locally organized festival that celebrates the more than 100,000 refugees living in Minnesota.
This annual event is Saturday June 14th, from noon to 5 at the Wellstone Center at the Neighborhood House on St. Paul’s West Side.
The event is a collaboration between resettlement agencies, community based organizations, for-profit entities and ordinary citizens to recognize and celebrate refugees’ journeys to their new homes in the Twin Cities. Ifrah Mansour and Caroline Nguyen Ticarro-Parker are two of the Honorary Chairs who will leads this year’s event, They taled with KFAI’s Mike Fischbein.

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Wed, June 11, 7:30pm
Ham Radio in Minnesota
Produced by Dixie Treichel

Amateur radio, also known as “ham” radio, allows licensed participants to operate communications equipment. It began in the late 1800s, with the experimentation and development of wireless transmission. No one is exactly sure where the term “ham” comes from, but Minnesota has about 12,000 amateur radio operators and more than 50 radio clubs. One of the oldest clubs—the St. Paul Radio Club founded in 1931.

Tonight on MinneCulture, Dixie Treichel explores the world of ham radio—from public service and emergency work, to experimentation and clubs. With input from local amateur radio operators, including Ralph and Janet Bierbaum, Emanuel “Manny” Block, Twila Greenheck, Henry Kinane, Allan Klein, Orcena “Orcy” Lyle, Keith Miller, George Power, Janet & Janice Robidoux, Mike Stapp.

Tune in from 7:30 to 8pm on MinneCulture.

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Soccer’s World Cup is set to begin in Brazil.
This week on the Morning Blend, Pablo Miranda of the KFAI show “Latino Alt Rock” has been getting us ready with a series of World Cup Updates – talking to people in the Twin Cities who know and love the sport about an event that will draw a huge global audience.
In this episode, a pair Pablo calls the “most committed” fútbol couple he knows in the Twin Cities explain who will win, and in some cases, why.

On June 9th, President Bill Clinton accepted the Dean’s Award for Public Leadership from the Humphrey School for Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Clinton’s appearance was part of the Humphrey School’s yearlong series of events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
KFAI’s Christina Cerruti filed a report.

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Do you need to be rescued from bad eating habits and junk food? Are you looking to adopt a healthier lifestyle but don’t know where to begin? Well, fear not because Lisa Cain, a.k.a. “Snack Girl,” is here to help! A busy mother of two, Lisa faces the same challenges to healthy eating that we all do—unlimited access to junk food, a jam-packed schedule, a tight budget, and a love of delicious food. So in Snack Girl to the Rescue, she has created a way to make small changes that will make a difference in how you eat and live

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

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