KFAI's special day of programming for Black History Month 2016 was a rousing success.  Many thanks to the volunteers who produced our stellar program line-up, our many supporters and underwriters, and KFAI's listeners.

Missed a moment?  Listen in the KFAI archive!

The International Winter Bike To Work Day is a friendly contest to encourage people to ride their bikes to work or school. At this month’s International Winter Biking Congress, which was held in the Twin Cities, the benefits of winter biking were promoted to an audience that was already set to hear the message. But International Winter Bike to Work Day seeks to involve people who have never considered going anywhere on two wheels between December and May.

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The Winter Cycling Congress 2016 is being held this week in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. This is a three-day professional development event uniting an international group of people with a shared vision of increasing bicycling and walking among people of all ages and abilities through the winter. KFAI’s Rico Morales visited a group of organizers for this event.

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One of KFAI's founders and a long-time program host, Charles Brin, died on Friday January 29, 2016.

He was 92 years of age. Charles and his partner, Beryl Greenberg, have been hosting Tuesday’s Spoken Word since KFAI’s inception in 1978, and have been bringing wonderful stories to KFAI listeners every week. The Spoken Word program was KFAI’s longest running show, and Charles’ robust dulcet tones brought the stories and characters to life in our imaginations.

Dr. David Agus has an informative conversation about the brave new world of medicine, one in which we can take control of our health like never before and doctors can fine-tune strategies and weapons to prevent illness.

In his first bestseller, The End of Illness, David Agus revealed how to add vibrant years to your life by knowing the real facts of health. In this book, he builds on that theme by showing why this is the luckiest time yet to be alive, giving you the keys to the new kingdom of wellness.

Medicine is undergoing rapid change. In the old world, you followed general principles and doctors treated you based on broad, one-size-fits all solutions. In this new golden age, you’ll be able to take full advantage of the latest scientific findings and leverage the power of technology to customize your care. Only those who know how to access and adapt to these breakthroughs—without being distracted by hyped ideas and bad medicine—will benefit. Imagine being able to get fit and lose weight without dieting, train your immune system to fight cancer, edit your DNA to avoid a certain fate, erase the risk of a heart attack, reverse aging, and know exactly which drugs to take to optimize health with zero side effects.
Health Notes Airs Mondays 6:30-7:30PM

The Give Get Sistet will sing Thursday, Jan. 21 at Jazz Central, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. – three of the members stopped by the Thursday Morning Blend to give a little preview. 

This is Mankwe Ndosi, Jayanthi Kyle and Libby Turner. KFAI's Paul Brohaugh asked Libby Turner what holds this ensemble together.

Minneapolis is home to a number of organizations that focus their work on promoting racial equity in the city. Recently, they combined their efforts under the name “OUR MINNEAPOLIS” to announce their intention to issue “report cards”. These regular reports are intended to evaluate the city, the schools and the parks district on the topic of racial equity.  KFAI's Rico Morales has a report. 


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Minneapolis’ own “The Anonymous Choir” is perhaps a bit different than other choirs; their website simply says “we sing your favorite songs.” The 15-piece women’s choir has recorded an entire version of the Neil Young record “After the Gold Rush,” and now they’ve just released a 12-inch vinyl record of ten Leonard Cohen songs.

In front of a standing room only crowd, the Minneapolis School Board met on the evening of January 12th in North Minneapolis and voted to end its negotiations with Sergio Paez to be the district’s next Superintendent.

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Apply to host your own program on IWD! This year’s theme is Pledge for Parity, though programs do not necessarily have to fit with this theme. All local women are encouraged to apply. No experience is necessary, and new program hosts will be paired with a production mentor. See page for application!