Cherry Sky Studios is a Twin Cities rap collective bringing together a group of well-established artists. They’re releasing a collective album, called “Red Eye Flight”, with a live performance in Northeast Minneapolis.
Cherry Sky members visited KFAI recently and talked with Rico Morales.

Cherry Sky Studios will release “Red Eye Flight” at Honey Bar and Lounge in Northeast Minneapolis tonight beginning at 9:00pm. More information about the group can be found at Cherry Sky Studios dot com.

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Only a few days remain to submit your proposal for the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge in St. Paul.
The Challenge is a contest of ideas backed by 1.5 million dollars that will be spent on arts and culture projects to engage and enrich the city. The program is distinguished by its openness and the simplicity of the application process. Dennis Scholl is vice president for arts at the Knight Foundation. He spoke with KFAI’s Ron Thums on the Morning Blend.

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MS can be a tragic disease which usually affects adults in the prime of their lives, and may even occur in childhood. Many authorities suggest there is little that people can do for themselves apart from taking medication and waiting until they deteriorate. This approach is unhelpful, and can leave people feeling powerless and depressed.

In his new book Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Professor Jelinek reviews the core principles of staying well after a diagnosis of MS, building on Taking Control of Multiple Sclerosis and the surprising conclusion that MS is a disease largely determined by lifestyle factors. Diet, sunlight, exercise, meditation, preventing depression, resolution of difficult emotional issues and other lifestyle factors are all examined in light of the massive growth in high quality medical research in recent years. This new research supports that attention to these factors can significantly improve quality of life and chance of recovery for people diagnosed with MS.

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Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges focused on economic equity during her first State of the City address at the American Indian Center.
The mayor also emphasized more attention to children with her “Cradle-to-K Cabinet,” and endorsed transit systems as tools for economic growth.
She also urged Minneapolis residents to try being a little less modest about their city’s accomplishments.
KFAI’s Janis Lane-Ewart and Rico Morales prepared this report.

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Each week, KFAI’s Cinema Shanty considers a current film that will screen in the Twin Cities. Join Peter Schilling and Kathie Smith as they discuss the most engaging and provocative cinema being produced today. This week, it’s the film “Only Lovers Left Alive” from director Jim Jarmusch.

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Ten years ago an American contractor working in Iraq came back on leave to his family in Namibia. Former Army Captain Timothy Eysselinck was under great stress at the time. He was suffering from professional disillusionment and what we now know as PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
While his wife watched, Tim Eysselinck put a pistol to his head and took his own life.
Tim’s mother is the author, poet, playwright Janet Burroway. Ten years after his death she has written a memoir of her son, called “Losing Tim.”
It is both a remembrance and a call to action to confront the honest realities of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
KFAI’s Mike Fischbein talked with Burroway about her son, and specifically about the sort of person he was.

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It’s Earth Day – an observance that was launched more than four decades ago as an education effort about environmental issues.
Today, the environment is an everyday topic. That’s certainly true for Lewis Gilbert, who is managing director and chief operating officer of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. He stopped by KFAI to talk with Terry Carter about how students provide the energy that makes the observance possible, and to explain why Earth Day still matters.

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For centuries, chia seeds were revered by both the Maya and Aztecs for their amazing energy and natural healing powers. Today, it’s no wonder that chia is one of the hottest superfoods around: Gram for gram, it has 70 percent more protein than soybeans, 25 percent more fiber than flaxseed, 30 percent more antioxidants than blueberries, 600 percent more calcium than milk, and is the richest known source of plant-based Omega-3s. Reaping the nutritional benefits of chia can be as simple as mixing a tablespoon into a smoothie or tossing it on a salad—but that is just the beginning!
In Chia Vitality, Mamma Chia founder Janie Hoffman shows how integrating chia into your diet can boost your stamina, help you lose weight, and feel more alive than ever before. Informed by research as well as Hoffman’s personal experience this program offers a 30-day integrative approach to well-being with this little superseed at its center.

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The Twin Cities based rap group Heiruspecs has released five albums and fans have been anticipating the sixth for six years. The waiting is coming to an end on Tuesday, April 22nd, and a release party (21+) is scheduled for the Amsterdam Bar and Hall in St. Paul on Saturday, April 26th at 9pm.

Felix, a member of Heiruspecs, stopped by KFAI to talk about the group’s history with hosts DJ Kary and DJ Lady Em on the web program “Versed Radio.” You can hear the entire interview at our website, KFAI.org. Select “Versed Radio” from the program menu.

Thanks to Abi Hill for editing this feature.

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The University of Minnesota describes its efforts to encourage equity and diversity as being critical to campus culture and climate. But two student groups claim the University is only engaging in a marketing and PR campaign around diversity that lacks seriousness.

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