April Verch is a fiddle player and step dancer from Canada's Ottawa Valley. She’s been touring and performing on the road for more than 10 years, and she’s playing Friday, April 8, 2016, 7:30 p.m. at the Celtic Junction in St. Paul. KFAI's Paul Brohaugh spoke with her recently by telephone, a conversation you can hear after a bit of music off her album "The Newpart." 

Sarah Deer is an American lawyer, a professor of law at William Mitchell College, and a 2014 MacArthur fellow. She advocates for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence in Native American communities. She delivered a talk at the Hubert H.

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David Ludwig often uses an analogy when he talks about weight loss: Human beings are not toaster ovens. If we were, then the types of calories we consumed would not matter, and calorie counting would be the most effective way to lose weight.

Dr. Ludwig, an obesity expert and professor of nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, argues that weight gain begins when people eat the wrong types of food, which throws their hormones out of whack and sets off a cycle of cravings, hunger and bingeing. In his new book, “Always Hungry?,” he argues that the primary driver of obesity today is not an excess of calories per se, but an excess of high glycemic foods like sugar, refined grains and other processed carbohydrates.

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

St. Paul’s Independent Filmmaker Project and the Knight Foundation have just announced the winner of their screenplay competition, which is a $10,000 prize for one Minnesota writer. The winner is Andy Froemke. His screenplay is called “The Lowrie Gang,” which tells the true story of a mixed race band of outlaws that lived in the swamps and faced off with the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina.

Hennepin County District Attorney Mike Freeman announced his decision not to charge the officers who shot and killed Jamar Clark in North Minneapolis. The incident, investigation, and community response has increased tension between the Minneapolis Police Dept. and some Minneapolis residents. K.C. Harrison attended the public meeting and Rico Morales attended the rally where hundreds of people gathered and marched in the streets to show their disappointment with officials and to support each other.

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This week, Katie and Blaine Garrett from MPLSArt.com speak with KFAI's Ryan Dawes about upcoming visual arts events featuring Minneapolis artist Aza Erdich, an MCAD/SooVac exhibition honoring Suzy Greenberg, art created during a 48-hour lock-in at Electric Machete, and more.  

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International Women's Day 2016 was a great success. If you didn't get a chance to hear every programmed that aired over our 24 hour celebration, you can listen here! 

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Program Proposals Requested – Monday Public Affairs

KFAI is now accepting abstracts for a public affairs program to be placed in the Monday broadcast schedule.  You can apply online by following this link.

This position is currently occupied by the program “Truth To Tell”.

The In the Heart of the Beast Theater in South Minneapolis is known for some pretty wild performances involving giant puppets, so if any theater company was going to dramatize the creatures living in our basements and under our beds…this is what it might sound like. 

We often hear stories about the educational disparities between students who are white and students who are not white. Right now Minnesota students of color are not only far behind their white peers, but are graduating at some of the lowest rates in the country.