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There are a lot of great programs that give young people the chance to gain new experiences by traveling overseas.  But you don’t have to go far to find out what it’s like to live in different cultural surroundings.   There are many families living right here in Minnesota who come from backgrounds that are unfamiliar to those in the majority in the Twin Cities.

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Efforts to craft a global accord to combat climate change have stumbled with the U.N. COP 21 summit now extended by a day to overcome stubborn divisions.

Minnesotans and Minnesota-based organizations are among the participants and observers in Paris.

 

Janet Brown, of Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy, spoke with KFAI's Rico Morales on the Friday Morning Blend.

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On September 21st, New York City will host a “People’s Climate March” – a major demonstration of support for action on a global scale to respond to climate change.

The event will coincide with a U.N. sponsored meeting of world leaders to talk about climate policy.  Organizers hope it will be the largest climate march – ever.

Local groups working on this event are the Minnesota chapter of 350 dot org and Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light.

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The Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women has released its report on Domestic Violence Homicides for 2013 – the organization calls this the annual “Femicide Report”. The organization has been compiling these numbers for 25 years. Liz Richards is the Executive Director of the Coalition. She talked with KFAI’s Ron Thums, who asked how the numbers have changed.

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From a society disrupter to a violence interrupter, Mr. Coby Williams has transformed his life. Once part of the problem he is now a part of the solution to end gun violence in Chicago. He talked with KFAI’s Yvette Howie.

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Not all artists are loners. Minneapolis-based collage artist, Zach Collins, can tell you that. He thrives when he is able to collaborate on his artwork and he invites the chance and surprise that working with others provides. 

Collage, the cut and paste style of art we tried in elementary school, is a serious, growing medium. Collins has a number of gallery shows on his portfolio, and networks of collage communities are springing up on social media. 

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 Photo: KFAI's Latino Alt Rock Co-host Pablo Miranda resting in the KFAI studio.

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Luisa Garcia-Gomez and Crystal Quinn harmoniously combine their talents to create handmade shoes, called Ina Grau. KFAI met up with the women at their studio, where they talked about how their Colombian heritage and U.S. experiences have influenced their collection

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On October 10,  a play about football, love and masculinity will debut at the Mixed Blood Theater, a tiny converted firehouse just across the freeway from the rising frame of the gigantic new Vikings stadium.

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Each year the International Association of Chiefs of Police recognizes the best practices of law enforcement agencies around the world by bestowing the Community Policing Award . Last year, the award for communities under twenty thousand went to Columbia Heights Minnesota, where crime rates have dropped to a 20 year low.

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