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Thanks to everyone who came out for a KFAI benefit at the Turf Club on February 7th.  The event raised nearly $4,000 for Fresh Air Community Radio, and thanks to the work of videographer Paul Lundgren, amazing performances by Michael Yonkers, the X-Boys, The Mighty Mofos and the Flamin' Oh's have been posted on You Tube.  

 

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Best Academy in Minneapolis is an award winning charter school educating African American boys in kindergarten through 8th grade. Last week the school received a ten thousand dollar prize from a group called the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color – a Chicago-based organization that promotes solutions to the racial achievement gap nationwide.
Best Academy is having a celebration of its successes later today at the Heritage Park YMCA at 1015 4th Avenue North in Minneapolis.
The school’s CEO, Eric Mahmoud was added to the National Public Charter Schools Hall of Fame last summer. He’s been called “a rock-star educator.” Eric Mahmoud talked with KFAI’s Bob Hines, who asked what he thought was the greatest success he’s seen at Best Academy.

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There was a rally out in the marshlands of the Minnesota River over the weekend – it was all about bicycling and a bridge.
KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh reports.

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Independent Producer and KFAI regular Todd Melby is on assignement for a year in the oil fields of North Dakota, following the changes that come from an economic boom that runs counter to the rest of the economy. He stopped by as part of KFAI’s new morning show to talk about some of the people he’s met so far.

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An international group of researchers, including astronomers from the University of Minnesota, have launched a new “citizen science” project called Galaxy Zoo. The project allows anyone to become a cosmic explorer by looking for black holes in space. And yes, this is something you can do from the comfort of your own home.

Lawrence Rudnick is a University of Minnesota Professor and an astrophysicist who studies large-scale structures in the Universe. He talked with KFAI’s John Helgeson, who asked the professor why black holes are important.

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Wednesday afternoon, approximately 1,500 protesters convened in downtown Minneapolis for a march down Washington Avenue and across the Hennepin Avenue bridge.  The march was organized by Black Lives Matter Minneapolis in response to the death of Freddie Gray who died while in police custody in Baltimore on April 12.  Minneapolis Police blocked traffic for the demonstrators, but otherwise had little interaction with the group and made no arrests.  KFAI's Ryan Dawes takes us on-location to the march.

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released a new report that says global warming is changing human and natural systems worldwide. The panel is calling for swift action to mitigate the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on the planet. Without action to address the problem, hundreds of millions of people could be affected by coastal flooding and displaced due to land loss by the year 2100.

J. Drake Hamilton is the science policy director at Fresh Energy, an organization that advocates for a forward-thinking energy policy. She talked with KFAI’s Terry Carter, who wanted to know if there was anything truly “new” in this assessment.

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Two University of Minnesota professors worked with high school students at the Perpich Center for Arts in Golden Valley as part of a new program that encourages working across disciplines, combining artistic and analytical thinking.
Dance professor Carl Flink and Biochemical Engineering professor David Odde joined the Black Label Movement Company to demonstrate a technique called Bodystorming.

Professor Flink is also the artistic director of Black Label Movement. He and professor Odde talked to KFAI’s Dale Connelly and Siobhan Kierans on the Morning Blend.

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Eyenga Bokamba has been appointed Director of Sprockets – a St. Paul collaboration between the city, the school district and a host of community organizations to provide summer and after-school programs for young people in the city.
Bokamba is an experienced educator who most recently was the Youth Programs Manager at Pillsbury House in Minneapolis. She has also worked as a teacher, spending thirteen years in the Hopkins district.
She talked with KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh, who asked why it’s important to support summertime and after-school programs.

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