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  • Minneapolis band Valet has a new album coming out called “The Truth Might Not Be Here,” which it will release Friday, July 10 at the Turf Club. Valet is sharing the bill with Gramophone, Whatever Forever, and Guante. The show starts at 8 p.m.  “The Truth Might not be Here” is also available for download. Valet's Robin Kyle stopped by the Thursday Morning Blend with his guitar to play something that will be on the new record.

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  • The United States, China and Brazil have all signed new commitments to combat climate change.  These new developments suggest even more progress may come later this year in Paris, where the United Nations will hold a major conference on the issue.

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  • The KFAI show Jet Set Planet and host Glen Leslie were profiled in the Star Tribune by writer Kim Ode. 

    Read the article while you listen to the most recent show.

     

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  • The Twin Cities Annual Pride Fesitval begins Friday, June 26th and ends Sunday, the 28th with a parade. 

    Leading the parade will be transgender artist Andrea Jenkins, who stopped by KFAI's studios for a conversation with Janis Lane-Ewart.

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  • How would the Mississippi River look if it was allowed to flow naturally down the hundred-foot drop between downtown Minneapolis and Fort Snelling?

    Ron Way is a former staffer for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the U.S. Department of the Interior, and has done environmental reporting for several Midwest newspapers.

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  • Ask nearly any Minnesotan about lutefisk and you’re likely to get a funny answer, especially from Minnesotans with Scandinavian roots. In this episode of “MinneHistory” we explore a controversial subject: Lutefisk. The fragrant and gelatinous Scandinavian-American codfish delicacy has long been associated with Minnesota. People love to celebrate – and poke fun at – this traditional immigrant food. What is Lutefisk, and how is it made? And why is it so smelly? KFAI's Jess Mador finds out with a visit to Olsen Fish Company, the largest lutefisk producer.

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  • Golden Retrievers swimming with dolphins. French bulldogs do-see-doeing with deer. A black bear and a Bengal tiger. That kind of thing. But you don’t have to go to Youtube to catch an unusual mashup. At Como Zoo in St. Paul, a harpist and some 400-pound gorillas have enjoyed exchanging music for nearly a decade. KFAI’s Diane Richard has the story.

     

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  • On Sunday, June 14, there will be a Block Party to benefit Our Saviour’s Housing in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis.

     

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  • The Upper St. Anthony Falls lock closed for good at midnight on June 9. KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh decided to take one last run down the lock, about an hour before the congressional act to close the lock took effect. Here he is in a 17-foot canoe, along with his friends Kyle, Philip and Russell.

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  • Philip Shorey is a local musician and creative type who recently attended the New York City Musical Saw Festival. The festival is a gathering for all types of people who play the musical saw, and it’s the group responsible for the Guiness world record for the largest ensemble of musical saw players.

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