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  • Health Notes will be in conversation with teacher, mentor and founder of WE WIN Institute Titilayo Bediako.

    Titilayo Bediako was born and raised in Minnesota, and is the daughter of civil rights leader Matthew Little. She is instrumental in using African and African American history
    to African American youth through WE WIN Institute ( a non-profit organization dedicated to the academic and social success of all children)

    Titilayo says participating in African rituals helps give African-American youth a sense that they belong to something larger than themselves or their surroundings.
    She says that’s something she never received when she was in school. After graduating from high school, she moved to Tennessee where she joined an African history study group. “The more I studied and the more I learned about myself, the more my given name, which was Michelle Little, didn’t fit the person I had become,” The name Titilayo is from the Yoruba of Nigeria. She says it means “everlasting happiness.” Bediako is from the Ashanti people of Ghana and it means, “born to struggle for her people.”
    Participating in African-rooted rituals and ceremonies, like Kwanzaa, is one way African-Americans nurture their African side. “So I get everlasting happiness in struggling for my people,”
    says Bediako. “The one thing that I’ve learned is that struggling for African people makes it possible to struggle for all people.”
    Many African-Americans have adopted African names. Despite attempts to identify with Africans, African-Americans carry the physical and emotional baggage of slavery and racism.
    Titilayo says many African-Americans have poor self-esteem because they were born in a country that historically has devalued their lives.
    This is an important conversation you will not want to miss.

    Health Notes Airs Mondays 6:30-7:30PM

  • In the fall of 1995, Lyndale school (Minneapolis Public School) teacher Titilayo (Titi) Bediako saw the need to build the youth of the future by celebrating and honoring cultural differences. WE WIN, which began with one program and 25 children, and has grown to include free parent groups, after school, tutoring, and summer programs, and Kwanzaa Celebrations each year and as of 2014, has served over 5000 youth and families, creating long-term and systemic change in their lives and communities.

    We Win students will share the history of African people on Health Notes to celebrate Black History Month

    Health Notes Airs Mondays – 6:30-7:30PM

  • Over at MPLSArt.com, Katie and Blaine Garrett preview a selection of this week's art happenings featuring art that 'beyond the point of no return,' romantic art that is 'uniquely dark,' and art in a state of 'Decay.'  KFAI's Ryan Dawes spoke with the Garretts about these events throughout the Twin Cities.  

    Photo credit:  "Boxel", Andrew Krahn, 2015

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  • KFAI's special day of programming for Black History Month 2016 was a rousing success.  Many thanks to the volunteers who produced our stellar program line-up, our many supporters and underwriters, and KFAI's listeners.

    Missed a moment?  Listen in the KFAI archive!

  • The International Winter Bike To Work Day is a friendly contest to encourage people to ride their bikes to work or school. At this month’s International Winter Biking Congress, which was held in the Twin Cities, the benefits of winter biking were promoted to an audience that was already set to hear the message. But International Winter Bike to Work Day seeks to involve people who have never considered going anywhere on two wheels between December and May.

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  • The Winter Cycling Congress 2016 is being held this week in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. This is a three-day professional development event uniting an international group of people with a shared vision of increasing bicycling and walking among people of all ages and abilities through the winter. KFAI’s Rico Morales visited a group of organizers for this event.

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  • George Bonga was a singular character in Minnesota history: a black and Ojibwe fur trader in the 1800s, Bonga navigated Native and European channels in frontier Minnesota. Playwright Carlyle Brown spoke with Xan Holston on the Monday Morning Blend about his play "Geroge Bonga: Black Voyageur" which opens Friday February 5 at the History Theatre in St. Paul. More information here.

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  • One of KFAI's founders and a long-time program host, Charles Brin, died on Friday January 29, 2016.

    He was 92 years of age. Charles and his partner, Beryl Greenberg, have been hosting Tuesday’s Spoken Word since KFAI’s inception in 1978, and have been bringing wonderful stories to KFAI listeners every week. The Spoken Word program was KFAI’s longest running show, and Charles’ robust dulcet tones brought the stories and characters to life in our imaginations.

  • Dr. David Agus has an informative conversation about the brave new world of medicine, one in which we can take control of our health like never before and doctors can fine-tune strategies and weapons to prevent illness.

    In his first bestseller, The End of Illness, David Agus revealed how to add vibrant years to your life by knowing the real facts of health. In this book, he builds on that theme by showing why this is the luckiest time yet to be alive, giving you the keys to the new kingdom of wellness.

    Medicine is undergoing rapid change. In the old world, you followed general principles and doctors treated you based on broad, one-size-fits all solutions. In this new golden age, you’ll be able to take full advantage of the latest scientific findings and leverage the power of technology to customize your care. Only those who know how to access and adapt to these breakthroughs—without being distracted by hyped ideas and bad medicine—will benefit. Imagine being able to get fit and lose weight without dieting, train your immune system to fight cancer, edit your DNA to avoid a certain fate, erase the risk of a heart attack, reverse aging, and know exactly which drugs to take to optimize health with zero side effects.
    Health Notes Airs Mondays 6:30-7:30PM

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