Public Affairs

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Living in a food desert is bad enough - that's defined as an area vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas - but it's worse when you live 20 or 30 miles from the closest place that sells anything to eat at all.

    We talk with Esther Gieschen, Program Manager and Interim Director of the Center for Continuing Education and Summer College at UWS about the Twin Ports Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention Community Forum, on June 15 as part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Forever Home 6/8

Jun 8, 2017

Jackie | Contented Critters

Jackie is a 1 year old female Red Bone/ Coonhound mix. Jackie was rescued off a euthanasia list.  She is a big girl with a great nose. She gets along with other dogs and has a lot of energy.

Bambino | Animal Allies

Lisa Johnson

Jafra Said is a human rights activist who came to the US from Syria several years ago when she married an American.  Jafra spoke recently at a Loaves and Fishes Roundtable Discussion on sanctuary, nativism and the lives of people caught in the middle.

From the star-struck teen who recorded KUMD's RPM show onto cassette night after night, to the man  behind the mic creating curated music performances, KUMD alum Jon Heyesen (1997-01) shares some of his memories with KUMD Program Director Maija Jenson.

Avenues for Homeless Youth

It depends on who you ask.

Some information says 18% of all homeless kids are LGBTQ; some information says it's upwards of 40%.

But one thing doesn't change: the rejection.

Avenues for Homeless Youth is pioneering a foster home program for LGBTQ teens that's becoming a national model - and it's not about charity; it's about solidarity.

Forever Home 6/1

Jun 1, 2017

Cash | Contented CrittersCash is a 2 year old male Pointer/Am. Staff mix. Cash was rescued off a euthanasia list. He is a nice size dog about 55 lbs, friendly with people and gets along with other dogs. Rosy | Animal AlliesRosy is a black and white Shih Tzu mix who is 7 years old. She came to us from a previous home and is now looking for her new loving home! Rosy is a sweet little girl who always seems to be smiling.

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Navajo/Lakota psychiatrist Dr Melvina Bissonette on finding home thousands of miles from where she grew up, the need for native physicians and particularly psychiatrists in Indian Country, and the importance of holding your own with winter war stories.

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You get a breakup text -- on your phone.

Your boss calls you into her office.

Your partner says, "I want a divorce."

That moment - the moment of crisis or panic - can send your mind tearing into the future, constructing one awful scenario after another, and it's that moment when you - or someone you love is vulnerable.

But you can learn and strengthen skills to get you through that moment and out on the other side - safe.

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Tune in Monday for a Memorial Day Special at 7pm Mine Enemy: The Story of German POWs in America. During World War II, some 400,000 captured German soldiers were shipped across the Atlantic to prison camps dotted across the U.S. Suddenly the enemy was hoeing the back garden, and sometimes, sitting at the kitchen table. Hear both sides of the story from veterans who lived this most unusual moment in history. 

Monday May 29

6:00 Making Contact

6:30 Counterspin

7:00 Mine Enemy: The Story of German POWs in America

Lisa Johnson

The suicide rate for Native kids is twice the rate of that for non-Natives.

With that terrifying number, how can tribal people encourage hope and resilience in young people when their lived experience is so different - and falls so short, many times - of what they see on television or online?

All over the country, and here in Minnesota, tribes are working hard to reconnect their young people with traditional teachings, the land, the natural world and with elders to restore their identify and reinvigorate their pride in who they are.

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Forever Home 5/25

May 25, 2017

Dajah | Animal Allies

Dajah is a seal point grey tabby Siamese mix who is 12 years old. He came to us from a previous home and is now looking for his new loving home! This shy guy needs patience and love as he takes a while to warm up. A calm environment with another mellow cat would be a great fit for Dajah!

Mickey | Animal Allies

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On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we have conversation with Obizaan  [Lee  Staples], a spiritual advisor for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and Chato Gonzalez, Obizaan's apprentice and translator.  Obizaan talks about the passing of Mille Lacs elder and longtime Ojibwe Stories contributor Larry Amik Smallwood.  Obizaan conducted Amik's funeral in April, and he discusses teachings about our journey to the spirit world.  Obizaan also discusses growing up with Amik in the Aazhomog community.

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Do you have five people you can talk to?  Really talk to?

How do you find them - as a young person or an adult?

And how can you become that person for someone else?

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