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Tell Me More axed by NPR

Yet another program by/for people of color bites the dust on public radio
 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

 

Tell Me More, the National Public Radio (NPR) multicultural daily newsmagazine, will leave the air August 1 after seven seasons. It debuted locally earlier this year on KNOW (91.1 FM) and is believed to be the first Black-oriented program that targeted people of color on the station’s regular weekday program lineup. The cancellation decision was announced by NPR officials in late May. In an interview with Richard Prince, whose “Journal-isms” column is regularly featured on The Root.com, he reported that the network claimed the one-hour program “was not financially sustainable in its current form.” A top NPR executive told Prince that the show cost $2.1 million to operate and lost $1.5 million each year. “People donate to foundations and corporations specifically for that show as underwriters,” said Prince in a recent MSR phone interview, explaining in more detail how the funding works . Continue Reading →

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Radio veteran continues career at The Current

 

By Charles Hallman
Staff Writer
Derrick Stevens was born in New York and was ‘weaned’ on radio. It was listening to the late legendary DJ Frankie Crocker (1937-2000), who pioneered the “urban contemporary” music format back in the 1970s that convinced him radio was the place to be. “I knew I wanted to be in radio when I was eight years old,” admitted Stevens, the production manager at KCMP-FM. “I grew up listening to Frankie Crocker on the radio — he was my everything, the king of the radio. I was enthused with how he went into a song. Continue Reading →

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Author writes about energy sources of the future

Nuclear power: seems scary, but safe
 
 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

The environment can be saved through innovation, says award-winning futurist and author Ramez Naam. The Egyptian-born Naam who regularly lectures on energy, environment and innovation as an adjunct faculty member at Singularity University, wrote The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet that looks at climate change and how to invest in scientific and technological innovation to overcome challenges. During his hour-long conversation with Minnesota Public Radio’s (MPR) Jonathan Foley, the author-professor proposed at MPR’s Top Coast Festival May 31 at Minnesota’s Coffman Union that the federal government offer “huge economic incentives” to large corporations to do more environment-friendly innovations. “We are not creating any economic incentives for any [U.S.] company to actually capture any potential carbon dioxide that escapes,” he explained. “Cutting carbon emissions in half is not enough. Continue Reading →

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Small group of slumlords have big effect on city

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

According to City of Minneapolis housing officials, there are at least 200 “problematic properties” among the estimated 85,000 units and 23,000 buildings that are annually inspected. A house fire last month in North Minneapolis that killed five children shed a tragic light on an issue that has persisted for many years. “The City of Minneapolis does not tolerate landlords who violate rental licensing standards,” states the city’s housing inspections website. “Maintaining a rental license…is a privilege.” Most rental properties are inspected once every eight years to ensure these standards are maintained. “We only have so many inspectors,” admitted Minneapolis Deputy Housing Inspections Director JoAnn Velde. Continue Reading →

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This week’s Entertainment spotlights!

 
Mother’s Day Celebrations
 
Pre-Mothers Day Extravaganza: I’ll Always Love My Mama /She’s My Everything
Sat., May 11, 7 pm —1 am • Double Tree Hotel, 1500 Park Place Blvd., Mpls., 612-702-9018 • Celebrating Mother’s, sisters, aunts, girl friends, and grand mothers • Live jazz by Wenso Ashby and hosted by KMOJ, Q Bear, and Ms. Pink.  
Annual Mothers Day Concert
Sun., May 12, 1 pm • Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul, 651-528-6871 • Bring mom to the Landmark Center for some music this Mother’s Day • Hosted by the Saint Paul Civic Symphony, the Annual Mother’s Day Concert is free and all ages are welcome to attend.  
New Orleans Mother’s Day Brunch 
Sun., May 12, 10:30 am — 3 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or www.dakotacooks.com • Celebrate Mother’s Day with a family-style brunch and New Orleans jazz by the Southside Aces.  
Capri Big Band
Sun., May 12, 7 pm • Como Lakeside Pavilion, 1361 N. Lexington Pkwy., St. Continue Reading →

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Will Blacks finally get a fair share of work on this stadium?

Chair of stadium authority raises serious questions about past inclusion
 

Michele Kelm-Helgen, chairwoman of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA), who oversees design and construction of the Vikings’ “People’s Stadium,” told Minnesota Public Radio in an interview on February 8 that serious questions have been raised about the Equity Plan implementation passed by the MSFA that same day. Three City-commissioned studies by two separate research groups support Chairwoman Kelm-Helgen’s observations. The last study was issued on May 15, 2012, by NERA (National Economic Research Associates) at a cost to Minneapolis of $500,000. These studies expose the City’s serious and purposeful noncompliance with Minority and Women Business Enterprises (M/WBE) utilization requirements. NERA’s report provided evidence that supports the investigative reporting in this column for a decade. Continue Reading →

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