10,000 Fresh Voices

Series produced by KFAI

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Local arts, culture, history and environmental features made possible by the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Local arts, culture, history and environmental features made possible by the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.


712 Pieces

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Growing up in Mogadishu, Abdi Nor Iftin's friends called him "Abdi American." After all, he loved U.S. movies. He spoke English. And now, he's a ne...

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  • Added: Jul 13, 2018
  • Length: 04:35
  • Purchases: 1
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After reading "Omnivore's Dilemma," Todd Thiesen embraced a different kind of farming. Instead of caging chickens on his small farm in St. Joseph, ...

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  • Added: Jul 09, 2018
  • Length: 04:15
  • Purchases: 1
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Maggie Faris is a Minnesota comedian and out lesbian. She's produced two CDs and co-hosts Magnotronic, a weekly comedy podcast. KFAI's Dixie Treich...

  • Added: Jul 03, 2018
  • Length: 03:27
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Last Import, a Minneapolis surf punk trio, didn't meet at a bar or college. Nope. They met at an all-female rock school called "Girls Rock n Roll R...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2018
  • Length: 04:42
Caption: The Minnesota K-Pop Dance Crew., Credit: Terry Le
K-Pop isn't just a sensation in Asia. Korean pop music is so infectious University of Minnesota students are mastering K-Pop dance moves. As KFAI's...

  • Added: Jun 19, 2018
  • Length: 04:06
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A compelling play is more than just a script, actors and sets. Sound designers like Katharine Horowitz also help create a mood and sense of place f...

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  • Added: Jun 10, 2018
  • Length: 04:41
  • Purchases: 1
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After Burnsville bumped an antique store from town, Hot Sam's reinvented itself as lovable, rusty tourist attraction for locals. KFAI's Mike Moen r...

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  • Added: Jun 15, 2018
  • Length: 04:06
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Loretta Bickford, Credit: Ryan Dawes
Imagine a bus load of complete strangers tromping through your front yard, carrying spotting scopes and cameras with telephoto lenses. It’s just a ...

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  • Added: Jun 06, 2018
  • Length: 05:33
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Karen Finley performing "We Keep Our Victims Ready" at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis., Credit: Walker Art Center
In the 1990s, queer performance artists like Karen Finley (pictured) created radical, experimental and often politically risky work. These artists ...

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  • Added: May 24, 2018
  • Length: 04:14
  • Purchases: 1
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In 1956, just 13 homes remained in the St. Paul's Swede Hollow neighborhood. The city called the houses a health hazard, forced people living there...

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  • Added: Apr 05, 2017
  • Length: 05:55
  • Purchases: 1
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Ever since Prince died in 2016, people who knew him have come forward with personal stories about what the famously private star was actually like ...

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  • Added: Apr 19, 2017
  • Length: 05:40
  • Purchases: 1
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A flying piece of metal nearly cut Mat Ollig's fingers off. KFAI's Will Wright reports on how one artist is coping with an injury that imperiled hi...

  • Added: May 22, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
Caption: Matthew Dressel, Credit: Sophie Nikitas
Writer Matthew Dressel was driving through the woods during hunting season and wondered, “What’s to stop a stray bullet from hitting me?” He took t...

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  • Added: May 14, 2018
  • Length: 04:50
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Joe Penrose is the senior pastor at Open Range Cowboy Church in Ham Lake, Minnesota. , Credit: Nikki Tundel
Baptisms in a horse trough. A triangle dinner bell near the altar. And a minister in a Western shirt. Welcome to the Open Range Cowboy Church, loca...

  • Added: May 10, 2018
  • Length: 04:30
Caption: Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Credit: Ryan Dawes
Near the end of his life, Franz Schubert composed "Death and the Maiden." Two centuries later, violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja grappled with the ...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2018
  • Length: 03:55
Caption: Members of the Subversive Sirens synchronised swim team., Credit: Erin Sharkey
The Subversive Sirens are a Minnesota synchronized swim team that blends art, activism, and a deep love of Prince. KFAI’s Nancy Rosenbaum produced ...

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  • Added: Apr 24, 2018
  • Length: 04:02
  • Purchases: 1
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A tiny Minnesota company tried to make a business out of selling spicy, beef pastries to local Somalis. But folks in that community wanted to make ...

  • Added: Apr 22, 2018
  • Length: 04:10
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Asian-American women are expected to be submissive and quiet. The Funny Asian Women Kollective — also known as FAWK — is out to change that and get...

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  • Added: Apr 10, 2018
  • Length: 03:57
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Pete Girard leads a laughter yoga class in Minneapolis., Credit: Emily Bright
Forget downward dog. The new yoga is laughter yoga. KFAI's Emily Bright took her microphone to a class to listen in on the yucks, guffaws and yes, ...

  • Added: Apr 04, 2018
  • Length: 04:31
Caption: Maya Wooley, aspiring musician inside a recording studio at Hennepin County Library in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Credit: Todd Melby
Sure, the library has books. But the Hennepin County Library in Brooklyn Park is also home to a recording studio. And inside that studio, one young...

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  • Added: Mar 30, 2018
  • Length: 04:40
  • Purchases: 1