KFAI Minneapolis

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KFAI is a volunteer-based, community radio station that broadcasts information, arts and entertainment programming. By providing a voice for people ignored or misrepresented by mainstream media, KFAI increases understanding between peoples and communities, and fosters the values of democracy and social justice within its listening area. KFAI is a non-commercial FM radio station operating on 90.3 FM in the Minneapolis area and 106.7 FM in the St Paul area. KFAI is governed by a volunteer community board of directors, managed by a small paid full time and part time staff, and operated by a dedicated volunteer staff of over 300.


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

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87 Counties | 87+ Stories is a series exploring Minnesota’s arts, culture and history, one county at a time. 87 Counties | 87+ Stories highlights the work of artists and musicians, documenting a specific event in the state’s history, exploring an offbeat cultural event or tradition and other stories related to arts, culture and history.

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A look at the events, peoples and places that shaped the Dakota War of 1862. A feature produce by ampers-Diverse Radio for Minnesota's Communities.

Caption: Fred Veilleux, Ojibwe composer and musician, as he talks with Gary Fife in the sound studio of Migizi's "First Person Radio" at 2300 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 1983, , Credit: Photograph by Randy Croce, courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society
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In collaboration with MIGIZI Communications, KFAI MinneCulture presents a series of short stories about the ever-changing urban Native American community in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Short stories inspired by MIGIZI's Legacy Radio Archive, 15 years of first-on-the-scene reporting dating back to 1977. Everything from the controversial Red Power Movements of the 1970s to the emergence of tribal water rights in the U.S. to re-covered recordings of national respected Indigenous artists, First Person Plural takes a look at Minneapolis's Indigenous presence through the lens of its historic past.

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All KFAI Youth News Initiative stories are conceived, reported, and edited by the students with assistance from mentors and instructors. We hope you enjoy them!

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KFAI's MinneCulture concert series featuring performances by Minnesota musicians, incluing Charlie Parr, Dalmar Yare, Kitten Forever and Heiruspecs.

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Stories, documentaries and music about Minnesota's rich heritage of arts, culture and history. All audio airs on KFAI, SoundCloud, Ampers.org, PRX and KFAI's MinneCulture page on Facebook. MinneCulture is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Listen to KFAI's MinneCulture podcast here: Apple Podcasts: apple.co/2rtEuJO Stitcher: bit.ly/2q9RQXE Radio Public: radiopublic.com/kfais-minneculture-6rOPbR

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Caption: Alan Honn, Credit: Photo Courtesy of Alan Honn
Al Honn has been practicing the art of glass blowing for over forty years. While glassblowers often work in teams, Honn says he prefers to work alo...

  • Added: Jan 23, 2022
  • Length: 04:42
Caption: Divya Maiya, Credit: Photo Courtesy of Divya Maiya
Divya Maiya’s viral videos took off in January of 2021 when her partner took a video of Maiya downhill skiing in her teal and gold Sari at a Minnes...

  • Added: Jan 23, 2022
  • Length: 05:01
Caption: In 1965, Tony Oliva became the first player ever to win batting crowns in his first two full seasons, Credit: Photo Courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
The Minnesota Twins aren’t short on iconic players who have won the hearts of fans over the years. One of them is Tony Oliva, who overcame obstacle...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2022
  • Length: 05:42
Caption: Patrick Scully and the cast of "Leaves of Grass - Illuminated" take a bow at the end of a staging of their production. , Credit: Mark Wojahn
‘Leaves of Grass - Illuminated’ is a live performance film of Patrick Scully's acclaimed stage play by the same name. Scully performs the role of r...

  • Added: Jan 03, 2022
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Caption: Signal Auto crafts and curates signage jokes for passing motorists and prospective customers. , Credit: Matthew Schneeman
The art of writing a good joke welds a lot of power. A good joke can drive the plot of a TV sit-com, can spark political controversy … or, in this ...

  • Added: Jan 02, 2022
  • Length: 06:25
Caption: Jack "Boogie B" Riley and Charles Thorstad a.k.a. Stepchild, Credit: Bao Lee Riley
Despite being far removed from places like New York, Los Angeles, or Houston, Minneapolis and St. Paul and their suburbs have earned some hip-hop s...

  • Added: Dec 11, 2021
  • Length: 05:46
Caption: Preparations for Dios De Los Muertos festival on Lake Street, Credit: Sheila Regan
Artmaking is a big part of how Comunidades Latinas Unitas En Servicio, or CLUES, brings communities together in the Twin Cities. Everything from it...

  • Added: Dec 11, 2021
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Caption: Ingebretsen's Scandanavian Gifts, Credit: Britta Greene
It’s the busiest time of the year at Ingebretson’s, a Scandanavian market and gift shop on Lake Street in Minneapolis. As Ingebretson’s marks its 1...

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Caption: Maria Isa and The Drums perform "Live from Minnesota" at Palmer's Bar in Minneapolis., Credit: Ryan Dawes
SotaRican Dancehall and Boricua singer Maria Isa and her band performed October 9, 2021 on the patio at Palmer's Bar in the Cedar Riverside neighbo...

  • Added: Dec 04, 2021
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Caption: Peter Borne aboard Joyful Noise, Credit: James Napoli
Richfield couple Peter and Michele Borne are on a mission to unite communities along the Mississippi River through music and education. But before ...

  • Added: Nov 17, 2021
  • Length: 06:58