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: Reporter Matthew Schneeman poses in front of the runestone at the Kensington Runestone Museum, Credit: Mattew Scheeman
In 1898, a farmer dug up a stone engraved with a Nordic language in a field in Kensington, Minnesota. People have been arguing about it ever since...

  • Added: Feb 02, 2023
  • Length: 25:48
Caption: Paul Chan: Breathers is on display at the Walker Art Center through July 16, 2023, Credit: Sheila Regan
Artist Paul Chan took a break from making in art in 2009. This "breather" helped him reimagine his art, and it is the focus of his new exhibit titl...

  • Added: Jan 25, 2023
  • Length: 06:56
Caption: Workers at Concord Meat in South St. Paul, Credit: Matthew Schneeman
We often talk about meat-eating like it’s a part of our DNA. Our ancestors ate meat, and therefore, so do we. But what we have on our dinner plates...

  • Added: Jan 19, 2023
  • Length: 22:45
Caption: A loon on Elbow Lake, Credit: Pam Hickman, volunteer with Birds Canada
For Minnesotans, the common loon is more than our state bird. It's a symbol of the beauty of our home. For scientists, the loon's health is also an...

  • Added: Jan 19, 2023
  • Length: 20:38
Caption: Border CrosSing rehearses for their December concert at the Minnesota Orchestra, Credit: Border CrosSing
You may spend the holiday season listening to your favorite holiday choral music. In Minnesota, one choral ensemble aims to expand on the so-called...

  • Added: Dec 21, 2022
  • Length: 04:43
Caption: Berlin Miscevich, owner of Fish Lake Premium, fetches some minnows for a customer., Credit: Ann Ward
Locally owned bait shops aren't as common across Minnesota as they once were. A young woman who owns a bait shop about an hour north of the Twin Ci...

  • Added: Nov 16, 2022
  • Length: 07:48
Caption: Workshop participant Katie Hae Leo (left) practices self-defense at Taiko Arts Midwest, Credit: Sheila Regan
Violence against Asian Americans in the United States have been on the rise over the last few years. In response to this trend, the non-profit Taik...

  • Added: Nov 08, 2022
  • Length: 06:31
Caption: A volunteer with the non-profit Maritime Heritage explores a boat wreck at the bottom of Christmas Lake, Credit: Josh Knutson / Maritime Heritage
Have you ever accidentally dropped something in a lake? Plenty of Minnesotans have. That's why lake and river bottoms are full of artifacts and boa...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2022
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Caption: Minnesota Old Timers Jim Westby (right) talks with fellow player Greg Bakberg (left) during a match., Credit: Matthew Schneeman
We are often encouraged to slow down as we age. To relax, to take it easy. To move less. But some people, like the Minnesota Old Timers, a group ...

  • Added: Aug 23, 2022
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Mrs. Pinky and the Great Fox perform live as part of KFAI's Live from Minnesota concert series in June 2022.

  • Added: Aug 16, 2022
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