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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An archive of Al McFarlane's The Forum, recorded for KMOJ live from Lucille's Kitchen in Minneapolis

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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: Nunnabove: Bennet, Wisdom, Candace, and Mattie Nunn (L to R), Credit: Kaden Demer
Two Minnesota family bands, the Steeles and the Nunns, talk about making music with family members.

  • Added: Jun 11, 2024
  • Length: 06:58
Caption: Karla Bloem and Alice the Owl, Credit: Karla Bloem
Minnesota is home to the only all-owl education center in the United States. Why an owl center in Minnesota? Well, it started with an owl named Al...

  • Added: Jun 06, 2024
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Heid Erdrich is Minneapolis first poet laureate, Credit: Angela Erdrich
Heid Erdrich is Minneapolis' first poet laureate for the year 2024. She is Ojibwe, an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain band.

  • Added: May 31, 2024
  • Length: 05:08
Caption: The group behind Estuary performs, Credit: Zack Baltich
The sound of ice underlays a new music project called Estuary, named after the place where a river converges with other waters. Musician player Zac...

  • Added: May 28, 2024
  • Length: 05:08
Caption: Employees of the DNR releasing a river otter into the wild, Credit: Carrol Henderson
Next year, Carrol Henderson has a memoir coming out from Afton Press about his 41 years as the Minnesota DNR's first Nongame Wildlife Program Super...

  • Added: May 22, 2024
  • Length: 06:00
Caption: Fixers at Hennepin County's April Fix-It Clinic, Credit: Matthew Schneeman
Do you have a charger that doesn't charge anymore? Vacuum clogged somewhere you can’t reach? Instead of tossing it out, you could bring it to a fix...

  • Added: May 07, 2024
  • Length: 07:04
Caption: Charlie Parr and John Koerner, Credit: Star Tribune
Legendary musician Spider John Koerner recently gifted one of his customized Gretsch guitars to musician Charlie Parr — a way of passing the torch ...

  • Added: May 02, 2024
  • Length: 07:45
Caption: Alondra Garza creates art with hot cheetos, Credit: Sheila Regan
Minneapolis-based artist Alondra Garza has been adding a little crunch to her recent body of work. And that crunch comes in the form of hot cheetos.

  • Added: Apr 30, 2024
  • Length: 06:13
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Bagpipes arrived in Minnesota in the 1850’s, brought by Scottish immigrants to what is now Blue Earth county, as settlers moved in, occupying Dakot...

  • Added: Apr 24, 2024
  • Length: 06:32
Caption: UMFA President Sarah Bylsma shows off a bass fulte, Credit: Alison Young
The Upper Midwest Flute Association offers places for flutists to perform, to learn, to compete and to borrow music and instruments.

  • Added: Apr 22, 2024
  • Length: 06:00