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

Latest Pieces

Caption: The Real Chuck Norads perform at Live from Minnesota, Credit: Line Break Media
The Real Chuck Norads perform at the Cedar Cultural Center on October 27, 2022. Full concert audio.

  • Added: May 26, 2023
  • Length: 01:03:38
Caption: Mine performs at Live from Minnesota, Credit: Line Break Media
Mine performs at Live from Minnesota at the Cedar Cultural Center on October 27, 2023. Full concert audio.

  • Added: May 26, 2023
  • Length: 33:54
Caption: Butter Boys at Cedar Cultural Center - October 27, 2022, Credit: Line Break Media
Butter Boys perform at Live from Minnesota at the Cedar Cultural Center on October 27, 2022.

  • Added: May 26, 2023
  • Length: 30:53
Caption: City of Minnetonka forester Hannibal Hayes mills a log at the city's new saw mill., Credit: Timothy Foss
Amidst the Emerald Ash Borer crisis, the city of Minnetonka currently has a surplus of ash logs from 60,000 trees. Some Minnetonka foresters are wo...

  • Added: May 26, 2023
  • Length: 05:50
Caption: Wytt Torsden and tag team partner Kanan Korus celebrate after winning their match at Rudos match in April 2023 , Credit: Julie Censullo
Lucha libre is a style of Mexican wrestling that blends acrobatics, combat, and classic narrative tropes of good and evil to engage audiences. One ...

  • Added: May 24, 2023
  • Length: 05:56
Caption: Laura Powell-Marxen works in the basement of her Grand Marais home. Laura makes hats, mittens and other apparel from the fur from animals of the North Woods., Credit: Joe Friedrichs
The role of women, particularly Indigenous women, during the legendary fur trade in Minnesota is often overlooked. KFAI contributor Joe Friedrichs ...

  • Added: May 18, 2023
  • Length: 21:58
Caption: Animator CC Stanhill, Credit: CC Stanhill
Every year, the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) highlights a selection of local talent that pushes the boundaries of co...

  • Added: May 10, 2023
  • Length: 06:17
Caption: The water tower of Hilltop, MN, Credit: Matthew Schneeman
There’s a tiny town just north of Minneapolis that is entirely surrounded by Columbia Heights. It's called Hilltop. In a way, Hilltop was forced in...

  • Added: May 02, 2023
  • Length: 07:56
Caption: Bad Axe site lead Ollie holds an ax in front of a target at Bad Axe Throwing - City Center in Minneapolis, Credit: Dixie Treichel
While ax throwing was historically reserved for frontiersmen and lumberjacks, it is becoming a popular recreational activity, thanks to spaces like...

  • Added: Apr 26, 2023
  • Length: 04:29
Caption: Rose Cleveland and Evangeline Whipple, Credit: https://www.masshist.org/collection-guides/view/fap033
Archives tell an important story. The people in them—and the people left out—say a lot about our politics, culture, and consciousness. Today, resea...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2023
  • Length: 17:12