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: Lela Pierce stands before a projection by Snow Yunxue Fu, Credit: Courtesy of the Gordon Parks Gallery in St. Paul
How do we experience a gallery in digital space? That question gets explored by new media artist Snow Yunxue Fu and dance artist Lela Pierce in "Re...

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  • Added: Apr 26, 2021
  • Length: 05:27
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Since the first rail line was completed in Minnesota in 1862, the railroad has had a storied existence in the state. Fire is part of that story. KF...

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  • Added: Apr 25, 2021
  • Length: 07:09
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Caption: Leif Brush
Leif Brush was a pioneering sound artist based in Duluth since the mid 1970s. His Terrain Instruments were just some of the audible sculptures tha...

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  • Added: Apr 18, 2021
  • Length: 06:11
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The Lake Wobegon Trail is a 10-foot wide strip of pavement that guides bicyclists through Central Minnesota’s trees, lakes, and fields of cows. Now...

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  • Added: Apr 17, 2021
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Caption: Ojibwe people at a winter camp in South Harbor, Minnesota in 1875, Credit: MN Historical Society
This spring marks the 80th anniversary of the 1941 blizzard that killed dozens of people in Minnesota and North Dakota. The region has a reputation...

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  • Added: Apr 17, 2021
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Caption: Ricky Littlewolf, 1971, Credit: Charles Buckanaga
In Minneapolis in the 1970s Native American youth boxing was at its peak. Experienced boxers committed their time and energy to start gyms and coac...

  • Added: Apr 05, 2021
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Caption: McKnight Distinguished Artist Marcie Rendon, Credit: Jaida Grey Eagle
Marcie Rendon is tribal citizen of the White Earth Nation, whose work focuses on the lives of Native people. Based in Minneapolis, Rendon's career ...

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  • Added: Apr 04, 2021
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Caption: Jackson Duin at ArtReach, Credit: Sheila Regan
Jackson Duin, a high school student in Edina, Minnesota has been getting noticed in the past few years for his talented eye. Recently he has branch...

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  • Added: Apr 03, 2021
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Caption: Emily Michaels King
Performance artist Emily Michaels King has a new production called ‘Digital,” which invites the audience into the bedroom, into the computer screen...

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  • Added: Mar 10, 2021
  • Length: 05:23
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Caption: Writer Adlyn Carreras presents her 'Dear Neighbor' poster., Credit: Sheila Regan
The Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul was hit hard during the civil unrest that followed the police killing of George Floyd. While buildings are be...

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  • Added: Mar 10, 2021
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