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: A wedge of Minnesota-made blue cheese with crackers, Credit: Tony Williams
For a few short years, St. Paul was the Blue Cheese Capital of the World. In this episode of MinneCulture, Tony Williams takes us on a tour through...

  • Added: Jun 23, 2022
  • Length: 18:18
Caption: The Red Wing Arts Clay & Creative Center serves as a gallery for clay artists to display and sell their work., Credit: Sheila Regan
Welcome to Red Wing, Minnesota: a city with a long history of pottery and stoneware. KFAI's Sheila Regan talks to Red Wing Arts, an organization th...

  • Added: Jun 21, 2022
  • Length: 05:49
Caption: A portrait of Mother Alfred Moes, Credit: Courtesy of Assisi Heights Archives
You may know that Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota is named after doctor WW Mayo who founded the clinic with his sons. But fewer people know of ...

  • Added: Jun 16, 2022
  • Length: 13:03
Caption: Wildhive dancers at the St. Louis Park Rec Center, Credit: Krista Wax
Local KFAI DJ Krista Wax loves to dance. She’s joined zumba groups and takes classes at local gyms, but lately she’s gotten into a more unconventio...

  • Added: Jun 13, 2022
  • Length: 04:52
Caption: Whelp Fire: The Whelp and John Ek fires lead, in part, to the closure of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in 2021. , Credit: Courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service
Minnesota's Boundary Waters is the most visited wilderness area in the country. Last summer, the entire Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness was s...

  • Added: Jun 09, 2022
  • Length: 30:00
Caption: Annie Enneking, center right, teaches dance choreography for a production of Romeo and Juliet, Credit: Annie Enneking
Annie Enneking is a local theater fight director, as well as the front woman for her band Annie and the Bang Bang. KFAI's Cyn Collins spoke with An...

  • Added: Jun 06, 2022
  • Length: 06:26
Caption: A portrait of Meridel LeSueur, Credit: Courtesy of the archives of Becka B. Tilsen
Meridel LeSueur was a herald for a populist vision of America in the first half of the 20th century, especially in the Twin Cities. Despite being s...

  • Added: Jun 02, 2022
  • Length: 17:01
Caption: Logan Williams (left) and Marc Lashner on the North Shore, Credit: Photo courtesy of Haley Rasmussen
If you have ever seen someone slacklining, you may have thought it looked impossible. Not to mention terrifying. But even people who have been walk...

  • Added: May 31, 2022
  • Length: 06:05
Caption: With persistence, Katie Mumm found the mother and yearling moose we'd been tracking on Hungry Jack Road, up the Gunflint Trail. She photographed this pair two days later, on April 5, 2022., Credit: Katie Mumm
Minnesota's moose count is the highest it's been since 2011. But behind that encouraging number, there's a long history of decline. And the people ...

  • Added: May 25, 2022
  • Length: 22:43
Caption: An advertisement previewing the summer season of Wonderland, May 1905 , Credit: The Minneapolis Journal
The Twin Cities metro area used to be freckled with Amusement Parks. Minnesotans a hundred years ago flocked, or rode trolleys, to these parks to r...

  • Added: May 25, 2022
  • Length: 23:23