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MinneCulture

Series produced by KFAI

Caption: KFAI Legacy Project
KFAI Legacy Project 

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.

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.


218 Pieces

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Ever since Prince died in 2016, people who knew him have come forward with personal stories about what the famously private star was actually like ...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio


  • Added: Apr 19, 2017
  • Length: 05:40
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Ness Nite, Credit: Courtesy of Ness Nite
Ness Nite studied at the University of St. Thomas a couple of years ago. But she's given up college to pursue a music career. After gigs at First ...

  • Added: Apr 12, 2017
  • Length: 03:38
Caption: An object in Guillermo del Toro's monster collection., Credit: Xan Holston
Monsters: they’re everywhere: behind the door, under the bed, and currently, at the museum. KFAI’s Xan Holston wandered through the cabinet of curi...

  • Added: Apr 11, 2017
  • Length: 04:34
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There's something romantic and dangerous about neon. Maybe it's because it comes alive at night, and has lit the Hollywood fantasies of film noir b...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio


  • Added: Apr 11, 2017
  • Length: 04:34
  • Purchases: 1
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In 1956, just 13 homes remained in the St. Paul's Swede Hollow neighborhood. The city called the houses a health hazard, forced people living there...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio


  • Added: Apr 05, 2017
  • Length: 05:55
  • Purchases: 1
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Mason Jennings is now celebrating 20 years of making music in Minnesota. In this "Live from Minnesota" recording, Jennings performs at Sacred Heart...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio


  • Added: Jan 27, 2017
  • Length: 26:02
  • Purchases: 1
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The Pines are deeply connected to their American folk music roots. While their songs revolve around fictional stories and an acoustic guitar, this ...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio


  • Added: Jan 13, 2017
  • Length: 56:33
  • Purchases: 1
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To Minnesota by way of Somalia, Nairobi, London and the Netherlands, Waayaha Cusub emphasizes nonviolence and social justice themes in its hip-hop....

  • Added: Nov 30, 2016
  • Length: 27:29
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No samples, no drum machines, no turntables, St.Paul's own Heiruspecs have been delivering their hip-hop raw and live for nearly 20 years. In this ...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio


  • Added: Nov 22, 2016
  • Length: 26:57
  • Purchases: 1
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Although Charlie Parr calls Duluth home, the Minnesota folk singer rarely lays his head there. He's more often on the road, sleeping in his car, an...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio


  • Added: Nov 03, 2016
  • Length: 51:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Kip Moon, Credit: Courtesy of Kip Moon
America's attempt to separate Native children from their families didn't end with boarding schools. In the decades after World War II, the U.S. gov...

Bought by KUT, Prairie Public, WYSO, KKWE Niijii Radio, MPR News Stations and more


  • Added: Nov 18, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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How can you forget the one Halloween in your life that came with two feet of snow? KFAI's Britt Aamodt was studying biology at Gustavus Adolphus Co...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, KKWE Niijii Radio, and WGZS


  • Added: Oct 12, 2016
  • Length: 26:40
  • Purchases: 4
Caption:  Abdul Salaam El Razzac, Doub; Terry Bellamy, Turnbo, Credit: Penumbra Theatre
Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul is one of America's first black theater companies. This month, "Jitney" — a play by the great August Wilson — returns ...

  • Added: Oct 11, 2016
  • Length: 28:34
Caption: Zaynab Ali
After bullets prevented her from attending school in Yemen, Zaynab Abdi arrived in Minnesota with a strong desire to learn. Instead, she was met by...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio


  • Added: Aug 11, 2016
  • Length: 05:11
  • Purchases: 1
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Faribault, Minnesota is known for a few things. A heritage woolen mill. A fancy prep school for rich kids. And oh yeah, a spinning, twirling carniv...

  • Added: Aug 11, 2016
  • Length: 04:51
Caption: Richard Tatge plays one of his 6,000 board games., Credit: Emily Bright
In the age of Pokeman Go, some people still love old-fashioned board games like Monopoly and Candy Land. One Minnesotan really, really loves them. ...

  • Added: Aug 09, 2016
  • Length: 04:19
Caption: The Rogue Potters fire up the kiln on a summer evening., Credit: Xan Holston
A super hot, even flame is essential for firing pottery. When a kiln is heated by electricity or gas, that’s easy to accomplish. But if your kiln d...

  • Added: Aug 10, 2016
  • Length: 04:12
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He didn't float like a butterfly or sting like a bee, but Scott LeDoux was Minnesota's heavyweight boxer. In the 1970s and 80s, the native of Crosb...

  • Added: Aug 08, 2016
  • Length: 06:15
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Playwright Christina Ham loves little known stories inspired by history. But after she digs in the archives, Ham sets aside the research and lets h...

  • Added: Aug 04, 2016
  • Length: 04:06
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Jayanthi Kyle sings "Hand in Hand," a song she co-wrote with Wes Burden. As police-involved killings of African-Americans gave rise to the Black Li...

  • Added: Jul 25, 2016
  • Length: 02:05