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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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Minneapolis' Naive Sense has called it quits. During its short history, the hardcore band made waves partly for being fronted by a trans woman. And...

  • Added: Jun 26, 2017
  • Length: 05:16
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When Ellen Hart began writing detective novels, she didn't want to hide her identity. So she created Jane Lawless, a lesbian protagonist, as the st...

  • Added: Jun 16, 2017
  • Length: 03:49
Caption: Cellist Christa Schneider of Skeleton Crew., Credit: Julie Sweet
The mission of Skeleton Crew is to rid classical music of its stuffiness. That's why the ragtag collection of violinists, cellists and percussionis...

Bought by PRX Remix

  • Added: Jun 07, 2017
  • Length: 04:03
  • Purchases: 1
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Fifteen years ago, American musician Doug Little traveled Cuba to study Latin jazz. In Havana, he met a flute teacher who introduced him to a tradi...

Bought by PRX Remix

  • Added: Jun 07, 2017
  • Length: 03:50
  • Purchases: 1
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Sculpture is usually made to be seen, and not heard. Norman Andersen's work is an exception. The Minnesota artist makes analog-based, sound sculptu...

  • Added: Jun 05, 2017
  • Length: 03:39
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A harpist has been playing for primates at the Como Zoo in St. Paul for almost a decade. We hear how they react, with a beautiful sound of their ow...

  • Added: Jun 02, 2017
  • Length: 11:30
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In the early 1980s, a Romanian ballet star visited Little Falls, Minnesota, to teach a few ballet classes. Surprisingly, he never left. KFAI's Nanc...

  • Added: May 24, 2017
  • Length: 05:18
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A new documentary about what’s known historically as the Indian Adoption Project, a US government program designed to place Native American childre...

Bought by KVSC

  • Added: May 22, 2017
  • Length: 51:06
  • Purchases: 1
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Every spring, the Minnesota Society of Arboriculture hosts a Tree Climbing Championship. At the competition, tree care professionals strive to be t...

  • Added: May 18, 2017
  • Length: 03:20
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Locals sometimes worry how newcomers will adjust to life in America. But for immigrants, their hearts and voices often reach out across the ocean t...

Bought by WAMC and KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio

  • Added: May 17, 2017
  • Length: 05:10
  • Purchases: 2
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What happens when local punk legends make a new album nearly four decades after their first record? KFAI's Xan Holston dives into the mosh pit of t...

  • Added: May 16, 2017
  • Length: 04:48
Caption: One of Mows510's mouse doors in Minneapolis., Credit: Mows510
If you look down while walking around town, you might spot the art of Mows150, the pseudonym for the artist who attaches whimsical mouse doors to b...

  • Added: May 11, 2017
  • Length: 05:31
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Two Minnesotans take very different paths toward a common goal: to dive deeper into the animal world. Featuring interviews with videographer Sam Ea...

  • Added: May 08, 2017
  • Length: 16:15
Caption:  Emmanuel Ortiz, Lupe Castillo, Teresa Ortiz and David Menclez, Credit: Jared Goyette
For nearly 15 years, the Palabristas have been creating and performing spoken word poetry that expresses their Latino and indigenous identity. The...

  • Added: May 03, 2017
  • Length: 04:45
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Introducing the MinneCulture podcast, featuring the best arts, culture and history reporting from KFAI in Minneapolis. On this episode, "How Black ...

  • Added: May 01, 2017
  • Length: 13:40
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Baby Shel is a rapper with a story to tell—one that is not often heard in mainstream media. His home is Red Lake, Minnesota, one of several Native ...

  • Added: May 01, 2017
  • Length: 03:40
Caption: De'Monica Flye (left) and Kendra Glenn performing at Arnellia's Bar and Restaurant in St. Paul, Minnesota., Credit: Nancy Rosenbaum
For 25 years, Arneilla's Bar and Restaurant in St. Paul is where black Minnesotans have gone to hear live music, celebrate birthdays, and even play...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2017
  • Length: 05:36
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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