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KFAI

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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.

Pieces

Caption: Cecil Newman with U.S. senator Walter Mondale, 1967., Credit:  Courtesy Spokesman-Recorder
Not long after the turn of the 20th century, a grandson of former slaves headed north to Minnesota from Kansas City with about a dollar in his pock...

  • Added: Jul 27, 2015
  • Length: 05:23
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Decades after it was torn apart, Saint Paul’s Rondo neighborhood is yearning for a new beginning. The State of Minnesota bulldozed a big chunk of t...

  • Added: Jul 23, 2015
  • Length: 02:44
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Barbara Jean brings both the rugged and softer side of Minnesota’s North Shore to her music. She is an accomplished songwriter with accolades from ...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio


  • Added: Jul 22, 2015
  • Length: 25:57
  • Purchases: 1
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The cultural landscape of the Twin Cities changed dramatically in 1963 with the opening of the Guthrie Theater. Built next to the Walker Arts Cente...

  • Added: Jul 16, 2015
  • Length: 27:25
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Creating a new urban park is tougher than you might think. One St. Paul artist discovered this while trying to turn a gravel-filled lot into an urb...

Bought by KSRQ


  • Added: Jul 16, 2015
  • Length: 04:56
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jolly Green Giant, Credit: Courtesy of General Mills
In this story, we hear how a small-town Minnesota company grew to become one of the largest producers of canned vegetables in the United States and...

Bought by KSRQ


  • Added: Jul 15, 2015
  • Length: 04:25
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Charlie Hoffman, Credit: Dixie Treichel
For more than four decades, Charlie Hoffman has been chiseling and sanding and shaping fine woods into handcrafted acoustic guitars at his Minneapo...

  • Added: Jul 13, 2015
  • Length: 06:02
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In the 1970s, urban renewal meant bulldozing old buildings. But in the Seward neighborhood of South Minneapolis, activists resisted city efforts to...

Bought by KSRQ


  • Added: Jul 07, 2015
  • Length: 05:32
  • Purchases: 1
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In the 19th century, St. Paul's Uppertown and West Seventh neighborhood was home to several limestone quarries, which led to German immigrants buil...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2015
  • Length: 05:01
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For Patric Richardson, Mondays are sacred. It’s the only day of the week that his small clothing storie is closed, and the day is reserved for his ...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2015
  • Length: 04:45
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Early St. Paul history includes stories of immigration, temperance politics and political jockeying. KFAI's Bobbie Scott explores how these threads...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2015
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: The Icicles, Credit: Courtesy of Icehouse Mpls
The Icicles is the surf/dub/ambient trio of ace local musicians/hired guns. Featuring Jim Anton (Jonny Lang/Paul Westerberg) on bass, Jacob Hanson ...

Bought by KSRQ


  • Added: Jun 26, 2015
  • Length: 27:51
  • Purchases: 1
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50+ volunteer singers comprise the Minneapolis-based Prairie Fire Lady Choir. The all-female group sings everything from Metallica to Prince and pe...

  • Added: Jun 26, 2015
  • Length: 03:26
Caption: Syl Thiel and Phyllis Thiel, Credit: Manda Lillie
Of his 92 years, Syl Thiel has been bowling for 77 of them. And for 70 of those 77 years he has participated in the United States Bowling Congress ...

  • Added: Jun 26, 2015
  • Length: 05:03
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Remember that thrilling moment when, with a gentle nudge, you first balanced on two wheels? Many of us caught the bug for biking then and never loo...

  • Added: Jun 23, 2015
  • Length: 05:43
Caption: Eunice Johnson, Credit: Johnson Publishing Company
The Ebony Fashion Fair was a traveling haute couture show that crisscrossed the country for more than 50 years beginning in the 1950s. It was creat...

  • Added: Jun 23, 2015
  • Length: 05:01
Caption: Richard Moody and Amara Kamara, Credit: Will Wright
Just because you're a guy doesn't mean you can't look fabulous. Richard Moody, a local event planner and a Delta Airlines worker, created "The Dand...

Bought by KSRQ and KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Jun 17, 2015
  • Length: 04:41
  • Purchases: 2
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In this episode of "MinneHistory," we visit The North West Company Fur Post – built by French “voyageurs” and British traders at the beginning of t...

Bought by KSRQ


  • Added: Jun 15, 2015
  • Length: 05:41
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Erik Koskinen, Credit: Jenn Barnett Photos
A rare combination of wordsmith and guitar hero. Erik Koskinen is part country, part rock, part polka-billy and full-on honkeytonk. Recorded live a...

  • Added: Jun 11, 2015
  • Length: 27:48
Caption: Sue Nelson, organist with the Minnesota Twins, Credit: Ryan Dawes
While organ music has been played at baseball games for well over 70 years, many stadiums have opted to replace their organs with canned music. Ye...

Bought by WABE and KSRQ


  • Added: Jun 11, 2015
  • Length: 03:32
  • Purchases: 2