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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: Harry Waters, Jr., Macalester College associate professor , Credit: Will Wright
Lots of creative people live in Minneapolis. They make stuff that people buy. And this creates dollars. But how many? And who’s getting paid the mo...

  • Added: Jul 25, 2016
  • Length: 04:45
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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
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In this "Live from Minnesota" show, Christoph Bruhn and Kyle Fosburgh perform at the Warming House in Minneapolis, showcasing their original blend ...

  • Added: Jul 20, 2016
  • Length: 28:00
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Born in Minneapolis in 1920, Noel Neill watched the Andrew Sisters leave town and achieve fame. Neill wanted that too. So at age 17, she moved to L...

  • Added: Jul 19, 2016
  • Length: 05:25
Caption: Anab Isse (l) and Deka Aden (r), Credit: Nancy Rosenbaum
Minnesota is home to the largest Somali community in North America. Each July, thousands of people from around the world come to the Twin Cities to...

  • Added: Jul 12, 2016
  • Length: 04:00
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Minneapolis singer Jayanthi Kyle grew up listening to songs of the civil rights movement. As police-involved killings of African-Americans gave ris...

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  • Added: Jul 06, 2016
  • Length: 03:34
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: #4, Diaz, by Charles Biederman, Credit: Biederman Archive, Weisman Art Museum
One job of a museum curator is to get great art. So near the end of his life, the abstract artist Charles Biederman was getting wooed by the Detroi...

  • Added: Jul 05, 2016
  • Length: 06:10
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Invasive species eat everything in their path. Here in Minnesota, we’ve tried removing buckthorn and garlic mustard plants with herbicides and peop...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2016
  • Length: 04:37
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Most people viewed the drunks on Minneapolis’ Skid Row as pariahs. Not Johnny Rex. He owned a bar, a liquor store and a flophouse there. To Johnny ...

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  • Added: Jun 28, 2016
  • Length: 05:02
  • Purchases: 1
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After artist Hugh Kappel died in 1982, his landlord threatened to trash his paintings if friends didn't retrieve them quickly. So they did. But not...

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  • Added: Jun 20, 2016
  • Length: 06:22
  • Purchases: 1
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Writer Frank Bures was born in Minnesota and he lives here now. But his newest book starts with a story from very far away—Lagos, Nigeria. KFAI’s S...

  • Added: Jun 13, 2016
  • Length: 04:31
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In this "Live from Minnesota" episode, a trio of punk rock bands perform live at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis. Playing it loud and pr...

  • Added: Jun 07, 2016
  • Length: 26:42
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Ashwini Ramaswami is a professional dancer and soloist with Ragamala Dance Company — a group with a modern take on classical South Indian dance. He...

  • Added: Jun 07, 2016
  • Length: 05:26
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The Original Coney Island in downtown St Paul looks like it is always closed, but sometimes allows customers to step into a by-gone era when it ope...

  • Added: May 31, 2016
  • Length: 03:41
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Siama Matuzungidi grew up near the Congo River in south central Africa. Today, the Minnesota musician lives near another mighty river, the Mississi...

  • Added: May 27, 2016
  • Length: 04:32
Caption: Matt Himes of Lighten Up Sounds, a cassette-based music company., Credit: Xan Holston
Innovation has killed lots of media formats. Betamax tapes gave way to VHS, DVDs, and video-on-demand. And 8-track tapes, cassettes, vinyl and CDs ...

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  • Added: May 19, 2016
  • Length: 06:14
  • Purchases: 1
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Blending traditional folk harmonies with rocking' up-tempo bluegrass, The Last Revel is a three-piece band that began playing a weekly gig at a div...

  • Added: May 16, 2016
  • Length: 26:35
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John Cage is best known as the composer of 4'33" — a piece consisting of four minutes and thirty-three seconds of ambient noise. In 1979, the avant...

  • Added: May 10, 2016
  • Length: 07:16
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One doesn't expect to find a horror story at the opera. That hasn't stopped Minnesota Opera from confronting unspeakable acts at the Overlook Hotel...

  • Added: May 07, 2016
  • Length: 04:37
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Kirk Washington, Jr. was a North Minneapolis-based artist and activist who was recently killed in a car accident. KFAI's Nancy Rosenbaum spoke with...

  • Added: May 06, 2016
  • Length: 04:13