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

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Caption: Dona Pepa performing on the Lake Street Truth Collective stage, Credit: Photo by Sheila Regan
The empty lot where the former Roberts Shoes Building once stood has become a lively art space connected to the community around Lake Street. KFAI'...

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Caption: C.H. Lippincott Seed Catalogue, Credit: Image Courtesy of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
In 1886, no one expected much from Carrie H. Lippincott. She was a single woman in desperate need of money when she launched what would become one ...

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Caption: Mankwe Ndosi, Credit: Sally Nixon
The album "felt / not said" by Mankwe Ndosi and Body MemOri features cello, contrabasso, percussion, wildly versatile vocals by Ndosi, but the albu...

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Caption: Serenity, Credit: Photo Courtesy of Isabel Pone
Isabel Pone a.k.a 'Serenity' was sick of just getting by on a nine-to-five job. She's an up-and-coming Dj and vocalist within Minneapolis's growing...

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Caption: Summertime around Bde Maka Ska in Minneapolis, Credit: Photo courtesy of Kiin Adan and Melissa Olson
A year after the name Bde Maka Ska was restored as the official name of a popular lake in Minneapolis, youth producer Kiin Adan set out to learn mo...

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Caption: Corrector Vol 2: Impossible Musics, Credit: Image Courtesy of Corrector Records
"Improbable and impractical" – words used to describe the music found on "Corrector Vol 2: Impossible Musics," a new album compiled of music compos...

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Caption: FUN collage, Credit: Dave Mruz
When Dave Mruz was three, his parents bought him a subscription to Donald Duck comics. Years later, he learned those same comics had been created b...

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Caption: James Garret Jr., Credit: 4RM+ULA
James Garrett Jr. is an architect at 4RM+ULA architects. His family has deep ties to St. Paul’s Rondo neighborhood. During his childhood, James fel...

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Caption: Frederick Price, convicted of the murder of Mary Fridley Price in 1916.
The plain, uninteresting Mary Fridley Price. Not the sort of girl anyone would notice—except now she'd gone and leapt over a cliff to save her poor...

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Caption: A.B. Cassius just after he was granted a liquor license for his cafe., Credit: Hennepin County Library and the children of John Glanton
Anthony Brutus Cassius was questioned by the FBI, fought to be the first Black person in Minnesota to get a liquor license, and his famous greasy b...

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