10,000 Fresh Voices


At 10,000 Fresh Voices you’ll hear stories on Minnesota’s rich, cultural heritage - 3-5 minute vignettes on the arts, history and landscape - told by diverse voices from across the state. 

Stories from the 10,000 Fresh Voices series are broadcasted on KFAI's Morning Blend and stored at AMPERS, a network of 12 independent, locally managed public radio stations in Minnesota. 

Radio stations across the country have access to over 300 stories from the 10,000 Fresh Voices series at the Public Radio Exchange (PRX), an online marketplace for distribution, review, and licensing of public radio programming.

We're proud to boast that ten stories from the 10,000 Fresh Voices series have received Page One awards from the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists.


10,000 Fresh Voices is made possible by the people of Minnesota who voted to create the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Recent Playlists

Family's Artistic Creativity Spans Multiple Generation

The sudden and dramatic regression of Monica Moses’ development in the early years of her life alarmed her mother and grandmother. They watched as the toddler lost her ability to talk, walk and make eye contact. They sought help, and when Monica was diagnosed with Autism, they moved forward with treatment and therapy. Today Monica is a happy 17-year-old and part of a multi-talented, multi-generational family who share creative genes in the visual and literary arts.

20% Theatre Brings Trans and Queer Voices to the Stage

The Naked I: Insides Out is the third in a series of Naked I plays that explores an unprecedented breadth and depth of trans and gender non-conforming experiences. Led by 20% Theatre Company Twin Cities’s artistic director and founder Claire Avitabile, the performance includes monologues, short scenes, movement pieces, and spoken word poems produced and presented entirely by trans, queer, and allied artists. This story was produced for KFAI by Minna Zhou.

The Art Shanties

Every weekend in February, somewhere on the outskirts of the Twin Cities, a group of artists gather and head out onto a frozen lake with a vision and several layers of clothing. They collectively form what is known as The Ice Shanty Projects, the brainchild of Peter Hokken Thompson and David Pittman, who started the event in 2004 on Medicine Lake. Sharing the ice with winter sports enthusiasts, they transform an unforgiving landscape into something truly dazzling and uniquely Minnesotan. KFAI producer Joe Sadowski reports on the history, logistics and inspirations behind the event, held on White Bear Lake in 2014. Production assistance by Nancy Skalkos.

The Minneapolis Art Lending Library

The Minneapolis Art Lending Library (MALL) allows patrons to borrow artwork for two months at a time. Started by three recent college grads, the project recently received a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. With the money, the library will move to a new space, build its collection and—the founders hope—reach out to more community members.

Abdi Elmi's Unique Distinction

Abdi Elmi is the only court-certified Somali interpreter in the country. He lives here in Minnesota, home to the largest Somali population in the United States, and he—unsurprisingly—keeps a full caseload. KFAI producer Britta Greene brings us this story about Abdi Elmi and the challenges of interpreting at the highest levels.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarves

Tucked away on the second floor of the African Development Center in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, is a tiny thrift shop called the Sisterhood Boutique. The shop is a dream come true for the founders—a group of young East African women who call themselves the Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarves. After meeting and planning for nearly two years at the Brian Coyle Community Center, the high school entrepreneurs opened their store in February 2014.

Jackson Flats Offers Artists Affordable Live/Work Space

Jackson Flats is a 41-unit condo building in Northeast Minneapolis developed by the Northeast Community Development Corporation and Artspace. KFAI producer Manda Lillie talks to ceramic artist Rachel Vitko about what it’s like to have an affordable live/work space in the heart of the city.

The Hack Factory Receives National Attention

A team from Twin Cities Maker is receiving national recognition for winning the Ultimate Maker Vehicle Challenge, sponsored by the Ford Motor Company and Make Magazine. Ford plans to build their design of the Hackmobile—a fully equipped wood shop and electronic studio on wheels. KFAI producer Susan Gray visited the Hack Factory to learn what the “maker movement” is all about.

The Book House in Dinkytown

The Book House in Dinkytown has been part of the University of Minnesota culture since 1976. From quality used books to academic texts and vinyl records, the Book House is known for an array of collections—especially philosophy and theology. Owner Kristen Eide-Tollefson talks to KFAI producer Dixie Treichel about being a literary steward to generations of scholars and collectors.

The Women of Bohemian Flats

For more than half a century, the flats along the Mississippi River below the Washington Avenue Bridge were an entry point for new immigrants. Living conditions at Bohemian Flats were spartan at best, and repeated floods and freezing conditions forced many people out. For those who braved the elements, a community evolved. In this story, KFAI producer Allison Herrera tells the story of the women of Bohemian Flats.

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