Arts & Culture

Date: May 7, 2013
Contact: Nancy Sartor, Project Manager, 612-501-9479 or

Five KFAI producers have received Page One Awards from the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). Jessica Folker, Dan Greenwood, Marisa Helms and Daniel Zamzow won awards for work they produced for KFAI’s Legacy Project—the station’s arts and culture initiative managed by Nancy Sartor. KFAI’s Libby Donohue was also recognized with a Page One Award for a story she produced for News Director Dale Connelly.

KFAI’s Legacy Project includes short features that are broadcast on the Morning Blend (Monday through Friday from 6 to 8am), and audio documentaries and live performances that air during MinneCulture (Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30 to 8pm). Now in its third cycle, the Legacy Project is supported by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Links to KFAI’s Legacy stories can be found at

SPJ’s Page One Awards honor the best in journalism from across the state. A banquet celebrating the winners takes place on June 18 at the Town & Country Club in St. Paul.

2013 Page One Award Winners:

Jessica Folker – Military Intelligence Service Language School at Fort Snelling
Category: Mini-documentary/In-depth series [Radio]

Dan Greenwood – West Hills State School: A Troubled Past for the Owatonna Orphanage
Category: Feature-length documentary [Radio]

Marisa Helms – Third Home from Burma: Minnesota’s Karen Community
Category: Feature-length documentary [Radio]

Daniel Zamzow – Twin Cities Hmong Hip-Hop on the Rise
Category: Feature [Radio]

Libby Donohue – Walker Church Destroyed, Community Looks to Future
Category: Hard News Report [Radio]

University of Minnesota economics professor and Nobel prize winner Leonid Hurwicz died on June 24, 2008. He was 90 years old.

Gabriel Solomon is a graduate student at the University of Minnesota, and orginally from Sudan. In recent months, he and several students started the Save Yar Campaign.

On July 10, 2008, a new arts and entertainment marathon that will help welcome Republican National Convention guests was announced. It’s called spark24.

Minneapolis cartoonist Kevin Cannon, originally from Golden Valley, Minnesota, spoke to KFAI’s Britt Aamodt. Top Shelf Comics recently published Cannon’s latest work, a graphic novel called Far Arden, which transports the reader to the Canadian Arctic.


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This Sunday, local food expert and KFAI programmer Amanda Balagur hosts another one hour focus on local food initiatives. Joining her will be JoAnne Berkenkamp of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Topping off this tasty program will be music, live, in studio, from the band The Field of Medicine. Spend your dinner hour this Sunday listening to the Wave Project at 6 pm.

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In Minneapolis, the riverfront district has become a showcase for edgy, modernist architecture.

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This Thursday, Fernando Meza, Chair of the Percussion program at the University of Minnesota, comes to Encuentro to share with us in a journey around the world through an instrument that lives in many cultures: the marimba.  This instrument has a rich history and tradition in many countries, in and beyond Latin America, and, in some, it has even been declared as the national instrument.


The days are growing longer, temperatures are rising and buds are swelling full. Inside an old movie theater on East Lake Street, creative forces put together the 34th May Day Parade.