Culture & Community News

  • KFAI membership drives have long tails, and well after the two-week on-air portion ended contributions continue to stream in — via the mail, the Web and even walked in the door. When we officially wrapped up the Spring membership campaign on Friday, April 17, 1,166 donors had contributed $98,614 to Fresh Air Radio. Eighty-two percent of this figure has already been paid — an important consideration! Fundraising success of this magnitude only happens through the effort of our dedicated volunteers and support of our listener-members. To everyone who contributed to this Spring’s success we express our sincerest gratitude and thanks.

    Don’t forget: Unlike its staff and volunteers, Fresh Air’s donation page never sleeps. You can go to any time to contribute to the radio station that defines “community” — KFAI Fresh Air Community Radio!

  • Every month, half a million visitors download The Fat-Burning Man Show, eager to learn the secret of Abel James’s incredible weight-loss success. Growing up on a defunct farm in the backwoods of New Hampshire, Abel had easy access to a host of natural foods that a backyard garden could provide: eggs, fresh produce, and real butter. But as he got older, he started eating a “modern diet” of processed foods, and by his early twenties, Abel found himself with high blood pressure, insomnia, acne, digestive problems, and love handles. Following the typical dieting advice of “eat less, exercise more,” and despite running thirty miles a week and nibbling tasteless, low-fat, low-calorie food, his health only worsened as his waistline expanded.

    In an effort to gain control of his health, Abel dug deep into nutrition research and discovered that everything he’d been told about low-calorie eating was wrong. He realized that our bodies are wired to eat luxuriously—and burn fat—as long as we’re eating real, natural foods that are grown on a farm and not in a factory. Incredibly, after just a few days of eating a Paleo-inspired diet of the most delicious “wild” foods that were rich in fat and fiber, Abel’s health problems began to disappear. And after forty days—and radically cutting back his exercise routine—he had lost twenty pounds.

    The Wild Diet is the book Abel’s hundreds of thousands of fans have been clamoring for. At a time when our collective health is failing, Abel sounds a clarion call to announce that good health doesn’t live in a pill, exercise program, or soul-crushing diet. The secret is simply getting back to our wild roots and eating the way we have for centuries.

  • These days, it seems everyone is always talking about juicing, cleanses, and smoothies. In Drink Your Way to Gut Health, Molly Morgan, a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, brings credentials and extensive knowledge to the topic with 140 healing drink recipes based on kefir, yogurt, kombucha, almond milk, and ginger beer. The beverages, like Energizing, Nutrient-Rich, and Detoxifying, not only work against a variety of ailments like type 2 diabetes, allergies, and obesity, but are delicious too. Blueberry Cinnamon Crush are just two of the delicious drinks that Molly and Kinshasha will talk about. Nutritional data, health tips, resource lists, and shopping guides, are also topics that will be discussed making this interview an indispensable resource for those looking to improve their gut health.

    Health Notes Airs Mondays 6:30-7:30PM

  • Your body represents to the world your history and the emotion you carry inside. This program is about you and the body you want to have. Loa has great respect for the depth of what the human body can endure and the powerful healing machine that it is. She sees the beauty inside you, and wants you to see it, too. There’s no need to pay for a torturous workout regiment — her one-of-a-kind program will urge you step-by-step down a path that will sculpt your body and purify your mind. As you journal your way through this seven-week experience, Loa motivates you with groundbreaking information on food and fitness offering insights all along the way. But, there’s a secret Ingredient, too: All Health’s Breaking Loose contains the riches of Loa’s 30 years of experience in the beauty and fitness industry. She made her mark in Hollywood as one of the top makeup artists in the business, making our beloved celebrities look their best in fashion magazines, television, and on the silver screen. Bob Hope, Eugene Levy, Hugh Grant, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Raquel Welch, James Caan, Courteney Cox, Mathew McConaughey, and Christopher Guest — a galaxy of stars have shone brightly because of Loa’s touch. .
    Health Notes airs Mondays 6:30-7:30 pm.

  • In the 1980s, T. Colin Campbell, PhD, co-directed a study of more than 4 dozen diseases and 367 items of socio-economic, lifestyle, nutrition, and genetic information across a population of 6,500 adults in rural china, generating more than 8,000 statistically significant associations. Those ground breaking results, along with many other research projects described in the bestselling book, The China Study, support the theory that a whole-food, plant-based diet is linked to lower rates of chronic disease. More than a million people across the world have read The China Study and have been convinced by empirical evidence to adopt a whole-food, plant-based diet

    Health Notes Airs Mondays 6:30-7:30PM

  • Join us for an evening of music, dance, and spoken word from some of the most talented artists in the Twin Cities! In honor of Women’s History Month, KFAI’s International Women’s Day Committee (IWD) is sponsoring a concert featuring some of your favorite Twin Cities women whose work is at once local and global. All ticket proceeds go towards KFAI’s mission to create diverse, inclusive radio programming for underrepresented communities in and around the metro area. This concert is a way for us to support and amplify the voices of the self-identified women in those communities.

  • March 6 marked the 11th Annual Sweet On School Dance in Support of Public Education. This annual event is broadcast live on KFAI’s Sugar Shop, from the Gym at Hiawatha Community School, 4201 42nd Ave. S. Minneapolis. As is tradition, Sugar Shop’s Lolly Obeda served as on-air host and full-time kid-wrangler.

    Said Lolly prior to the broadcast: “Sweet On School is a celebration of all of the good things about school, and is free and open to the public. Sweet On School provides an opportunity for kids from across the metropolitan area to have their voices heard through the mighty megaphone of community radio. As usual, I plan to get as many kids as possible on the air. You can’t believe how empowering this is for kids and the wonderful things they say.”

  • KFAI’s annual 24 hours of International Women’s Day programming provides a unique opportunity for women’s and girls’ voices and issues to be heard on the airwaves. All of the shows broadcast on Monday, March 9 are produced and hosted by women and girls from the Twin Cities. KFAI has been celebrating International Women’s Day since 1989! To check out the schedule, featuring 27 programs hosted by 40+ Twin Cities women and girls, click on the link “read more” immediately below.

  • Over 200 million Americans consume food products made of wheat every day. As a result, over 100 million experience some form of adverse health effect, ranging from minor rashes to high blood sugar to unattractive stomach bulges preventative cardiologist William Davis calls “wheat bellies.” According to Davis, that excess fat has nothing to do with gluttony, sloth, or too much butter: it’s due to the whole grain wraps we eat for lunch.

  • Sugar Blues

    It’s a prime ingredient in countless substances from cereal to soup, from cola to coffee. Consumed at the rate of one hundred pounds for every American every year, it’s as addictive as nicotine — and as poisonous. It’s sugar. And “Sugar Blues”, inspired by the crusade of Hollywood legend Gloria Swanson, is the classic, bestselling expose that unmasks our generation’s greatest medical killer and shows how a revitalizing, sugar-free diet can not only change lives, but quite possibly save them.

    Health Notes Airs Mondays 6:30 – 7:30PM