General News

  • Steve Paulos is an Eritrean living in Minnesota.  He recently stopped by KFAI to talk with Dale Connelly about Eritrean Independence Day and the plans of a local group to hold a candlelight vigil in St. Paul's Highland Park on Saturday, May 23rd.  The vigil is intended to recognize both the 24th anniversary of Eritrean Independence and the tragedy of those Eritreans who have lost their lives trying to flee the country – identified by Amnesty International as one of the world's most repressive governments. 
     
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  • It’s springtime, and birds are on the wing, traveling above our great watery highways back to their summer homes.

    But what birds? Where are they going? How do they do this?

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  • On May 1st, dozens of immigrant rights organizations, unions and social justice groups organized an International Worker's Day March from Lake Street to the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis.

    Along the way, they were joined by students who staged a school walkout.  

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  • Wednesday afternoon, approximately 1,500 protesters convened in downtown Minneapolis for a march down Washington Avenue and across the Hennepin Avenue bridge.  The march was organized by Black Lives Matter Minneapolis in response to the death of Freddie Gray who died while in police custody in Baltimore on April 12.  Minneapolis Police blocked traffic for the demonstrators, but otherwise had little interaction with the group and made no arrests.  KFAI's Ryan Dawes takes us on-location to the march.

  • Today's generation of Arab youth have directly inspired and sparked a revolutionary spirit that toppled governments and initiated change. Some of their stories are compiled in a new book called "Demanding Dignity: Youth Voices From the Front Lines of the Arab Revolutions."

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  • When he was just five years old, Massoud Amin saw how electricity transformed the lives of poor villagers in Iran, and that’s when he decided he wanted to become an engineer.

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  • Anthony Taylor, Adventures Director for the Loppet Foundation, will be speaking this weekend at the Outdoor Adventures Expo about engaging people of color in the outdoors.

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  • With a life dedicated to championing human rights, producing awarding-winning films that challenge social injustices, and tackling educational inequities one lawsuit at a time, attorney, activist, professor, filmmaker John Schulman also finds the time to write. His latest book is called Minnissippi. It's a work of fiction that touches on a very real subject – a community in crisis.

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  • On Saturday morning, April 18th, KFAI will be off the air from 2 to 6 am for transmitter maintainence.  When we return to the air on Saturday morning, our HD radio signal will be restored and rejuvenated for your listening enjoyment! 

    But there's no need to tune out; listen online during maintainence as we stream three of our Web-only programs: Below the Waste, Heart of the City Radio, and Foreign Currency.  

     

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  • Pictured (L to R: Congressman Keith Ellison, Congresswoman Betty McCollum, National Endowment for the Arts Chair Jane Chu,  Walker Art Center Curator Nisa Mackie, MN State Arts Board Executive Director Sue Gens. 

    One of the nation’s largest gatherings of literary artists took place last weekend in Minneapolis, and the event drew some high ranking art officials.  

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