General News

  • Temple Grandin may be the most famous person in American with autism. 

    Grandin is well known for her design of humane handling systems for cattle processing.  She consults with the meat industry and has been given awards by PETA,  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.  

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  • It's been known to happen all over the air during a pledge drive…a sudden freestyle battle erupts, a live blues duo trades phrases of "pledge now"…Sherry Minnick picks up her guitar for a spontaneous tune like she did this afternoon with David Cummings. KFAI's Fall membership drive inspires the best in us all!

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  • The number of juvenile sex trafficking investigations conducted by the Minneapolis Police Department has tripled in recent years, from 8 cases in 2008 to 24 cases in 2013. A press conference was held at City Hall in connection with a new study of the 'business' of juvenile sex trafficking in Minneapolis.    The study is the work of Lauren Martin, director of research for the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), and Alexandra Pierce, president of Othayonih Research.

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  • Thru the end of "Voices of Ethiopia" at 5pm Sunday, wonderful listeners have pledged more than $30,000 to our Fall Pledge Drive. Thank you for keeping the momentum going in support of the station which supports communities like no other station! 

    From drum-n-bass to metal to gospel music to the many languages spoken on our streets…the studios at KFAI welcome and support it all. And thanks to listener-members, we can continue bringing it to you!

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    CW23 TV  just profiled KFAI on the program“Our Issues Twin Cities”, and producer Rana Kanal and her colleagues did a wonderful job telling our story! 

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  • This past Sunday in St. Paul, two thousand people shared a meal across a half-mile long table down the middle of a neighborhood street. 

    “Create: The Community Meal”, was the vision of  Frogtown artist Seitu Jones. 

    Jones and Public Art St. Paul received financial support for the meal from the Joyce Foundation of Chicago, which has made a commitment to promoting community-building works from artists of color in cities throughout the Great Lakes region.

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  • As KFAI heads into the start of its fall pledge drive on Wednesday, September 17, the station faces a fresh financial crisis. Without a major increase in revenue, KFAI will come up more than 100-thousand dollars short of its budgeted goal by the end of the year. 

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  • Robert Robinson’s musical profile in the Twin Cities is varied and impressive.

    He can sing gospel and has led a gospel choir for 20 years.

    He’s sung with the Minnesota Orchestra and pop-classical performer Lorie Line and folksinger Larry Long too. 

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  • Not that long ago, it was a romantic career ambition for many American journalists to be stationed at an international post, filing reports for a major media outlet.  But in recent years, large news organizations have shied away from the expense of having foreign correspondents in overseas capitals. 

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  • The Phillips neighborhood in Minneapolis has been troubled by isolated cases of violence. 

    Wednesday night in Phillips a man died after being stabbed in an argument with another man.  

    Last June in the same neighborhood, a group of youth and staff at Little Earth of United Tribes were playing kickball at Cedar field when gunshots were fired nearby.    That incident launched an effort by the young people to create a positive response. 

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