General News

  • Kevin Kling is a noted author, playwright, and storyteller.    His new show Humanimal is opening August 9th at Open Eye Figure Theater in Minneapolis,  And runs through August 18th.

    More info can be found online at Open Eye Figure Theatre

     KFAI’s Aaron Westendorp sat down with Kling to discuss this play.  

    A note for listeners – Aaron is non verbal so he uses computer software to speak.

  • Rip Rapson knows a few things about government, urban policy, politics and philanthropy.  

    Rapson has strong ties to Minnesota.  He’s known locally for his work as Deputy Mayor of Minneapolis in the 1970’s and 80’s under Don Fraser. 

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  • This week on MinneCulture, an encore presentation of the The Minneapolis Music Scene 1975-1980, produced by Cyn Collins. The Twin Cities has had a vibrant music scene for decades, but in the early to mid-1970s there was almost no original music being performed. Only a few bands dared to be different, and thanks to their creative diligence, the Minneapolis punk/rock scene was born. This two-part documentary describes the Minneapolis music scene between 1975 – 1980, and features interviews and music by Curtiss A (Thumbs Up/the Spooks), Chris Osgood (the Suicide Commandos), Robert Wilkinson (the Flamin’ Oh), Chan Poling (the Suburbs), Kevin Cole (Rev 105), Peter Jesperson (Twin Tone/New West Records) and many more.

    Monday, August 5: Part I
    Wednesday, August 7: Part II

  • The House of Hanson, a corner grocery store that has been a fixture in the Dinkytown section of Minneapolis for four generations, is closing to make way for a new housing and retail development.  The controversial development won approval from the Minneapolis City Council after first being denied by the council's planning committee.    

    KFAI’s Peggah Navab has a report.  

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  • Same sex marriage became legal in Minnesota at midnight.  Marriages were performed in several locations around the state with committed couples taking advantage of the first opportunity to join in matrimony. 

    The largest celebration was in downtown Minneapolis at City Hall.

    KFAI’s Xan Holston was there.  We'll hear the report he wrote and recorded as voiced by Ryan Dawes.  And then Janis Lane-Ewart will report from the Midnight Marriage Madness at Patrick's Cabaret in Minneapolis.  


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  • The future of energy services for the City of Minneapolis has recently come into question. The city’s 20 year energy contracts with its two main providers, Xcel Energy for electricity, and CenterPoint Energy for natural gas, are due to expire at the end of next year. 

    Some activists and city leaders are talking about a takeover – having power and gas services overseen and distributed by the city of Minneapolis.

    The Minneapolis city council will give the public a chance to weigh in on the issue. KFAI’s Hannah Rank has more.


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  • This week on MinneCulture, producer Bobbie Scott presents an audio documentary on Arcola Mills. Tucked along the banks of St. Croix River just north of Stillwater, Minnesota, Arcola Mills is a serene spot with a long history. From Native and European settlers, to loggers and artist communities, it offers a beautiful respite along the St. Croix. This program is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

  • One of the public policy discussions currently underway in Minneapolis involves transit options in general and streetcars in particular.   Proposals are on the table to bring streetcars back to busy routes through the city, and several of the 2013 Mayoral candidates have weighed in, both pro and con.  
    The transit history of the Twin Cities includes a once-vast streetcar network which was dismantled in the 1950's under controversial circumstances.  
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  • Women Against Military Madness is sponsoring a public forum to discuss the status of the Korean peninsula sixty years after the agreement that ended the Korean War.
    Roy Wolf served in the U.S. Military during the war, and has been interested in Korea ever since. He returned for a peace conference in Seoul in 1995 and traveled to North Korea ten years ago. He was a member of the committee that planned the Korean Forum for Saturday, July 27th, at Macalester Plymouth United Church at 1658 Lincoln Avenue in St. Paul.
    He talked with The Morning Blend’s Yvette Howie.

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  • A crowd is expected Thursday evening, July 25th, at the TCF Stadium on the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus  –  not to watch football, but to admire another group of Minnesota champions -  the owners and operators of locally owned restaurants.  The event is the 8th Annual Twin Cities Originals, and it features 20 restaurants and breweries that are local and independent. 

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