General News

  • The Board of Directors of Fresh Air Incorporated has appointed Dr. Willie Dean as the new Executive Director of KFAI-FM. 

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  • For some people, love is hugs and kisses. Or moonlight walks on the beach. For one local punk band, love is a song about dead cats.

    KFAI's Todd Melby has a story about the F*** Knights.


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  • Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi appears isolated as a number of his cabinet ministers have resigned and people have taken to the streets in Cairo.

    The country’s army has issued an ultimatum demanding that political movements settle their differences by the end of the day tomorrow and Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, seems to have no intention of budging.

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  • The huge storm that knocked down trees and cut power for thousands of Minnesotans continues to have an effect on our day-to-day lives.A vast majority have their power back on, but Xcel energy reports that there are still customers in the dark.In Minneapolis, residents can bring brush to the curb for pickup, with branches cut in lengths shorter than three feet and bound together in bundles using twine.  Meanwhile, city staffers have been on the lookout for trees that have been weakened by the storm.

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  • July first is Independence Day in Somalia.  Just as Americans have for centuries, Somali people set aside the beginning of July to celebrate getting their freedom from the British Empire. 

    Mohamed Farah is Executive Director of Ka Joog, a Somali youth organization that’s putting on a celebration Sunday, July 2nd from 2 to 9 pm on Lake Street between Blaisdell and Pleasant. 

    He talked with KFAI's Paul Brohaugh on The Morning Blend.  Paul asked Mohamed to explain the significance of Independence Day in Somalia.    

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  • St. Paul Central High School’s Central Touring Theater (CTT) has been creating original social justice theater for more than three decades. At CTT, juniors and seniors become teachers, and theater to present important issues that resonate in their lives, including racsim, sexism, depression and abuse.

    Last spring the group took its play, Training Day: The Battles We Face, on the road—performing and leading workshops at schools locally and nationally. The high-energy show incorporates singing, dancing and hip hop to entertain and enlighten, confronting struggles that students face in and out of the classroom.

    This week MinneCulture presents an excerpt from Training Day: The Battles We Face, with commentary by CTT founder Jan Mandell, and teaching partner Emily Gill. This Live from Minnesota segment airs Monday and Wednesday at 7:30pm, and was produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow.

  • The Children’s Defense Fund recently put out their 2013 Child Well-Being report. The report ranks the well-being of children in all 50 U.S. states based on health care, education and many other factors. The Report ranks Minnesota at number 4 on the list. Elaine Cunningham the Interim Director of Children’s Defense Fund Minnesota and Stephanie Hogenson, the organization’s outreach specialist recently spoke with KFAI’s Terry Carter on the Morning Blend. Terry asked the question… What are we doing right?

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  • Eariler In June , Northern Spark provided a collection of all-night arts events in the Lowertown section of St. Paul, and this weekend Minneapolis will answer with its own late-night arts extravaganza  – a free festival called Secret City


    Musicians, actors, dancers, bicyclists, ping pong players and more will congregate starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, lighting up the Midtown Greenway and sections of downtown and the Loring Park area, including the Minneapolis Convention Center. 


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  • June 20th  is an important day for people from the African nation of Eritrea.  It’s Eritrean Martyr’s Day – a day set aside to honor those who died in the country’s war for independence. 

    Eritreans all over the world observe it, including here in the Twin Cities where an event is held  at the Eritrean Community Center at 1935 University Avenue in St. Paul. 

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  • 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 all of KFAI’s Legacy stories can be found at

    Photo L to R: Daniel Zamow, Libby Donohue, Dan Greenwood, Marisa Helms, Dale Connelly, Nancy Sartor. Not pictured: Jessica Folker.

    KFAI 2012-13 Award Winners

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

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

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

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

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