Recent News

  • _The world descended on the Twin Cities’ Somali immigrant population last November. Long recognized as home to the largest concentration of Somalis in the United States, Minneapolis was portrayed as a breeding ground for young Somali men eager to trade their relatively comfortable, productive lives for the likelihood of a violent death on the bleak, dusty battlefields of East Africa.

  • Please tune in this Wednesday, April 8th, to Rockin’ in Rhythm from 6:00 to 9:00 am. At 7:06 am host David Cummings will be airing part one of his interview with Noel Neill. If that name isn’t familiar then perhaps “Lois Lane” is. Ms. Neill was the first Lois Lane to appear on the silver screen. She starred in two Superman serials with Kirk Alyn, who played the Man of Steel.

  • Mental health advocates and service providers cringe at what budget cuts portend for their charges – as if the stigma of mental illness isn’t enough to create political antipathy. Anyone who gets around these cities can see the fruits of mental illness in a wide variety of societal outcasts – rage, drug use, homelessness, and crimes for which their mental illness is no defense.

  • Please listen in to Dig Up The Roots on April 7th. Local DJ and music fan Pepper Patriot will be bringing in some treasures from recent travels abroad!

  • Soulful songwriter Chastity Brown plays live on Womenfolk on Sunday, April 5th, previewing her concert that night as part of KFAI’s Womenfolk Live concert series. Tune in live at 11 am or hear the show on KFAI’s program archives!

    More about Womenfolk Live here:node/14692!

  • Two Legislators John Lesch (DFL -Saint Paul) and Mark Buescens (R – Jordan), faced off on the House Floor over a bill that would have added a sick time benefit for temporary and seasonal State workers. The story became less about the bill and more about the tensions that seem to be rising among Legislators as they begin to confront budget issues. KFAI’s Marty Owings reports.

  • The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood shows no immunity to the growing economic decline, as local businesses in the area are forced to close due to low sales. KFAI’s Michelle Alimoradi brings us a story about the recent closing of a Cedar Avenue staple, Global Village.

  • The City of Minneapolis got a jump start on promoting the 2010 census, the tally of people living in America. As KFAI’s Anibal Prestan reports, the City is concerned that every person is counted so it will not lose millions of dollars in federal and state money.

  • A Nobel Peace Prize winner visited the Twin Cities and brought a message to local students. Adolfo Perez Esquival of Argentina spoke before a group of students from across the state, inviting them to become ambassadors of peace. KFAI’s Anibal Prestan was at the forum sponsored by Peace Jam.

  • With increasing numbers of people experiencing home foreclosures, Minneapolis’ Phillips neighborhood is launching a new housing initiative aimed at improving housing and home sales. The Phillips Partnership is awarding home improvement grants and down payment assistance to qualifying Phillips residents. KFAI’s Katey DeCelle reports.