Recent News

  • Recently, 40 instruments were donated to Anthony Middle School in Minneapolis as a part of a presentation hosted by Vega Productions, a local nonprofit that works to rebuild public school’s music programs. The presentation included a performance from Southwest High School band students.

  • 5th District Representative Keith Ellison left for a trade mission to Saudi Arabia with the Minnesota trade office and 11 Minnesota companies looking to expand business opportunities in the Gulf region.

  • On Saturday, Northeast Minneapolis community activist Kevin Reich easily won the DFL endorsement for the Ward 1 City Council seat, giving him a serious boost for the November runoff election. All four candidates vying for the seat live in the same precinct – an apparent hotbed of political activism in the Northeast corner of the City. KFAI’s Elena Erofeeva reports.

  • Minneapolis banjo player, songwriter, and champion of acoustic music, Mother Banjo, joins Pam on KFAI Tuesday morning to talk about her upcoming full-length release, and curating the John Prine showcase Friday, April 10th, at the 331 Club. Friday’s event will be the second annual Big Fat Love tribute to John Prine.

  • _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.