Recent News

  • Physician and activist, Dr. Ashis Brahma, is in Minnesota raising awareness toward the continuing genocide in Darfur, Sudan. He was the sole doctor at a refugee camp in Chad, across the border from Darfur. KFAI News Director Ahndi Fridell brings listeners an interview with Dr Brahma.

    February 11, 2009

  • Minneapolis welcomes a new public bike sharing program called NiceRide Minnesota. Public meetings are being held to supply information on the program and gain public insight. KFAI’s Sarah Lageson recently attended one of the informational meetings and reports back with the highlights.

  • Around 30 protesters gathered in North Minneapolis to demonstrate their anger towards the recent killing of a Somali man, Ahmed Guled, by local police. Friends and family of the victim, along with members of Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB), rallied against what they call a brutal murder. Police officials say the killing was justified.

    February 11, 2009

  • Tune in to Wednesday, February 11th from 11 am to 12 pm as Truth to Tell discusses The Obama Era: Perceptions, Expectations and Policies.

    Just what does this sea change in America’s governance mean to us at home in Minnesota – especially in communities suffering under the twin sieges of economic disparity and discrimination – joblessness, homelessness, foreclosure, and debt

  • Among those taking heavy hits from economic woes, city budgets are more strapped than ever. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak held a public forum at the Martin Luther King Recreation Center in Minneapolis to ease concerns over what the city will be able to offer struggling residents. KFAI’s Jason Patrick brings highlights from the forum.

  • As the nation faces one of the most significant economic downturns in American history, President Obama takes his stimulus proposal to people across the nation to hard-hit states like Indiana and Florida. Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison is supporting the bill locally. He held a town town hall meeting to discuss this pending legislation with local residents.

  • Laurent Cantet, director of the acclaimed French film, THE CLASS, will be interviewed by Caryl Minnetti on Sunday, February 15 at 8:30 pm on Bonjour Minnesota. The film follows the experiences of Francois (played by Francois Begaudeau, who wrote the screenplay based on his own experiences) and his fellow teachers as they prepare for a new year at a high school in a tough neighborhood.

  • Paul Rusesabagina presented the keynote address at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College’s annual Celebrate the Dream tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King this year. Rusesabagina, an everyday hero in Rwanda, was vaulted to prominence in the United States by the Hollywood movie, Hotel Rwanda. KFAI reporter Senah Sampong spoke with Rusesabagina before his keynote address.

  • The Bush Foundation recently announced Mr. Jaime Pinkham will lead efforts to support the self-determination of the 23 Native nations located in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. KFAI News Director Ahndi Fridell spoke to Pinkham about what nation building means to the Bush Foundation. Pinkham is scheduled to begin his new position on March 16.

    February 9, 2009

  • Last Friday, Minnesota protesters came together at the First National Bank building in downtown Saint Paul, which houses the headquarters of the Minnesota Trade Office, to speak out against trade with Israel. KFAI reporter Sarah Abdelaal spoke to a few of the protesters and gathered their thoughts about Minnesota’s current trade practices with Israel.

    February 9, 2009