Program podcasts

The Mindfulness Bell

This is a program about mindfulness, what it is, how you do it, who else does it, where did it come from, why is it so popular, what are the benefits and what is the evidence? This show is a unique approach to the topic of mindfulness and unique radio show / podcast format in that it includes a broad variety of perspectives and topics as a lens for examining this thing called mindfulness, approaches typically not associated with the common understanding of the concept. For example, we will be looking at things like civic design, evolution, food production and social action using mindfulness as the platform. And, we bring in a diverse range of cultural perspectives on the topic. If mindfulness is as beneficial as many of us think it is, then is it a universal practice? If it is, how do people around the world think, talk and practice it? The show will take up both the secular and non-secular perspectives on mindfulness in equal measure. Each episode will include: mindful music listening, interactive (chanting and sing a long) music, a poem or verse, an interview or in depth exploration on a specific topic, a radio appropriate guided meditation, a weekly “try it at home” mindfulness practice and announcements about local events and opportunities.

Synthwaves on KFAI

Every Sunday night, SynthWaves brings the latest and greatest Retro Synth, New 80s Soundtrack, Vaporwave, Future Funk, Nu Disco mixed with some classic and often forgotten tracks from the 80s and early 90s.  To date the show has featured interviews with many live guests including renowned 80s musicians such as Jan Hammer, The System (David Frank and Mic Murphy), Stan Bush (Transformers, Bloodsport, Kickboxer), Tim Feehan (The Wraith, Chicago 19) to up and coming pioneers of the 80s revival movement such as FM-84, Professor Zonic Zynth, The Midnight, Miami Nights 1984, Highway Superstar, Sebastian Gampl, Fear of Tigers, Futurecop!, Sunglasses Kid, Phaserland, TRONICBOX and over 80 other independant musicians globally.  Stay up to date with the show with the following social media links and please send any requests or submissions via facebook. 

In September of 2015, "The Signal Home" compilation was released on bandcamp with 47 artitsts from around the globe donating a song to the album. The proceeds go to KFAI which is a non-profit media outlet and depends on fundraising and the generosity of individuals like each artist that contributed to the album.  Please check out the album and support here: .



Twitter: @SynthWavesKFAI



Intro theme provided by Slanger 

Intro theme provided by Goldman in collaboration with Sunglasses kid



Gazillion Voices Radio

Gazillion Voices Radio features conversations between Kevin Haebeom Vollmers and guests who represent the adoptee, foster care, POC, immigrant, and LGBTQ communities.  Kevin and guests cover a variety of topics, including adoption, race, culture, identity, art, politics, performance, and social movements.  The program is a parntership between KFAI and Gazillion Voices magazine.  



Examining experimental compositions past and present.

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Across The Board


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Across The Board is like listening to a live mix tape. This freeform program takes you on a spin through a wide variety of musical genres. Tune in to hear DJ SLT every Friday from 2-6 am for a unique listening experience.

DJ SLT specializes in goth, industrial, pop, new wave, noise, glam, neo folk, audio samples, movie soundtracks, and any other style of music that catches his ear. DJ SLT also hosts Collectors Corner, where you, the listener, can come on air to talk about the music you love & obsess over.

Ocassionally, Across The Board will feature guest DJ's.
ATB's current guest DJ's are Libby, Jeremey (King of Collectors Corner), Musically Rich,

Also, stay tuned for regular theme shows including:
Salute To Soundtracks (soundtracks from all genres of movies), Smothered In Covers (covers of popular songs), and DJ SLT's favorite, All David Bowie!!

Do you have any requests, comments, complaints, or music submissions?

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TruthToTell (TTT) is produced by CivicMedia/Minnesota (CMM). It is one of the longest-running public affairs hows that airs on KFAI. We actively engage the community by being a voice for the helpless, by raising awareness of issues and educating the public, and by uniting community organizers. Our goal is to engage citizens and lawmakers in conversations that institute change and brings about positive resolutions. Hosted by Siobhan Kierans (Executive Director, CMM) and Professor Tom O'Connell, TTT airs Mondays at 9am. 

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Root Of All Evil

The Root Of All Evil Radio show is a hard hitting weekly metal show founded and forged by our metal brother Earl Root (R.I.P.) in the spring of 1987.  It is (as far as we know) the longest running Independent Metal radio show in the world and it just keeps getting better and better after 27 years of continuous head banging and horn throwing.  Bringing you every genre of metal, from the hardest and most brutal metal ever conceived to the softest and gentlest and everything in between -- and always room for our awesome local Minnesota metal scene!  Produced and creatively shaped by an orchestra of dedicated metal loving people known (in this world) as Mara the Death, Dr. Beast, BloodJohn, Verminator, and The Sheckanator. They will never stop pouring out the metal so you better keep drinking it, or they will come find you, and you don't want that. Muhahaha.

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Northern Sun News

Northern Sun News is a  one hour public affairs program covering a wide variety of topics. The emphasis is peace, ecology and social justice. In-studio guests and recorded speeches and occasional topical music.

Listening Lounge

There ought to be a place on the radio for surprises. The Listening Lounge tries to be that delightful, and sometimes disturbing, place. When we air newsy documentaries, you won't hear experts droning on. You'll hear vibrant stories about real people. And when we air shorter audio experiences, we get out of the way and let sound tell the story.

The Listening Lounge: Hearing is Believing.

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Follow us on Twitter: @ListenKFAI

Disabled and Proud

DISABLED AND PROUD is the radio show that brings you insights into, ideas about and discussions of disability culture. Disabled and Proud is hosted each week by Sam.
If you wish to be added to the email list, email No email addresses are shared.

Catalyst: Politics and Culture

FRIDAYS,  9 AM, EXPANDED TO ONE HOUR  local writer Lydia Howell explores local culture, art, and activism with interviews and special features. She won the PREMACK AWARD FOR PUBLIC INTEREST JOURNALISM for her investigative reporting on homelessness in (the now defunct) PULSE NewspaperLydia is a long time denizen of KFAI who also writes for various communicty newspapers and online publications.

CONTACT: 612-354-3762


Conversations with Al McFarlane

Listen each Tuesday for stimulating conversations with Al McFarlane and community leaders about issues and events in the Black community and the community at large.

Write On! Radio

Tuesday, October 25th, on Write On! Radio, we speak with Adrian Lee about his new book Mysterious Midwest: Unwrapping Urban Legends and Ghostly Tales from the Dead. Adrian Lee is a historian and paranormal investigator who is also the author of several books including Mysterious Minnesota and How to be a Christian Psychic. In addition, he is the host of More Questions than Answers on another radio station.

We also talk with James Lenfestey about If Bees Are Few: A Hive of Bee Poems out from the University of Minnesota Press, which he edited. James Lenfestey is a former editorial writer for the Star Tribune, where he won several Page One awards for excellence. He has published five collections of poems, a collection of essays and a memoir, Seeking the Cave: A Pilgrimage to Cold Mountain, which was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award.

Write On! Radio airs every TUESDAY 7 - 8 p.m. Central Time on 90.3 FM Minneapolis and 106.7 FM St. Paul and live on the web at Shows are archived for two weeks on line. Our shows are also available via our podcasting site:

To access the Rain Taxi Review of Books Literary Events Calendar, click here.

Information about regular spoken word and open mic venues can be found at Guante's spoken word info.

For scheduling information, contact Ian Graham Leask at or Steve McEllistrem at

To subscribe to the Write On! Radio weekly e-mail newsletter for guest information and weekly event announcements, send us your email address to

Please mail review copies and press materials to Write On! Radio, KFAI, 1808 Riverside Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, 55454. Attn: Producer.

Current Write On! Radio producers include:
* Ian Graham Leask 
* Steve McEllistrem
* Lynette Reini-Grandell
* Amy Fladeboe
* Scott Gannis
* Liz Olds
* Jessie Hausman

Our opening and closing theme music is a variation on "Winter" by Karen Townsend, with help from Lynette Reini-Grandell. Our calendar music is also a variation on "Winter" by Karen and Lynette.