10,000 Fresh Voices

Series produced by KFAI

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Local arts, culture, history and environmental features made possible by the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Local arts, culture, history and environmental features made possible by the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.


814 Pieces

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Born in Minneapolis in 1920, Noel Neill watched the Andrew Sisters leave town and achieve fame. Neill wanted that too. So at age 17, she moved to L...

  • Added: Jul 19, 2016
  • Length: 05:25
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When David Mura was growing up, he wanted to be white. Then he visited Japan and began to explore his Japanese-American heritage. That knowledge in...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Mar 07, 2016
  • Length: 05:34
  • Purchases: 1
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Mastering a new hobby can be tricky, especially if that hobby is learning to ride a high wheel bicycle from the 1880s. The high wheels, so named be...

  • Added: Apr 19, 2016
  • Length: 05:37
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Kirk Washington, Jr. was a North Minneapolis-based artist and activist who was recently killed in a car accident. KFAI's Nancy Rosenbaum spoke with...

  • Added: May 06, 2016
  • Length: 04:13
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One doesn't expect to find a horror story at the opera. That hasn't stopped Minnesota Opera from confronting unspeakable acts at the Overlook Hotel...

  • Added: May 07, 2016
  • Length: 04:37
Caption: Harry Waters, Jr., Macalester College associate professor , Credit: Will Wright
Lots of creative people live in Minneapolis. They make stuff that people buy. And this creates dollars. But how many? And who’s getting paid the mo...

Bought by KVSC


  • Added: Jul 25, 2016
  • Length: 04:45
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Matt Himes of Lighten Up Sounds, a cassette-based music company., Credit: Xan Holston
Innovation has killed lots of media formats. Betamax tapes gave way to VHS, DVDs, and video-on-demand. And 8-track tapes, cassettes, vinyl and CDs ...

Bought by KVSC


  • Added: May 19, 2016
  • Length: 06:14
  • Purchases: 1
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The Original Coney Island in downtown St Paul looks like it is always closed, but sometimes allows customers to step into a by-gone era when it ope...

  • Added: May 31, 2016
  • Length: 03:41
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He was a "delicate looking" first sergeant, yet he led other soldiers at Minnesota's Fort Snelling during the U.S. Civil War. It turns out "he" was...

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio and KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Apr 18, 2016
  • Length: 05:20
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Prince and Owen Husney at a record store signing, circa 1978., Credit: Owen Husney
Owen Husney isn't famous. Few rock managers are. In his new book—Famous People Who’ve Met Me—Husney tells all about the Stones, Joplin, Hendrix and...

  • Added: Jan 24, 2019
  • Length: 05:29
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After an ambitious renovation plan went south, Minneapolis' Soap Factory lost control of its historic building. Now it needs big money to open its ...

  • Added: Jan 11, 2019
  • Length: 03:49
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After he died, John Glanton's photo negatives were forgotten. But then a relative unearthed those images from a trash bag in a garage. The result: ...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2019
  • Length: 03:02
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Invasive species eat everything in their path. Here in Minnesota, we’ve tried removing buckthorn and garlic mustard plants with herbicides and peop...

Bought by KUMD


  • Added: Jun 30, 2016
  • Length: 04:37
  • Purchases: 1
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Ever have a friend who hits a rough patch and needs a hand? Say, they need to store some of their things in your garage for a while? It seems easy ...

Bought by KVSC


  • Added: Jul 27, 2016
  • Length: 04:26
  • Purchases: 1
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Girls don't often take center stage. But in "The Wolves," a Pulitzer-Prize winning play, they do. In 2018, the play was performed to packed houses ...

  • Added: Jan 21, 2019
  • Length: 04:13
Caption: Shannon TL Kearns of Uprising Theatre Company, Credit: Jill Harm Photography
Shannon TL Kearns believes stories can change the world. So he started Uprising Theatre Company to tell stories about social justice issues and the...

  • Added: Jan 08, 2019
  • Length: 03:29
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Ever wonder why candles inside ice luminaries don't melt into a puddle? Jennifer Shea Hedberg, a.k.a. "The Ice Wrangler," explains the science behi...

Bought by WAMC


  • Added: Jan 03, 2019
  • Length: 03:30
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Denise "Seven" Bailey and Tristan Al-Haddad, Credit: Kathy M Helgeson/Dunwoody College of Technology
Designing Nimbus—a giant, donut-shaped sculpture for Nicollet Mall—was just the beginning. Artist Tristan Al-Haddad also needed a talented crew to ...

  • Added: Dec 21, 2018
  • Length: 04:21
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Writer Frank Bures was born in Minnesota and he lives here now. But his newest book starts with a story from very far away—Lagos, Nigeria. KFAI’s S...

  • Added: Jun 13, 2016
  • Length: 04:31
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He’s the guy you see randomly in Minneapolis. In winter, he wears black suits. In summer, he wears white suits. His name is Scott Seekins and as yo...

  • Added: Apr 28, 2016
  • Length: 04:43