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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Ashwini Ramaswami is a professional dancer and soloist with Ragamala Dance Company — a group with a modern take on classical South Indian dance. He...

  • Added: Jun 07, 2016
  • Length: 05:26
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John Cage is best known as the composer of 4'33" — a piece consisting of four minutes and thirty-three seconds of ambient noise. In 1979, the avant...

  • Added: May 10, 2016
  • Length: 07:16
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A freak car accident nearly separated Deborah Jinza Thayer from her art. The 54-year-old JInza Thayer is a dancer and McKnight award-winning choreo...

  • Added: Jan 27, 2016
  • Length: 05:26
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Minneapolis singer Jayanthi Kyle grew up listening to songs of the civil rights movement. As police-involved killings of African-Americans gave ris...

Bought by WAER and KVSC


  • Added: Jul 06, 2016
  • Length: 03:34
  • Purchases: 2
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Jayanthi Kyle sings "Hand in Hand," a song she co-wrote with Wes Burden. As police-involved killings of African-Americans gave rise to the Black Li...

  • Added: Jul 25, 2016
  • Length: 02:05
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He didn't float like a butterfly or sting like a bee, but Scott LeDoux was Minnesota's heavyweight boxer. In the 1970s and 80s, the native of Crosb...

  • Added: Aug 08, 2016
  • Length: 06:15
Caption: #4, Diaz, by Charles Biederman, Credit: Biederman Archive, Weisman Art Museum
One job of a museum curator is to get great art. So near the end of his life, the abstract artist Charles Biederman was getting wooed by the Detroi...

  • Added: Jul 05, 2016
  • Length: 06:10
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Playwright Christina Ham loves little known stories inspired by history. But after she digs in the archives, Ham sets aside the research and lets h...

  • Added: Aug 04, 2016
  • Length: 04:06
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Siama Matuzungidi grew up near the Congo River in south central Africa. Today, the Minnesota musician lives near another mighty river, the Mississi...

  • Added: May 27, 2016
  • Length: 04:32
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Faribault, Minnesota is known for a few things. A heritage woolen mill. A fancy prep school for rich kids. And oh yeah, a spinning, twirling carniv...

  • Added: Aug 11, 2016
  • Length: 04:51
Caption: Richard Tatge plays one of his 6,000 board games., Credit: Emily Bright
In the age of Pokeman Go, some people still love old-fashioned board games like Monopoly and Candy Land. One Minnesotan really, really loves them. ...

  • Added: Aug 09, 2016
  • Length: 04:19
Caption: Zaynab Ali
After bullets prevented her from attending school in Yemen, Zaynab Abdi arrived in Minnesota with a strong desire to learn. Instead, she was met by...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio


  • Added: Aug 11, 2016
  • Length: 05:11
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Ness Nite, Credit: Courtesy of Ness Nite
Ness Nite studied at the University of St. Thomas a couple of years ago. But she's given up college to pursue a music career. After gigs at First ...

  • Added: Apr 12, 2017
  • Length: 03:38
Caption: An object in Guillermo del Toro's monster collection., Credit: Xan Holston
Monsters: they’re everywhere: behind the door, under the bed, and currently, at the museum. KFAI’s Xan Holston wandered through the cabinet of curi...

  • Added: Apr 11, 2017
  • Length: 04:34
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There's something romantic and dangerous about neon. Maybe it's because it comes alive at night, and has lit the Hollywood fantasies of film noir b...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio


  • Added: Apr 11, 2017
  • Length: 04:34
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Tom LaBlanc leads the Unholy Tour along Minneapolis' Franklin Avenue in 2018., Credit: Mike Rivard
Tom LaBlanc joined the American Indian Movement in 1970, just two years after its founding. Today, he's still active, performing politically-inspir...

  • Added: Dec 18, 2018
  • Length: 04:52
Caption: Jess Hirsch of Women's Woodshop., Credit: Angela Lundberg
Jess Hirsch visited Sweden to learn how to carve spoons. Now she's an advocate of "slug slöjd," a clever artistic technique favoring axes and saws ...

Bought by WAMC and PRX Remix


  • Added: Dec 11, 2018
  • Length: 04:18
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Wanda Gag and her cat, Snoopy., Credit: Children's Literature Research Collections, University of Minnesota Libraries
Decades before "Cat in the Hat," another children’s book surprised readers with its inventiveness. "Millions of Cats," by Minnesota's Wanda Gag, co...

Bought by WAMC and PRX Remix


  • Added: Nov 30, 2018
  • Length: 04:39
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Dyani White Hawk, Credit: David Ellis
Dyani White Hawk is a Minneapolis-based artist who is Sičangu Lakota and European-American. She combines symbols and motifs from her heritage to cr...

  • Added: Dec 03, 2018
  • Length: 03:15
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What can an object reveal about interplanetary travel? Sculptor Sara Hanson created bio-scenic public art sculptures designed to share images betwe...

Bought by WAMC and Cards Against Humanity: The Good News Podcast


  • Added: Dec 11, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
  • Purchases: 2