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.


837 Pieces

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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
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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