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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Imagine a disaster scenario, like something out of 1974's "The Towering Inferno." How do you want doctors to react? KFAI's Xan Holston shares the s...

Bought by KUMD


  • Added: Jul 06, 2017
  • Length: 05:14
  • Purchases: 1
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Music for kids is often unbearable for adults. But the band Koo Koo Kanga Roo from Minneapolis strives to appeal to both kids and grown-ups, in the...

  • Added: Jul 03, 2017
  • Length: 10:26
Caption: Nicholle Ramsey, slam poet, Credit: Sylvia Thomas
Slam poets and sonnet lovers usually don’t hang out together. But in Winona, Minnesota, they do. KFAI’s Sylvia Thomas reports on an unusual poetry ...

Bought by WAMC


  • Added: Jun 28, 2017
  • Length: 04:54
  • Purchases: 1
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Minneapolis' Naive Sense has called it quits. During its short history, the hardcore band made waves partly for being fronted by a trans woman. And...

  • Added: Jun 26, 2017
  • Length: 05:16
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When Ellen Hart began writing detective novels, she didn't want to hide her identity. So she created Jane Lawless, a lesbian protagonist, as the st...

Bought by WAMC


  • Added: Jun 16, 2017
  • Length: 03:49
  • Purchases: 1
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Sarah Steinman is far from the only Minnesotan of Swedish descent. But so far, she's the only Minnesotan to become a reality television star in Swe...

Bought by WAMC


  • Added: Apr 03, 2017
  • Length: 04:45
  • Purchases: 1
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If you grew up skating on outdoor rinks and your mother refereed games, you were born in the "State of Hockey." Or so claims the popular Minnesota ...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio


  • Added: Mar 30, 2017
  • Length: 05:49
  • Purchases: 1
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Fifteen years ago, American musician Doug Little traveled Cuba to study Latin jazz. In Havana, he met a flute teacher who introduced him to a tradi...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Jun 07, 2017
  • Length: 03:50
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Cellist Christa Schneider of Skeleton Crew., Credit: Julie Sweet
The mission of Skeleton Crew is to rid classical music of its stuffiness. That's why the ragtag collection of violinists, cellists and percussionis...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Jun 07, 2017
  • Length: 04:03
  • Purchases: 1
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Sculpture is usually made to be seen, and not heard. Norman Andersen's work is an exception. The Minnesota artist makes analog-based, sound sculptu...

  • Added: Jun 05, 2017
  • Length: 03:39
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In the early 1980s, a Romanian ballet star visited Little Falls, Minnesota, to teach a few ballet classes. Surprisingly, he never left. KFAI's Nanc...

  • Added: May 24, 2017
  • Length: 05:18
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Locals sometimes worry how newcomers will adjust to life in America. But for immigrants, their hearts and voices often reach out across the ocean t...

Bought by WAMC and KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: May 17, 2017
  • Length: 05:10
  • Purchases: 2
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Every spring, the Minnesota Society of Arboriculture hosts a Tree Climbing Championship. At the competition, tree care professionals strive to be t...

  • Added: May 18, 2017
  • Length: 03:20
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What happens when local punk legends make a new album nearly four decades after their first record? KFAI's Xan Holston dives into the mosh pit of t...

  • Added: May 16, 2017
  • Length: 04:48
Caption: One of Mows510's mouse doors in Minneapolis., Credit: Mows510
If you look down while walking around town, you might spot the art of Mows150, the pseudonym for the artist who attaches whimsical mouse doors to b...

  • Added: May 11, 2017
  • Length: 05:31
Caption:  Emmanuel Ortiz, Lupe Castillo, Teresa Ortiz and David Menclez, Credit: Jared Goyette
For nearly 15 years, the Palabristas have been creating and performing spoken word poetry that expresses their Latino and indigenous identity. The...

  • Added: May 03, 2017
  • Length: 04:45
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Baby Shel is a rapper with a story to tell—one that is not often heard in mainstream media. His home is Red Lake, Minnesota, one of several Native ...

  • Added: May 01, 2017
  • Length: 03:40
Caption: De'Monica Flye (left) and Kendra Glenn performing at Arnellia's Bar and Restaurant in St. Paul, Minnesota., Credit: Nancy Rosenbaum
For 25 years, Arneilla's Bar and Restaurant in St. Paul is where black Minnesotans have gone to hear live music, celebrate birthdays, and even play...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2017
  • Length: 05:36
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Fifty years ago, Frederick Wiseman released his very first documentary about a prison-hospital for the criminally insane. Wiseman's film — “Titicut...

  • Added: Mar 30, 2017
  • Length: 04:45
Caption: Morgen Larsen, our correspondent's partner, with one of their flock., Credit: Xan Holston
Some people dig miniature schnauzers, others might be more into sugar gliders or exotic fish. KFAI’s Xan Holston bought a six pack of baby chicks a...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Mar 27, 2017
  • Length: 05:19
  • Purchases: 1