MinneCulture In-Depth

Series produced by KFAI

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Stories, documentaries and music about Minnesota's rich heritage of arts, culture and history. All audio airs on KFAI, SoundCloud, Ampers.org, PRX and KFAI's MinneCulture page on Facebook. MinneCulture is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Stories, documentaries and music about Minnesota's rich heritage of arts, culture and history. All audio airs on KFAI, SoundCloud, Ampers.org, PRX and KFAI's MinneCulture page on Facebook. MinneCulture is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.


163 Pieces

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Caption: Polka dancers: Polka dancing during Polka Days at the Gibbon Ballroom in Gibbon, Minnesota, circa 1975, Credit: Flip Schulke / U.S. National Archives
The most legendary venue in Minnesota history? It's not First Avenue, nor is it anywhere near the Twin Cities. Deep in the middle of the corn and s...

  • Added: Jul 02, 2020
  • Length: 30:00
Caption: The Baldies, Credit: Kara La Lomia
In the days after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd, youth-led protests in the city helped spark rebellions around the globe. The police, mili...

  • Added: Jul 02, 2020
  • Length: 54:37
Caption: A group of temperance advocates protest outside a saloon in Anoka, Minnesota, 1873.
One hundred years ago, two major constitutional amendments went into effect. The 18th marked the start of Prohibition and the 19th granted many wom...

Bought by Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE


  • Added: Jun 26, 2020
  • Length: 45:14
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Silver's Grocery on Plymouth Avenue in North Minneapolis in 1967., Credit: Minneapolis Star & Tribune Negatives, July 1, 1967-August 31, 1967: Box 263. Minneapolis and St Paul Newspaper Negatives Collection. Minnesota Historical Society.
During the summer of 1967, Plymouth Avenue in North Minneapolis went up in flames. This was during a period known as the Long, Hot Summer when frus...

Bought by KVSC and MPR News Stations


  • Added: Jul 18, 2019
  • Length: 52:58
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Bruce Brockway and Rene Valdes, 1980., Credit: Alan Lessik
In July 1981, the New York Times published an article about a mysterious illness plaguing gay men in New York City. After reading the article, Bruc...

  • Added: Jul 09, 2019
  • Length: 01:31:39
Caption: Kip Moon, Credit: Courtesy of Kip Moon
America's attempt to separate Native children from their families didn't end with boarding schools. In the decades after World War II, the U.S. gov...

Bought by KUT, Prairie Public, WYSO, KKWE Niijii Radio, MPR News Stations and more


  • Added: Nov 18, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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How can you forget the one Halloween in your life that came with two feet of snow? KFAI's Britt Aamodt was studying biology at Gustavus Adolphus Co...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, KKWE Niijii Radio, and WGZS


  • Added: Oct 12, 2016
  • Length: 26:40
  • Purchases: 4
Caption:  Abdul Salaam El Razzac, Doub; Terry Bellamy, Turnbo, Credit: Penumbra Theatre
Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul is one of America's first black theater companies. This month, "Jitney" — a play by the great August Wilson — returns ...

  • Added: Oct 11, 2016
  • Length: 28:34
Caption: Anab Isse (l) and Deka Aden (r), Credit: Nancy Rosenbaum
Minnesota is home to the largest Somali community in North America. Each July, thousands of people from around the world come to the Twin Cities to...

  • Added: Jul 12, 2016
  • Length: 04:00
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Most people viewed the drunks on Minneapolis’ Skid Row as pariahs. Not Johnny Rex. He owned a bar, a liquor store and a flophouse there. To Johnny ...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Jun 28, 2016
  • Length: 05:02
  • Purchases: 1
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At lot of young men in the St. Paul Adaptive Recreation basketball league aren't just teammates, they're friends. KFAI's Katey DeCelle reports on t...

  • Added: May 05, 2016
  • Length: 05:07
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Michelle Leon helped catapult Babes in Toyland, the kickin', all-female punk band, to alternative rock fame. Her new book, "I Live Inside: Memoirs ...

  • Added: Apr 25, 2016
  • Length: 09:10
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Getting a bill to become law is an arduous task. So is capturing quiet political moments at the Minnesota State Capitol. KFAI's Will Wright reports...

  • Added: Apr 19, 2016
  • Length: 05:09
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Desdamona is an emcee who doesn't want you to call her a femme cee. On her newest album, "No Man's Land," the Minnesota musician conjures a world w...

  • Added: Apr 15, 2016
  • Length: 04:29
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From Verne Gagne to Jesse "The Body" Ventura, Minnesota has long been infatuated by pro wrestling. Although not as popular these days, there's stil...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio


  • Added: Apr 13, 2016
  • Length: 27:19
  • Purchases: 1
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Swinging from chandeliers at a club in Portland. Lurking in the bushes. The wildly unscripted Saturday Night Live performance of "Bastards of Young...

  • Added: Apr 08, 2016
  • Length: 28:24
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Pretty much everyone wants to be noticed. Especially professional wrestlers. Terrance Griep is a Minnesota grappler who gained recognition in 2003 ...

  • Added: Apr 08, 2016
  • Length: 05:15
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Minneapolis hip hop artist P.O.S had to take an extended break from touring and performing to deal with the chronic kidney disease he’s had since h...

  • Added: Mar 25, 2016
  • Length: 04:59
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Tom Schroeder’s animated films grapple with memories, very often his own recollections. But the McKnight-winning artist’s most recent film relies o...

Bought by KALW


  • Added: Mar 25, 2016
  • Length: 06:05
  • Purchases: 1
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Like most artists, Richard Holzschuh had a day job. His was working as a bookkeeper at Standard Oil. At night, the Minneapolis man slipped into his...

  • Added: Mar 16, 2016
  • Length: 05:52