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.


160 Pieces

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Since Minnesota bars cameras in courtrooms, we rely on sketch artists to show us what defendants look like while awaiting their fate. But what goes...

  • Added: Feb 24, 2016
  • Length: 04:00
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Sun Yung Shin is a Minneapolis writer whose work takes on topics as ancient as Greek history and as futuristic as robots, with commentaries on race...

  • Added: Feb 22, 2016
  • Length: 05:09
Caption: Jerrel Matthews gets his catch., Credit: Nancy Rosenbaum
Walter Humphrey and Jerrel Matthews are two friends who love nothing more than to fish from dawn until dusk. KFAI's Nancy Rosenbaum spent a day wit...

  • Added: Feb 17, 2016
  • Length: 04:06
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For most of the last century, books weren't the only attraction at the Minneapolis Public Library. A pair of Egyptian mummies were. But around 198...

  • Added: Feb 16, 2016
  • Length: 06:29
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Not everyone who wants to make stuff has the tools. Or a place to store them. Enter the Tool Library in Northeast Minneapolis. For $55 a year, memb...

  • Added: Feb 03, 2016
  • Length: 03:36
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Cross-country skiing and dog sled racing are among Minnesota's more popular winter sports. But what if you combined the two? KFAI’s Ryan Dawes repo...

Bought by KUOW and Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE


  • Added: Feb 03, 2016
  • Length: 04:36
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Wilbur Foshay mugshot
Before Donald Trump splashed his name on everything he built, there was a man named Wilbur Foshay. In 1929, when Minneapolis’ first skyscraper was ...

  • Added: Jan 28, 2016
  • Length: 06:05
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Kitten Forever is ready to roar. The Minneapolis punkers recently returned from a national tour. In a few months, the all-female band is a releasin...

  • Added: Jan 29, 2016
  • Length: 03:56
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Minnesota has long been a hotbed for sweaty men in tight shorts bouncing off ropes in a ring. Yup, pro wrestling is a thing around here. In the fir...

  • Added: Jan 27, 2016
  • Length: 06:00
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The fight over the Sandpiper pipeline. An big oil company wants it. Many people in Minnesota's North Woods don't. A documentary by KFAI's Kelly Sch...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, WGZS, KVSC, KPVL, and Prairie Public


  • Added: Aug 14, 2015
  • Length: 26:15
  • Purchases: 5
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The cultural landscape of the Twin Cities changed dramatically in 1963 with the opening of the Guthrie Theater. Built next to the Walker Arts Cente...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio and KPVL


  • Added: Jul 16, 2015
  • Length: 27:25
  • Purchases: 2
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Evolution in tracking technology is accelerating the pace of research into bird migration. For the first time in history, miniaturized devices such...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio and KPVL


  • Added: May 28, 2015
  • Length: 28:16
  • Purchases: 2
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A documentary exploring the evolution of polka music in Minnesota, from World War II to today. This program features the music of “Whoopee” John Wi...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio


  • Added: May 27, 2015
  • Length: 28:01
  • Purchases: 1
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Vietnam was never a popular war. But students at the University of Minnesota felt they had to act when President Nixon announced the mining of Viet...

  • Added: May 26, 2015
  • Length: 27:27
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In the 1940s, New Ulm, Minnesota was hailed as the polka capitol of the nation, and many national performers called it home including: “Whoopee” Jo...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio


  • Added: May 21, 2015
  • Length: 28:01
  • Purchases: 1
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The fight over Minnesota's Kensington Runestone, an historical artifact that some people consider a hoax. A documentary by Brigitta Greeene.

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio


  • Added: May 15, 2015
  • Length: 25:47
  • Purchases: 1
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KFAI celebrates Black History Month at T’s Place with a night of soul-filled performances by musicians from throughout the local African-American c...

  • Added: May 06, 2015
  • Length: 28:24
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Recorded live at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, "Saved by Faith and Verse" is a night of Somali spoken word poetry featuring Abdi Phenome...

Bought by KUMD


  • Added: Apr 22, 2015
  • Length: 28:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The outdoor observation deck on the Foshay Tower in Minneapolis, MN., Credit: Noel Clark
The skyline of the Twin Cities in the 1920’s and 30’s was an ever-changing sight. Buildings like the Foshay Tower, the Ramsey County Courthouse and...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio and KSRQ


  • Added: Jan 28, 2015
  • Length: 28:06
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Credit: Russian Public Library via Wikipedia Commons
Silent film may be a thing of the past, but scoring music to flickering screen classics isn't. This documentary focuses on three Minneapolis bands ...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio and KSRQ


  • Added: Jan 13, 2015
  • Length: 26:46
  • Purchases: 2