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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The arts play a crucial role in social change by allowing marginalized people to tell their stories. In this audio documentary, KFAI producer Racha...

Bought by KUMD, KKWE Niijii Radio, WFHB, and KSRQ


  • Added: Nov 19, 2014
  • Length: 27:56
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: William Williams
Before Minnesota became the third state to abolish the death penalty in 1911, legislators instituted the nation’s first law to make executions secr...

Bought by KUMD, KKWE Niijii Radio, and KSRQ


  • Added: Nov 19, 2014
  • Length: 29:11
  • Purchases: 3
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Amateur radio began in the late 1800s with the experimentation and development of wireless transmission. No one is exactly sure where the term “ham...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio and KSRQ


  • Added: Nov 04, 2014
  • Length: 29:30
  • Purchases: 2
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Paul Metsa has many guitars, wears many hats. He cut his musical teeth on Minneapolis' West Bank in the early '80s, and has taken his passion for m...

Bought by KPVL, KUMD, KKWE Niijii Radio, and KSRQ


  • Added: Aug 05, 2014
  • Length: 26:30
  • Purchases: 4
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Last November, KFAI community radio and Juxtaposition Arts partnered for a special event at Jxta that included a reception and exhibition of "Paint...

Bought by KPVL, KKWE Niijii Radio, and KSRQ


  • Added: Jun 05, 2014
  • Length: 26:21
  • Purchases: 3
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Every year thousands of birds migrate through Minnesota. And every year thousands of them collide with the built environment. Few people notice—exc...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, KSRQ, and KVSC


  • Added: May 21, 2014
  • Length: 28:22
  • Purchases: 3
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In 1977, the Women's Movement scored a major victory with Roe v. Wade, but Congress failed to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. In Minnesota, a pro-...

Bought by KPVL, KKWE Niijii Radio, KVSC, and KSRQ


  • Added: Mar 03, 2014
  • Length: 27:50
  • Purchases: 4
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St. Paul's oldest African-American neighborhood is named after French Canadian fur trader Joseph Rondeau. After the civil war and during the recons...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, KVSC, and KSRQ


  • Added: Feb 20, 2014
  • Length: 28:09
  • Purchases: 3
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Peggy Mehen wants to make some changes in her life. She wants a new job. She wants to live independently. And her biggest dream is to be a supermod...

Bought by KUMD, KKWE Niijii Radio, WEZU, KVSC, KSRQ and more


  • Added: Feb 27, 2014
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Dora Zaidenweber
Dora Zaidenweber is a survivor. She and her family survived a Nazi death camp in Auschwitz during World War II. Decades later she set to work on tr...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, KPVL, KKWE Niijii Radio, KVSC, and KSRQ


  • Added: Feb 20, 2014
  • Length: 27:19
  • Purchases: 5
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As part of the New Deal, the Works Progress Administration, or They were scared, poor, on the dole, and desperate for work. From 1935-1943, 250 Min...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, KVSC, and KSRQ


  • Added: Jan 30, 2014
  • Length: 27:57
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Holly Newsome, Zoo Animal
Not only is Minnesota home to a vibrant live music scene, but an academic one as well--with 37 accredited music schools in our state. But the way w...

Bought by KPVL, KKWE Niijii Radio, KVSC, and KSRQ


  • Added: Jan 30, 2014
  • Length: 26:56
  • Purchases: 4
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Fresh Fruit: 35 Years of Queer Radio chronicles the history of the nation's longest running LGBT radio show. Fresh Fruit first aired on Twin Cities...

Bought by KSRQ


  • Added: Jan 30, 2014
  • Length: 29:18
  • Purchases: 1
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Fearless Comedy Productions presents Big Time Radio Funtime—sketch comedy in the style of old-time radio, live at Bryant Lake Bowl. Produced for KF...

Bought by KSRQ and KUMD


  • Added: Jan 29, 2014
  • Length: 28:28
  • Purchases: 2
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January 20, 2014, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This year, many are commemorating the 50th anniversary of his historical march on Washington, whi...

Bought by KPVL, KSRQ, KMSU, KSRQ, KVSC and more


  • Added: Jan 14, 2014
  • Length: 25:52
  • Purchases: 6
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Converting a school bus into a living space might sound crazy, but it’s not so far fetched. Small space living has spawned a plethora of websites, ...

Bought by KUMD, KKWE Niijii Radio, NPR Illinois, KVSC, and KSRQ


  • Added: Dec 13, 2013
  • Length: 28:59
  • Purchases: 5
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The Capri Theater in North Minneapolis stages an open-mic event on the first Monday of every month. In 2013, young people participating in the Brav...

Bought by KPVL, KSRQ, KVSC, and KSRQ


  • Added: Nov 08, 2013
  • Length: 26:42
  • Purchases: 4
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He was the spokesperson for the Jazz Age. A big drinker who enjoyed the high life. One-half of the golden couple of the Roaring '20s. He was F. Sco...

Bought by KVSC and KSRQ


  • Added: Nov 08, 2013
  • Length: 27:25
  • Purchases: 2
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Travel around St Paul and you’ll notice that some of the streets have two names--the one that appears on maps, and a second, co-street name that ho...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, KKWE Niijii Radio, KSRQ, and KVSC


  • Added: Sep 27, 2013
  • Length: 27:58
  • Purchases: 4
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Altruism is proving to be something of a natural resource here in Minnesota, particularly in the Twin Cities. Since 2008, Minneapolis-St. Paul has ...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, KUMD, KSRQ, KVSC, and KSRQ


  • Added: Sep 23, 2013
  • Length: 26:37
  • Purchases: 5