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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A performance inspired by Africa and hosted by Ms. Kenna at Patrick's Cabaret in Minneapolis. This independently produced show featured spoken word...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio and KSRQ


  • Added: Jul 23, 2012
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
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This summer at Black Dog Café, poet and playwright Lisa Brimmer gathered a group of free-style jazz musicians called High Society for a night of sp...

Bought by KSRQ


  • Added: Jul 15, 2012
  • Length: 28:45
  • Purchases: 1
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When Minneapolis politicians censored small time scandal sheet publisher, Jay Near, it sparked the country’s first debate on whether the government...

Bought by KSRQ, KSRQ, and KVSC


  • Added: Jun 11, 2012
  • Length: 27:37
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Palbasha Siddique
Joy Islam, Tushar Ahmmed and Palbasha Siddique are three impassioned Bangladeshi musicians who have made Minnesota their home. Fusing Bangla musica...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio and KSRQ


  • Added: Jun 06, 2012
  • Length: 28:27
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: The Okee Dokee Brothers
The Mississippi River was dubbed "messippi" by the Ojibwe Indians. The fourth largest river in the world, its headwaters begin at Itasca State Park...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, KSRQ, and KVSC


  • Added: Jun 06, 2012
  • Length: 27:07
  • Purchases: 3
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The fastest-growing refugee community in Minnesota over the past few years is a population from Southeast Asia most Minnesotans have never heard of...

Bought by KVSC


  • Added: Jun 15, 2012
  • Length: 29:02
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Clifford Simak
Clifford D. Simak is part of Science Fiction’s Golden Age (1940s-50s), and the author of classics including “City,” “Way Station” and “Goblin Reser...

Bought by KSRQ


  • Added: May 29, 2012
  • Length: 29:01
  • Purchases: 1
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Patty and the Buttons formed in 2008 when accordionist/vocalist Patrick "Patty" Harison returned to the Midwest. Inspired by his travels and work P...

Bought by KSRQ


  • Added: May 21, 2012
  • Length: 27:05
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Charlotte van Cleve, Credit: Courtesy of the Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis Collection, BR0714.
Charlotte Ouisconsin Clark Van Cleve was a remarkable woman who left a legacy in Minnesota. A newborn Charlotte arrived here in 1819, when her fath...

Bought by KVSC


  • Added: May 09, 2012
  • Length: 29:16
  • Purchases: 1
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Singer/songwriter Mary Cutrufello was raised in Connecticut and spent years as a recording artist in Texas. She settled in the Twin Cities 10 years...

  • Added: May 09, 2012
  • Length: 29:00
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Twin Cities hip-hop artist Toki Wright is a dynamic force on stage and in the recording studio. He's also an instructor at McNally Smith College of...

  • Added: May 09, 2012
  • Length: 08:27
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Symbolical Head is a storytelling event and panel discussion at DreamHaven Books in Minneapolis, featuring Will Alexander, Barth Anders, David J Sc...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2012
  • Length: 40:02
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The Cory Wong Quartet performs at the Artists’ Quarter Jazz Club in downtown St. Paul. The band features Cory Wong, Kevin Gastonguay, Andy Schuster...

Bought by KMUN


  • Added: Apr 13, 2012
  • Length: 28:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: L to R: Jennifer Markey, Frank Randall, Katy Vernon, Jim Walsh
Twin Cities’ musician Bob Dunlap is known to most of his friends and fans as “Slim.” Dunlap played with the Replacements and released two solo CDs ...

  • Added: May 07, 2012
  • Length: 26:06
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Some people believe that Coldwater Spring has been flowing for more than 10,000 years. Located south of Minnehaha Park on the former Bureau of Mine...

  • Added: Apr 11, 2012
  • Length: 29:07
Caption: Harvey Ronglien (center) at the orphanage.
In 1886, the State-Run School for Dependent and Neglected Children opened in Owatonna, Minnesota. For nearly 60 years the orphanage housed thousand...

  • Added: Apr 11, 2012
  • Length: 28:39
Caption: The Brass Messengers
This "Live from Minnesota" segment features the Brass Messengers—a Twin Cities’ band that formed from the Heart of the Beast May Day parade. With C...

Bought by WTIP and Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE


  • Added: Mar 22, 2012
  • Length: 29:06
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Veda Pinokvar
Veda Ponikvar is known as “The Iron Lady of Chisholm,” and recognized by the Historical Society as one of Minnesota’s 150 most important people. Bo...

Bought by KVSC, Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, and Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE


  • Added: Mar 22, 2012
  • Length: 29:01
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Brian Laidlaw
California native Brian Laidlaw considers himself a poet first and musician second. After several years of touring, Laidlaw settled in Minneapolis ...

  • Added: Mar 22, 2012
  • Length: 27:26
Caption: Producer Sarah Lageson (center) w/Pert Near Sandstone
For the last several years, a bluegrass revival has been taking place in and around the Twin Cities. KFAI producer Sarah Lageson talks to musicians...

  • Added: Mar 22, 2012
  • Length: 27:41