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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Once a posh enclave for the city's wealthiest residents, Nicollet Island had turned gritty by the early 20th century. Dominated by industry and inh...

  • Added: Feb 22, 2012
  • Length: 29:08
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The Great Falls, dubbed “St Anthony Falls” by Father Louis Hennepin, evolved during the Ice Age and became the birthplace of Minneapolis. A spiritu...

  • Added: Jan 20, 2012
  • Length: 26:46
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The Minneapolis skyline changed dramatically in the early 1970s, after two small real estate developers with ambitious dreams initiated a complex r...

  • Added: Jan 10, 2012
  • Length: 26:39
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Nicollet Island is the only inhabited island in the Mississippi River, and this leafy Minneapolis oasis has attracted a colorful crowd: gilded-age ...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio and KSRQ


  • Added: Jun 26, 2011
  • Length: 28:11
  • Purchases: 2
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Located near Lake Calhoun in South Minneapolis, this urban landmark is the resting place of Minnesota artists, political figures and community lead...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2011
  • Length: 28:38
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KFAI 's Michelle Alimoradi and Judith McKenzie look back at a time to when vaudeville and burlesque theaters dominated the Twin Cities. They talk t...

Bought by KSRQ


  • Added: Jun 25, 2011
  • Length: 29:15
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Steve Novak and Leonard Novak, Sky-Vu Drive-in, Warren, Minnesota, Credit: Todd Melby
They had names like The Cinebuff, the Bronco, The Maple Leaf, The Sunset. They were the drive-in movie theaters of Minnesota. Once, there were more...

Bought by KSRQ


  • Added: Jun 14, 2011
  • Length: 27:23
  • Purchases: 1
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Exotik-a-GoGo is the house band at Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge in Northeast Minneapolis. Every Friday and Saturday they play in Shangri La from 7-11...

  • Added: Jun 06, 2011
  • Length: 27:25
Caption: Beej Chaney of the Suburbs, at Jay's Longhorn Bar., Credit: Twin/Tone archives
The Twin Cities has had a vibrant music scene for decades, but in the early to mid-1970s there was almost no original music being performed. Only a...

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


  • Added: May 22, 2011
  • Length: 29:35
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Sophia Shorai
Sophia Shorai was born in Zimbabwe and raised in Minneapolis. A classically trained pianist, she began exploring jazz in her early teens, learning ...

  • Added: May 12, 2011
  • Length: 29:10
Caption: Oarfolkjokeopus
The Twin Cities has had a vibrant music scene for decades, but in the early to mid-1970s there was almost no original music being performed. Only a...

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


  • Added: May 12, 2011
  • Length: 29:39
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Tim Kaiser, Credit: Larry Rippel
The world of experimental sound arts is innovative and unusual--a place where instrument builders, alternative tuning systems and unorthodox musica...

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


  • Added: Apr 27, 2011
  • Length: 28:24
  • Purchases: 4
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Eclectic Ensemble is an ambient and improvisational group that runs on solar power and transports all its gear by bicycle. The group has been perfo...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio and KVSC


  • Added: Apr 25, 2011
  • Length: 27:45
  • Purchases: 2
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Minneapolis has the longest skyway system in the United States, and a severe climate that encourages interior walks many months of the year. City p...

Bought by KVSC


  • Added: Apr 15, 2011
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Charles Dwamina
In this three-part radio documentary, producers e.g. Bailey and Sha Cage explore Liberian history and the growth and development of the community i...

  • Added: Mar 17, 2011
  • Length: 29:30
Caption: Memeneh George
In this three-part radio documentary, producers e.g. Bailey and Sha Cage explore Liberian history and the growth and development of the community i...

  • Added: Mar 17, 2011
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: Vintage Music Company, Credit: Todd Melby
Lots of folks are into vinyl these days. Some people are even making mix tapes again. But if you really want to embrace obscure, seemingly dead med...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, KSRQ, and KVSC


  • Added: Mar 15, 2011
  • Length: 27:56
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Wilbur B. Foshay
It was called the Tower. It didn't need another name. The Foshay Tower, at its founding in 1929 and for nearly a half a century, reigned as the tal...

Bought by KVSC


  • Added: Mar 08, 2011
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1