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A Fiery Unrest - Airs July 17th

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A Fiery Unrest: Why Plymouth Avenue Burned by Nancy Rosenbaum
During the summer of 1967, Plymouth Avenue in North Minneapolis went up in flames. This was a period which would become known as the Long Hot Summer. Frustrations about racial discrimination and a lack of opportunity for black Americans were erupting on city streets across the country. Here in Minnesota, those tensions came to a head between July 19-21 on Plymouth Avenue. It was the commercial heart of a racially and ethnically mixed neighborhood; home to the city's largest concentration of African-American residents as well as many Jewish-owned businesses. For some black Minnesotans, Plymouth Avenue was a brick and mortar reminder of racial inequality that could no longer be silently tolerated. In this hour-long documentary, producer Nancy Rosenbaum examines what happened, why, and how people in Minneapolis responded.

Minnesota Eats + Musicians Speak - Airs July 10th

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MinneCulture Podcast, Ep. 19: Minnesota Eatsfrom KFAI 
Immigrants are spicing up Minnesota food. In this episode of the MinneCulture Podcast, host Jumondeh Tweh gets cooking tips from his Liberian mother and listens-in on stories about Hmong and Somali food. Follow us inside three kitchens to learn more about the intersection of food and culture and the ever-shifting definitions of traditional cuisine.

MinneCulture Podcast, Ep. 20: Minnesota Musicians, in Their Own Words from KFAI 
Meet some Minnesota musicians that take old music, and put their own twist on it. Jumondeh goes backstage at a Saint Paul jazz club with Debbie Duncan who’s known as the Twin Cities’ “First Lady of Song.” We'll also travel to South Minneapolis, where Minnesota’s oldest African American drum corps is keeping an old musical tradition alive. And we hear from some passionate classical musicians at the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra about the album that won them a Grammy in 2018.

From Vacant Lot to Skate-able Park b…

Ep. 18: Our Most Memorable Snowfall - Airs July 3rd

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MinneCulture Podcast, Ep. 18: Our Most Memorable Snowfallfrom KFAI
In Minnesota, freezing winters and big snowfalls come with the territory. But three feet of snow on Halloween??? That was a day to remember. Host Jumondeh Tweh shovels snow and plays a documentary produced by Britt Aamodt about the Halloween Blizzard of 1991, which remains one of the largest and most memorable storms in Minnesota history. 
Wrangling Ice Into Artby Dixie Treichel Ever wonder why candles inside ice luminaries don't melt into a puddle? Jennifer Shea Hedberg, a.k.a. "The Ice Wrangler," explains the science behind those glowing winter creations. 
Post-Smithsonian Delinquentby Melissa Olson  In a Brooklyn studio, KFAI's Melissa Olson interviews musician and visual artist Brad Kahlhamer about his complex identity and unique personal history. He was born in 1956 to Native American parents and then adopted by a German-American family. They raised him in Tucson, Arizona and later moved to small-to…

Ep. 17: Fresh Fruit - Airs June 26th

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Ep. 17: Fresh Fruit - Over 40 Years of Queer Radio from the MinneCulture Podcast
We kick-off Season Three chronicling the history of the nation's longest running weekly LGBT radio show! Fresh Fruit first aired on Twin Cities community radio station KFAI, on May 11, 1978 and has been broadcasting ever since. This audio documentary begins in 1977 by introducing us to the original collective -- a group of activists living in a queer hippy commune in Minneapolis -- and takes us right up to present day in an interview with Dixie Treichel, one of the program's current hosts.

Hell Yeah: Queer and Radical Performance Art by Dixie Treichel
In the 1990s, queer performance artists like created radical, experimental, and often politically risky work. Artists were rebelling against Reagan politics, the AIDS crisis, Senator Jesse Helms’ attacks on the National Endowment for the Arts, and the era's culture wars. In 2018 a curated exhibitionchronicled the era at the Walker Art Center titled …

MNSPJ Award Winners - Airs June 19th

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Producers for KFAI's MinneCulture took home five awards from the 2019 MN Society of Professional Journalists’ annual Page One Awards! Anna Stitt and Ryan Dawes took home first and second place in the Best Feature category. Reporter Melissa Olson received third place in the Special Project/In-Depth Series category. Plus, and perhaps most unbelievably, KFAI producers cleaned up in Sports News Coverage. This week on the show, we'll the most recent winners as well as some stories celebrated at the 2018 Page One Awards (as many as we can fit in.) Huzzah!

A Violinist Grapples with Deathby Ryan Dawes
Near the end of his life, Franz Schubert composed "Death and the Maiden." Two centuries later, violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja grappled with the dark subject as she and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra brought the piece to life for new audiences. Their recording won a Grammy award.

Why She Skateboards, Despite the Painby Katie Thornton
As a teenager, KFAI's Katie Thornton contr…

Generation AIDS - Airs June 5th + 12th

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June 5th - Part One: Minnesota's HIV/AIDS Crisis (1981-1986) by Britt Aamodt
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, Bruce Brockway, a gay activist and publisher of the Twin Cities' first gay newspaper, turned to his partner and said, "I think I have that." That was AIDS and Bruce was right. Numbers-wise, Minnesota was never a hot zone of infection. But for the Minnesotans living with HIV/AIDS, the struggles were the same: to stay alive and to fight the homophobia that wanted to ignore an epidemic dismissed as a gay man's disease.

June 12th - Part Two: Minnesota's HIV/AIDS Crisis (1986-1996) by Britt Aamodt
Five years into the epidemic, people living with HIV/AIDS were still dying of it in increasing numbers and the President of the United States had yet to acknowledge the crisis in public. In Minneapolis, as in other cities, activists were now taking control …

Presents the Podcast, Pt. 3 - Airs May 29th

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Ep. 15: Faith and Dalmar from the MinneCulture Podcast
Somalia is known as a nation of poets. In this episode, we explore Somali spoken word poetry with Nimo Farah, Ahmed Assad, Ayan Mahamud and Ladan Osman. We also listen to the music of Dalmar Yare, a popular Somali musician. The MinneCulture podcast is hosted by Jumondeh Tweh and produced by Xan Holston, Todd Melby, and Nancy Rosenbaum. Theme music by Javier Santiago. Support is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Ep. 16: Winter Specialfrom the MinneCulture Podcast
It wouldn’t be a Minnesota podcast if we didn’t take you outside -- and into the cold! We'll meet rabid Minnesota Wild fans and anglers who don’t let a little ice get in their way. The MinneCulture crew bundles up and hits the ice to tell the unfrozen stories of the cold, bold North.
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