18 April 2017

We Don't Talk Like That - Airs April 19th

'Fargo' and the Midwest Psyche by 2 Below Zero
The 1996 movie "Fargo" stirred widespread curiosity about snowy winters, funny accents, and bloody mayhem on the frozen tundra of North Dakota and Minnesota. The film won two Oscars and inspired a popular television series of the same name. But how well did it actually capture and reflect the region? In this documentary, producers Diane Richard and Todd Melby unravel the mystery behind the parkas, prowlers, and wood chippers in interviews with actors William H. Macy, John Carroll Lynch, Stephen Park, Tony Denman, dialect coach Liz Himelstein, women in law enforcement, and many more. Narrated by Bruce Bohne (Deputy Lou). Essential listening for diehard fans of "Fargo." 
Season 3 of the Fargo television series premieres later in the evening on the FX network!

12 April 2017

The Gun Debate - Airs April 12th

An Unlikely Friendship Transforms the Gun Debate from Reckonings
In the mid-90’s, Dr. Mark Rosenberg was leading gun violence research at the CDC. Republican Arkansas Congressman Jay Dickey, the NRA’s so-called "point man on the Hill," spearheaded legislation to defund it. Dickey and Rosenberg were on diametrically opposed sides of the gun debate, but fate took a twist. Producer Stephanie Lepp explains how through unexpected experiences, they managed to become friends, create common ground, and are now jointly calling on Congress to restore CDC funding for gun violence research. Their story is a rare source of hope within one of America’s most polarizing issues: guns.

A Red State Gun Owner Who's Not so Red from Making Contact
We go to Montana, where Making Contact producer Amy Martin spent some time with a guy that you might think of as the stereotypical American gun owner. Listen closely to this audio portrait, though, and you might find some views that don’t quite fit the mold.

05 April 2017

Frankie Lee + Chastity Brown - Airs April 5th

Photo by Ilia Horsburgh
Frankie Lee Live from Minnesota 
Singer-songwriter Frankie Lee shows us his rootsy, candid style while playing both piano and acoustic guitar in this performance, recorded live at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. Lee is joined by Michael Rosetto on electric guitar for the second half of the show. Masterfully recorded, mixed, and produced by Tom Garneau.

Chastity Brown Live from Minnesota
To celebrate Brown's soon-to-be-released Red House Records debut, Silhouette of Sirens, we're pulling a show from the rich and vast Minneculture vault: Chastity Brown performing at the Cedar Cultural Center on June 12, 2010. Recorded and produced by Dick Rees, Tom Chance, and Nancy Sartor for KFAI's Minneculture. Chastity is currently back on tour and playing at Tattersall Distilling next Monday. Her new album, Silhouette of Sirens, is released on May 19th. 

28 March 2017

Chuck Berry - Airs March 29th

Hail! Hail! The King of Rock 'n' Roll from Tres Hombres Productions
This hour-long music-intensive radio special celebrates the unforgettable music of Chuck Berry. Berry plays his biggest hits backed by Keith Richards and his all-star band, with guests Eric Clapton, Linda Rondstadt, Etta James, and Julian Lennon in one of the most highly regarded concert documentaries of all-time. Interview subjects include John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, and Chuck Berry, himself. This amazing gathering of rock greats honored Berry on his 60th birthday at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis in 1986, and was captured by director Taylor Hackford for his film, Chuck Berry: Hail, Hail Rock 'n' Roll. Hackford hosts this hour of live music, rehearsal sessions, and insider interviews from both the original film and the bonus materials unearthed for the multi-disc reissue.

22 March 2017

Pledge Drive - Aired March 22nd

Best of Live from Minnesota Mix-tape: Side B from Minneculture
We're playing stories from Minneculture about Minnesota musicians like P.O.S., Kitten Forever, Desdamona, Hüsker Dü, and also spinning favorite live recordings from Minneculture's Live from Minnesota series. Music from Patty & the Buttons, Pornonono, Cherry Cola, Erik Koskinen, Bruise Violet, Los Nativos and others.
Please consider opening your wallet just a little to keep awesome stuff like this on the air. Enigmatic, excellent, essential - we love every little thing about this remarkable station and it needs our help. Pledge your support for member-driven, independent public radio easily at the KFAI website(and be sure to mention "Listening Lounge" as your show of choice)

15 March 2017

Indeed We Can - Aired March 15

Best of Live from Minnesota Mix-tape: Side A from Minneculture
KFAI's Listening Lounge and Radio Pocho broadcast live from the Indeed Brewery Taproom to support KFAI and to kick off our 2017 Membership Drive! All proceeds directly went to KFAI. 
For the event were spinning live recordings of some of our favorite artists from Minneculture's Live from Minnesota series -- Folks like Dosh, Bad Bad Hats, Kitten Forever, Heiruspecs, Mason Jennings, The Jayhawks, Maria Isa, Gospel Machine, and many, many more! 

08 March 2017

IWD - Aired March 8th

Listening Lounge on March 8th was pre-empted for KFAI's special International Women's Day programming for 2017. Leah Honsky and Fresh Fruit host Quinn "Shimmer" Villagomez bring us Peace Talks.

23 February 2017

Mason Jennings + The Jayhawks - Airs March 1st

The Jayhawks Live from Minnesota 
A very special (and amazing) small venue show for local heroes the Jayhawks. Recorded live at St. Paul's cherished Turf Club. Featuring Gary Louris on guitar and lead vocals; Marc Perlman on bass; Tim O'Reagan on drums; Kraig Johnson on guitar; Jessy Greene on violin; Karen Grotberg on keyboards; and John Jackson on mandolin. Produced by Tom Garneau.

Mason Jennings Live from Minnesota 
Mason Jennings is now celebrating 20 years of making music in Minnesota. In this recording, Jennings performs at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth. This show features classic favorites and new selections from "Wild Dark Metal," his newest album. The band consists of Jennings on acoustic and electric guitar, Jacob Hanson on bass and Scott McPherson on drums. Recorded, mixed, and produced by Tom Garneau.

21 February 2017

William's Leap For Freedom - Airs Feb 22nd

William's Leap For Freedom by SueMedia Productions
Hosted by Dion Graham, this one hour radioplay is based on the life of freed slave William Wells Brown. The performance was recorded live and stars Mirron E. Willis as Wells Brown, and features Barbara Rosenblat (of Orange is the New Black fame) along with a multi-voice cast. It is a two part drama; a play within a play. Beginning with a fictionalized conversation between William and a historian, and selected portions of "The Escape or Leap for Freedom," a play written by William Wells Brown in 1858.

14 February 2017

As Black As We Wish To Be - Airs Feb 15th

As Black As We Wish To Be by Lu Olkowski
State of the Re:Union visits a tiny town in the Appalachian foothills of Ohio where, for a century, residents have shared the common bond of identifying as African-American despite the fact that they look white. Racial lines have been blurred to invisibility, and people inside the same family can vehemently disagree about whether they are black or white. It can be tense and confusing. As a result, everyone’s choosing: Am I black? Am I mixed race? Or, am I white?

07 February 2017

Who Is This Man?? - Airs Feb 8th

Bayard Rustin: Who Is This Man? produced by Tina Antolini
This week, for Black History Month, we will be presenting an episode of Al Letson's award-winning State of the Re:Union which uncovers the words and wisdom of an unsung hero who changed the course of American history. MLK Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech has become the shorthand of the Civil Rights Movement - but we might never have heard it, if it were not for another man, who has largely been purposefully forgotten by history: Bayard Rustin. Rustin mentored Dr. King, helped to engineer the March on Washington, and frame the Montgomery bus boycott. Over this hour, we explore the life and legacy of Mr. Rustin, a black, homosexual, pacifist who brought Gandhian non-violent protest to America.

30 January 2017

The Pines - Airs Feb 1st

The Pines are Live from Minnesota
The Pines are deeply connected to their American folk music roots. While their songs revolve around fictional stories and an acoustic guitar, this touring trio from Minneapolis includes more modern textures that lend a cinematic quality to their sound. Hear the band in their own words throughout this one-hour presentation of The Pines live at the Cedar Cultural Center. Recorded for Minneculture by Tom Garneau and produced by Daniel Zamzow.

24 January 2017

Shadows on Sparks Street - Airs Jan 25th

Shadows on Sparks Street by Sarah Boothroyd
This is the true story of Canada’s first political assassination – one that happened less than a year after the new Dominion of Canada was formed. Thomas D’Arcy McGee remains the only Canadian federal politician ever to be assassinated. He was a charismatic politician, poet, and journalist, shot on the doorstep to his rooming house on Sparks Street, just a few blocks from Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Killed 6 days before his 43rd birthday, Thomas left behind a wife and a 10-year-old daughter. The frenzy which resulted after the murder culminated in the last public execution in Canadian history and a mystery that refuses to die. Many think his farce of a trail led to the wrongful conviction and execution of Patrick James Whelan, an Irish tailor. Did he do it? Was he working alone? With the expertise of historians David Wilson and David Shanahan, as well as lawyer Lawrence Greenspon, we will explore this nineteenth century world of spies, lies, secrets, and murder.

18 January 2017

This is Insanity - Airs Jan 18th

This is Insanity from Hearing Voices
A self-examination and rumination on a myriad of disturbed mental states. First, backed by the Disposable Heroes of Hiphopcracy, William S. Burroughs declares, "This is Insane," an anonymous reporter describes his "Electroshock" therapy, and The Avalanches mashup a "Frontier Psychiatrist." Plus, Scott Carrier takes "The Test" for schizophrenia and Joe Frank is pathologically challenged by time. Finally, Sound Portraits helps Howard Dully trace the reasons and repercusssions of his very experimental "ice pick" lobotomy, a procedure performed on him when he was 12 years old by psychiatrist Walter J. Freeman.

10 January 2017

Introduction to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Airs Jan 11th

King in 1962Introduction to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from Project '62
An hour-long look at the life, career, and ideals of Dr. King and his growing belief in the philosophy of non-violence. Produced nearly two years before he made his famous “I Have a Dream” speech which established him as one of the great orators of his time and cemented his place in American history. When originally aired in January 1962 on Radio-Canada, King was 33 years old, just becoming a national figure, and only one of many leaders igniting civil resistance in efforts to end segregation. This broadcast served as a crash course by the CBC on the American Civil Rights movement for their Canadian audience. The program was written and prepared by Eleanor Fischer and presented by Harry Mannis.

03 January 2017

Heiruspecs + Waayaha Cusub - Airs Jan 4th

Heiruspecs from Live from Minnesota
No samples, no drum machines, no turntables, St.Paul's own Heiruspecs have been delivering their hip-hop raw and live for nearly 20 years. We will hear Hieruspecs on stage at the Icehouse in Minneapolis. Produced and mixed by Tom Garneau, recorded by Ryan Mach.

Waayaha Cusub from Live from Minnesota
To Minnesota by way of Somalia, Nairobi, London and the Netherlands, Waayaha Cusub emphasizes nonviolence and social justice themes in its hip-hop. Presented at the Paramount Center for the Arts in St. Cloud, Minnesota, in association with The Cedar Cultural Center and the Midnimo project. Produced and mixed by Tom Garneau, recorded by Frank Grether.