13 November 2018

Transformations - Airs Nov 14th

Transformations of a white supremacist and a jihadi extremist from Reckonings
Frank Meeink was a white supremacist who became a top neo-Nazi leader and recruiter. Jesse Morton was one of the most prolific jihadi propagandists in the US. Both men have since recanted their beliefs, but what caused the pair to look beyond their ideologies? We'll explore that and why it is they joined these violent extremist movements at all. Producer Stephanie Lepp seeks to find what then moved them to abandon their lives of hate. Her podcast, Reckonings, continually explores how people come to change their hearts and minds.

07 November 2018

Barbara Jean + The Last Revel - Airs Nov 7th

Barbara Jean Live from Minnesota
Both the rugged and softer side of Minnesota’s North Shore are apparent in Barbara Jean's music. She is a fiddle and banjo player as well as a singer and accomplished songwriter with accolades from the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest and Big Top Chautauqua. This show was recorded for MinneCulture live at Icehouse in Minneapolis by Alex Proctor. Mixed and Produced by KFAI's Tom Garneau.

The Last Revel Live from Minnesota
Blending traditional folk harmonies with rocking' up-tempo bluegrass, The Last Revel is a three-piece band that began playing a weekly gig at a dive bar in southern Minnesota. Their wild performances spread by word of mouth until the bar was at maximum capacity -- and when the dance floor was full, folks danced on tables. This show was produced and recorded for MinneCulture by Tom Garneau live at the historic Kato Ballroom in Mankato.

29 October 2018

Bloody Hell - Airs Oct 31st

Bloody Hell from Hearing Voices
We play host to a special hour of horror for All Hallows' Eve! In 1993, German artist Andreas Ammer, F.M. Einheit, and the now late-great John Peel, conspired to create a radio play based on Dante's Divine Comedy; it's called Radio Inferno. We'll hear an excerpt from that alongside the memories of Minnesotan author Kevin Kling, plus Cherokee writer Craig Strete's titular tale from his book The Bleeding Man and Other Science Fiction StoriesDavid Greenberger has been collecting thought from elderly Americans for more than a quarter century. We'll hear a story from Greenberger based on a conversation with Edna Wofford about ESP, dreams, and intuition. Also, Patsy Montana sings "Yodeling Ghost," Shel Silverstein reads his poem "Monsters I've Met," and prepare to get antiquated with Mexico's bogeyman, La Llorona, the crying woman.

23 October 2018

Frankenstein Bicentennial - Airs Oct 24th

Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus from Quicksilver Radio Theater
January 1st marked the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's famed novel. Shelley was only twenty years old when it was first published anonymously in 1818; it is often claimed to be the first example of true science fiction. To celebrate, we are airing a modern audio drama which stays true to Shelley's original story. If you've only seen the movies, then you do not actually know this harrowing tale of obsession and isolation. Our hour-long radioplay was directed by Jay Stern, faithfully adapted from the novel by producer Craig Wichman, and fully explores the tragedy's themes of responsibility, prejudice, humanity, and sympathy.

16 October 2018

Unearthing Dracula - Airs Oct 17th

Unearthing Dracula from WFIU
Vampires have captured our collective imagination for generations -- from early-18th century folklore, to Count Yorga, to chocolaty cereal and beloved Sesame Street characters. The subject has been continually visited in literature since Heinrich Ossenfelde's 1748 poem "The Vampire" and John Polidor's novel "The Vampyre" in 1819. And they have long been a staple of the silver screen too, with the first appearance of "Nosferatu" in 1922. It is, however, Bela Lugosi's iconic and oft-mimicked portrayal in 1931 with his cape, tuxedo, widow's peak, and thick Hungarian accent that instantly comes to mind when we hear the name Dracula. But who is the real Dracula? Is it, in fact, Vlad Tepes? To learn more, producer Annie Corrigan interviews Jeff Holdeman, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Indiana University. They examine the films, literature, music, and art all attempting to construct an image of this eerie, yet elusive, character who has become so deeply embedded in our culture.

10 October 2018

Spellbound - Airs Oct 10th

Spellbound from The Screen Directors' Playhouse
A psychiatrist plummets into a whirlwind feverish terror and tangled identities after discovering an accused murderer posing as a fellow doctor. Surprisingly, she chooses to protect the identity of this mysterious impostor and attempts to cure his amnesia and troubled conscience through psychoanalysis. What unfolds is a transcendent romance replete with taut excitement -- the makings of a classic Alfred Hitchcock story. We'll hear a dramatized radio adaptation of Hitchcock's film Spellbound (1945) broadcast January 25th,  1951 on Screen Directors' Playhouse. Adapted for radio by Jack Rubin. Starring HitchMercedes McCambridge, and Joseph Cotten with Dr. Samuel J. Hoffman providing spooky theremin accompaniment. 

03 October 2018

Stingray Green, The Beatifics, Magnatone + Run Westy Run - Airs Oct 3rd

Stingray Green, The Beatifics, and Magnatone Live from Minnesota
First, a concert staged during March 2015 at the Eagles Club in Minneapolis as benefit for beloved musician Dan Boardman. We'll hear hits from local legends: Stingray Green, The Beatifics, and Magnatone. It was produced by Tom Garneau for MinneCulture. Dan was a member of the Spectors, Stingray Green, Turtlenex, the Floorshakers, and Leafy Green Things. Dan died later that summer of pancreatic cancer at the age of 49. 

Run Westy Run Live from Minnesota
A reunion gig by beloved local band, Run Westy Run, recorded at the Rex in Duluth by Keenan McIntrye. The show features brothers Kirk and Kraig Johnson, Terry Fisher, Al Shroeder, and Bobby Joslyn. Run Westy Run formed in the mid '80s, the group was part of the same Minnesota music scene that spawned the Replacements and Husker Du. This live performance was produced by Tom Garneau with support from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund for KFAI's MinneCulture.

26 September 2018

Pledge Drive - Airs Sept 26th

Pledge Drive with Minneculture
Tonight, Todd and Micah will be playing a crop of great, recent stories from KFAI's Minneculture collective. While you're listing, please show your support for KFAI by pledging at kfai.org/donate or by calling 612-375-9030 and making a donation to keep this awesome stuff on the Twin Cities' airwaves. You can even get yerself this dope pop-pop ski cap!! Each pledge, big or small, is extremely important to us. We need you to help us keep this truly public, community-powered, independent station on your radio dial! 


19 September 2018

More from the MinneCulture Podcast - Airs Sept 19th

Ep. 12: Siama and Charanga by MinneCulture
How has immigration, migration, and connection to the rest of the world shaped the sights and sounds of Minnesota? Meet Siama Matuzungidi, a Congolese soukous musician. He moved to Minnesota in the late 90s after having a prosperous career in Congo, Uganda, and Kenya. His life and music flow like his native Congo River, and today, the Mighty Mississippi. Doug Little and his band Charanga Tropical bring the traditional music of Cuba to Minnesota. Charanga orchestras are mainly popular in Florida, New York, and California -- but Minnesota is home to one of the only Charanga orchestras in country.

Ep. 13: Breaking the Mold by MinneCulture
A hard-boiled lesbian detective breaks through the lavender ceiling, a Sudanese model refuses to conform her complexion to fit in, and an Ojibwe rapper wants to be the spark that ignites the fire in his people. Nyakim Gatwech is the "queen of dark," a Sudanese model and Instagram star in Minnesota with unapologetically dark skin. We'll also meet Ellen Hart the author of a series of mystery novels about lesbian detective Jane Lawless. And Baby Shel, from the Red Lake Reservation, doesn’t care if he becomes the most popular rapper in the world -- he just wants to open the door for people like him.

Ep. 14: Twin Cities Landmarks by MinneCulture
Forget the Spoonbridge and Cherry -- these are landmarks that have secrets to tell, even when they’re gone. In this episode, we explore one that fell to the forces of urban renewal; one that closed because of the owner’s health issues; and one that is stuck between a rock and a hard place of history and gentrification. Host Jumondeh Tweh checks out Minneapolis’ nearly forgotten Skid Row, the recent loss of Arnellia's, and Al's Breakfast, a Twin Cities landmark withstanding the test of time.

You can hear more stories from Minneculture at their Soundcloud page and download the Minneculture podcast in iTunes and Stitcher.

11 September 2018

Davina and the Vagabonds + Gospel Machine - Airs Sept 12th

Davina and the Vagabonds Live from Minnesota
Singer Davina Sowers showcases her formidable growl and velvety purr to a delighted audience at Patrick's Cabaret in Minneapolis on May 10, 2014. Known on the national blues scene for their high-energy live shows, Davina and the Vagabonds' success comes from a combination of their snappy original songwriting, sharp-dressed professionalism, and Davina's commanding stage presence. These sassy vocals and tight horn arrangements were recorded by Tom Garneau for KFAI's Minneculture.

Gospel Machine Live from Minnesota
Paying homage to the soul and rhythm and blues sounds of the 1960s, Gospel Machine calls their style "garage gospel." It is a sound that rocks, swings, and grooves. In addition, this brilliant performance at Icehouse in Minneapolis, also features guest appearances by members of the Brass Messengers. Gospel Machine is Jayanthi Kyle on lead vocals, Wes Burdine on guitar, Jimmy Osterholt on bass, David Osborn on drums, and Scott Munson on keyboard. Recorded on December 11, 2015 by Kevin Scott. Mixed and Produced by Tom Garneau.

05 September 2018

The View from Room 205 - Airs Sept 5th

The View from Room 205 by Linda Lutton
This one-hour documentary takes an unflinching look at the intersection of poverty and education in our country. It tells the story of a fourth grade classroom at William Penn Elementary, a public school in one of the nation’s poorest neighborhoods, North Lawndale on Chicago’s West Side. The piece weaves together human stories in the school, from the children to their teacher to the principal, and pulls back to explain the big picture. It looks at poverty’s hold on school achievement and explores the unintended consequences of a core belief driving school reform today – that poverty is no excuse for low achievement. Peabody Award-winning reporter Linda Lutton of WBEZ Chicago spent months reporting from Penn and the neighborhood around the school. Her work tackles fundamental questions about how we educate poor children, and whether schools can actually overcome poverty. It documents - often painfully - how we struggle and fail to lift poverty’s burdens off children. It is an hour that is personal, up-close, story-driven, and of far-reaching national importance.

27 August 2018

Radio Pocho! - Airs Aug 29th

Radio Pocho at the Minnesota State Fair
This week we are handing our time over to Miguel Vargas, Terrell LaMarr, y Brenda Azueta who will be busy "reclaiming roots thru musica" while BROADCASTING LIVE FROM THE FAIR! That's right, you'll be treated to an extra hour of KFAI's weekly installment featuring the best classic y contemporary Latinx artists. Be sure to drop on by and say hi! You can find the Radio Pocho crew at the Ampers booth at the north end of the Education Building. 

Ampers is a network of 18 independent community radio stations in Minnesota. Each station is locally managed and programmed by and for the local communities they serve. We're talkin' cool local indies like KFAI, Jazz88, KMOJ, and Radio K. But we are joined by many more great stations from greater Minnesota too. Several Ampers stations are broadcasting live at the booth during the Great Minnesota Get Together. So be sure to come back again. We all appreciate your support!

21 August 2018

The Birth of Pink Floyd - Airs Aug 22nd

Creation: The Early Years of Pink Floyd from Joyride Media
Pink Floyd experienced a lot of growing pains in its early years. Founding member and drummer Nick Mason walks us through the formation of the group and its steady evolution from 1965 to 1972. From the contributions and eventual firing of frontman Syd Barrett, to being banned by the BBC on its first single, to creating avant garde theater - there's a lot of history behind the band before it broke out worldwide with the smash album "Dark Side of the Moon." Craig Bailey of the radio series "Floydian Slip" hosts this one-hour music-heavy special documentary filled with funny stories and laden with rare recordings.

15 August 2018

Vacation Getaway Special - Airs Aug 15th

Vacation Getaway Special from The World Vision Report
Summer tourism with a twist is the theme this week. Just some of the spots we'll be visiting are: Nigeria, Sana'a, Shanghai, Rwanda, and Jamaica. In Nepal, we follow a street vendor who sells an exotic musical instruments. During the hour you'll also experience buying a camel, chewing khat, and eating the dish ackee and saltfish. We'll also hear a conscious discussion on “poverty tourism” -- tours through slums to see and experience how people live in much of the developing world.

07 August 2018

Albert Serra - Airs Aug 8th

Episode Six: Albert Serra from The Drunk Projectionist
Albert Serra, the highly opinionated director of "The Death of Louis XIV" reveals how he really feels about actors. He says, "In general, professional actors are quite stupid people. They are not very kind. They believe they are really important, but not so." Also in this conversation about filmmaking with The Drunk Projectionist's Todd Melby, he claims that he never looks through the lens of the camera -- Wait, WHAT?!? Serra explains, “My system is based on going against. When I shoot, I go against the script. When I do the post production, I go against the edit. It’s like purification."

01 August 2018

Womenfolk Concert - Aug 1st

Womenfolk Anniversary Concert Celebration from Minneculture
In September of 2017, KFAI honored Womenfolk, one of the longest running women's music shows in the country, with a concert at Hook and Ladder Theater and Lounge in Minneapolis. Womenfolk host Ellen Stanley celebrates with performances from Ellis, Reina del Cid, Prairie Fire Lady Choir, Vicky Emerson, Mary Bue, Mother Banjo, and other friends. Recorded by Matthew Amundsen. Mixed and produced by Tom Garneau for the "Live from Minnesota" series.

24 July 2018

Heiruspecs - Airs July 25th

Heiruspecs Live from Minnesota
We're going to hear two concerts from the hometown hip-hop heavies. Recorded years apart -- each amazing. First, we're going to the very back of the MinneCulture music vault to find them performing on August 21st, 2010 at the Red Stag Block Party. Produced by Brian Herb and Daniel Zamzow. For both shows Heiruspecs remains: Midway Felix, Muad'dib, dVRG, Twinkie Jiggles, Peter Leggett, and Josh Peterson. 

Heiruspecs Live from Minnesota
Hard to believe but for over 20 years Heiruspecs have been delivering their own unique style of hip-hop raw and live with no samples, no drum machines, no turntables. For this show we're going to revisit the St. Paul rap giants across the river and on stage at Icehouse. Recorded by Ryan Mach on October 4th, 2016. Produced and mixed by Tom Garneau.

17 July 2018

Malamanya + Communist Daughter - Airs July 18th

Communist Daughter Live from Minnesota
We're going to reach deep in to the vast and rich MinneCulture vault for tonight's program! First, Husband and wife duo, Johnny Solomon and Molly Moore, bring their basement melodies to light with the help of their friends and bandmates. Here's your chance to hear how the gracefully dark indie rock group sounded in front of a live audience all the way back in 2010. Recorded for KFAI's MinneCulture by Daniel Zamzow. (Photo by @visual.michael)

Malamanya Live from Minnesota
Blending original songwriting with traditional rhythms and melodies of Cuba, Central and South America, Malamanya are able to create a classic sound all their own. Their acoustic-driven dance rhythms celebrate salsa and samba, while drawing on organic forms of the past. Produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow and recorded live at the Cedar Cultural Center in 2012.

11 July 2018

CB & KF + OCQ - Airs July 11th

Chris Bruhn and Kyle Fosburgh from Live from Minnesota
Performing at the Warming House in Minneapolis, Christoph Bruhn and Kyle Fosburgh showcase their original blend of folk and Americana styles. You'll hear a variety of guitar picking techniques as these songwriting composers trading tunes throughout the performance. KFAI's Daniel Zamzow produced the show, which includes interviews with the performers as well as Brianna Lane, manager of the Warming House.

Other Country Quartet from The World Live!
How would you like to travel around the world and never leave Minnesota? The James J. Hill Center and KFAI teamed up to help you do just that. This recording of "The World Live!" concert series features Other Country Quartet, a group that offers an eclectic mix of styles on traditional Middle Eastern acoustic instruments. Other Country Quartet features David Stenshoel, Scott Nieman, Greg Herriges, and Stephen Spaise. KFAI's Tom Garneau produced and mixed this concert.

03 July 2018

The Pines - Airs July 4th

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.

27 June 2018

Season Two! - Airs June 27th

Episode 9: Love Stories from The MinneCulture Podcast
When is love an art form in and of itself? Like art, true love comes in many forms. A Congolese couple, separated by the ocean, sing to each other over the phone to stay connected. An all-grrrl punk band sing through a telephone (repurposed as a microphone) to the community that supports them. Corrie Harrigan, Laura Larson, and Liz Elton comprise Kitten Forever. The three-piece punk band blazes minimalist dance punk in their underwear, swap instrument duties, and love each other.

Episode 10: Dress Codes from The MinneCulture Podcast
Why do people dress a certain way? What does dress say about who we are, and what connects us? People pick their uniforms for various reasons, but often it’s to fit in. For the Minnesota Dandies - a group of sharply dressed black men - it means dressing for success and respect. For one Minnesotan woman during the Civil War, it meant disguising herself as men in order to serve her country. Host Jumondeh Tweh looks at why uniforms matter and what it says about how we express ourselves.

Episode 11: All Eyez on Andrew Moore from The MinneCulture Podcast
Andrew Moore is a Minneapolis artist who created a giant political sculpture in his front yard. Some of his neighbors complained about it. The city of Minneapolis fined Moore for a variety of code violations, and he eventually lost his home. Today, he's making new art - out of his clothes. Just like the rapper Tupac Shakur, when Moore walks down the street, his outfits say: "All Eyez on Me." The MinneCulture podcast is produced by Xan Holston, Todd Melby, and Nancy Rosenbaum with theme music by Javier Santiago. Support is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Find the MinneCulture Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, and Soundcloud.

20 June 2018

Pride Youth Radio - Airs June 20th

Pride outLoud from Youth Radio
The youth producers of outLoud Radio bring us an hour of stories about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and otherwise non-straight life. We'll hear stories on LGBT topics from awkward Sex Education, exemplar vampires, coming out, and what happens when you're transgender and want to play sports.
The outLoud Radio Project gives voice to youth who are otherwise silenced because of who they love or their gender they claim. It's young people of diverse genders and sexualities using the media to explore the issues that affect their lives. It's getting the word out, because understanding is essential. It's young people taking control of how their lives are represented.

12 June 2018

The View from Room 205 - Airs June 13th

The View from Room 205 by Linda Lutton
This one-hour documentary takes an unflinching look at the intersection of poverty and education in our country. It tells the story of a fourth grade classroom at William Penn Elementary, a public school in one of the nation’s poorest neighborhoods, North Lawndale on Chicago’s West Side. The piece weaves together human stories in the school, from the children to their teacher to the principal, and pulls back to explain the big picture. It looks at poverty’s hold on school achievement and explores the unintended consequences of a core belief driving school reform today – that poverty is no excuse for low achievement. Peabody Award-winning reporter Linda Lutton of WBEZ Chicago spent months reporting from Penn and the neighborhood around the school. Her work tackles fundamental questions about how we educate poor children, and whether schools can actually overcome poverty. It documents - often painfully - how we struggle and fail to lift poverty’s burdens off children. It is an hour that is personal, up-close, story-driven, and of far-reaching national importance.

06 June 2018

Nooky Jones + Caroline Smith - Airs June 6th

Nooky Jones Live from Minnesota
Looking for some funky, fresh sexy soul? Then you ought to hear Nooky Jones' recent set at Icehouse in Minneapolis. Joining Cameron Kinghorn's vocals are Adam Meckler on trumpet, Scott Agster plays trombone, Kevin Gastonguay on keys, Andrew Foreman on bass, and Reid Kennedy banging drums. Recorded by Jay Perlman and Ryan Mach. KFAI's Tom Garneau mixed and produced the concert.

Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps Live from Minnesota
Merging neo-soul with her indie-rock roots, Caroline Smith has got everything here that we could ever need. Joining the Detroit Lakes native in this performance are The Goodnight Sleeps featuring Jesse Schuster, Arlen Peiffer, David Earl, Garrett NealMina Moore, Hannah von der Hoff, and Lizzo. Recorded live in 2014 at the Masonic Temple in Winona during Midwest Music Fest by Tom Garneau for Minneculture.

22 May 2018

Buffalo Nation - Airs May 23rd

Buffalo Nation Pow Wow Hour Special from Radio Netherlands 
Producer Martha Hawley takes a look at aspects of Native American culture. First, the revival of the buffalo and then an exploration of the Pow Wow in this hour long documentary intended for her Dutch audience. The term "pow wow" originally referred to a gathering of revered spiritual leaders. In modern times however, pow wows are fabulous celebratory events. Explosions of music and dance that go on throughout the year all over North America. Both local pow wows and large inter-tribal gatherings can be positively hallucinatory, with hundreds of feathered and painted dancers mingling and jingling near the traditional arena. Porcupine, South Dakota, is a small town on Pine Ridge Reservation. Martha takes us there to meet the Oglala Lakota people who display their heritage with vigor. The drums they play are the heartbeat of their people - while the pow wow is open to other seekers on the road. We'll also learn of the work being done by both Native and Non-Native ranchers to restore the buffalo's once thriving herds. The challenge is to find common ground between cultural and commercial interests about this creature who is viewed as a sacred animal relative. 

Note: May is American Indian Month in Minnesota. To continue the festivities, next week the LL will be preempted for a 2-hour special presentation of Indigeneity Rising!

16 May 2018

Hark! - Airs May 16th

The Acoustic World of Elizabethan England from Battery Radio
Inspired by Bruce Smith's book, producers Chris Brookes, Paolo Pietropaolo, and Alan Hall set out to investigate an acoustic world of four centuries ago. They track down some ancient sounds that still exist and evoke others which have become extinct, to imagine the noises as once heard by Elizabethan ears. We'll also travel back to present time, where listeners are forced to consider our soundtrack of today and the noise pollution which now surrounds us at every moment.

09 May 2018

All Mom Radio - Airs May 9th

All Mom Radio from Hearing Voices
For Mother’s Day, we'll hear maternal tales from producers around the country hosted by Barrett Golding. First, "Travels with Mom" follows Larry Massett and his mother to the Tybee Island, Georgia of today and of the 1920′s, as recalled by Mrs. Massett. Writer Beverly Donofrio joins her mom for "Thursday Night Bingo," produced by Dave Isay of Sound Portraits. In Nancy Updike's "Mubarak and Margy," a gay man chooses to care for his mother, and to confront the "cure" his family plans for his homosexuality. Also, comedian Amy Borkowsky shares her hilarious phone "Messages from Mom."

26 April 2018

Aby Wolf + Maria Isa - Airs May 2nd

Aby Wolf Live from Minnesota
Although sometimes called Dessa's "secret weapon of harmony," Aby Wolf is a powerhouse in her own right. In this performance at the historic Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing, Wolf explores her rich back catalog alongside more recent work to create a powerful and tightly packaged electro-pop mix. This show was part of the Minnesota Music Coalition's Caravan du Nord. Produced, recorded and mixed by KFAI's Tom Garneau for MinneCulture.

Maria Isa and Los Nativos Live from Minnesota
Born and raised in the Twin Cities to NuyoRican parents, singer-songwriter Maria Isa celebrates her cultural diversity through music alongside political activism. Los Nativos formed in 1996 and was one of the original groups in Rhymesayers Entertainment. The St. Paul duo produce music with a conscious message, integrating hip-hop, jazz, and funk with tejano, mariachi, and salsa to deliver a style all their own. Producer Daniel Zamzow caught the acts performing on May 3rd, 2012 at Conga Latin Bistro for its annual Cinco de Mayo celebration.

19 April 2018

Prize Poetry - Airs April 25th

As I Have Gone Alone In There from Everything Is Stories
For National Poetry Month we'll learn about a man who has hidden a treasure and only given clues to where it may be found in his self-penned poetry and proseForrest Fenn is someone who makes his own adventure. After surviving cancer, this dealer of antique luxuries hid a chest filled with gold coins, gold dust, gold nuggets, rubies, and other riches said to be valued over one million dollars. Forrest is interviewed at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he shares memories of his childhood, experiences as fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, and what exactly made him want to create this strange puzzle prize. Local friends and treasure hunters also describe their encounters with Fenn and ideas of where the fortune may be found.

17 April 2018

Wised Up - Airs April 18th

A Wise Guy's Tale of Crime and Redemption from The Signal
We'll trace one man's journey into an underworld of organized crime, and his subsequent attempt to escape it. At one time in his life, Baltimorean Charlie Wilhelm was a loan shark, a drug dealer, and a bookmaker. He raked in ten thousand dollars a week, cash. But when he was ordered to murder two friends, he took himself (and all of his information) to the FBI. Wilhelm turned informant, wearing a wire and later testifying against his former partners in crime, putting them behind bars for years to come. Interviewed by Aaron Henkin, we'll meet Charlie and hear his reflections on crime, loyalty, and redemption. Wilhelm's book Wised Up: A Reformed Mobster's Confessional Memoir was just released as an updated Second Edition. 
"If we'd have just taken one small fraction of our brain and used it legitimately, God knows where we would have been today. We wouldn't have to worry about no police, no FBI agents. There wouldn't be any of this..." - Charlie Wilhelm

09 April 2018

Catching Up with the Minneculture Podcast - Airs April 11th

The Minneculture Podcast from KFAI 
Let's all listen to more episodes of the MinneCulture Podcast! We are going to air the last 4 installments from the bi-weekly series as they prepare to launch their second season. MinneCulture features the best arts, culture, and history reporting from KFAI. In these episodes, we'll cover demolition lawn mower derbys, mosquito control, vigilante bikers (as in bicyclists), both rogue potters and plate breakers, backyard chicken coops, plus the professional wrestling scene in Minnesota -- so hold on tight! Our show will feature work by independent producers: Britt Aamodt, Xan Holston, Graison Hensley ChapmanSophie Nikitasand Todd MelbyMinneCulture is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. You can hear more stories from MinneCulture at their Soundcloud page and download all of Series One of the MinneCulture podcast NOW on both iTunes and Stitcher.

04 April 2018

Sufi Melange + Casey O’Brien - Airs April 4th

Sufi Melange Live from Minnesota 
First we'll hear a performance of poetry sung by North Indian classical vocalist Dr. Pooja Goswami Pavan. Her original arrangements feature instruments both traditional like tabla, dholak, bouzouki, and also contemporary, like acoustic guitar, electric bass, and keyboard. An English translation of the text is provided by a narrator before each tune. Produced by Daniel Zamzow for MinneCulture, this presentation features excerpts from the 2015 concert at Normandale Community College in Bloomington as well as perspectives by members of the ensemble. Additional performers are: Greg Herriges on bouzouki and guitar, Tushar Ahmed on bass as well as guitar, Vinod Krishnan at the keys, percussion and dholak played by Abhinav Sharma, Dr. A. Pavan on Tabla, with Dipankar Mukherjee providing narration. Special thanks to Joy Islam for his engineering work.

Casey O’Brien Live from Minnesota 
As a composer and bassist from Saint Paul, Casey O'Brien has collaborated with Eyedea, Sonny Knight, PaviElle, Mina Moore, and is a member of the house band for record label Secret Stash. We'll hear O’Brien embarking on several deep harmonic tangents and showcasing original compositions from his album Ghost Dance in this concert taken from the rich and vast MinneCulture archives. His own quartet features Nathan Hanson on saxophones, Ted Godbout on keys, Davu Seru on drums, and O’Brien himself on bass. Their performance was captured by Daniel Zamzow for KFAI on May 13th, 2015 at Jazz Central Studios in Southeast Minneapolis.

23 March 2018

Pledge Drive - March 21st + 28th



For pledge drive this go around, Todd and Micah will be playing a crop of recent stories from KFAI's Minneculture collective. We'll hear pieces from Dixie TreichelEmily Bright, Britt Aamodt, Sophie Nikitas, Diane RichardXan HolstonErianna Jiles, and Nancy Rosenbaum. So tune-in and explore topics like pinball, poetry, punk rock, cheeky monkeys, cycling, art, and even more. We'll also be playing highlights from Minneculture's "Live from Minnesota" series.While you're listing, PLEASE VISIT kfai.org/donate or call 612-375-9030 and make a donation to keep this awesome stuff on the Twin Cities' airwaves. Each pledge, big or small, is extremely important to us. You can contribute online right here or you can give us a call at 612-375-9030 and show your endorsement of truly public, listener-supported, independent community radio!

13 March 2018

Ayvah + Jillian Rae - Airs March 14th

Jillian Rae from Minneculture
Recorded live at Broken World Records in Winona at the 5th annual MidWest Music Fest. Produced and recorded for KFAI’s Minneculture by the one and only Tom Garneau.
Jillian will be performing at the Hook and Ladder on Saturday, March 31st. Also, if you have a few minutes to spare, we recommend that you hear her cover of Prince's When Doves Cry at her Bandcamp page.

Ayvah from Minneculture
In the second half of our show, the  jazz and funk influenced Twin Cities quintet Ayvah perform live at The Icehouse in Minneapolis. Ayvah is Ava McFarlane on vocals, Samuel Rosenstone on piano, DeCarlo Jackson on bass, Joey C. Hays on drums and Andy Schupp on guitar. This "Live from Minnesota" concert was recorded by Ryan Mach. It was expertly mixed and produced by Tom Garneau. You can hear more from Ayvah by visiting their Soundclound.

06 March 2018

Revisiting the Minneculture Podcast - Airs March 7th

The Minneculture Podcast from KFAI
With Season 2 of the MinneCulture Podcast just around the corner, we are gearing up with three installments from their excellent first season. The Minneculture Podcast features the best arts, culture, and history reporting from KFAI. In these episodes, we'll learn how Black Lives Matter got an anthem, the story of a college student from Minnesota who got the Swedish band Roxette on U.S. radio, and a 28-hour music marathon. We'll also dive deep into the animal world in interviews with nature videographer Sam Easterson, taxidermist Sarina Brewer, and a harpist that has been playing for primates at the Como Zoo in St. Paul for nearly a decade. Our show will feature work by independent producers Diane Richard, Mason ButlerLila Cherneff, Sam Radwany, Ryan Dawes, and Nancy Rosenbaum. Minneculture is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. You can hear more stories from Minneculture at their Soundcloud page and download the podcast NOW from both iTunes and Stitcher.

27 February 2018

Another Round - Airs Feb 28th

Episode Four: Frederick Wiseman from The Drunk Projectionist
Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman discusses "Titicut Follies," his controversial 1967 film about a hospital for the criminally insane. In this interview with Todd Melby, he also reveals why he shot most of his movies on 16mm, how his films are structurally similar to plays, and why he hates the term "cinema verite." The film "Titicut Follies" launched Wiseman's trademark style of filmmaking: no interviews, no music, no restaging of events, no crawl of type identifying subjects or places. His documentaries - he’s made more than 35 films in 50 years - are his and his alone

Episode Five: Charles Burnett from The Drunk Projectionist
Critic Terrence Rafferty of GQ called "Killer of Sheep," a film by Charles Burnett, "one of the most striking debuts in movie history." Host Todd Melby interviews writer/director Burnett, about this important film. "Killer of Sheep" examines the black Los Angeles ghetto of Watts in the mid-1970s through the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is growing detached and numb from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouse. Frustrated by money problems, he finds respite in moments of simple beauty: the warmth of a teacup against his cheek, slow dancing with his wife, holding his daughter. The movie offers no solutions; it merely presents life - sometimes hauntingly bleak, sometimes filled with transcendent joy and gentle humor. The film was shot in roughly a year of weekends on a budget of less than $10,000, and also out of the pocket of Burnett himself. Filmed on location, the picture offers an episodic narrative with gritty documentary-style cinematography.

19 February 2018

Leap For Freedom - Airs Feb 21st

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.