General Announcements

As part of KFAI’s Membership Premium effort, programming volunteer Lennie Chism took an official station t-shirt along on a recent trip to Washington D.C. – a place where people show their endorsement with a signature.

At the $250 level, this keepsake is yours. It bears the following names:

  • NBA Star Isaiah Thomas
  • Rep. Keith Ellison
  • Rep. Betty McCollum
  • Rep. Tim Walz
  • Rep.

In 2004, St. Olaf College sold its classical radio station WCAL to Minnesota Public Radio. But some listeners are fighting in court to get their old station back. KFAI’s Michael Bracher spoke with Ruth Synthe, who is one of the supporters leading the fight.

Six months ago, the 35W bridge collapsed. With debates about fault, grief and haste, it might be easy to lose track of the human toll.

Story by Allison Osberg

With the changing seasons and the first few flakes of snow, artists who look for inspiration outside now turn their attention to opportunities indoors. Fortunately for them, the Bell Museum of Natural History offers a sketch night where nature can be observed from the comfort of a cozy room.
KFAI’s Allison Osberg went to the museum and filed this report.

Story by Michelle Alimoradi

On Monday, February 13th, PBS stations will air a 90 minute documentary called “Slavery By Another Name”, based on a book by journalist Douglas Blackmon.

Small Business Saturday

Today is known as “Black Friday” – the day after Thanksgtiving. It’s a day for retailers to offer their best deals for the Christmas shopping season. Stores opening in the middle of the night have played host to hoards of shoppers looking for a bargain.

Roughly two months after the resignation of former Director Lori Stone and former Board Treasurer Perry Caranicas, the Seward Neighborhood Group is investigating allegations of financial mismanagement

The students at Sojourner Truth Academy in Minneapolis are taking on the ambitious campaign of trying to get President Obama to come eat lunch with them. KFAI’s Connor Molloy talked to some of the students over turkey, gravy, and chocolate milk.


Story by Bob Hines & Michelle Alimoradi

In a special election this week in state Senate district 59 in Minneapolis, Kari Dziedzic won the competition between 5 DFL’ers to face a Republican opponent in January. She got 32% of the vote.
Just 339 votes behind her was the second place finisher, a Somali immigrant named Mohamud Noor.

KFAI’s Dale Connelly filed this report about five Somali chefs taking part in a Sambusa Cook-Off that presented challenges for chefs who are not used to using ingredients outside of Somalia to make their deep fried pastries.