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We’re celebrating 35 years of community radio today! Come down to the studios, support us with a gift on-line, or call 612-375-9030. Our goal is 350 gifts by midnight and We’re celebrating 35 years of community radio today! Come down to the studios, support us with a gift on-line, or call 612-375-9030. Our goal is 350 gifts by midnight and we’re just over 100 gifts this evening!

From founding member, actor and program host Charles Brin, to Beryl Greenberg who joined the station just a few years after its beginning, to new Executive Director Willie Dean, this is radio created by people who are passionate about authentic content which represents our community. Celebrate 35 years of people from around the world sharing their insights on the air, program hosts who specialize in blues/soul/the latest local music/Balkan wedding music/what-have-you, and unparalleled access to media for members of our community who have something to say. This is your radio station. We are not part of a network. Listener-support keeps our studios open. We are KFAI, located on the West Bank in Minneapolis, and anywhere you want to listen to great radio. Thank you!

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Natalie Morrow directs the Twin Cities Black Film Festival. It opens Sept. 26th at the Showplace Icon Theater in St. Louis Park.
You can find out more at Twin Cities Black Film Festival dot org. Natalie talked with Mike Fischbein on KFAI’s Morning Blend

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Brenda Bell Brown talks with spoken word artist Keno Evol on KFAI’s Morning Blend

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As the immigration debate wages on in Congress, many would consider implications for reform a mainly political issue.

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KFAI’s Mike Fischbein talked with Natalie Warren on the Morning Blend. Warren and 11 others continue their expedition down the Mississippi River. She and her crew have just gone through Memphis and plan on reaching New Orleans by late November or early December. We’ll keep checking in with Natalie and the crew, Wednesday mornings as they’re splashing down the Mississippi River.
You can follow the trip online at Paddle4ward.com

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…no—local singer-songwriter and poet Ben Weaver is not "the ugly"! He's providing the positive balance to the yin-and-yang thing happening on KFAI Monday, October 6th as Pam hosts Monday morning one last time. In the spirit of both sides of life, she'll kick off the morning with a set of bad decisions in song, featuring requests from listeners and her own "poor" choices.

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Close your eyes and try hard to imagine what nothingness would look like. Drawing a blank? Go visit Hamline University and find the Heech Sculpture. It’s a sculpture of nothing. Or at least it means nothingness. It’s been there for over forty years, but it’s still a bit of a mystery. KFAI’S Peggah Navab has a story about what one of Iran’s foremost contemporary artists left behind in St. Paul.

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The Interchange” – a public space and transportation hub in downtown Minneapolis. Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin explains the concept.

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MINTHEAD ALERT!!! – We are proud to announce that Mint Condition will be featured on TV One’s “Unsung”, next Wednesday, March 13th at 9 PM (EST). We are extremely excited about the episode, and hope you will all enjoy the REAL story of our journey as a band, and as brothers. New Single, Believe In Us http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF0pNGx58Uw

Bobby Z and the American Heart Association present… The 2nd Annual Benefit 2 Celebrate Life! a celebrity-filled concert featuring Questlove, Andre Cymone, Dez Dickerson, Dr. Fink, Alexander O’Neil, Stokley of Mint Condition, and more surprise celebrity artists. March 9, 2013 at First Avenue in Minneapolis

Story by Shanna Gratton

Fu Manchu to Soul Patch. Mutton Chops to a classic lumberjack, beards are more than merely a way to be stylish or keep one’s face warm. They are personal statements and a basis for serious competition.
On March 24th, the Minnesota Beard-Off will happen at First Avenue.

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