Recent News

  • This Friday night we suggest you clear a path and sweep the rec room floor, as it’ll be time for Radio Rumpus Room’s Twist a Hole in the Ground: The Most Twisted Rumpus Room Yet!

    Yep, give or take a few months — we haven’t checked, honestly — it’s the 50th anniversary of Hank Ballard’s original The Twist. Leave alone Chubby Checker, who rode his cover to the top of the charts awhile later

  • Crazy, Kooky and Queer! The 9th Annual Queer Fringe Binge on Fresh Fruit: Thursday, July 16, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

  • One of Minnesota’s biggest Asian events, Dragon Festival on Lake Phalen in St. Paul, attracts large crowds of people looking for fun on a hot summer weekend. KFAI’s Anibal Prestan joined in the festivities and discovered the history behind the famous dragon boat races.


  • The Senate hearing of US Supreme Court nominee and Court of Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor began Monday, July 13th. But on Saturday, Senator Al Franken, the newest member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, gathered some of Minnesota’s top legal minds to discuss questions of constitutional law and legal philosophy in preparation for this week’s hearing.

  • This program dedicated to Flamencas Nuevas, a new generation of cantaores (female flamenco singers) who are singing old flamenco standards on this show. The mood is like a rainy Sunday – the voices are heartbreakingly tender yet simultaneously full of raw strength.

  • Austin, Texas songwriter Carrie Elkin returns to the Twin Cities this weekend for a show at Ginkgo on July 11 and stops by the KFAI studios on Sunday, July 12, to play live on Womenfolk:womenfolk. Hope you can tune in Sunday at 11 a.m. for all the fun!

    More about Carrie Elkin’s music and her Minnesota tour dates is available here:

  • Dragon Festival:, one of the largest Asian festivals in Minnesota, kicks off this weekend, July 11-12, at Phalen Lake Park. Ilean Her, executive director for the Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans, spoke with KFAI’s Ivan B. Phifer.


  • A free multi-media arts program for kids ages 12-18 is taking Minneapolis by storm. IDEAWERKS, a joint venture with IPR, the Jackie Lee Robinson Foundation and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, keeps kids busy in the summertime with activities to connect them with arts. KFAI’s Elena Erofeeva reports.


  • The city of Saint Paul, along with Eureka Recycling and Public Arts Saint Paul, collaborated on a project that brought new recycling cans to Mears Park in the city’s Lowertown neighborhood. Local artists Seitu Jones and Marcus Young created the cans, which they hope will encourage people to recycle in public as well as in their homes. KFAI’s Hamp Watson has the story.


  • This Sunday at 6 p.m., gather ‘round the old radio for The Evil of Shady Lake, an original science fiction-mystery-comedy.

    In the story, the bumbling Henry Forester takes a job working for Mr. Valenzuela, a ruthless real estate tycoon who acquires properties through foreclosures. Evicting homeowners is easy work; a little forceful persuasion usually does the trick.